May 3, 2014

IBD: ‘Legitimacy Of Obama Re-Election At Stake In Benghazi’

I disagree with Investors Business Daily’s overall contention in an otherwise fine editorial.

Obama’s reelection has already been shown to be illegitimate.

What’s really at stake it the potential for that fundamental truth, which will not change once the objective history of this era is written, to become common knowledge. (And Benghazi is only one of at least four reasons why this is so.)

Here are excerpts from the paper’s Friday editorial:

… When the White House and congressional Democrats want to swerve the spotlight onto their economic record, you know they sense big danger on Benghazi.

“What difference does it make?” Hillary Clinton asked in Senate testimony 15 months ago. We know now the White House thought it made all the difference in the world — enough, perhaps, to decide the election.
Calling White House national security communications aide Ben Rhodes’ email a smoking gun is an understatement; obtained with great effort by Judicial Watch, it is pure 2012 election-year damage control.

Its recipients included David Plouffe, Dan Pfeiffer and Carney — all Obama spinmeisters. “Prep Call with Susan” was the subject line, and Rhodes sought to arm Susan Rice, who was the U.N. ambassador, with ways to protect the president before she appeared on all of the Sunday news shows a few days after the attack.

The second goal in prepping Rice was “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.” That came just after conveying that the administration was “doing everything that we can” to protect U.S. personnel stationed abroad.

Rhodes also emphasized that Rice should say the president “provides leadership that is steady and statesmanlike.”

Now imagine if, after 9/11, the priority of President Bush’s White House was looking after the boss’ image, making sure no one thought there was a “failure of policy” and that people saw Bush as “statesmanlike.”

… To borrow a familiar phrase from Watergate, it is perfectly clear what lies at the heart of the Benghazi scandal: coordinating the lie that there was no terrorist attack to assure Obama’s re-election.

The fact that the lie worked for the two months it had to in order to get Barack Obama reelected is all anyone with a lick of sense needs to know to concluded that Obama’s 2012 reelection was legitimate.

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