Please forgive my cynicism, but I don’t think America cares about Benghazi.
Emails sent by senior White House adviser Ben Rhodes to other top administration officials reveal an effort to insulate President Barack Obama from the attacks that killed four Americans.
Rhodes sent this email to top White House officials such as David Plouffe and Jay Carney just a day before National Security Adviser Susan Rice made her infamous Sunday news show appearances to discuss the attack.
The “goal,” according to these emails, was “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”
Did I write “revelations”? The emails may be proof of the orchestration of the lies, but that’s probably no revelation since they merely underline what almost everyone paying attention already knew, which is that the administration’s blaming the video was a purely and utterly political act with purely and utterly political motivations.
In fact, a great deal of what this administration does is purely and utterly political, to a degree that is unusual even compared to previous presidencies. This is no accident, either, since Obama has more political and PR advisors in policy positions than previous presidents have had.
I’ve written about the situation before, in a post about Ben Rhodes’ background and his then-merely-suspected involvement in the Benghazi mess, and a more general one about the huge policy footprint of Obama’s political advisors. That phenomenon has been one of the hallmarks of Obama’s administration, which is one of the reasons it was so easy to see and to believe that the Benghazi-was-about-a-video meme was promulgated by the administration for political reasons and political ends.
Rhodes is probably merely the tip of the iceberg. We still haven’t had the most basic questions about Benghazi answered, such as where was Obama that night? But if Obama responds to the news about Rhodes’ emails at all, it will probably be to do one or all of these things: deny he knew a thing about it, say Rhodes was merely instructing people to say what the administration actually thought was the truth, and/or ask what difference does it make now, anyway?
Roger Simon (and others) call for a full investigation and possible impeachment, and in a just country the administration would be forced to answer for what it did and didn’t do regarding Benghazi. However, I regretfully have to say I believe that those who think this call of Roger’s will be answered: “American ‘liberals’ and their media consorts should search their souls” are living in a dreamworld.
Simon adds, “We will now see if there is even a figment of honesty in our mainstream media and if our elected representatives are to be trusted in any way.” Again, I think we know the answer. But I hope I’m wrong.