You Can't Handle The Truth

While most Americans are apparently distracted by the NBA playoffs, or Dancing With The Stars, or whatever other distraction that consumes them, we are confronted with a President, his political machine and Administration that are arguably best described as a tyranny. 

From the President's recent commencement speech at Ohio State University, we again learned his world-view...

"Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems...They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices."

Arguably, tyranny could include allowing Americans serving overseas to be killed for political expediency and cover, the tyrant President's election and political career being more important than citizen patriots' lives....this being the optics of the Benghazi scandal. 

Ignoring the lie of the video that the President, his political enablers, and the toadies of the liberal main-stream media peddled for weeks after the attack, other aspects of the President's actions are instructive.  His "tyranny" brings to mind this scene from the classic movie A Few Good Men.  In this scene, Tom Cruise's character, Kaffee, is questioning the command and control tyrant Marine Colonel Jessep, played by Jack Nicholson.... 

Kaffee: Colonel, a moment ago you said that you ordered Lieutenant Kendrick to tell his men that Santiago wasn't to be touched.
Col. Jessep: That's right.
Kaffee: And Lieutenant Kendrick was clear on what you wanted?
Col. Jessep: Crystal.
Kaffee: Any chance Lieutenant Kendrick ignored the order?
Col. Jessep: Ignored the order?
Kaffee: Any chance he forgot about it?
Col. Jessep: No.
Kaffee: Any chance Lieutenant left your office and said, 'The old man is wrong'?
Col. Jessep: No.
Kaffee: When Lieutenant Kendrick spoke to the Platoon, and ordered them not to touch Santiago, any chance they ignored him?

Col. Jessep: You ever served in an infantry unit, son?
Kaffee: No, sir.
Col. Jessep: Ever served in a forward area?
Kaffee: No, sir.
Col. Jessep: Ever put your life in another man's hands: asked him to put his life in yours?
Kaffee: No, sir.
Col. Jessep: We follow orders, son. We follow orders, or people die; it's that simple. Are we clear?
Kaffee: Yes, sir.
Col. Jessep: [nearly shouting] Are we clear?
Kaffee: Crystal. Colonel, I've just one more question before I call Airman O'Malley and Airman Rodriguez; if you gave an order that Santiago wasn't to be touched, and your orders are always followed, then why would Santiago be in danger? (bold added for emphasis) Why would it be necessary to transfer him off the base?

Why does this sound familiar...what is the relationship to the Benghazi scandal?  Questions were posed to President Obama in October 2012 regarding Benghazi, by ABC News Kyle Clarke (bold added for emphasis)...

"Clark pressed again..."Were they denied requests for help during the attack?" he asked.  President Obama...."Well, we are finding out exactly what happened,"the president again said. "I can tell you, as I've said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we're going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn't happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we're going to find out exactly what happened, but what we're also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.'

Analogous to the movie, what we learn by the President's own words is:

  • The President is clearly is in charge of a response to the Benghazi event
  • The President's immediate orders were that our personnel are to be secured by whatever means necessary
  • All agencies were clearly directed by the President as the number one priority to make sure that people were safe...

The obvious question for the President is the same as Tom Cruise's line of questioning of Colonel Jessep...if the President gave these orders and his orders are always followed, then why were these four Americans murdered in a prolonged terrorist attack with no relief sent to assist them?

The Benghazi debacle is another example of the lengths the President is willing to go to retain his powerful position.  Innocent Americans were left to die in a prolonged terror attack, without benefit of military relief, while those in power apparently refused to provide such relief, for fear of affecting the President's election prospects.  The details, excuses, half-truths or other explanations aren't even required to evaluate this incident.  The optics are clear, a government run by those whose political power and careers are more important than others' lives...tyrants.  Unfortunately, for most distracted Americans, they can't handle the truth.