Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” President Obama, take heed.
The Benghazi, Libya terrorist attack on September 11 is growing into quite a scandal for the current administration. It appears the attempted “cover-up” or public spin may, as usual, be more deplorable than the attack on our soil and our citizens in Libya.
The death of four brave Americans serving our country was certainly horrible, but the lack of candor, stalling and lack of truth-telling by the Obama administration has been appalling. The apparent blame, which is now being assigned to the “intelligence community,” is indeed a farce. Americans expect nothing less than the truth from our nationally elected officials and their appointed bureaucrats.
American credibility is being questioned all over the world, especially in Middle Eastern and African nations where terrorist elements are presently planning and training to attack America again and again.
The lack of factual, timely and verifiable evidence about the attack in Benghazi by the American press is deplorable. I looked exhaustively in the first section of the Washington Post on October 14, as well as the editorial page and found no outrage expressed concerning the Benghazi attack. The stone walling of investigations, misstatements, and ludicrous comments made by administration officials to the press continue.
In his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned of the “military industrial complex.” Perhaps today there is a need to heed that warning and take serious steps to examine the White House press, or should I say cabal. Hearings have been held about automobile company bailouts, bank and mortgage failures. How about hearings on the responsibilities of the press?
Investigations will be launched by various agencies and organizations to uncover the truth regarding the Benghazi terrorist attack. Unfortunately, the result of these myriad investigations will probably not be available to the voting public until after the November 6 election. Politics as usual.
Even though economics remains the predominate issue in the 2012 election, Americans cannot ignore the total collapse of the administration’s foreign policy, culminating with the death of the four Americans in Libya. Mr. President, this attack was on your watch. The lack of preparedness, safety, and aftermath of the event are your responsibility. The buck stops in the Oval Office. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton may have accepted accountability of the security for all United States missions around the world, but the ultimate responsibility is that of the President of the United States.
As I go to the voting booth on November 6, Benghazi will be on my mind. Our losses and failures will be on my mind. The families of the four lost Americans will be on my mind. The lack of any coherent foreign policy will be on my mind.
Mr. President your term deserves to come to an end, along with that of “Chuckles,“ your vice president. Neither of you appears to have an accurate nor creditable foreign policy. For the President of the United States, job one is the protection of American citizens at home and abroad.
With Benghazi, and many other issues on my mind, I will vote for Mitt Romney.
By Fletcher Hall