“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” — William Wilberforce
Americans can smell a donkey and see an elephant from a mile away. They don’t need the politics of left or right to clarify the facts speaking for right or wrong.
“Benghazi happened a long time ago,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney cynically supplied to the White House press gathering on April 30th. An excuse right out of the righteous indignation playbook of Hillary Clinton’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings, he offered the media a chance to adopt her Benghazi attitude of, “What difference, at this point, does it make!”
Why it matters, and what the stakes are for the US led by a dismissive Obama administration, requires a visit in time to the day after Benghazi happened.
On the morning of September 12, 2012 two Presidential candidates chose different paths to project resolve and strength out to a world and country awakening to the tragic news of the murder of an ambassador and three citizens, Sean Smith and former SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
Presidential contender Mitt Romney rose to the dais at an early press conference and declared an unequivocal condemnation of the terrorist act offering sympathy for the victims and their families. He appeared a man with focused resolve, ready to immediately find the facts and act; someone a country could look to in times of trouble.
Barack Obama appeared later that morning at the presidential podium set in the White House Rose Garden, accompanied by a dour appearing Secretary of State, and gave a short Presidential statement of regret offering, “And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.”
He made sure to seed the press corps with the soon-to-follow four week pre-election pretext that an obscure anti-Islam You Tube video inspired the “spontaneous” violence in Benghazi by adding, “We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious belief of others.”
What we didn’t know on September 12, 2012, but soon found out, was that the President of the United States was alerted to the attack in real time the evening of September 11, 2012. Further, American rescue forces were in “stand-by” mode for a “go” command from the Commander-in-Chief, and that instead of issuing such orders he chose to retire and ready himself for a Las Vegas, Nevada fundraiser trip set for the following day.
The bottom line becomes one of right or wrong.
While men died and a consulate burned, Barack Hussein Obama did or did not leave his post, subordinated his duty or did not to people unauthorized to issue final orders for the military rescue of Americans under attack and the securing of evidence and American property from attacking terrorists.
Hillary Clinton now appears prophetic as we look back to her 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary attack ad against the former community organizer reminding Americans of Barack Obama’s lack of experience: “It’s 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep…but there’s a phone in the White House, and it’s ringing.”
If I were Mr. Carney I would certainly want to deflect stinging rebukes and make Benghazi appear old and inconsequential, especially on the heels of a scathing report issued on Tuesday April 30th by five House Republican committee chairmen charging intentional deception by the Obama administration.
The world had a chance to view two styles of leadership on September 12, 2012. Was it a defining moment of right or left for the President, or did it reveal itself as a right or wrong handling of lethal issues?
In a world filled with evil intent, strong leadership matters. Despite Press Secretary Carney’s attempt to deflect damning facts, Benghazi happened, and because it did the test of American morality and strength in the world continues in question.
“Facts are stubborn things,” US President John Adams declared.
It will be interesting to see if American journalists become stubborn and question facts as they “are” surrounding a possible Presidential cover-up, or if they will follow the rationalization Mrs. Clinton’s husband famously defined in the Lewinsky perjury testimonies telling investigators, “That depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”
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James Michael Pratt is a New York Times bestselling author of 9 titles. His Right and Wrong, Not Left or Right – America’s 3rd Option, is scheduled for eBook release in this fall, 2013.