Post of the Day — May 11, 2013
Note from Dan: Lots of RWers here have thoughtlessly and disgustedly exulted over the deaths of four Americans last year at our consulate in Benghazi while elevating some minor missteps in a difficult-to-control operation to the status of a super scandal that’s sure to a) bring down President Obama and/or b) eviscerate the 2016 presidential ambitions of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Last night the regular Warren took a look at the claims this is worst “scandal” in American history and in the comment below he debunked them thoroughly.
“If the Obama administration sculpted the information released to the public for political ends, as it may well have done, it was doing something quite routinely done in electoral maneuvering. The desired result may have been to simply avoid handing their opponents something to demagogue, but now that’s happening anyway. The election results and the GOTP’s subsequent lack of traction on more substantive issues has made their shrillness on the matter much worse, because the GOTP has little else to offer their disappointed base right now besides feeding its hysteria.
On the other hand, the warmongering lies of the Cheney cabal made tragic causalities of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, including many of our most patriotic young Americans, at vastly greater cost than projected, for very little that couldn’t have been managed in ways less damaging to the U.S.
Perspective. Would you be madder if you found out that someone lied to you about getting oral sex, or that they hired a team to break in to your psychiatrists’ office to steal your treatment records? Would it be worse if someone lied about loaning money to someone else who was being extorted, or if they sold your stalker a gun despite your stalker being a felon? Would you be madder if a politician lied to protect their chances in the next election, or if they lied about how and why they intended to risk your child’s life?
Those examples are the difference between the lies of Clinton and Nixon, FDR and Reagan, and Obama and Bush/Cheney, respectively.