Punting Benghazi

Trey Gowdy’s Gift to the Obama Regime

The House Select Committee on Benghazi has filed its final report, all 800 pages of it. The investigation into the massacre of four Americans at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 is complete, after over two years of delays and stonewalling by the administration.

Except it isn’t complete. It’s inconclusive as far as culpability is concerned. The report assesses what happened but no responsibility is assigned and no reasons are divulged. As we’ve come to expect from Congressional Republicans (see Fast & Furious, IRS, EPA, etc.), no boats will rock.

It is beyond doubt that Hillary Clinton e-mailed her daughter Chelsea the very night of the attack on the Benghazi compound on September 11, 2012, stating matter-of-factly that the attack was undertaken by an “al Qaeda-type group.”

That same night the State Department issued a public statement, under Secretary Clinton’s own name, wherein it identified the source of the attack on the consulate not as the al Qaeda group Clinton mentioned to Chelsea, but a spontaneous uprising caused by an inflammatory “anti-Muslim video…”

Two days later, on September 14, 2012, the four flag-draped coffins of the Americans slain in Benghazi were unloaded from the transport aircraft and placed inside a hangar. A brief ceremony honoring their service was performed. At its close, Mrs. Clinton assured the surviving family members that the people “responsible for the video” that caused the deaths of their loved ones would be “found and brought to justice.” She knew this to be totally false.

Hillary Clinton lied to their faces, even though she knew the truth about the massacre. She was aware the “filmmaker” of the nearly unknown video, chosen as the scapegoat for this cover-up, was in custody.

The White House prepped Susan Rice as she prepared to visit five Sunday talk shows the following weekend: “Make sure this isn’t about a broader failure of policy in Libya.” The weapons cache in Benghazi, intended for Syrian anti-Assad “freedom fighters,” must not be exposed. Libya was the administration’s success story: another dictator deposed, the Libyan people given their freedom, courtesy of Barack Obama.

We now know that, as the attack was happening in “real time,” the secretary of state and the secretary of defense were in the White House situation room, discussing and assessing the crisis as it unfolded. Half of that hours-long meeting was spent putting the plan together to blame a video for the attack on the consulate in Benghazi. Those present knew what was occurring on the ground in Libya, through live data feeds.

When the attack came, a MAST unit (for the purpose of split-second response to a crisis) was 2-3 hours away, in Spain. After the Marines aboard a staged aircraft were ordered to change from uniform to civilian dress and back again, four times, the order to deploy forces was not given. No help would be sent during the eight-hour attack.

Those responsible for defending the nation and its citizens from harm were figuring how this crisis was to be “spun” for the American public. Only 56 days away from the presidential election and President Obama’s mantra of success against al Qaeda must be preserved. “GM is alive, bin Laden’s dead, and al Qaeda is on the run.”

Maintaining “the narrative” would win the election and keep a president in power. Nothing was more important; not the truth or the lives of Americans in Benghazi who had repeatedly begged for an enhanced security perimeter and were flatly denied assistance for their own defense. Who will be held responsible, Rep. Gowdy?

Originally Published July 4, 2016


Return Fire

Punching Back at the State-run Media

Last Tuesday, in a press interview at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Republican Party presidential candidate (and likely nominee) Donald Trump laid away the state-run media as the poseurs they are. (And please, let’s dispense forever with the notion of “mainstream media” – there’s nothing mainstream as to where the media sits on the American political spectrum.)

For decades, particularly the last two presidential contests and the prior two Republican administrations, conservatives and traditional Republican Party members have begged GOP leadership to defend themselves; return fire to the corrupt media.

At this “presser,” Donald called out one reporter as “sleazy,” and proceeded to knock down one accusation after another.

Unlike other Republican presidential candidates in recent primary seasons, Trump does not politely duck and cover under media pressure. He meets it head-on. There’s no Karl Rove slithering here; Donald is not afraid of the media, nor does he think he owes them explanations. If anything, he knows he builds their market share.

Confronting media accusations over his fundraiser for American military veterans, held during a skipped debate in Iowa earlier this year, he laid out the details of how much he collected and how much went where of the $5.6 million donated so far.

The unreported contrast is what Mr. Trump gives to veterans’ groups vs. what Mrs. Clinton and Senator Sanders give. This was not mentioned to any appreciable degree by the press in their coverage after the event at Trump Tower. The difference in charitable activity is so stark, in the interest of protecting their own, it went largely unreported. The state-run media simply whined at what they perceived was an unfair attack on them by Donald Trump. (The press should know by now that if it’s foolish enough to set a match to Donald’s tent, he will torch theirs with a flamethrower.)

