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Friday, October 4, 2013

War Memorial & Benghazi

The other day, Senator Rand Paul, commenting on the closure of the World War II Memorial, used Twitter to compare the number of security guards at the Memorial with the number that had been protecting the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.  This tweet was picked up by one of the Fox News television programs and that in turn led Media Matters to criticize it as being wrong and label it as one more example of Fox News' "inexhaustible obsession with Benghazi."  Media Matters might possibly be right that Senator Rand's tweet was inaccurate.  Apparently, there were security guards present at the Memorial, but there may not have been seven and they might not have been "sent."   For the record, I do not think that Senator Paul's comment was well thought out, nor do I think that it was very important.

More importantly, however, Media Matters is also correct that Fox News does appear to have what might correctly be called an "inexhaustible obsession with Benghazi."  I confess that I do as well and I believe that the fact that Media Matters does not have an "inexhaustible obsession with Benghazi" is one of the things that is wrong with the American media today.  Four very good Americans were murdered because of incompetence, malfeasance, and stupidity at the highest levels of our government.  Why is that not a subject with which we should all have an "inexhaustible obsession?"  Why is it inappropriate to be "obsessively" interested in the fact that the President and the Secretary of State lied to the American people following the attack because of the fear that the truth would adversely impact the 2012 election?

Most of the American media agrees with President Obama's characterization of Benghazi as being "bumps in the road" and, like Secretary Clinton, ask "what does it matter?"   For me, the horrible and needless death of four Americans can not be dismissed as "bumps in the road" and Benghazi matters a lot, in a lot of different ways.  One of the ways that it matters is that it demonstrates the callus nature of our President and our Secretary of State.  Another is that it proves that they are both willing to lie to the American people.  A third is that it demonstrates their incompetence.  The list goes on, but there are no items on it that are favorable to these two incompetent professional politicians.  Benghazi matters to me and it should to every American.  It is tragic and it is disgraceful .

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