Who Should Be Held Accountable for the Benghazi Cover-Up?

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The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Peter King called last week for the resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. King said that Rice should resign for misleading the American public during a succession of Sunday television news show interviews about what led to the Sept. 11th murders of Ambassador John Christopher Stevens and three other Americans during an assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. She said that it was a spontaneous mob outburst that got out of control in reaction to the anti-Muslim video, rather than the premeditated Islamic jihadist attack that it actually was.

“I believe that this was such a failure of foreign policy messag[ing] and leadership, such a misstatement of facts as was known at the time … for her to go on all of those shows and in effect be our spokesman for the world and be misinforming the American people and our allies and countries around the world, to me, somebody has to pay the price for this,” King told CNN.

King is wrong to scapegoat Rice. She was simply taking her cue from President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who shamelessly blamed the video for the violence in order to divert attention away from their abysmal failure to secure the consulate against a predictable Islamist jihadist assault on Americans on the anniversary of 9/11.

By having Rice appear on several Sunday talk shows with her disingenuous explanation, the Obama administration put her out on a limb to be cut off later if necessary and save the higher-ups from accountability.

Ambassador Rice is part of the State Department headed by Hillary Clinton.  Does anyone seriously doubt that Rice’s  public statements on an issue as delicate as the violence in Libya and Egypt would not have been vetted first by more senior Obama administration officials, if not by Hillary herself?

Ambassador Stevens also worked for the State Department.  In excerpts from his diary released by CNN, Stevens expressed concern for his own safety because he believed he was on al Qaeda’s hit list for assassination. What was Hillary’s State Department’s response to this information when it was made public?  Her senior advisor Philippe Reines blasted CNN for doing its journalistic duty.

Asked about the warnings of a possible hit list, Clinton said,  “I have absolutely no information or reason to believe that there’s any basis for that.”

“The office of the director of National Intelligence has said we have no actionable intelligence that an attack on our post in Benghazi was planned or imminent,” Clinton also said, calling the security measures in place there “robust.”

The first head to roll should be Hillary Clinton’s, not her subordinates.  Hillary is highly experienced in cover-ups from her days as First Lady during her husband’s administration.  She appears to be putting that experience to work today in keeping the public from learning the complete truth as to why the State Department did not do more to protect Ambassador Stevens and other U.S. personnel.

The next to go should be Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, whose spokesperson issued a statement on Clapper’s behalf on September 28th claiming that American intelligence agencies “revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists.”

What new information? The Libyan government said from the outset that the video had nothing to do with the Benghazi attack but rather was a pre-meditated terrorist attack.  According to informed sources quoted by Fox News, our intelligence agencies knew within a day that al Qaeda affiliates were behind the attack.  Is Clapper’s claim of “new information” a lie to cover up what the Obama administration really knew early on as opposed to its back-and-forth public explanations, or are our intelligence agencies just incredibly incompetent in ignoring the obvious?  Either way, it is time for Clapper, who said last year that the Muslim Brotherhood was a “largely secular” organization, to join Clinton out the door.

However, Clinton and Clapper’s resignations are not enough.  The buck stops with President Obama, who refuses to answer to the American people for his gross dereliction of duty as the commander-in-chief. During his speech last week to the United Nations General Assembly, he continued to blame the video for the violence, even though administration officials had already begun to distance themselves from that lame excuse.  Obama called the video “crude and disgusting” in the speech and an “insult not only to Muslims, but to America.”

The president disgracefully continues making his false claims on the campaign trail that al Qaeda is on the road to defeat. To the contrary, al Qaeda’s contagion has spread from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen to Libya, Syria, Mali, Nigeria and other parts of Africa and the Middle East.

Obama has continued to treat the recent spurt of Muslim violence as, in his words, just another unfortunate “bump in the road on the path to democracy.”  He is desperately hanging on to the fiction that Islamists, such as the Muslim Brotherhood ruling Egypt, can be trusted as champions of true democracies simply because they claim to reject al Qaeda’s violent tactics.  Acting on this fiction, the administration announced on Friday that it intends to provide an emergency cash infusion of $450 million to the Muslim Brotherhood-led Egyptian government, which failed to protect the American embassy in Cairo from a violent attack on 9/11.  This is in addition to military aid of more than a billion dollars.

