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Return of the Credibility Gap ^ | January 1, 2012 | Mona Charen

Posted on 01/01/2013 6:46:44 AM PST by Kaslin

Lyndon Johnson, step aside. Barack Obama is far more deserving than you ever were of the term "credibility gap."

The latest Benghazi lie to crumble like a cigar ash was the assurance from White House spokesman Jay Carney that four State department employees had been fired for their mishandling of the situation following an internal report that found security to have been "grossly inadequate." On Dec. 20, Carney told reporters "Accountability has been brought to bear with regard to four individuals, who are very senior." Major news organizations reported that Eric Boswell, assistant secretary of state in charge of security, had resigned along with three others.

Less than a week later, the New York Post revealed that Boswell wasn't actually leaving at all. He had resigned his post as assistant secretary, a spokesman explained, but would continue his other duties at state. As for the other three, they were found to have "performance inadequacies" but not "willful misconduct" and would therefore face no discipline.

So, one official changed desks, and the rest remained in place. That's accountability Obama-style. The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and other major news outlets have not bothered to report this.

The secretary of state, who on Oct. 15 made the utterly vaporous and content-free claim of "responsibility" for the Benghazi debacle (but chose not to speak for her department on Sept. 16 when the president needed someone to do the rounds of the Sunday talk shows), was at last scheduled to testify before Congress on Dec. 20. Her health problems have sidelined her for now. Whether she will testify in January remains an open question. Republican senators have vowed not to confirm John Kerry until she testifies. But if her health remains fragile, Republicans will be portrayed as brutal for insisting. Bed-side testimony anyone?

Meanwhile, President Obama's great billowing smoke machine chugs on. Appearing on "Meet the Press" on Dec. 30, the president again expressed anger that questions had been asked of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. Characterizing reasonable inquiries about the deaths of Americans as "politically motivated attacks," the president insinuated a racial animus. "Why she was targeted individually for this kind of attack was puzzling to me." She, of all members of his administration, he stressed "had the least to do with Benghazi."

If that is so, why was she the designated spokesman for the administration? Isn't it just possible that she became a lightning rod because the president made her one? If, as Henry Wotton put it, an ambassador is a man "who is sent abroad to lie for his country," an Obama administration diplomat is a person who is sent to the Sunday shows to lie to his own country.

Nearly everything Ambassador Rice said during that Sunday farrago has been shown to be false. We know that there was no protest -- and that the administration knew this, too. Rice has since admitted that she saw classified documents linking the attacks to Al-Qaeda before doing the shows.

Secretary Clinton should be under a cloud for failing to prevent the deaths of these Americans and for misleading the nation afterwards. Instead, she is lofted skyward with talk of 2016. A just-released Senate report slams the State Department for ignoring "flashing red" reports of increasing Al-Qaida activity in that part of Libya. Oh well, she failed at a key aspect of her job -- nothing to see here.

The most opprobrium, though, belongs to the president. As the new Senate report makes absolutely clear, the White House knew within hours of the Benghazi attack that it was a terror attack and not a protest that became violent. "There was never any doubt among key officials ... that the attack in Benghazi was an act of terrorism. For example, two emails from the State Department Diplomatic Security Operations Center on the day of the attack, Sept. 11, and the day after, Sept. 12, 2012, characterized the

attack as an initial terrorism incident and as a terrorist event." Yet, when the president appeared on "60 Minutes," he said it was "too early" to know whether it was terror attack. On Sept. 18, he said "extremists and terrorists used this (the video) as an excuse to

attack a variety of our embassies, including the consulate in Libya."

The president persisted in this lie personally and through his surrogates for weeks, even as the contrary evidence became a tsunami. The lies were Nixonian in audacity, Johnsonian in scope. The president is right about one thing -- it isn't Susan Rice who should take the fall.

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: barackobama; benghazi; hillaryclinton; statedepartment; terrorism

1 posted on 01/01/2013 6:46:52 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
My dear Mona, how utterly inadequate. Next you be criticizing hitler for his rudeness.


2 posted on 01/01/2013 6:56:33 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Kaslin

How can there be A credibility gap when there is no credibility to begin with?

3 posted on 01/01/2013 6:58:53 AM PST by certrtwngnut (I don't need the govt. to screw up my life - I can screw it up on my own.)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
"The president persisted in this lie personally..."

Well now, THERE'S a New Year surprise.

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.

4 posted on 01/01/2013 7:00:18 AM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: Kaslin

Oh! No! It’s because Obama is a Marxist! That’s why he came back from his Hawaiian vacation. The big Marxist wanted tax cuts for the middle class. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha! He’s as much of a Marxist as is Bill Gates. Oh, he’s a scary Marxist. Him and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi all wearing Mao suits and living in tin buildings. He says he wants to tax the rich and everyone starts building bunkers. It’s a distraction. He’s just a Shill.

5 posted on 01/01/2013 7:46:35 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

Do you always carry on like this when you crash from a drug-induced hallucination journey? How is Planet Xenon this time of year?

6 posted on 01/01/2013 7:54:12 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: Kaslin
Charen might have used the term "chicanery" to describe the actions and policies of the current Administration and its so-called "progressive" elitists in the government, media, and punditry. The "credibility gap" Charen speaks of exists because of the arrogance and outright boldness with which the President and his fellows make use of "dissembling," "untruths," and "trimming" (see Jefferson quote below) in order to deceive "the People" who are his employers, and to whom he is accountable.

Thomas Jefferson once offered a wise bit of advice in a letter to young Peter Carr:

"Nothing is so mistaken as the supposition, that a person is to extricate himself from a difficulty, by intrigue, by chicanery, by dissimulation, by trimming, by an untruth, by an injustice. This increases the difficulties ten fold; and those who pursue these methods, get themselves so involved at length, that they can turn no way but their infamy becomes more exposed. It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions." -- See "Letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785," in Thomas Jefferson: Writings (New York: The Library of America, 1984), pp. 814-815.

From "fast and furious" to Benghazi, from Obamacare to the so-called "fiscal cliff," do we not see examples of such "chicanery, by dissimulation, by trimming, by an untruth, by an injustice"?

The guises by which Americans are being deceived into surrendering their liberty grow more numerous every day. Truly, Jefferson summed it up well, "there is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible" as this kind of habitual deceit--especially when it is by an Administration elected to "preserve and protect" "the People's" Constitutional protections for liberty.

7 posted on 01/01/2013 8:21:15 AM PST by loveliberty2 ( -)
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To: blueunicorn6

Democrats are liars AND the MSM is too lame to catch the lies...


The MSM gets their leads from Democrats and dems don’t feed them the truth ...

Or the paid trolls who work for the DNC aren’t as good as they think about attacking people who tell the truth.

No matter - conservatives are catching on - the MSM is weakening and some trolls are waking up...

Benghazi will be told... lies will be uncovered and General Patraus will be exposed....

8 posted on 01/01/2013 10:55:25 AM PST by GOPJ (It's not possible to be a Progressive and not be a hypocrite. Freeper TigersEye.)
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To: Mamzelle

Mona’s been a little behind the curve lately.

Too much Hannukah wine?

9 posted on 01/01/2013 4:36:31 PM PST by miserare
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