Shortly before last November’s election I took part in a Fox News documentary on Benghazi, whose other participants included the former governor of New Hampshire John Sununu. Making chit-chat while the camera crew were setting up, Governor Sununu said to me that in his view Benghazi mattered because it was “a question of character.” That’s correct. On a question of foreign policy or counterterrorism strategy, men of good faith can make the wrong decisions. But a failure of character corrodes the integrity of the state. That’s why career diplomat Gregory Hicks’s testimony
...and isn´t Hillary´ use of the video maker as a scapegoat to cover for her actions analogous to what she did to Billy Dale and the rest of the WH Travel Office Staff back in ´93? She tried to have them jailed on false charges to cover for her putting " her people" in that office. This woman is despicable.
The difference it makes is simple: do we live in a representative Republic or a police state? Apparently we live in a police state. In a police state the leaders decide what you can know and what you cannot know. They are smarter than us, you see. So if they declare something to be off-limits, it will never be known. The secret that Obama was funneling arms to Muslim Extremists violated the WH narrative, you see. That Amb. Stevens was the go-between could NOT be revealed. Zippy would risk his re-election chances. Apparently Petraeus was warning Romney to back off at the same time. In other words, re-election of Obama put the nation at risk.
There will be no penalty for this misconduct.
The Soros billions will hire as many Members of Congress, Judges, and lawyers, to protect this information. Soros is going to destroy the dollar, short it, and be come the world´s first trillionaire.
Just watch. Clinton will never face questions. Some functionary will take the blame. Susan Rice will never face questions. It will be the best coverup in history. Vince Foster, eat your heart out. This is big time.
"Hicks immediately called Washington. It was 9 p.m. Eastern time, or 3 a.m. in Libya. Remember the Clinton presidential team’s most famous campaign ad? About how Hillary would be ready to take that 3 a.m. call? Four years later, the phone rings, and Secretary Clinton’s not there. She doesn’t call Hicks back that evening. Or the following day."
Remember this if she has the gall to run for POTUS in 2016.
Mere coincidence? Richest irony? Maybe, but it seems much deeper for some reason.
Thank you for the information and the reminder, Mark Steyn. (My fearless faves - Limbaugh, Levin, and Steyn.)
They lied to the victims’ coffins and then strolled over to lie to the bereaved, Hillary telling the Woods family that “we’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video.” And she did. The government dispatched more firepower to arrest Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in Los Angeles than it did to protect its mission in Benghazi. It was such a great act of misdirection Hillary should have worn spangled tights and sawn Stevens’s casket in half.
Tragicomedy at its best.
Truth matters, and character matters. For the American people to accept the Obama-Clinton lie is to be complicit in it.
It remains to be seen if the American character, the spirit that made America great until the Obama years, is still functioning properly. We shall see if America as a whole has lost its conscience.
How important is power to these people? With that level of lust, Obama clearly would accept the mantle of dictator. THAT is why this matters. Our freedom is in the line and we must separate this madman from the reins do power.
One of the most damning lines: Back in Benghazi, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty held off numerically superior forces for hours before dying on a rooftop waiting for back-up from a government that had switched the answering machine on and gone to Vegas.
This article is brilliant. It is Mr Steyn at his best. He captures the soul of the progressives like Hillary, Obama, Cummings and Soros. It is a very dark, dangerous, power hungry, greedy, evil and unbelievably callous philosophy that permeates the very core of who these people are. It is said the truth shall set you free. Please make it so. The country needs to be free of progressives who want to fundamentally change us.
The Obama administration has created a culture of failure since the beginning. The failures they did not create were events that happened and were mishandled at a level of competence that would embarrass a second grader.
How very ironic that the MSM was asking the question, "does character count in a leader" way back during billy jeff´s Monica Lewinsky fiasco, in an attempt to try to convince us that it does not. It counted then and it counts now. Our leadership is lacking all of the necessary qualities that it takes to lead.
