Monday, May 13, 2013

Benghazi is Not This Huge Cover Up - More like a Turf War Between State and CIA

Twenty changed words in a turf war between State and CIA does not rise to high crimes and misdemeanors required for an Impeachment of the President.  

What part of the President is not Secretary of State or Director of the CIA do the Republicans not understand?  When I first heard that Inhofe had gone after Obama again, I just shook my head and thought 'here we go again,' but then learned he brought up the "I" word for impeachment and declared Benghazi cover-up was worse then Watergate since he used it was the worst ever.  What kind of convoluted thinking would lead a sitting Senator to make such an insane remark.  The Republican took away millions for funding security at the consulates and embassies in budget negotiations since they didn't see the necessity for upgrades to security but that doesn't count as Republicans are always right and Obama is always wrong.

In this case, the GOP and some of the media are so far overstepping that I cannot believe what I am seeing.  Inhofe has just proved that he shouldn't be reelected and should retire.  He has been in Congress (House and Senate) too long IMHO.  Twenty changed words in a turf war between State and CIA does not rise to high crimes and misdemeanors an impeachment requires.  Inhofe knows full well he is blowing smoke to keep hard right from coming after him in the primary would be my guess.  If he really believes this crap, then it is time for him to resign as he has failed his oath - started with the lies about Hagel and then Benghazi and now has thrown in IRS who Obama has no control over.  See the details of the IRS picking on the poor Tea Party groups founded by the Koch Bros at The Pink Flamingo Blog. Obama is furious that IRS targeted anyone as he stated in his press conference.  That doesn't count either as Republicans are brainwashed to not believe a word President Obama has to say.
On Thursday, Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-Okla.) accused President Barack Obama of overseeing "the most egregious cover-up in American history." He added that "people may be starting to use the 'I word'" before long. 
Former Arksansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) also said on his radio show this week, "I believe that before it’s all over, this president will not fill out his full term. As bad as Watergate was because it broke the trust between the president and the people, no one died. This is more serious because four Americans did in fact die. And President Obama has yet to explain why did they die.”
As for my opinion of Huckabee, I could fill up a book of why I have zero respect for the man as he governed to the left of Clinton as Arkansas Governor, increased taxes and fees more than Clinton, and was against home schooling as Governor before running for President when he pushed home schooling for starters.  The former televangelist has the credibility of a gnat IMHO.

Today President Obama in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Cameron had this to say about Benghazi:
He (Obama) angrily dismissed continued questions over September's insurgent attack in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
"There's no there there," Obama said. "The fact that this keeps on getting churned up, frankly, has a whole lot to do with political motivations." 
Obama continued, "We dishonor [the attack's victims] when we turn things like this into a political circus,"

This video from the Face the Nation interview with former Bush and Obama Secretary of Defense Gates on Raw Story says it all about the Republican witch hunt on Benghazi as they obviously lack knowledge of how the military is used around the world:

Found it interesting that SecDef Gates said exactly what I would have expected him to say that he would have done the same thing.  The military is not a robots you can send anywhere you want at will.  There are plans for contingencies but you cannot snap your fingers and move any military from place to place like Republicans seem to think.  Shame on Inhofe who understands full well how the military works to be part of this circus against Obama.  Gates nailed the Republican witch hunt:.
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told CBS News that Republican lawmakers who are blasting President Barack Obama’s administration for failing to take military action during last September’s surprise attacks in Benghazi have a “cartoonish” view of the military. 
“I listened to the testimony of [Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta] and [Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey],” Gates explained to CBS host Bob Schieffer in an interview that aired on Sunday. “And, frankly, had I been in the job at the time, I think my decisions would have been just as theirs were.” 
“We don’t have a ready force standing by in the Middle East — despite all the turmoil that’s going on — with planes on strip alert, troops ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. And so, getting somebody there in a timely way would have been very difficult, if not impossible.” 
He continued: “And, frankly, I’ve heard, ‘Why didn’t you just fly a fighter jet over and try and scare them with the noise or something?’ Well, given the number of surface to air missiles that have disappeared from [former Libya dictator Muammar] Gaddafi’s arsenals, I would not have approved sending an aircraft, a single aircraft, over Benghazi under those circumstances.” 
Gates pointed out that others had suggested that the military could have sent in Special Forces or some other small group. 
“Based on everything I’ve read, people really didn’t know what was going on in Benghazi contemporaneously, and to send some small number of Special Forces or other troops in without knowing what the environment is, without knowing what the threat is, without having any intelligence in terms of what is actually going on on the ground, I think, would have been very dangerous,” the former defense secretary observed. “And personally, I would not have approved that.” 
“It’s sort of a cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces. The one thing that our forces are noted for is planning and preparation before we send people in harm’s way. And there just wasn’t time to do that.”
Republicans wanted then SecDef Panetta to authorize troops to be immediately sent to Benghazi when there was no plan and possibly put more troops in harm's way?  That is what it looks like they are saying which shows they wouldn't think twice of sending young men and women into combat like in Iran or Syria if they had the chance.  Thank God that we have a President who is much more level headed then the Republican GI Joe wanna be's in the Senate and House.  There is no common sense or integrity about telling the truth left with the Republicans in Congress except for a few people.  Figure there must be a few Republicans in Congress scratching their heads to what they are seeing as well.

Inhofe, Cruz, Paul, Graham, and others are an insult to anyone's intelligence who understands how the military works.  Shame on them for their overcharged rhetoric which is getting people all worked up over nothing.  Media loves to tout any scandal on both sides which is why I have turned off cable news from both the right and left.  I am for McCain's a la carte cable menu bill - can pick what channels to watch on my cable.  With the internet so handy to find out what is happening maybe the cable news channels have outlived their usefulness.  Breaking News on a weekend -- forget cable news as they are into their canned stories for the weekend.

One question that seems to keep coming up:  "Is Benghazi all about taking out Hillary Clinton before she decides to run and Obama is collateral damage which makes the GOP happy?"  Only thing that makes any sense to this whole circus deal with Benghazi.

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