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Administration's behavior on Benghazi is an insult to original 9-11

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If the media wanted us to remember today’s one-year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks in Benghazi – and they don’t – it might be a futile gesture anyway.

It makes little sense to try to “never forget” something you’ve never really learned.

A year later, the Obama administration, with a complicit news media, has been able to nearly wipe the Benghazi scandal from all memory.

In the past year, the administration has:

• lied about what happened, concocting a fairy tale that an anti-Islam Internet video caused the attack (and even having the filmmaker arrested);

• never been held accountable for allowing our diplomatic mission to be unprotected on the anniversary of 9-11, of all days, despite fervent pleas to increase security there;

• never revealed President Obama’s actions the night four Americans were killed on his watch at our Libyan outpost;

• angrily told the American people, through then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that it doesn’t matter how the attacks came about, even though they killed four Americans, including our ambassador;

• sent U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to all the Sunday talk shows to spread the lie about how the video led to a spontaneous protest (which the administration later admitted was a lie);

• kept witnesses of the attacks from speaking publicly;

• punished at least one whistleblower for doing so.

We could go on. But a year later, we know precious little about what really happened that night – only that our government has been lying to us about it and covering it up. Witnesses reportedly were forced to sign nondisclosure statements.

How can the news media accept all the above so unquestioningly, so compliantly? Whatever became of journalism?

The Obama administration has had more than its share of scandals, from Fast and Furious to the IRS harassment of conservative groups to spying on journalists and on millions of Americans. But in the Benghazi case, in which four Americans died brutal deaths, this administration has set new lows for lying, for phony indignation, for obfuscation, for stalling, and for stabbing in the back the very people who were serving it in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the world.

Meanwhile, the president said this the day after the attacks:

“We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”

Well, a year later, it’s no mistake to say they’ve wavered and that justice has not been done. Federal investigators seem to have little interest in the survivors of the attacks – and have been unable to find the perpetrators in Libya, even though media outlets have actually interviewed a key suspect.

“Why is it that reporters seem to be able to find this guy, who the government is charging with involvement in Benghazi, but law enforcement can’t find him?” Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Sunday. “It’s been a year, sir. ... Why can AP find him, why can the New York Times find him, and not our government?”

In response, McDonough had nothing but what appeared to be trumped-up determination and platitudes. Someday. Someday.

In short, this government not only does not appear interested in seeing that justice is done for the Benghazi attacks, it appears intent on preventing it.

That’s some kind of memorial – more like an insult – to those victims, and to the memory of the original 9-11.

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nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 09/11/13 - 12:44 pm
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since the embassy is

since the embassy is considered part of the country that is represents ..it was official USA territory..where did obumler go after he was briefed and why didnt he act...the USA WAS BEING ATTACKED ...OUR COMMANDER N CAMPAINER WAS AWOL..this is outrageous behaviuor ...at best ...grounds for impeachment definitely..part of his oath of office..perhaps swearing on a bible didnt matter if he is a muslim...and if zimmerman is in trouble now..it has nothing to do with his trial...

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/11/13 - 12:48 pm
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bizkit

Sure, I know.... Everything Obama and the libs do is a recruiting tool for Islam, yada, yada, yada. I guess you want to forget that the NUMBER #1 Jihadist recruiting tool OF ALL TIME is U.S. support of Israel. No matter what Israel does, the Jewish lobby supported by right wing Evangelicals, will defend it. Other Jihadist recruitment tools come and go, but uncritical right wing U.S. support for Israel is here forever.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 09/11/13 - 12:51 pm
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all of you who sight the

all of you who sight the geneva accords ...tell me which country abides by it the most...who treated their prisioners with compassion (mostly) during WW2...it is viloated all the time...its a joke...its a standard that only the USA and ISREAL is held too by the world..

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 12:56 pm
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The right uses the myths....
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" The right uses the myths and lies of Benghazi exactly as radical Islam uses the myths and lies about America, as a recruiting tool."

Myths and lies.....you mean that the attack was because of a youtube video, or that Obama never mentioned a "red line?" To which myths and lies are you referring?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 12:53 pm
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"Second: I agree, this would
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"Second: I agree, this would be an act of war. This doesn't mean The US has to put boots on the ground."

Why would we start what you acknowledge is a war, if we have no intention of winning that war?

