Many of you likely watched some or all of the Benghazi hearing or in the aftermath saw the dramatic clip of Hillary Clinton being questioned by Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin about the State Department’s accounting of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Libya. She testily replied, “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and to do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator.”

I caught the replay (for another take on it, in “slow-mo,” go here), and for me it was an eye-rolling moment. Until then, perhaps naively, I had a higher opinion of the woman. Sure, I don’t particularly care for her political ideology, but I always thought she would have been a far better choice for Supreme Leader than Obama, who did, and still does, strike me as a charismatic empty suit. Now, all I have are visions of Hillary in the bedroom with husband and master politico Bill being instructed on the fail-safe fiery response to any hard-hitting question about Benghazi that gets too close to the bull’s-eye. And it worked. She ducked and dodged as well as the lawyer played by Richard Gere in the musical, “Chicago.” Hey, isn’t that where the big O hails from? I digress.

In a just world, Senator Johnson would have countered, just as indignantly, “With all due respect, Hillary (all right, “Madam Secretary”), we all know that four Americans died and that it must not happen again, and the first step to achieving this goal is to find out why we screwed up so badly that it occurred in the first place. Perhaps a little less politics and a little more honesty”—(let’s make that “a lot”)—“will help us to get there.”

Is there anyone out there in his or her liberal heart of hearts who truly believes that there hasn’t been a major operation of cover-ups and delays here? Obama needed to draw this out past the election, and successfully did so with a largely complicit media and electorate, and sees no reason to stir the pot in the aftermath. It was a political game superbly played and executed, and as underhanded as one would expect from a child of the Chicago political machine. The players, in what surely would have been a major scandal 20 or 30 years ago, or if the perpetrators had been part of a Republican administration, seem to have been given a pass.

Until the majority of Americans hold our leaders to a higher standard, we can expect more of the same.

We just can’t afford it.


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