Skip to comments.Disillusioned with Obama, will Media Investigate Benghazi? (Doubtful)
Posted on 11/05/2013 4:08:16 AM PST by Kaslin
The question many on the left are asking as they witness the Obama administration flail in response to HealthCare.gov's debut disaster is: How could this happen? Obama is so brilliant, so capable and so wise. How could he bungle his signature initiative?
He isn't, but even if he were, it wouldn't make a particle of difference. One of the central delusions of progressives is that government is efficient and effective and that complex human societies are amenable to centralized control and direction.
We on the right presume government ineptitude. The Washington Post reports today, for example, that the federal employee retirement system paid more than $400 million in benefits over the past few years to deceased retirees. On the same page, we learn that despite the U.S. government's $7 billion investment in combatting heroin cultivation in Afghanistan, the trade is booming. Last week, the Brookings Institution published a study suggesting that Cash for Clunkers was a failure, costing taxpayers $1.4 million for each of the 3,676 jobs created.
This is normal. There are common sense reasons for it -- explanations available to most students of Econ 101. Those spending other people's money have very little incentive to economize or seek top value. Nor can central bureaucrats possibly have enough information to make wise decisions about something as complex as one-sixth of a $16 trillion economy. As Friedich A. Hayek cautioned: "The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design."
Discovering that government lacks competence in many areas is what caused a critical group of liberal intellectuals to become the "neo-conservatives" in the 1970s and 1980s. Irving Kristol, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Norman Podhoretz, Michael Novak and others were not moved only by anti-Communism. They were first chastened by studying the failures of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society.
As for the other story of the past month: as to the media's discovery that Obama is untruthful, we conservatives are adamantly unshocked.
Observing the left's confusion about the emperor's lack of clothes is perhaps a clarifying moment. Liberal journalists who until now had covered for Barack Obama, rationalized his failures, explained away his misrepresentations, and believed in his integrity seem shaken. The "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan" vow was so clearly a blatant lie that even the Praetorian Guard of White House correspondents is reporting on it accurately.
Since the armor now has sunlight streaming through it, perhaps the fifth estate will re-examine other pivotal moments of the Obama years girded with their newly acquired skepticism.
Start with Benghazi. "60 Minutes" has revisited the story. It's more than a year late, but come on in, the water's fine. There were so many lies told about Benghazi that investigative reporters could be kept busy for years tracking them all. The president of the United States maintained for two weeks after the attack that he couldn't possibly say whether it was terrorism or not, though the CIA acknowledged that it knew within hours that the attack was planned and coordinated. President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton blamed the attack on an Internet video that "insulted the Prophet," so as to avoid criticism for failing to provide security and to prevent the press from interpreting the Benghazi attack as a refutation of Obama's claim that al-Qaida was essentially defeated. Those were not shadings of the truth or diplomatic doublespeak. They were lies.
The president also claimed that he ordered that everything possible be done to save the Americans who were under attack. Yet no one has ever seen such an order. The press hasn't bothered to ask for evidence of it. Perhaps they trusted his word. Do they still? Are they not curious about why the administration did nothing to come to the aid of Americans under fire? Beyond the lies, that is a scandalous breach of trust, as is the president's promise -- uttered with campaign-inflected intensity -- to find the people who killed four Americans "because one of the things that I've said throughout my presidency is when folks mess with Americans, we go after them."
It's been 14 months. Is this government incompetence or another lie? Someone should ask.
And incriminate their next supreme leader and grand poobah Hillary?!
Investigating Benghazi would take down the presumptive democrat nominee for president and tarnish a lot of leftist heroes.
But to answer the question, “Will the media investigate Benghazi?”
They should, in a Jeffersonian world they would, BUT THEY DON'T.
One of the things the disloyal opposition has to figure out, from the whole mass of garbage leaking out of the "Obama" coup d'etat, is WHAT IS THE ONE THING that can sink him.
I personally believe that "Obamacare" is it, but maybe EPA abuse or something else is.
"Obama" did not exceed his authority in Benghazi, and his weak and cowardly policy decisions concern a place and a culture that most Americans would be happy to see flushed down the toilet.
Sad, but true.
Citing sources who were on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, Fox News is reporting that an urgent request for military help during last months terrorist attack on the US consulate there was denied by the CIA chain of command.
Yeah FNC never reported on the Benghazi scandal /s>
You better get your head out of your derriere
I know the thought of it is hilarious
One of my favorite College Humor videos. Be sure to watch it all the way through. :)
Aw crap. Mis-sent post. :)
Not a lot of new information here, but I’m fairly obsessive about this story.
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The media is not disillusioned with Obama.
I think now the MSM realizes his mendacity but beholds just how invested they are in him and so have simply resolved to “own it”.
No matter how deep the obamacare boondoggle, anyone who holds out hope the MSM will come to Jesus about the men Abandoned on the Roof is going to tear their hair out in frustration.
THE MSM BUTTRESSES THE ESTABLISHMENT.
We will get media honesty when we ARE the MSM.
I do think we will live to see that. In fact I think its inevitable.
“Obama is so brilliant, so capable and so wise.”...........
Who the hell wrote that and do they really believe it?
Must be some damn good kool-aid.
They are momentarily disillusioned. but will get over it. You can count on it
You missed the sarcasm by the author
Notice how Obama never does anything by himself. He always very publicly claims “ - - - that he ordered that everything possible be done- - - - “
Obama has the behavioral traits of a bullied, grade-school, back-stabbing coward that has finally been given unlimited use of the Commie School microphone.
For example, note how he always delivers his arrogant, in-your-face, loud voice, public speeches.
The format for all Obama Teleprompter Valerie Jarrett Speeches is as follows, IMHO:
1.) Always start by telling a lie in the arrogant manner of the late Italian Dictator Mussolini.
*Always look down your nose while speaking in short sound bite phrases.
*Pause often so that the Journalists from the Leftstream Media have time to write down the exact sound bite quote.
*Pause and Smirk to show identity with the captive audience standing behind the lectern.
*Act shocked if anyone shouts You Lie!
2.) Blame a Republican.
*Repeat Pause and Smirk routine using a contrived Deep South Accent, prancing and looking left, short right and long left.
3.) Ridicule a lot of Republicans.
*Repeat Pause-Smirk-Prance-long left looks, and wait for applause from captive audience standing behind.
*Smile, wave and exit stage Left, while waving the Left hand, of course.
These above observations profile a person unfit to lead in time of stress.
Obama followed his Lie-Blame-Ridicule (LBR) strategy to the letter before, during and after his Benghazi Massacre Dereliction of Duty as CIC.
Summary: Obama will not be impeached as long as Boehner is Speaker of the House. The reason is simple: Boehner does not believe any of the above observations.
Replace Boehner and Obama will be Impeached.
Dereliction of Duty File on CIC “B. Hussein Obama,” also known as Barry Soetoro, a legal citizen of the Sovereign Nation of Indonesia.