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burninater 09/11/13 - 01:04 pm
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This year-long obsession with

This year-long obsession with exploiting violent death for political gain does the Revs Al and Jesse proud.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 01:14 pm
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Yeah, you are right.
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Yeah, you are right. Demanding that murderers/terrorists be brought to justice is just exploitation. We should just do like they want us to do and let it go.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 01:16 pm
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This year long obsession with
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This year long obsession with sweeping violent deaths under the rug for political gain does the Revs Al and Jesse proud.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/11/13 - 01:23 pm
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HA

Yours, and your right wing fellow-travelers...

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 01:31 pm
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If you are accusing me of
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If you are accusing me of using lies and myths, EEL (and accusing others of lying on this board is prohibited), kindly man up and prove it. To accuse others of lying or using myths, with zero evidence is a bit sophomoric.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/11/13 - 02:01 pm
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EEL, I thought GITMO was the

EEL, I thought GITMO was the top recruiting tool? Oh I am sorry , I forgot now that Obama runs it it is different than when Bush ran it! Say has Obama closed it like he promised 4 & 1/2 years ago! Oops sorry, for some reason the press lost interest! So please tell me is the top recruiting tool GITMO or Israel or does it really matter?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 02:09 pm
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Carcraft....."what difference
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Carcraft....."what difference does it make!?"

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 09/11/13 - 02:11 pm
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So deaths at American

So deaths at American diplomatic missions don't count, just American deaths. How very christian of you. 10,000 people killed from poisoned water source. Ho hum. One American killed from poisoned water source. We have to get to the bottom of this and clean this up now! Now we have the right wing peanut gallery chime in with the "Obama's a Muslim" and ""Obama's a Muslim sympathizer" conspiracy nonsense. Maybe the Chronicle will run an editorial about that tomorrow since they've decided to fall in with the right wing conspiracy kooks and leave facts and real journalism far behind. Look, the attack and deaths were a tragedy. The attacks and deaths at ALL of our diplomatic missions were tragedies. Today should be mainly for remembering the giant tragedy and the unthinkable loss of life at the World Trade Center. 2,977 innocent people lost their lives that day including 372 from over 90 countries besides the US. Their lives were no less precious and were mourned by their families no less than the Americans. When other tragedies have occurred, like the WTC, both sides of the aisle have come together. No longer with the current GOP, their followers, supporters, and the right wing media. Instead of writing an editorial to bring us together in solemn remembrance, the Chronicle uses the occasion to pen just another edition in its long litany of anti Obama screeds. The current crop of right wingers have no shame. Lie, cheat, steal, as long as they win. Never negotiate in good faith. Never compromise. Make the most outlandish demands possible and refuse to budge, even if it tears the country apart. They'll take their ball and go home.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 02:13 pm
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Bod...as usual you use
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Bod...as usual you use hyperbole to weaken your case. NO ONE said deaths at American diplomatic missions don't count.

And as usual, you bring religion up when you think you can use it as a "gotcha" tool.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 02:15 pm
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Let's use Bod's hyperbole
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"Today should be mainly for remembering the giant tragedy and the unthinkable loss of life at the World Trade Center. 2,977 innocent people lost their lives that day including 372 from over 90 countries besides the US."

So the ones who died in Libya don't count since there weren't as many of them?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 02:16 pm
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"The current crop of right
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"The current crop of right wingers have no shame. Lie, cheat, steal, as long as they win. "

Examples please.......or is it just unfounded accusations as usual?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 02:18 pm
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"Instead of writing an
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"Instead of writing an editorial to bring us together in solemn remembrance, the Chronicle uses the occasion to pen just another edition in its long litany of anti Obama screeds. "

Instead of posting a comment to bring us together, Bodhisattva just accuses others of lying, cheating, and stealing. Oh the hypocrisy.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/11/13 - 03:07 pm
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Bod, I remember Obama

Bod, I remember Obama "nagotiating " with the Republicans in good faith over health care, ahh yes , Obama told McCain " you lost"! When Scott Brown won Kennedy's old seat and the republicans could block Obama Reid used Reconciliation to pass, a very questionable maneuver. So please quit the piety!

