Skip to comments.Benghazi Impeachment Suddenly Not So Far-Fetched
Posted on 05/04/2013 11:09:12 AM PDT by jazusamo
On October 27th, 2012, only days before the presidential election, I wrote:
If Barack Obama is reelected, will he face impeachment over Benghazi a yet more unpleasant and far more wrenching result than to lose an election?
It could happen and in my estimation should happen the way revelations are playing out over the bloody terror attack that took four American lives and has led to weeks of prevarication and obfuscation.
The scandal thus far has at least tarnished and quite possibly implicated everyone from the CIA director, to the secretaries of State and Defense, to the UN ambassador and, of course, the president himself with no end in sight, because Obama, normally loath to expose himself and even less so in an election season, refuses to answer questions on the subject.
Its not the crime, but the cover-up, we learned in an earlier impeachment, only in this case the crime may be just as bad or worse.
That post was a follow-up to my item from the previous week saying thatObama should resign over Benghazi, which was linked to by Drudge, and created a minor brouhaha. Between those two posts, a number of people accused me of being overheated. I even started to feel that way myself. (Hey, Im a screenwriter. Dramatic license comes with the job description.)
No longer. Reading Stephen F. Hayes new article in The Weekly Standard The Benghazi Talking Points I am beginning to feel like Nostradamus. Im not ready to make any predictions, but lets put it this way
Barack Obama is bloody lucky hes a Democrat, because if he were a Republican, hed be in deep trouble right now, close to the brink of extinction. Only his increasingly pathetic loyal media claque can save him. It will be interesting to see if they do so at the expense of their own reputations.
Of course the reputations of the State Department need to be considered as well, that same State Dept that, according to Hayes (and this is corroborated by emails he publishes), bowdlerized and censored all references to al-Qaeda involvement in the Benghazi events before they could reach the fragile American public in an election year, almost even as they were happening. This was before Susan Rice made her dog-and-pony performance on the Sunday shows, asserting it was all caused by a video nobody watched, and long before the oleaginous Candy Crowley famously covered up for Obama on Benghazi at the presidential foreign-policy debate.
Hayes names the names of some of the State Department miscreants involved in this repellent anti-democratic censorship. Among them is one Victoria Nuland, who makes Pinocchio seem like Diogenes. (You can find a video of her as well as some droll tweets from the blogger Ace of Spades demanding an explanation for all this prevarication, and even a tweet from me, here.)
But its not just State. According to Hayes, on the CIA side, a fellow named Mike Morell, their deputy director, cut all or parts of four paragraphs of the six-paragraph talking points 148 of its 248 words. Gone were the reference to Islamic extremists, the reminders of agency warnings about al Qaeda in Libya, the reference to jihadists in Cairo, the mention of possible surveillance of the facility in Benghazi, and the report of five previous attacks on foreign interests.
So why did this all happen? Who were they covering up for, hiding Islamic terror involvement? Post-Boston, it seems particularly despicable, even if it was already bad enough with all the death and injury to U.S. service personnel who risk life and limb to defend our freedom.
But never mind. We are in a fascinating period of unraveling. Whistleblowers in the defense community are appearing. Im sure at State, some are looking over their shoulders, waiting for the Night of the Long Knives to begin. It probably has already.
How far will it go? We will soon, no doubt, be in the period of limited hangouts. (The attempt by Jay Carney, Obamas press secretary, to play the Benghazi happened a long time ago dodge on Wednesday arguably fits this definition.) Who will be the John Dean, the Erlichman, and Haldeman? Is Deep Benghazi Throat talking at this moment?
While we are making Watergate analogies, its worth noting this is far worse than that noxious moment in American history or the other recent impeachment episode Clinton. In the former, some dumb zealots broke into the campaign headquarters of the opposition party in an election that wasnt remotely close. Nevertheless, the paranoid Nixon destroyed himself by trying to cover up the idiocy. Clinton wagged his finger at us and lied about sex under oath, while his wife an important figure in Benghazi where she has already been caught dissimulating similarly lied by publicly blaming her husbands philandering on the great right-wing conspiracy. (What power!)
Creepy behavior all around and certainly nothing remotely presidential, but, compared to Benghazi, no one died or was even injured. As far as I know, no one even stubbed a toe.
Benghazi, on the contrary, was an important battle in the Global War on Terror, which has now reached our shores more than once. It will undoubtedly do so again. Those who take this casually in the slightest are conscious or unconscious traitors or fools or so self-interested as to be beneath contempt.
The Congress must be unstinting in pursuing the truth of Benghazi wherever it leads and however high it goes. If they do not, our country will be weakened, probably beyond recognition.
