How long must President Obama investigate himself before he can tell the American people what actions he took before, during and after the seven hour attack on Americans in Benghazi?
Presidential press conference as direct examination of friendly cheap gangster witness
How tame is the Washington press corps faced by President Barack Obama yesterday? Mitt Romney was tougher on him in their third “debate”. I counted no more than one or two minimally “tough” questions asked, none competently phrased, and zero effective follow-ups. But why should anyone expect tough questions when the agenda of most of the media is to promote their modern-day liberal ideology and its current Democratic Party champion? The only real quest for the truth among most all self-described “journalists” on matters Libyan, are the efforts of photographers to capture candid camera images of Paula Broadwell’s cleavage.
Four brave Americans were killed on the American consulate grounds in Benghazi, Libya on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 al Qaeda’s attacks on the American homeland. The evidence uncovered to date establishes that:
- the Obama Administration’s acquiescence in Libyan government demands for less American armed force security there than in our Paris embassy;
- threats and attacks in Benghazi months earlier that prompted several requests directed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weeks earlier;
- the refusal of our government to send help to those requesting help during the 9/11/12 attacks;
- the State Department and CIA knew the attacks were planned and carried out by organized terrorists including al Qaeda in real-time; and
- for weeks after the attacks, Administration officials, especially including the President himself, Secretary Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, disseminated misinformation blaming them on a spontaneous mob upset with an anti-Prophet Mohammed video produced by an American citizen.
Before the election the main interest of CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN in the story was in pretending a statement made by Republican Mitt Romney about unrelated mobs in Egypt hours before the Libyan attacks were inappropriate comments about Benghazi. Immediately after the election, only crickets could be heard on the matter from the press until the Director of Central Intelligence resigned citing adultery as the cause. But, given the dead bodies, the desire to feign independent objectivity as the Fourth Estate, and the total solar eclipse-like rarity of President Obama subjecting himself to questions while not sitting on David Letterman’s couch or while sharing a stage with a Republican presidential nominee as prime target; the following question was the first one asked by AP:
Q: Thank you, Mr. President. Can you assure the American people that there have been no breaches of national security or classified information in the scandal involving Generals Petraeus and Allen? And do you think that you, as commander in chief, and the American people should have been told that the CIA chief was under investigation before the election?
For nine weeks, all the press got out of President Obama about the terrorist attack in Benghazi was that the matter was being investigated, and the first question is a softball related to General Petraeus. Ed Henry of Fox News later asked what passes for a “tough” question in the Unaccountable Age of Obama:
So I would like to — for you to address the families, if you can: On 9/11, as commander in chief, did you issue any orders to try to protect their lives?
He says he did. But did Obama give any details? No. Were there any follow-ups on what was done as a result of his orders? No.
How hard is it to ask the President what he knew, when he knew it, and what was done as a result before, during and after the Benghazi attacks? How hard is to follow-up and ask for President Obama to tell us where he was and what he was doing during the seven hours of the siege? Not very.
So, instead of details concerning the war al Qaeda is waging on America, President Obama returned to the war Republicans (This time allegedly by Senators McCain, Graham and Ayotte -The latter in a partial catfight?) are waging against women, specifically, Ambassador Rice in which he essentially admitted she was sent out, not as one knowledgeable about the matter, but as merely a “presenter” of certain information fed to her. And then added:
“If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous.”
Who talks like this? Not U.S. presidents with names other than Obama.
In Humphrey Bogart’s interpretation of Detective Samuel Spade’s quest for the truth about Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, he repeatedly disarmed criminals connected to the murder of his partner, including “gunsel” Wilmer Cook, played by Elisha Cook, Jr., who, at one point, threatens Spade, thusly:
Wilmer Cook: Keep on riding me and they’re gonna be picking iron out of your liver.
Sam Spade: The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.
Unfortunately, there are no Sam Spades exercising freedom of the press to disarm demagogues purveying gaudy patter. There is no search for the truth, no attempt to hold government accountable. This government and the press are liberals before they are anything else, and rather than risk losing the “right to choose”, tough questions concerning the duty of the Commander-in-Chief to protect American lives go wanting.
And who thinks this press would raise up a Woodward and Bernstein today to investigate burglars caught breaking into the headquarters of the Republican National Committee or the Romney campaign, whether at a Watergate Hotel or not?
Side note concerning the “no one died in Watergate” challenge to a press corp uninterested in the Benghazi murders: Technically true. But tens of thousands of Hmong freedom fighters died after President Nixon resigned and Democrats abandoned our allies in Vietnam.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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