The Hope of Audacity

Obama administration may see a mandate to keep stonewalling

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Voters didn’t just opt for gridlock in Washington last Tuesday, sending many of the same players back to continue battle.

They also approved of stonewalling.

In returning President Obama to office, voters sent a message that they don’t care about the Benghazi scandal in which four Americans died after the Obama administration failed utterly to either protect them in advance or come to their aid during the seven-hour assault on our Libyan embassy.

Then, in the weeks following the attacks – carried out conspicuously on Sept. 11 – the administration put forth a bogus cover story: that the murderous assault that killed our ambassador and three others was an outgrowth of a citizen protest in Benghazi over an anti-Muhammad video on the Internet.

The truth, as we now know and the administration has had to confess, is that there was never any protest to begin with – and that the administration knew very quickly that it was, in fact, a premeditated, al-Qaida-style attack.

Why the lies? Who issued the orders for top administration officials to lie through their teeth about the nature of the assault? Why the lax security? Why did the administration refuse repeated requests for security at the embassy? Why didn’t the administration move quickly to respond to the assault and perhaps save our people?

Some of us wanted to get to the bottom of these matters before the election. But with the help of an oddly indifferent news media, the Obama administration managed to kick the can past the election.

Now, emboldened by the voters’ stamp of approval on stonewalling, it appears the administration will be just as
brazen if not more so in its attempts to sweep the Benghazi scandal under the rug: Due to his sex scandal – which was months in the making but which conveniently broke just days after the election and before the hearing – former CIA director David Petraeus was declared unavailable to testify at a congressional inquiry into Benghazi this week. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – whose agency failed to protect our people in Libya and who, herself, was a major perpetrator of the “protest” hoax – has been said, conveniently enough, to be traveling.

As if the deaths of four people under her care aren’t important enough to change her travel plans.

Did administration officials think they could just make stuff up about a protest over a video – while seeing to it that the video’s producer was imprisoned – and that they’d never be found out?

Or did they just figure the American people wouldn’t care about being lied to in such a baldfaced way?

On that latter count, they may have figured correctly.

Call it the Hope of Audacity.

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fedex227
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fedex227 11/13/12 - 01:13 am
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Desperate measures.

The 1983 Beirut bombing that resulted in the deaths of 241 American servicemen; the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 that claimed the lives of 19 American servicemen; the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 that took the lives of 17 of our bravest sailors; the three American hotels attacked in Amman, Jordan in 2005, etc.., etc. For some reason, and I can only speculate on the reason, these incidents were never met with an attack on the President of the United States. No mention of scandal, no rumors of cover-up, no unsubstantiated reports of illegal activity.

As Rachel Maddow so eloquently put it (as was the case in the aforementioned events), Benghazi was an attack on us, not a scandal by us.

I can only encourage the Chronicle to continue the tone of their editorials. As demonstrated in the last election, Americans have demonstrated the insight to distinguish between fact and unsubstantiated speculation, truth and innuendo, substantiaed accounts and rumor. If this is the far right's best shot at bringing down this Presidency? Good luck. It just further demonstrates that you have clearly lost touch with the pulse of America and it's desire to come together as one nation.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/13/12 - 06:32 am
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Lying about it is a scandal.

Lying about it is a scandal. Obama said during the debate he called it a terrorist attack in the Rose Garden. On Sixty Minutes interview that evening he said they didn't know and he was blaming the demonstration. That Sunday the UN Ambassador Rice said it was due to a a video that sparked a demonstration that got out of hand. The Friday before Rice went on all the talk shows the Prime Minister of Lybia said it was a terrorist attack. Two weeks later at a UN speech Obama referenced the video and Demonstration several times. Now either Obama didn't know what he was talking about in the Rose Garden, 60 Minutes or the in UN speech and he had his UN Ambassador lying also. Can't have this many stories and no fabrications sorry, but once again Obama and his administration lied and you folks simple don't care. But then again this is the same party that elected an eight time felon to a public office! People trying to defend the deliberate distortion of the truth is proof that you don’t care!

