Benghazi as Opportunity for Self Reflection


It can’t get much clearer that President Obama’s political staff deliberately pushed the story that a YouTube video sparked the unrest that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, in order to deceive the American people in the months before an election.  The latest revelations show a direct tie to the White House in the scandal.  (Of course, there’s no direct tie to President Obama, because as far as anybody can tell, he isn’t aware of anything that doesn’t cross his teleprompter.)

This is a little outside the scope of what we usually write about, around here, but it’s just astonishing to recall that President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood before the bodies of the four dead men and lied to their families:

The president, vice president and Clinton welcomed the bodies of Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Sept. 14. According to Woods’ father, the vice president used remarkably offensive locker room talk about the deceased Navy SEAL, but Clinton stayed on message. She greeted the man whose son had bravely attempted to fight off far more numerous and better-armed terrorists on the roof of the CIA annex and who gave his life. Did she praise the courage and self-sacrifice of the decorated Navy SEAL? Did she express regret that he had been left nearly alone to fight off the Islamist terrorists? No. Not even the flag-draped coffins spread before Clinton could shake her iron determination to stick with the script. She told Woods they would catch the guy who made the Internet film and make sure he was punished.

If you don’t think that’s a scandal, you should check your conscience and question what you wouldn’t accept in the name of advancing a political cause.  Are we at the point, in this country, that we won’t even give enough lip service to the idea of character in our elected leaders to make an issue of so blatant an illustration of a lack thereof?