Benghazi

This is my favorite excuse making column concerning the entire Benghazi fiasco (or as Daniel Foster put’s it Heinlein’s Razor).

Why? Because it is so very over the top that not even my neighbors to the SW (Boulder) could view it as a fair treatment. (could they?)

Here’s the intro:

What’s the real lesson of Benghazi? It’s that the party-aligned press works so well for Republicans that they’ve become too lazy to bother explaining their ideas, or doing the hard work of actual oversight.

Yes, Benghazi happened because Republicans don’t fight hard enough for the truth.

This column is so fraught with ideas that they can’t even be fully expressed. Check out the dot, dot, dot and then the conclusion that all of it means Republicans aren’t really looking for the facts.:

Instead, we’ve had months of gobbledegook about a set of talking points that supposedly were part of an effort to…you know, I don’t even want to bother. What matters is whether there were mistakes made that caused the disaster, whether people who made those mistakes were held accountable, and whether things have changed to make another disaster less likely. Unfortunately, Republicans don’t seem very interested in any of that.

Seriously. Essentially this dipshit is saying that because Fox news exists to blow everything into a scandal, governing Republicans don’t really have to work very hard so Benghazi occurred, the administration said whatever and there is no one to find the truth.

I truly am floored.

Between that and the constant reminder about how unimpeachable are the Accountability Review Board’s heads that you really can’t question that they did their utmost and were the best ones to serve, I really feel like an extra in part III of Atlas Shrugged.

So go and read Jonah Goldberg. A terrific writer who continues to bring up very important points like this one:

If you see a child struggling in the ocean, you have no idea how long she will flail and paddle before she goes under for the last time. The moral response is to swim for her in the hope that you get there in time. If you fail and she dies, you can console yourself that you did your best to rescue her.

But if you just stand on the beach and do nothing as the child struggles for life, saying, “Well, there’s just no way I can get to her in time,” it doesn’t really matter whether you guessed right or not. You didn’t try.

The White House and State Department insist they guessed right, as if that somehow absolves them of responsibility. They would have sent help if they could have, they claim, but they simply weren’t ready to deploy forces on September 11, the one day of the year you’d expect our military and intelligence agencies to be ready for trouble in the Middle East, particularly given that before his murder, Stevens warned of security problems in Benghazi.

But we know the administration ordered others who were willing, able, and obliged to come to the consulate’s rescue to “stand down.” They in effect told the lifeguards, “Don’t get out of your chairs.”

Go and read.

UPDATE:
Stephen Hayes on Petraus:

The CIA director, long regarded as a team player, declined to pick a fight with the White House and seemed resigned to the propagation of the administration’s preferred narrative. The final decisions about what to tell the American people rest with the national security staff, he reminded Walter, and not with the CIA.

The truth just might get out after all.

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