Skip to comments.Understanding the Benghazi/Chappaquiddick connection
Posted on 01/09/2014 6:57:50 PM PST by smoothsailing
January 9, 2014
On July 18, 1969, while most Americans were feverishly devouring the unfolding events of America's first manned moon landing, the late Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy was doing what cretins typically do. He was tooling around in the backwaters of coastal Massachusetts with Mary Jo Kopechne, a young political aid, who was not his wife. This was after throwing a reunion party for the "Boiler Room Girls" a group of women (including Kopechne) who had participated in the presidential campaign of Robert Kennedy.
Most of the tragic events that followed are well known. Kennedy vehemently denied that he had been drinking alcohol. Yet he drove off the road and into a tidal channel, leaving Kopechne trapped in the vehicle where she eventually suffocated. It was nine hours before Kennedy reported the accident to anyone. Forensic investigation revealed that Kopechne could have been rescued after more than an hour, had help arrived in time.
In the aftermath of the Chappaquiddick incident, Kennedy went on to serve one of the most distinguished careers in the United States Senate, eventually being given the title of "Lion of the Senate" by his colleagues. On his death in August of 2009, he was eulogized as a noble statesman. And since that time, it has of course been considered poor form to speak ill of so dignified an individual.
Nevertheless, the ugly reality of Chappaquiddick, and the emptiness of Kennedy's soul and conscience that it revealed, should be considered as telling evidence of the true nature of American liberalism. Having moved on to other acts of hedonism throughout his later life, the manner in which his colleagues, and the left-leaning ones in particular, were willing to laud him is a testament to their own ethical bankruptcy. And the pattern still fits to this day, with the entire atrocity of Benghazi and its aftermath standing as incontrovertible proof.
Had Ted Kennedy possessed even a modicum of concern for the plight of Kopechne, he could well have gotten sufficient help in time to secure her safety. But the amassed evidence of his words and actions throughout the entire night of July 18 revealed that he was fixated solely on how the scandal would adversely affect his own political fortunes. In the days following, though publicly expressing remorse and contrition, he clearly had no intention of owning up to his actions. The notion that he, Ted Kennedy, had not consumed any alcoholic beverage at his own party was but a single glaring example of his consuming disingenuousness.
Furthermore, his initial public appearances in the wake of the event were embarrassingly self-focused, shamelessly trivializing the death of a young woman, while attempting to cast himself as the pitiable victim, brooding a week later in a televised speech "whether some awful curse did actually hang over all of the Kennedys." Extra legal judicial action by which he successfully evaded any jail time only added more evidence of his privileged status and total lack of remorse.
Rolling forward to September 11, 2012, and the horrific atrocities that occurred at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi Libya, it becomes disturbingly clear that the elevated status of liberals, at least in their own minds, has not been confined to the Kennedy dynasty. Neither is their reptilian level of callous indifference to others, including other liberals. Even a brief review of the Benghazi episode, and the real motivations, concerns, and actions of the Obama cabal will reveal abundant evidence to support such a contention.
From the moment word reached the White House that the American consulate in Benghazi Libya was under siege by Islamic terrorists, Obama Administration officials knew they had reason to worry. Barack Obama had incessantly and gratuitously "spiked the ball" over the success of the U.S. Navy Seal mission to kill Osama bin Laden, the master-mind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Obama had repeatedly invoked the bin Laden mission as political leverage, essentially claiming that by it he had achieved victory in the War on Terror. Such a large scale coordinated assault against an American diplomatic outpost would constitute proof that his proclamations on the end of the terror war were in bogus. And with the 2012 presidential election only weeks away, he could not afford the liability of such news.
So the decision was made to flatly deny any terrorist assault was occurring, even to the point of refusing available military aid to the besieged diplomatic corps. The deplorable result of that callous verdict was the torture, death, and mutilation of Chris Stevens, America's Ambassador to Libya, along with three other Americans. Yet the cruel and hard-hearted policy of keeping the military at bay, in hopes of minimizing negative news coverage of the actual resurgence of Islamic terrorism and Obama's complicity in it, represented only a tiny portion of the scandal and malfeasance associated with the Benghazi attacks.
In an act appallingly reminiscent of the cold, dispassionate conduct of Ted Kennedy back in 1969, Obama boarded Air Force One even as the extent of the attacks was being learned, and flew to Las Vegas for a campaign fundraiser, as if to create the notion that he was somehow unconnected with the event and therefore not to be held responsible. Meanwhile, the best and brightest of the Obama Administration were busily concocting a ridiculous cover story, involving a kooky small-time anti-Muslim video, as the supposed explanation for Islamist brutality that defied Obama's rosy promises of having defeated and neutralized the threat of Islamic terror.
Consequently, no individual or organization charged with the protection of American diplomats has ever been held accountable for the obvious lapses in security that left Stevens and his associates vulnerable, and eventually cost them their lives. And no actual culpability is ever likely to be assigned, since the trail would lead directly back to the highest levels of the Obama White House.