The liar/in/chief and his minions have sold their souls to the highest bidder -- the political hacks of Chicago....that includes jarret, axerod, ranting rahm, etc.
Trust me -- the politicians were in the War Room on that fateful night as four men died -- twisting and spinning the truth to suit their narrative. They saved obama´s re/election with the stand/down order and the cover/up....
So now the lame/duck president is not only a liar -- he´s got blood on his hands -- because at the end of the day -- it was HIS call that denied the rescue for his own cheap gain....
I would like to know what President Romney was "told" to make him back off his concerns. I´ll bet the liar/in/chief told him it was national security. AND being the good man he is -- he backed off and it cost America a valuable President...
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Old Army Vet, 5/11/2013 8:32:43 AM (No. 9321189)
An administration completely without character. This is what we get for electing secular humanists. No core values is not something you want in a leader. Without them they will not, ever, do the right thing.
This is good as it gets. The presser with the spokeskid yesterday could be the begining, but I´m not holding my breath. Every member of the WH press corps should be provided this article and maybe some would seriously confront these soulless incompetents
What we need to understand is... this administration DOES believe they are doing the right thing. Forcing the "Arab Spring" on the world and righting the wrongs of the west is all that matters to these incompetents, and truth can take a back seat. The left is running our federal government and our media, and we conservatives better wake up. Their world view will destroy our republic if we don´t unite. I too believe very little will come of this, so our ONLY hope is to vote for Republicans, keep the House, and take back control of the Senate. We MUST remove the left from control of Washington!
One of the more ´specious´ reasons given by the Administration and their fellow liars for not sending help is, "It doesn´t matter if help was on the way to Benghazi; they couldn´t have gotten there in time anyway."
As several have pointed out, at the time nobody knew how long this attack would last - it could have been ten hours or ten days. That argument is one of the more sickening explanations put forth by Obama´s palace guard and other loyal henchmen who want to save and protect his sorry butt - and Hillary´s.
#17, I agree with you on the immediate need to vote for Republicans in order to remove the left from control of Washington, but that´s a short-term and expedient solution when Republican governance turns out to be nothing more than Democrat-lite. To weed out Leftists and their screed not only from Washington, but from the rest of our socially-engineered-to-death society, will necessitate something on the order of a repeat of 1776 and a whole new party to carry the banner.
This is an exceptional piece, even for Mark Steyn. Eveyone should read it. Unfortunately, those that need to read it the most--the people who would actually vote for the PIAPS and don´t believe that Obama is a congenital liar--should.
Steyn didn´t use a keyboard for this piece, he used a scalpel. It´s a virtuoso performance in slicing away all the excuses and rhetoric, leaving exposed the bare bones of our nation´s most shameful episode.
While Steyn is widely read and admired, this piece deserves extra circulation - particularly in Congress.
Barf alert: The mental image of Hillary in spangled tights will give you the dry heaves.
The hardest thing to deal with in all this is the realization that it isn´t just Obama and Hillary, and it isn´t just the enemedia. Sadly, one must admit that a near-majority in this country just don´t care. Or worse, they support these character-devoid Marxists no matter how incompetent or how treasonous their actions are.
The lies are now exposed. The truth is out there, even if only in limited sources. So where´s the outcry? Where are the demands for resignation or impeachment? Answer: nowhere.
This is a sad day to be an American, to realize that those of us who are committed to the values and ideals of what it means to be an American, are now in perhaps a permanent minority.
FTA: a failure of character corrodes the integrity of the state.
This article was indeed exceptional. All of it is a damning indictment of 0bama, Clinton and the rest of his vile regime. 0bama has done nothing but corrode the integrity of this country since the day he took the Oath of Office (that in itself is a joke as it pertains to him). I will never understand why more and more people are unable to see what an absolutely dangerous, malevolent man he is. I can´t even look at him anymore without becoming enraged and sickened.