Techfan
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Techfan 11/13/12 - 06:54 am
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Obviously it's time to invade

Obviously it's time to invade Grenada again.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 11/13/12 - 07:06 am
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It is common for confusion to

It is common for confusion to reign for a few days after such an event, and it remains to be proven whether the administration was lying or just didn't have the facts sorted out. And this was only one issue out of many, since the voters considered a great many other matters as well. The ACES is factually mistaken in its claims about the MSM; in fact, I saw numerous headlines critical of the administration's handling of this event on ABC's website, for example. The Christian Science Monitor reported pointedly and prominently about the administration's changing story on Libya. Candy Crowley made Libya the first question in the 2nd presidential debate. Keep in mind, as well, that both candidates spoke falsely many times about many issues. Romney falsely claimed that the Navy is the smallest it's been since WWI; actually, its smallest size was under George Bush and Obama stepped up the Navy's building program a little bit. Romney falsely claimed that Obama planned to raise taxes middle class families. And so forth. Politicians, I'm sorry to say, don't always tell the truth.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/13/12 - 07:48 am
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How dare y'all question Secretary of State

How dare y'all question Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's international work and travel that makes her unavailable to Congress. You have to understand our relations with Australia are important to our national security and economy. It is rumored Outback Steakhouse may stop using American grown "blooming onions" and begin to get them from Perth. The truth about Libya pales in comparison to this possibility.

peace4784
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peace4784 11/13/12 - 07:22 am
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Cease with the righteous
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Lying is the new truth. Lying is the language of politics. The CIA Director just resigned for lying. Now, it appears another top General will be taken down for not being honest. The Bush adminstration obviously lied about what really happened on 9/11. And, let us not forget about Mark Sanford's lying to the people of South Carolina. Republicans, Democrats, liberals and conservatives lie. The morals of politicians reflect the general population. That is why the voters reeelected the president. Cannibals elect cannibal kings. Even Jesus would have lost against Barack Obama. Jesus is against lying and same sex marriage.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/13/12 - 07:24 am
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If you missed Faux News'

If you missed Faux News' talking point of the day (handed down from on high by the almighty Roger Ailes himself), have no fear. You can find a condensed version on The Augusta Chronicle's editorial page tomorrow.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/13/12 - 07:28 am
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When have we not been lied to?
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But as long as the Cable TV works, gas is cheap/available, Golden Corral is open, alcohol is plentiful and the Creeks don't rise, who cares. Politics and voting in America is a relic of the past. We have been a government controlled populace for longer than any of us can remember. We just do not want to be honest with selves. For then we would be FOOLS.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/13/12 - 08:14 am
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The source of giant grease

The source of giant grease filled fried Onions isn't real high on my list of worries. I just can't believe people eat those things. "I'd like a shot of grease please. On second thought, make that a double." They should come out with a card they punch, and with the 100th purchase you get a free angioplasty.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/13/12 - 08:33 am
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Hillary needs an angioplasty

Hillary needs an angioplasty in her Circle of Willis if she believes we think she HAS to be in Australia during the hearings.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/13/12 - 08:47 am
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Grease Solution

The gov't should ban eating the Blooming Onion.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 11/13/12 - 08:56 am
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B-O-R-I-N-G!

Really, MR, is this all you've got? Recycled Limbaugh screeds?
Manufactured outrage and phoney hype? Boring, MR, boring....

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/13/12 - 09:06 am
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Obviously progressives have

Obviously progressives have no problem with malarkey because they do the same-or mislead. Note the first post conflating attacks on American with an obvious cover up. It isn't about being attacked "again" but how Obama flip-flopped and held to a known falsehood-that is a fact with impunity. Now progressives just change the subject or act like no big deal-a bump in the road. They can't tolerate any questioning of their messiah. Great- perhaps the next american citizen Obama assassinates will be you. Rather than "maturely" dealing with the facts of the issue they shoot the messenger and discount the messenger no matter the content. Blind bias and then to be so magnanimous

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/13/12 - 09:04 am
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The hearings begin Nov. 15th

The hearings begin Nov. 15th. This should be interesting.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/13/12 - 09:13 am
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Nothing wrong with fatty

Nothing wrong with fatty foods unless you are unlucky carrier of certain gene alleles. You synthesize the majority of cholesterol-its genetic by your liver. Only 20% comes from diet. Fat is not an enemy. You'll die without it-especially essential fatty acids and cholersterol which is base for all the sex steroid, mineralcorticoids, glucocorticoids, and vit D. People demonize salt, sugar or fat and its just ignorant. It's calories in and calories out.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/13/12 - 09:17 am
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I see a weird obsession with

I see a weird obsession with the editorial writer(s) continues in these comments.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/13/12 - 09:24 am
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And yet

He simply ignores it. Must be frustrating.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/13/12 - 09:30 am
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Certain communities
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embrace lying, stealing, murder and obstruction.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/13/12 - 09:32 am
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It is the coverup, stupid.