Donald Trump’s personal contribution and those he solicited at his veterans’ charity event back in January went 100% to the veterans’ groups chosen for funding. Zero percent was eaten up by administrative cost; Trump covered that himself.

By contrast, the Clinton Foundation appears to give 0% of its vast wealth to veterans’ groups, as far as is known. (This may change to delay the inevitable, adverse exposure.) Broadly, however, the family’s money-laundering operation, known as the Clinton Foundation, donates roughly 10% of its funding to charitable causes, versus 90% that goes to “administration” (Bill & Hillary’s expenses, i.e., living, travel, etc.)

The Bernie Sanders Campaign has not stepped forward to offer an accounting of his contributions to charities (or veterans’ groups). Of course, ardent socialists, like most activists on the Left, do not support charities that hold traditional values, such as veterans’ organizations. The objective of Socialism is to create more need, not lessen it; they thrive on increasing dependency not alleviating it. So their lack of charitable conscience is true to form. They believe in government redistribution of wealth, not the selfless act of personal “giving.”

Donald Trump will make many more converts after his “return fire” last week. Now if the media chooses to scrutinize Hillary’s cash flow, like raking in $21 million in speaking fees in just two years, the playing field could be leveled. Until then, Trump should continue to question the media’s integrity, and gather more support.

Thankfully, he won’t listen to RNC or Romney advisors telling him to back off. And it’s refreshing to see a Republican who understands why it’s the “state-run media.”

Originally Published June 6, 2016

When is it Enough?

Clinton Chronicles of Corruption

On February 15, another 550 of Hillary Clinton’s thousands of e-mails were found to contain classified intelligence. These were classified due to content or subject matter when they reached Mrs. Clinton’s server, not later. Several were deemed as Top Secret by intelligence agencies.

Just ten days later, on February 25, and only two days before the South Carolina Socialist-Democrat primary, an additional 1,500 State Department e-mails were released. These revealed another 88 e-mails that were classified. E-mails found on Hillary’s private, non-government server containing classified information important or vital to U.S. security now total 1,819.

For nearly a year, however, Mrs. Clinton has adamantly lied about this.

As long as the FBI and State Department officials dig, the higher the number will go and the deeper Mrs. Clinton will sink, in a morass of corruption caused by her own lust for money and power.

Despite all of Mrs. Clinton’s previous escapades and adventures; cattle futures, White Water, Vince Foster, Ron Brown, Travel Gate, File Gate, illegal campaign contributions from foreign donors (chiefly, Red China), Bill’s indiscretions with a host of females past and present, his impeachment, her Saudi involvements, Russian control over 20% of U.S. uranium output, and complicity in the Benghazi massacre… this latest round of corruption, dishonesty and diversion may be her last rodeo.

We can only pray that this long-running immorality play and soap opera, the “Misadventures of Bill and Hill” now showcases Hillary center-stage. After dozens of books and thousands of articles have been written about the “Clinton Syndicate” over two decades, not to mention the lawsuits, this performance by Hillary while acting as secretary of state could be the capstone. Her achievements in organized corruption through public office as well as earlier “private” positions, is ignored or downplayed by the state-run media. But now, the Internet and organizations such as Judicial Watch can expose the crimes…

Consider what Mrs. Clinton faces in her final act on the political stage as presidential candidate for the Socialist-Democrat Party in 2016:

  • Health problems
  • Penchant for pathological lying (noteworthy in the Benghazi scandal with lies delivered face-to-face to the survivors of the victims)
  • Exposure from illegal communications while secretary of state (server lies, security status lies, memo retention lies)
  • Clinton Foundation deals (peddling influence among heads of state from other nations to generate cash, using her husband as bagman and income source)
  • Employment of Sid Blumenthal, despite orders from the White House, as under-the-radar business front man and informant for the Clinton Foundation
  • Rise of the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and numerous nations across the globe
  • A resurgent Russia, met with little resistance from Hillary’s State Department (Ukraine, the Crimea, etc.)

The list could go on, but above all this is the arrogance, the “above the law” attitude that she is untouchable – and inevitable as a candidate for our highest office.

On the presidential campaign trail her claims of achievement get little rebuttal and questions regarding the 150 FBI agents working her e-mail fraud case are ignored.

According to former U.S. district attorney Rudy Giuliani, Mrs. Clinton’s offenses up to January 25, 2016 put her in jeopardy for violating at least 15 statutes under U.S. law (18USC), many of these felonies.

Will the “Clinton Chronicles of Corruption” never end, without a RICO lawsuit?

And will the Republican Party leadership keep granting her immunity to justice, even in the court of public opinion?