This is a very concise article by Steyn. After witnessing the actions of Obama and Clinton I am convinced that they were protecting the lives of muslim terrorist against destruction by our trained special forces. Obama was protecting his narrative that the war on terror was over and the Muslim Brotherhood and Arab Spring was a peaceful movement right up to his re-election. Now Obama and Clinton must confront the lie along with their media dupes.
As we can see, the coverup is only part of the story. I wouldn´t be surprised if the coverup is part of the coverup. The media is not focusing on anything else. Find a fall guy for the changed talking points and it´s case closed. The ball is in Congress´ court to get more evidence out there before the media pulls out. It´s funny, isn´t it? The media seemingly only care that they were lied to and not four unnecessary deaths and monumental incompetence.
Steyn is brilliant, as always. This is, indeed, a test of the American character and I’m afraid that the Marxists have been successful in their quest to fashion a society with a majority of people who are mal-educated, self-centered, and devoid of moral guidance. I pray I’m wrong and that the stench from this malfeasance will get the attention of the sheep.
The GOP must not stop at the exposure of the lies and be relentless in revealing the reason for the cover-up. Where and what was the Commander-in-Chief doing during the attack? Where and what was the Secretary of State doing that she couldn’t take a phone call from the ranking government official in Libya during the attack? Where is the maker of the video? Was he a complicit operative as well?
I’m struck by the obvious conclusion that Barky was resting up for the all-important campaign fundraiser in Vegas. It is reminiscent of another famous dictator who lost his Third Reich because he was sleeping and could not be awakened to order the Panzer divisions to support Normandy. We’ve all been expecting a Reichstag event, when it appears we should have been expecting D-Day. IHLG
Hillary would disagree that with Mark that "truth matters". She basically told those proles she considers "obssessed" with her: "Whatever the truth ... what difference does it make?" Assume rightly that "truth" makes no difference to her anyway, and makes no difference to the protected coward who still has not been forced to admit he have the orders to "stand down". Benghazi was murder, derelection, and a bit of treason on behalf of Islamist enemies. Moe than that Benghazi was the first time the Obama and Company "Invisible Revolution" was revealed. It was the first time these "progressives" are finally revealed to be involved in almost imponderable high crimes -- including controlling the Bovember 6 Election. True, their coverup was chilling or arrogantly clumsy and drags on. But finally it seems, even to those among the gay press, that they are not like us. They are not American.
#6 you are absolutely on target. Where was Obama our Commander in Chief the evening of 9/11. As C.I.C, Obama is the only one with the authority to issue commands at that level. If it had been left to the Pentagon to deliberate action at Benghazi they would have unequivocally ordered jets from our nearest airbase , probably Sicily . ( 25 min´s away from Benghazi). The hearings on Wednesday is just the beginning and this President and Administration´s lieing will not stand up to further scrutiny.
My belief,#36, is that the upside of standing down is that the obama administration could not be seen fighting terrorists when a big part of barry´s campaign revolved around the triumph over all terrorists in the world. They did not have enough time on the night of the 11th to try to explain that, so they made up something really stupid as the cause. People died but barry got reelected, that´s all that mattered to him and the flying monkeys who polish his boots.
Point #1: The fish stinks from the head. #2: (for ##37, 38 and many others, including Mark Levin) I don´t believe that saving Americans in Benghazi would hurt obozo - the leftist media would turn it into win-win combination. I suspect obozo didn´t simply go to sleep. But what is amazing, nobody else wanted to take responsibility, even if it later would work positively for the WH! What is going on in this country - saving lives of our citizens depends on ONE person only? Jeez, firefighters and policeman and soldiers do it every day!
Unfortunately half the people who voted for Obama in the last election could not define the word "Character" in exchange for a hundred dollar bill. That mattered in the election, and it will matter in the next election. No matter the level of incompetence, the liberal media is never going to disparage the first black President. That´s just the way it is in American these days.
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