Roger L. Simon

Benghazi: American 'Liberalism' and the Mainstream Media on Trial

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A couple of weeks ago, the prime minister of South Korea resigned over a tragic ferry accident in his country for which he had no personal responsibility whatsoever.

In the USA, the exact opposite has been happening. Going on two years now, our administration has done nothing but attempt to lie, obfuscate and shift the blame concerning the events in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, during which four Americans were murdered.

But as information dribbles out — most recently the long-hidden email from Ben Rhodes — the extent of this prevarication is reaching a tipping point with even a few representatives of the mainstream media (notably Jonathan Karl of ABC) stepping forward to challenge the administration.

What seems clear at this point is that the administration blamed the Benghazi attacks on a video no one saw in order to distract public attention from the growing militance of al-Qaeda and related groups.  That militance would have been of great embarrassment to a president during an election when his vice president was running around bragging bin Laden was dead and General Motors alive.  

We still do not know why no attempt was made to rescue our people during the attacks since no one knew how long they would go on and why no one has been apprehended for these attacks.  Those are only two of the ongoing mysteries about Benghazi.  Where was the president that night? What did he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talk about in their telephone conversation?  We have heard rumors of gun running, MANPADs and on and on.

But what remains is something tragically simple.  The Obama administration and related entities (State, intelligence, etc.) were willing to lie about the murder of truly heroic American citizens in order to protect their behinds and, more importantly and scandalously, win an election. And people like Candy Crowley of CNN were all too willing to help them.

This is a hundred times worse than Watergate and Monicagate, in which nobody died or was even hurt and only a dress was destroyed between them.  It’s an absolute threat to the democratic principles of our republic.

So American “liberalism” and the mainstream media are now on trial, even if they don’t know it (and a few of them do).  Can they face the reality of what they have wrought, investigate and purge themselves?  The Republicans had to go through this with Nixon.  It was hard, but they did it. Ultimately.

The most common reaction on the right to such a public acknowledgement by the left is — impossible, never happen, they think they can do no wrong.  And those on the right who think that have a lot to point to for justification.

But Benghazi is a somewhat different situation.  More revelations are coming certainly. Democratic leaders like Pelosi look nervous.  Jay Carney appears like a cross between Baghdad Bob and a Soviet apparatchik when he stands in front of the press these days.  And many in the press themselves stand close to humiliation, not just the president of CBS News, who happens to be the brother of Ben Rhodes.

So we actually have a chance to win here.  If you get cynical and give up now,  if you natter on in the comments section of blogs about how media and the government will win in the end,  I’m sorry to tell you, but you — as much as they — are the problem. Never give up. Every one of us has to stay the course on Benghazi until this gets sorted out.

Keep the media and the left on trial.  Remember, even OJ didn’t get away with it in the end.