I dont know about you, but I will be watching closely on May 8, when Rep. Issa begins his public inquiry. These may be the beginnings of the most important hearings of our lifetime.
In the meantime, for some comic relief, lets do the Mashed Potato, BHO-style, and dedicate it to Jay Carney: Benghazi started long time ago / With a guy name Gaddafi / No one knew how to spell his name / Come on baby, gonna teach it to you
Video at link: "It's Mashed Potato Time"
I believe there are several impeachments called for here. impeachment is not just for the president. Mrs WJ CLinton comes to mind.
By the way. I am being actively filtered today. Not sure of the source yet.
When I am logged into Free Republic, I cannot post to Twitter. When I close out the FR connection my access to Twitter posting returns. Just discovered this. Suspect it is independent of either FR or Twitter. HS? Who knows, but it has been getting worse lately. Constantly having to repair my wife’s computer (Windows 7) connection, DNS server not responding errors. not so much on my machine, it is Linux.
Right. Which is why John Boehner is still speaker of the house.
It's more than *pork* for his district, more than staying elected and it's more than being a Republican elite.
Blackmail is the only thing left.
There are just too many failures on his part at *crunch time* when he could have made a difference.
His failure *dots* are too easy to connect.
It would sure seem so. The way he supports this opposition president is sickening, especially with the way Obama ignores the law and precedent.
Quite true. The One who is at risk here is President Elect H. Clinton.
Yes, Nixon resigned rather than go through the impeachment, trial and conviction process. But he didn't do that until it was certain that he lose, that the House would impeach and the Senate would convict. Compared to Obama and even Lyndon Johnson, Nixon was an amateur. Petty theft compared to mass murder. But he was a Republican. Big difference.
However, Simon does have a good reputation, he's got gravitas, he's got cachet and he's got a huge audience, including a lot of media people.
Let him drop the word "impeachment" as much as he will...let him get that "I" word out there. It gets tongues wagging and little grey cells working. It only works in our favor.
If we must, let's get the word out that Obummer pulls the wings off butterflies, metaphorically speaking. While we don't want to use this type of leftist tactic, it doesn't hurt to attack Obama in each and every way....because the Left utilizes ANY tactic attacking patriots and conservatives.
The Left is not shy when it comes to Alinsky tactics.....and we must push back. Mr. Simon's article is a great form of push-back. So what if it strains credulity a little bit.....at least the THOUGHT of impeachment is now making the rounds in many circles.
So, go get 'em, Roger....more power to you. Spread it around and lay it on thick and heavy at every opportunity you get!
Well said...Nothing ventured nothing gained and for sure the Rats don't like it.
Impeach. Prosecute. Hang as high as Haman.
Slightly offtopic, but not really. I just discovered something interesting.
As you all know, my family has been active in trying to murder Mesta - something I don’t take very kindly to. My sister is now whining that I have no “empathy”, that after talking to the police they “have decided not to file charges”, but “tell a little more about them”, and they will. Of course I have plenty of empathy. Just no sympathy.
Now this is what she means: they went to the cops and got told that as long as the facts are proven, they’re not getting into that grinder. And that there’s no actual penalty for not liking you.
But I digress. This is the interesting stuff:
This is a fabulous treatment for burns, edemas and things like neural damage in your limbs, stuff that you may get from diabetes, heart disease and a number of other conditions. I first came across it when my legs were swelling up like balloons, and my daughter sent me a box. This was before she went violently multiculti and jewhating. And it was made by a beefarmer in Bergen, Norway as an attempt to survive difficult times. It was a small family business.
Lo and behold. Now the movers and shakers in that company actually seem to be Arabs. The islamization of the west is extremely close to its non-reversable goal.
President Uncle Joe... ugh!
Hardly a better alternative other than the African American crowd won’t like him.
Nixon, even though his price and wage freezes, creation of the EPA, and opening up relations with China might not back it up, was a Republican. The press killed him and he was an honorable man and resigned.
Clintoon, was humiliated, had his law license pulled, and was impeached by the house. And through all that the press minimized it all and he never resigned. He also happened to be a Democrat.
Now, what would happen to another Democrat President, and the first black President?
No, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that will cause Zero to resign, and almost nothing, short of ordering the New York Times to close their doors, that would cause the press to call for his resignation.
(And even then, CNBC would probably point out the positive aspects of closing down the NYT and give Zero a pass...)
The Hildebeast is a private citizen now, can’t be impeached.
If the ZERO gets impeached and convicted by the Senate then Crazy Joe is Prezzy and Hildy will be the new VP. She runs and wins in 2016.
Everyone is happy right?
Nixon was a saint compared to any Democrat. As was McCarthy.
This is the hope at least.
The best that America may get from all of this is that it will end Hillary's career hopes.
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