-by Geoff Caldwell
If the content of character of the elected leaders who occupy the offices at the highest levels of our government remains but even a scintilla of importance, than not only does the Benghazi debacle matter, it matters a lot.
In the eight months since Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith were murdered in the terrorist attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, Libya the American public has had a front row seat to the deceit and obfuscation that goes into an all out C.Y.A. operation.
The ongoing battle between an administration desperate to cover its political arse and those who refuse to allow the truth to be ignored and the Benghazi four’s sacrifice to be in vain has provided a “contrast in character” case study that should not be ignored.
On one hand there is the administration with its three major points:
- Nothing that happened in Benghazi is the fault of any incompetence on behalf of the State Department, the White House or the Pentagon
- Nothing is to be believed but the official State Department, White House and Pentagon talking points and review reports
- Anyone pressing for more information at this point is just a partisan hack playing politics on the graves of 4 dead Americans for the petty pursuit of discrediting dedicated professionals at said State Department, White House or Pentagon.
On the other hand there is:
- Stephen Hayes’ reporting in the Weekly Standard showing that the video narrative pushed by Susan Rice 5 days post attack was not only the result of political cleansing by the White House but an outright lie
- The now heard testimony of 3 “whistleblowers” clearly showing that when those in harm’s way needed help the most, the bureaucrats in Washington chose to cover their political asses rather than deploy covering fire
- The words of one Lt. Col Gibson to Gregory Hicks after military personnel were refused approval to deploy to Benghazi: “this is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than somebody in the military.”
One hand holds the American spirit that has been carried forward generation to generation from the time of our founding. The other contains the cowardice and deceit that has existed since the first politician stepped onto that first ancient stage.
Merriam-Webster.com defines character as 2 a: “one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual” and 2 c: “the complex of mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person, group, or nation”
Below are quotes from the administration’s leading cast of characters on the Benghazi debacle:
Susan Rice: “Was a direct response to a heinous and offensive video” (September 16, 2012 via ABCnews.com)
Barack Obama: “we want to make sure we get it right, particularly because I have made a commitment to the families impacted as well as to the American people, we’re going to bring those folks to justice. So, we’re going to gather all the facts, find out exactly what happened, and make sure that it doesn’t happen again but we’re also going to make sure that we bring to justice those who carried out these attacks.” (October 26, 2012 interview with KUSA-TV’s Kyle Clarke via Jake Tapper ABCNews)
Hillary Clinton: “What difference at this point does it make?” (January 23, 2013, TheAtlanticWire)
John Kerry: “Let’s get this done with, folks,” Kerry said at the hearing. “I don’t think anybody lied to anybody.” “Mr. Chairman, I do not want to spend the next year coming up here talking about Benghazi,” April 17th 2013 via Yahoo News
Jay Carney: “Benghazi happened a long time ago” (April 30th 2013 via Human Events)
After reading the above “distinguishing, attributes and features” of the political players, compare how such rate in comparison to the truth of what actually happened in Benghazi through the words of those that lived it as quoted below::
Greg Hicks: (former deputy chief of mission in Libya, 2nd in command after Ambassador Stevens) “I was stunned. My jaw dropped, and I was embarrassed” (when he saw Susan Rice falsely claiming on the Sunday talk shows that the Benghazi attack was the result of a spontaneous demonstration of protest against an obscure internet video.) “The You Tube video was a non-event in Libya,”
Mark Thompson: (acting deputy assistant Secretary of State for counterterrorism) “I alerted my leadership indicating that we needed to go forward and consider the deployment of the Foreign Emergency Support Team,” Thompson said. He added that he was told that meetings had already taken place. “I was told this was not the right time to deploy the team.” (via The Daily Beast)
Eric Nordstrom: (former regional security officer in Libya) “It matters to me personally and it matters to my colleagues,” “It matters to the American public for whom we serve.” “And most importantly, it matters to the friends and family of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods who were murdered on September 11, 2012,”
From the administration and its allies we see the Alinsky traits of obfuscation, attack and ridicule deployed against any who dare question the official line.
Contrast that political “character” with that of the 3 “whistleblowers” willing to speak truth to power despite the risk to their professional careers and the attacks on them personally.
Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
If you’re up for a brain buster, try to find where but even one of those six pillars is represented in any of the statements put forth by Clinton, Rice, Obama, Kerry or Carney.
From Rice’s talking points to Hillary’s little outburst the only consistent character trait running through them all is that there is no trait of character running through them all.
If you had to construct a sentence describing how the Obama administration incorporated the six pillars of character into its handling of Benghazi it would go something like this:
It is grossly un-fair that the Benghazi victims had their trust betrayed by an administration that abdicated its responsibility to respect and care for them as their citizenship demanded.
Supporters of Hillary and Obama, (which sadly still includes most of the “main stream” press corps), continue to belittle and downplay the discrepancies between their “official” account and the “we were there” account.
The strategy seems to be hoping that those of us who remember Watergate and remember when government was held to account are now of such an insignificant number and voice that when compared to “Hillary’s army” and the “Organizing for America” crowd, we’re just gnats in need of a swat. Annoying yes, but relevant? Not so much.
One account of the Benghazi failure is clearly from those “of character” and the other is but excuses from a “cast of characters”.
If you’re a reporter who has the former you know the latter and will report accordingly.
If not, your editor just called. He needs 700 words by noon today on how Jodi Arias changing her hair color swayed the jury.
And if you’re one of the misguided minions that find “character” but an archaic concept out-of-place in the moral relativism of today I ask you but one simple question:
Just which one of the Benghazi 4 are YOU willing to trade places with?
Yes, “character” still matters, and in regards to Benghazi it matters a helluva lot.