It is the coverup, stupid.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/13/12 - 09:43 am
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Yep, fried foods are good for

Yep, fried foods are good for you. All that grease just helps the blood slide through your veins and arteries easier.

allhans
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allhans 11/13/12 - 09:45 am
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It was said last week by one

It was said last week by one of the locals that this was a smokescreen and an excuse to bring down the military complex.
Conspiracy theories. Right?

Then this morning I hear that generals (note the plural) is being investigated.
I sincerely hope this is not so. Citizens NEED to have confidence in the military and the intelligence agencies.

This is not as far flung as Bush intentionally weakening specific levees in NO so only minorities would drown... or Bush behind the 9-11 attack on the world trade center.

This story is not over...I have respect for the career of Gen Petraeus , he is not the first great man to be brought down by women...

But then we have Clinton, JFK , Eisenhower...all got away with it....

loblolly
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loblolly 11/13/12 - 09:52 am
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ACES
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Keep it coming. You lost the election. The international stage is a tough pace to be. I remember a lie about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction leading to thousands of lost lives in a war that never should have been fought. The ACES defended to their very core that lie, and the subsequent outing of a fellow CIA operative, Valerie Plame. Do you not have any shame at all?

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 11/13/12 - 10:15 am
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There is no Benghazi scandal,

and if you had any regard for real journalism, as once practiced by this newspaper, you'd admit it.

What's next, outrage over forwarded emails about the UN small arms treaty?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/13/12 - 10:26 am
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Tech I'm not sayin' eat fried

Tech I'm not sayin' eat fried foods everyday but we just don't need to ban them either. I actually ate fried eggs and bacon and chicken at lunch or supper (hey I grew up in the South) everyday for most of my young adult life and have the coronaries of an 18 year old. Its your apolipoproteins, leptins, adiponectin, etc. genes. It's all about moderation and balance. Not too much or too little salt either extreme will kill you. Not too much or too little sugar as either extreme will kill you. Although we have antagonistic hormones that regulate the homeostasis of either there are other pleiotropic effects from extremes. Funny it fits our problems too.

dahreese
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dahreese 11/13/12 - 10:33 am
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The Hope of Audacity
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This editorial is a scandle.

You don't have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/13/12 - 10:37 am
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Moderate alcohol and/or

Moderate alcohol and/or moderate exercise or good luck in genes you'll have a higher HDL/LDL ratio. The HDL scavenges cholesterol and takes it back to the liver and LDL from the liver and deposits elsewhere-like your arteries. You have high HDL you can pig out -on the other hand High LDL regardless of diet or weight will clog you arteries in no time. So walk with a friend and have a glass of wine while your at it. hee,hee,hee.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 11/13/12 - 10:40 am
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Riverman

ACES and especially MR are no more than lapdogs for the Limbaughs and Foxies of the world. Most of the anti-Obama rags are "borrowed" from the great right-wing disinformation bubble that the election just revealed has having lied and distorted things so much that Romney and his fellow travelers actually claim to have been "shocked" at the results. "Fair and balanced"??? What a joke! At least so far as the election, the liberal media had the outcome predicted almost exactly right....

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/13/12 - 10:50 am
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Liberals don't need

Liberals don't need religion......they have Obama to worship without question. Are you people seriously telling me that none of this gives you the slightest twinge of a coverup? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzlG28B-R8Y

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/13/12 - 10:53 am
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Oh the liberals and the name
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Oh the liberals and the name calling....it seems to be their favorite weapon.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/13/12 - 11:14 am
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Just one simple
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Just one simple question...without diverting the topic. Why does the coverup about the murder of American Citizens not seem to matter to liberals?

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