Unforgettable

Don't let failings of Benghazi, memory of slain Americans slip away

There’s not much reason to remember James Wilson Nesbitt of Augusta. He certainly wasn’t able to accomplish much in his seven weeks and two days of life that ended in January 1803 when he followed his young mother Mary to the other side.

But their husband and father made sure they were remembered to this day, if you stop to read the inscription in the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Cemetery.

It would be easy, 211 years later, to say, “What, at this point, does it matter?”

It would also be callous and absurd. It mattered to Hugh Nesbitt. It matters to caring eyes that light on their gravesite. It matters to posterity. All lives have meaning.

So it is all the more disturbing that, after Hillary Clinton once asked “What, at this point, does it matter?” of how the Benghazi attacks took four American lives in 2012, that another Obama administration official would now add this little gem:

“Dude, this was, like, two years ago.”

That was former National Security Council Tommy Vietor’s explanation for why he can’t remember what role he might have played in writing the administration’s deceitful cover-up “talking points” in the incident.

Disgusting. Disgraceful. Reprehensible.

In an interview on Fox News, about the only news outlet covering this scandal, Vietor was every bit as bristly and antagonistic as his superiors. They may not like Fox News, because it’s the only news network holding the Obama administration accountable, but such a flippant attitude in a matter that resulted in four American deaths and innumerable unanswered questions is completely inappropriate, inexcusable and contemptible.

We also have a hard time believing the young man can’t remember his role in trying to clean up after a terrorist attack on our consulate in Libya – surely the biggest news item on his short watch.

Even more peevish and insufferable is White House spokesman Jay Carney, who appears to be lying about lying at this point.

The goofy narrative out of Carney’s mouth now is that the recently released email that proved the White House was involved in the bogus Benghazi cover story actually wasn’t about Benghazi at all; it was about protests in the Muslim world, generally, he claims.

One problem with that: It’s a circular argument that loops right back to the White House. Carney is arguing that the protest cover story – which the government itself fabricated – is proof that they weren’t talking about a terror attack in Benghazi.

Well, duh! That was the point of the protest cover story – to avoid talking about the truth, which was a terror attack.

Moreover, to further his argument that the administration was talking about the protest story in the email, Carney pointed to the network Sunday news shows at the time – which advertised themselves as talking not about a terror attack, but about protests in the Mideast.

Well, duh! The networks were regurgitating the same protest cover story the administration itself concocted!

Of the Obama administration’s desperate Benghazi spin, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said this week that “I think it’s an insult to the intelligence of the American people and quite frankly, a disservice and disrespect to those who sacrifice their life in service of their country ...”

Agreed.

They want you to forget the names of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens; information management officer Sean Smith; and security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Dude, that was, like, two years ago!

Two years or 200 years. Let us not forget.

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