Oh, Mark. Mark, Mark, Mark, Mark, Mark.
The Benghazi Lie
A failure of character of this magnitude corrodes the integrity of the state.
That’s true, sure, but…the integrity of this State?
The State that rammed Obamacare straight up the ass of its subjects against their will, clearly expressed in the 2010 anti-Ogabe landslide?
The State that jails dissident film makers for clumsily insulting the not-quite-official-yet State religion?
The State that routinely pisses over its own Constitution, whose satraps and autarchs merely laugh dismissively when questioned on their routine abuses of power and attempt to provoke their opponents into violence (with the expected complete impunity, it must be added) by taking a long walk through their very midst brandishing a cartoonishly oversized prop gavel, laughing every step of the way at the impotence of those opponents, rubbing their noses in their absolute power?
The State whose satraps and autarchs lie, cheat, defraud, solicit bribery, and swindle their way into power without the slightest fear of either legal sanction or public disgrace?
The State even now engaging in a coverup of its obvious malfeasance in show hearings on an act of war resulting in the murder of an ambassador, hearings that will result in nothing of any real note or worth?
The State that has disbursed staggering sums of its subjects’ money to prop up a global-warming bribery scam/power grab that has now been shown to be based entirely on utter nonsense and fraud, with the real goal of manipulating the global economy in the biggest socialistic transfer of wealth in history?
The State that continues a failed War On (Some) Drugs justified by falsehood and manufactured hysteria not because it cares about its subjects’ health and well-being–if it did, it wouldn’t jail untold millions of them, destroying their lives for private, consensual behavior that harms no one in the overwhelming majority of cases–but because of the opportunities it presents for corruption and expanding its own power over them?
A State that seeks to control the smallest decisions its subjects make, while still fatuously propagandizing about its being a “free” country, unique in all the world–sanctimoniously repeating now-meaningless homilies about government “of, by, and for the people,” and the sanctity of “democracy”? Whose minions have audacity enough–presumption enough; sheer, coarse gall enough–to parrot words uttered by far greater men than they in the service of their perverted ambitions and greed…greater men whose grim and unmistakable warnings about the inevitable tendency to tyranny are dismissed and pooh-poohed by the very pygmys who have so debased the institutions those greater men founded in sweat, toil, sacrifice, and blood?
A State that forcibly asserts control of its subjects’ children for the formative years of their lives–not to educate them properly about the history of the former Republic and the giants among men that were its Founders, but to socialize them, training them in things like putting condoms on bananas, brainwashing them about environmentalism, recycling, and PC groupthink generally?
The State that uses the grief of subjects bereaved by the inevitable failure of the State’s very own anti-gun policies as a prop to encroach even further on those subjects’ natural rights, in what has to be one of the most disgustingly cynical and outrageous exercises of misbegotten power and manipulation in human history?
We’re even bothering to discuss the integrity of THAT State? Really?
No State ever really has much in the way of “integrity,” and this one far, far less than most. Of course Steyn knows this, and contra my title, he doesn’t really stumble at all with this column. In fact, it’s pretty much his whole point.
Are murdered ambassadors like those 1.43 million cables she doesn’t read? Just too many of them to keep track of? No. Only six had been killed in the history of the republic — seven, if you include Arnold Raphel, who perished in General Zia’s somewhat mysterious plane crash in Pakistan in 1988. Before that you have to go back to Adolph Dubs, who died during a kidnapping attempt in Kabul in 1979. So we have here a once-in-a-third-of-a-century event. And at 3 a.m. Libyan time on September 12 it’s still unfolding, with its outcome unclear. Hicks is now America’s head man in the country, and the cabinet secretary to whom he reports says, “Leave a message after the tone and I’ll get back to you before the end of the week.” Just to underline the difference here: Libya’s head of government calls Hicks, but nobody who matters in his own government can be bothered to.
What was Secretary Clinton doing that was more important? What was the president doing? Aside, that is, from resting up for his big Vegas campaign event. A real government would be scrambling furiously to see what it could do to rescue its people. It’s easy, afterwards, to say that nothing would have made any difference. But, at the time Deputy Chief Hicks was calling 9-1-1 and getting executive-branch voicemail, nobody in Washington knew how long it would last. A terrorist attack isn’t like a soccer game, over in 90 minutes. If it is a sport, it’s more like a tennis match: Whether it’s all over in three sets or goes to five depends on how hard the other guy pushes back. The government of the United States took the extremely strange decision to lose in straight sets. Not only did they not deploy out-of-area assets, they ordered even those in Libya to stand down. Lieutenant Colonel Gibson had a small team in Tripoli that twice readied to go to Benghazi to assist and twice was denied authority to do so, the latter when they were already at the airport. There weren’t many of them, not compared to the estimated 150 men assailing the compound. But they were special forces, not bozo jihadists. 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.
Throughout the all-night firefight in Benghazi, Washington’s priority seems to have been to do everything possible to deny that what was actually happening was happening at all. To send “soldiers” on a “mission” to “fight” the “enemy” was at odds with the entire Obama narrative of the Arab Spring and the broader post-Bush Muslim world. And so the entire U.S. military was stood down in support of the commander-in-chief’s fiction.