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Bodhisattva 09/11/13 - 03:17 pm
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You could take the bull by

You could take the bull by the horns and do the research yourself instead of sitting back and relying on the labor of others. I'm sure the reliable, trustworthy, unbiased, and always accurate sites like Breitbart, WND, the Blaze, infowars, Newsbusters, or any of their ilk should do. At least you might come up with a new conspiracy theory or two that we haven't heard yet. Say, something like Agenda 21 taking away everyone's guns-also known as a lie. The Chronicle might even hire you on as a cub reporter.

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rmwhitley 09/11/13 - 03:30 pm
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Again, bodhiswhatsthename
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must have been in Benghazi when everything happened as well as Florida when that "angel" trayvon was shot in self-defense. These loony left idiots wouldn't know their left hand from toilet paper.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/11/13 - 03:45 pm
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Well when you can't argue

Well when you can't argue facts launch a personal attack, I do believe there is term called "ad homonym" and not allowed in debating! So exactly what facts are you disputing? I heard Obama's exchange with McCain during the health care debate on TV! The health care law was passed under reconciliation . Reid has purposes changing filibuster rules but I think has backed off because his party may soon be in the minority!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 03:45 pm
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As usual....make accusations,
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As usual....make accusations, fail to back them up, and expect others to do the research that you failed to cite to back up YOUR ACCUSATIONS. How very leftist of you.

Your accusations=your duty to provide evidence.......unless you are a liberal.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 03:48 pm
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All I asked was to prove that
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All I asked was to prove that I or my "ilk" were using myths and lies, as accused, and the replay is that I should provide that evidence. Liberal "logic" is quite twisted.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 03:49 pm
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Carcraft....with this one it
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Carcraft....with this one it ALWAYS comes to ad hominem attacks when you request evidence to back up accusations. We even got the PRE-attack of sources that he doesn't like......no evidence that there is anything wrong with them....just attacks.

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InChristLove 09/11/13 - 03:55 pm
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(Bod) "So deaths at American

(Bod) "So deaths at American diplomatic missions don't count, just American deaths. "

Bod, I never said deaths at American diplomatic missions don't count? Where did I say that?

As always, so very unchristian of you. I think that is going to be my motto for you from now on.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 03:57 pm
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As I said ICL....he only ever
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As I said ICL....he only ever brings up religion if it is in a "gotcha" attempt. Otherwise it is in disparaging comments.

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specsta 09/11/13 - 04:03 pm
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Benghazi - or America?

News flash about Benghazi - we don't care.

Four Americans died, yes, and that is tragic - but to give this incident such national prominence is a misplaced priority. Consider this - in the past 17 minutes, an American citizen has died from a gunshot wound. Eighty-seven people die every day in this country via death by a bullet. Thirty of those are murders.

Sixteen million children in this country are hungry, living in households without consistent access to adequate food. Half of all SNAP recipients are children, and those programs are targeted by Republicans to be cut.

There are almost 3 million homeless citizens in this country, 3.5 ordinary folk who are forced to sleep in abandoned buildings, parks, under bridges, in shelter or cars.

And yet the chatter about Benghazi rages on in the Republican world. The serious issues at home mean nothing to these people, especially when it involves people in need of help.

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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 04:02 pm
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"News flash about Benghazi -
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"News flash about Benghazi - we don't care. "

News flash........ WE care about murdered people, YOU are the one who doesn't care.....you and the rest who want it swept under the rug. When you have officials sworn to protect the citizens of a country and they have done everything they can to make sure murderers are not brought to justice, that is a tragedy. Sorry if you don't feel that way, Specsta, but MOST Americans DO care.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 04:05 pm
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"Consider this - in the past
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"Consider this - in the past 17 minutes, an American citizen has died from a gunshot wound."

And the police are going to attempt to apprehend the shooter. Not like in Libya where he can be seen at cafes and give news interviews, but the President makes NO attempt to apprehend them? And as usual, you like to use children to pull at peoples heart strings. It seems like liberals will use children as a backprop for any cause they have.....except abortion.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/11/13 - 04:13 pm
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"Four Americans died, yes,
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"Four Americans died, yes, and that is tragic - but to give this incident such national prominence is a misplaced priority."

The liberals sure sang a different song when it was only ONE American who died...... Trayvon Martin. The President and AG even made numerous national talks about it. Maybe if Chris Stevens looked more like Obama would look like if he were an ambassador, he would give it more importance.

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