That CBS’ Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, of all people, nodded in agreement when Rep. Darrell Issa asserted on Schieffer’s Sunday morning show that the administration had engaged in a cover-up regarding Benghazi is a huge sign that this scandal is finally being taken seriously by the most traditional establishment liberal media.
This is bad news for such über-establishment figures as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, but they are politicians who come and, alas eventually, though it seems to take forever, go.
More problematically, a permanent organ of our government has been so besmirched by Benghazi it may take years fully to recover, if it ever does — the U. S. Department of State.
By manipulating facts and lying to the American public immediately after the events of September 11, 2012, the State Department has behaved, to its eternal shame, like the propaganda arm of a totalitarian state — and not a very sophisticated one.
This is particularly disturbing since State is — or at least is supposed to be — a non-partisan branch of our government. Members of many administrations co-exist within it to serve our country.
We seem, however, to have returned to the State Department of Alger Hiss’ day — but not, like Hiss’ time, in the form of direct Soviet subversion. What we have is a post-modern version — a subversion of elitism, self-regard, and, above all, self-preservation.
They lied not for ideals, but for self-interest. The communists — some of them anyway — at least dreamt of a better world.
From what we know so far, the U. S. Department of State participated in the cover-up of an Islamist terror attack on the brink of a U. S. presidential election, implying the murders of our fellow citizens were inspired by an execrable video that nobody saw. I can’t think of anything more despicable and more disrespectful to all of us — and most especially to the families of the deceased.
As of now we don’t know to what degree these State Department officials worked at the behest of the White House in their censorship, but if they were taking orders in all this, they were indeed behaving in the manner of the minions of totalitarian states that have been prosecuted elsewhere as violators of international law.