The grotesque parade of miscreants, reprobates, hacks, and out-and-out criminals currently misruling us aren’t fit to govern, much less rule. Nearly every last one of them should more properly be swinging from lampposts in the DC streets until quite dead, their skulls later to be emptied, cleaned, and placed permanently on the pikes of the White House fence, pour encourager les autres…or more accurately, as a warning. It’s an indictment of our own integrity that they haven’t been already. As Steyn says, they are depraved. And so, apparently, are we. Mark knows this too:
As Mr. Hicks testified, his superiors in Washington knew early that night that a well-executed terrorist attack with the possible participation of al-Qaeda elements was under way. Instead of responding, the most powerful figures in the government decided that an unseen YouTube video better served their political needs. And, in the most revealing glimpse of the administration’s depravity, the president and secretary of state peddled the lie even in their mawkish eulogies to their buddy “Chris” and three other dead Americans. 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.
The dying Los Angeles Times reported this story on its homepage (as a sidebar to “Thirteen Great Tacos in Southern California”) under the following headline: “Partisan Politics Dominates House Benghazi Hearing.” In fact, everyone in this story is a Democrat or a career civil servant. Chris Stevens was the poster boy for Obama’s view of the Arab Spring; he agreed with the president on everything that mattered. The only difference is that he wasn’t in Vegas but out there on the front line, where Obama’s delusions meet reality. Stevens believed in those illusions enough to die for them. One cannot say the same about the hollow men and women in Washington who sent him out there unprotected, declined to lift a finger when he came under attack, and in the final indignity subordinated his sacrifice to their political needs by lying over his corpse. Where’s the “partisan politics”? Obama, Clinton, Panetta, Clapper, Rice, and the rest did this to one of their own. And fawning court eunuchs, like the ranking Democrat at the hearings, Elijah Cummings, must surely know that, if they needed, they’d do it to them, too. If you believe in politics über alles, it’s impressive, in the same way that Hillary’s cocksure dismissal — “What difference, at this point, does it make?” — is impressive.
But the embassy security chief, Eric Nordstrom, had the best answer to that: It matters because “the truth matters” — not least to the Libyan president, who ever since has held the U.S. government in utter contempt. Truth matters, and character matters. For the American people to accept the Obama-Clinton lie is to be complicit in it.
It’s perhaps Steyn’s harshest and most bitter column yet, and also one of his best. Despite the fact that I’ve excerpted a larger chunk than usual, probably more than fair use allows, you really want to read all of it–and gird your loins. Because trouble is coming, as surely as the sunrise–bad trouble, and in some ways at least, it’s going to be a very good thing. The tree of liberty will soon be refreshed. Not because we wish it, but, as American patriots going all the way back to Jefferson have always known, because it must be.
There will be blood. We can only pray it’s enough to wash us clean of the stain left by our acquiescence in allowing such contemptible vermin to flout decency by ruling over us in such a profoundly despicable way.
Update! More from Steyn at the Corner:
As Andy writes in his column, the Libyan president had publicly condemned the terrorist attack in Benghazi, and was therefore stunned to switch on CNN International and find Susan Rice insisting that it was all to do with a movie protest – in other words, the US Government was lying to its own citizenry as shamelessly as the Gaddafi or Assad regime would. What would you do in President Magarief’s shoes? He knows the YouTube story is false, and he knows that Washington knows it’s false, and knew it on the very night of the Benghazi assault. And, quite reasonably enough, he has never trusted the Americans since.
One very immediate consequence of this is that the FBI were prevented from getting into Libya – again entirely reasonably: Magarief knows Obama, Clinton and Rice are peddling a fraud with no basis in reality, so it would seem prudent to assume that any US agents he lets in are not there to find out the truth but to prop up the fraud. So he kept them well away from Benghazi, for weeks.
The changes the State Department demanded in order not to undermine the FBI investigation wound up undermining it (and US/Libyan relations) profoundly.
No matter, as long as the Ogabe shitweasels were enabled to hang onto their illegitimate power. Elsewhere, Peter Kirsanow says this:
Shortly after the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, a local Denver television personality asked President Obama what actions he took upon learning of the assault. The president asserted, “I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure we are securing our personnel and that we are doing whatever we need to. Number two, we are going to investigate exactly what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.”
As to the first directive, we now know from Greg Hicks’s testimony that special forces were ordered to stand down rather than provide assistance. Furthermore, we learned months ago from Jennifer Griffin’s reporting that former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods requested and was denied backup three times, and was told to stand down. Who, then, gave the orders that flatly rejected the president’s “very clear directive?” Was that person disciplined for flagrantly disobeying the commander in chief?
Isn’t it far more likely that no directive was given than such directive was repeatedly disobeyed?
Of course it is. In fact, the only time Ogabe would ever be likely to issue such directives in the first place would be when the context is a struggle with his domestic political opposition; he’ll never do any such thing to our enemies abroad. He knows who his real enemies are–and, to quote Pogo, they are us.