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  • Larry

    The buck stops at the last desk, in this case, the one in the Oval Office.

    Just like it stops there for Fast and Furious, for all the intelligence leaks, for the voter fraud and intimidation, and for the crony capitalism such as Solyndra.

  • pierce

    There is no question, it is Obama's problem. You can not blame Hilary or Susan, those two are accomplishes, but Barack is definitely the guilty person. The only other thing I wonder about is the Barack friendly PRESS, will they carry the ball, because if they don't or won't, I am afraid the american people are that dumb, they won't hold him responsible, and vote for him anyways.

    • PaulRevereNow

      What do you mean, "You can not blame Hilary or Susan?" They have the power to tell Stinky to change his policies; and if he doesn't, they can always resign. Hilary and Susan go along with Stinky's unfolding foreign policy disaster; thus they should be held equally accountable for the results. Get it?

  • WildJew

    Will there come a time when we can dispense with the fiction that Barack Hussein Obama is clueless; that he has no idea what he is doing in and to the Muslim world? I take Obama at his word when he told the ummah at al-Azhar University (June 2009), "I have known Islam on three continents before I came to the region where it was first Revealed."

  • oldtimer

    Susan Rice did what she was told. Perfect stooge/scapegoat. 0 is the most responsible and Hellary should also be held accountable.

    • WildJew

      You are right about Obama and Clinton. Both should lose their jobs. Still Rice went out there and lied to the public for them. She should also lose her job. "I was following orders," is not a justification for lying.

      • oldtimer

        I agree, they should all be fired.

  • weroinnm

    The Film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ — Made By Terrorists? http://teapartyorg.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id
    “Food For Thought”
    Semper Fi!

  • RAS

    The president lied, Americans died. Oh no! Not for this crafty charlatan. His dutiful leftist media will cover up his (and Hilary's ) incompetence, screw-up's, and lies fast than a dozen cats with diarrhea. And it won't matter a hoot to most of the millions on welfare and food-stamps, or the guilt ridden lily-whites (mesmerized by our first black president), or the isn't he cute celebrity crowd. What will it take?

  • chowching259

    Since the Hitler era every Jew trembles at the sight of a Grand Mufti. They are the leaders of the Muslim world and are the spark that ignites intolerance against Jews. Each time there is a riot atheistic Grand Muftis and their corrupt lieutenants must be beheaded. Special Forces manning guillotines can do the job in a few days.

  • Sarkirus

    We should blame the terrist sh*tbags who launched a rocket at the embassy, and who killed our Ambassador. There was no cover up, there was however an intense effort to not jump the gun before the facts were all confirmed, that's what got us into that crap in Iraq, remember? The only people that need blamed for anything are the piss drinking Muslim extremists who took EVEN MORE Innocent lives for absolutely not legitimate reason YET AGAIN. The tactics used in the invasion of Nazi Germany need to be enforced on Mid East Dictatorships. 24 hour non-stop aerial bombardments that only stop when the dictator dies or surrenders. Countries that do not do everything they can to suppress Sharia law and Muslim Extremism need to be viewed as enemies, and those countries need to be effected similarly.

  • CLEOSHEP

    An interesting question. Obama sent her out as the lamb knowing Republicans would attack her. Why not just forget her altogether and concentrate on the the President. I wouldn't criticize anyone but Obama. Anybody who said anything at any time was simply following Obama's explicit instructions. So we may or may not get around to them but if we ever do it will be much later. Meanwhile Obama is personally responsible for every word uttered by any member of the administration. So at least until Nov. 7th, hit him and only him. This includes things Biden says.

  • pyeatte

    The buck stops at the Oval Office. That is where the cover-up started. The evidence is in the President himself, and his belief he is always the smartest man in the room – how hard they fall.

  • Brian Richard Allen

    …. Who Should Be Held Accountable for the Benghazi Cover-Up …?

    In the real world? Rice, Press Sec, Missus Cli'ton and Zero should all go.

    In their world it's all Mr Stevens' fault.

    Case closed.

  • Fed up

    One lie after another and yet you still have Obama supporters!!!! Who is to blame? You and I are to blame for allowing this President to continue to get away with just about everything and not be held accountable for accomplishing nothing but wasteful spending.