Among the greatest affronts of this sordid affair was the deflection by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a Senate investigative committee hearing: "What difference, at this point, does it make?" hysterically spewed as if the only wrongful injury of the entire Benghazi debacle was that inflicted on her by those Senate inquisitors. Clearly, by her words and her demeanor, Clinton was striving to emulate Ted Kennedy in the victim role, dismissing the needless death of underlings as an inflammatory distraction. Yet the contributing factors of the Benghazi disaster, and the political calculations that rendered the lives and safety of Americans inconsequential do make a "difference" in the character of those officials whose inept and self-serving ways set the stage for the event.
On Sunday, it was reported that the Iraqi city of Fallujah had fallen to al Qaeda. Territory secured from Islamist monsters, at the cost of American lives, has now been needlessly ceded back to them. As America's buffer against the encroachment of Muslim terrorist organizations is crumbling, and the likelihood of a new wave of attacks continues to grow, Barack Obama is playing golf in Hawaii and Hillary Clinton is making plans to retake the White House in 2016. Indeed, "What difference at this point does it make?"
© Chris Adamo
A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT?
Think THAT has anything to do with it?
I loathe these people!
I think Joseph and Gwen were given $$ to keep their mouths shut. Which doesn’t speak well of Joseph and Gwen.
At least we know where Kennedy was, that’s more than we know about Obama.
Why has no one asked him?
It was the unions who shut them up.
I don’t think her parents were paid tho that is possible. I think they believed the Kennedy lies.
I recall someone on this forum mentioning that they turned against Kennedy in their later years. Maybe because the book, “Senatorial Privilege” exposed the inner workings in that incident.
Much can be said about the actions of Teddy, Barry and Hillary but it boils down to the fact that everything they did or do now is for their own political advantage.
The three of them had no integrity and the remaining two still don’t.
Every time this bastard’s name is mentioned it should be with as a reminder that he was at best,a loser of a drunk, but more realistically, a murderer.
Lion of the senate indeed. Preying on the weak and helpless.
Benghazi makes me very angry as does the response by Lois Lerner on the IRS hearing.
The democrats get away with murder and fraud and the GOPe gives them a pass.
Thanks. $90,000 back then was a large sum of money.
I don’t think Kennedy was guilty of murder but he was guilty of manslaughter which can carry a pretty severe sentence.
The accident itself may have been manslaughter (you never know with politicians - if she was pregnant he could have staged it deliberately as an excuse to kill her).
But once it happened and he got out, not trying to save her AND not reporting it for 9 hours raises it to second degree murder. Because there is no way he could not know that she WAS dying in there, and not providing or getting help IS deliberately aiding that death.
And of course if he did those things - in order - to deliberately kill her after the fact of the accident, then it's first degree.
It is despicable that Kennedy avoided jail.
After reading about Kennedy’s actions in the Damore book, I think justice would have been tying him to pole and having a firing squad execute him.
He just could not have been any more sleazy than what he was.
perhaps a bridge too far .You don’t need to dredge up old moldy Ted to slam the Hilde Beast
Watch out for the illegal voting too with those private voting machines that don’t count the votes exactly right.
And inspite of Kennedy’s atrocious behavior resulting in the death of Mary Jo and inspite of the atrocities at benghazi with Obama CIC, both of the men were voted again into office. I just shake my head.
CHAPPAQUIDDICK LIFEGUARD - one of my first YouTube sing-alongs
Great article comparing the two events and how Democrats cover up abandoning people to their deaths.
Why does anyone trust a Democrat?
Bill Clinton repeatedly had sex with an intern the age of his daughter IN THE OVAL OFFICE, lied about it to cover it up and now he is lavished with respect and honor as a top Democrat leader.
What a sick bunch these liberals.
“Benghazi makes me very angry as does the response by Lois Lerner on the IRS hearing.”
They tyranny of adolescent, psychotic punks has come to government.
The real CONNECTION here is that Barry was on the bottom and Reggie was driving for the end zone on top while Seals died. Anyone who believes that playing cards crap should be committed. Barry was fornicating with Reggie while Americans died. There’s only ONE answer for that behavior!!!!!
Why is Boner not appointing a special committee to investigate Benghazi? Could it be he was briefed, being third in line to the Presidency, on what the CIA was really doing in Benghazi?
And inspite of Kennedys atrocious behavior resulting in the death of Mary Jo and inspite of the atrocities at benghazi with Obama CIC, both of the men were voted again into office. I just shake my head.
It was just before the election and the media including the debates - not to mention the White House and 99% of congress - COVERED IT UP like a cat and its feces.
If we do not force the Republican Party to only do debates with two moderators, one a PROUD AND OUT Repubican, we will get another Dem.
We need to fight for it. I believe of the semi literate voters, the debates can be up to 70% of the determining factor of vote.
Bill Clinton repeatedly had sex with an intern
“That depends on what the meaning of is is, plus ah did not have actual sex.”
Oh man, what a pic. Glad I logged off before seeing it last night. LOL!
“Thanks. $90,000 back then was a large sum of money.”
You’re kidding, I hope! This is the Kennedy’s we’re talking about. $90K was a small dividend check that sits on the desk with the others until someone can be bothered to deposit it.
I used to work with a guy who was so rich that he just stuck his paychecks in a drawer. After a few months, personnel would call and tell him to cash those checks.
A few months later the same thing repeated.