Jackson MeadSaturday,9 February 2013

The Snap

On September 11th Americans were attacked and killed. Our government’s response? Have hearings so that someone can be assigned blame. This is true for the events that took place in Benghazi as well as for the events that took place 11 years earlier in NYC, DC and PA.

The Download

If we are to believe our Senators, the Obama administration had enough intelligence to determine there were credible actionable threats to US Citizens in Benghazi. The implication being that the Administration should have moved troops, planes, an aircraft carrier and other security forces in place to protect the lives of those Americans. Actually this is more than an implication Senator McCain said forces should have been placed closer to Benghazi, in Souda Bay, Crete.

Where were McCain and the senators 11 years ago? Did they criticize the George W. Bush Administration for ignoring the credible threats agains the US at that time? Think the threats at the time were hazy and unclear? There was a memo by Richard Clarke titled, “Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US” that should have made it pellucid. Why then didn’t the Bush Administration get excoriated for not having F-16s and aircraft carriers stationed near our major cites and ports?

When it comes down to it, in both cases the intelligence community and the people in power failed the dead americans, not willfully and not because of negligence. They failed because they are human. Humans make mistakes. However when one of a group makes a mistake other humans try to push all responsibility for the mistake on to that person or disavow the truth so as to get some sort of advantage within the group.

That is what we are seeing today as well as 11 years ago. Today, the Republicans are saying the Administration should have known and done something. They’re even screaming “cover up”. Then, they said that the Administration did not have enough information to take action and thus are absolved of culpability. Just blame the other guy with the hopes of getting some advantage.

For John McCain to ask, “What did the president know? When did he know it? And what did he do about it?”, is nothing but an attempt to elevate his own status as a failed presidential candidate. Did he ask these questions 11 years ago? Lindsey Graham asking Leon Panetta if the President showed any interest with the situation in Benghazi and when the President went to sleep was also an attempt to elevate his status as a member of a bitter Republican Party. (Panetta, btw, said he did not know when he went to bed though I might have responded, “…senator, I can only confirm that he wasn’t reading, “The Pet Goat”.)

We all make mistakes and the blame game as it is duplicitously applied by our representatives depending on who is in power does nothing to prevent such tragedies going forward. Hillary Clinton spoke the truth when she said, “…you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.” But that doesn’t matter to the critics since this doesn’t elevate their status or power.

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  1. […] No matter who is in power, there is a general agreement that the President chooses his cabinet and unless there is a real concern over malfeasance or lack of character, that person will get confirmed and serve when appointed. This action is unprecedented and I can’t see how this benefits in any way the Republicans, McCain or the people that died in Benghazi. […]

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