As the Left-leaning Washington Post reported yesterday, “a ‘long-delayed’ Senate Intelligence Committee report released Wednesday faulted both the State Department and the intelligence community for not preventing attacks on two outposts in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador, in 2012.
“The bipartisan report laid out more than a dozen findings regarding the assaults on a diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in the city. It said the State Department failed to increase security at its mission despite warnings, and blamed intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of the CIA outpost with the U.S. military.
“The committee determined that the U.S. military command in Africa didn’t know about the CIA annex and that the Pentagon didn’t have the resources in place to defend the State Department compound in an emergency.”
The WP quotes the panel’s statement: “The attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya – to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets – and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. mission.
The report also notes that the FBI’s investigation has been thwarted in Libya and that 15 people “supporting the investigation or otherwise helpful to the United States” have since been murdered in Benghazi. The panel stated that it was uncertain whether the killings were related to the inquiry.
The Washington Post could find “no evidence of the kind of political cover-up that Republicans have long alleged.” However, as Chris Christie was at the helm of the state of New Jersey during Bridge Gate, and accepted the responsibility, so was Hillary Clinton, the Democrat front-runner, at the helm when Ambassador Christopher Stevens was murdered.
Two potential presidential candidates facing one another. One is under fire for a traffic jam, for which the New Jersey Democrats are spending our tax money trying to find the smoking e-mail, as well as a vacation commercial of the kind that practically every state governor has made at one time or another; the other, for a disaster at a United States consulate in a Middle Eastern country resulting in the murder of our ambassador to Libya. What’s more, Clinton, Obama, and Susan Rice all lied to the American people, placing the blame on fury over a crude video that Muslims found offensive.
In the end, the SIC found that security at this State Department compound and CIA annex (about a mile away) were grossly inadequate. Their report denounces the failure to heed countless warnings about the dangers in Benghazi and the secrecy of that particular mission that kept the U.S. military in the dark and unable to respond in time to prevent or combat it, and save the four men who were killed and others who were wounded.
What brought on this sudden clearing of the government’s conscience, after they lied to us for about 18 months about Benghazi? Were they moved by Gov. Christie’s performance in his state of the state speech, immediately addressing the bridge fandango, or were they impressed by his unchanging, favorable polls even in the face of a damning controversy? Do they think this sudden revelation will raise Hillary’s poll numbers sufficiently to turn her into a viable Democrat candidate?
To understand New Jersey’s attitude towards Christie and Bridge-Gate, you have to understand New Jersey and New Jerseyans. We’re a Blue state. Conservatives haven’t much choice but to put up with Christie. We would have preferred Steven Lonegan. Still, Christie has charisma. Before you condemn him, you should talk to him, or listen to him give a speech. Lonegan actually gives even better speeches.
But Christie is a baby-kisser. When he presents Town Hall meetings, he always gives the last question to a kid. This goes over extremely well in the kid-filled suburbs ofe may have installed a Muslim State Supreme Court justice. He may (or may not have) passed gay marriage. He may have kissed Obama (perhaps accidentally) and consciously walked arm-in-arm with the guy along the Jersey Shore (how romantic!).
He also has a reputation as a bully. Well, he bullies the Media. He bullies the public sector unions. He bullies the Legislature (when he’s not holding his hand out to them). He’s a former prosecutor. What do you expect? He even bullies the Tea Party, which doesn’t sit too well with us Tea Party Conservatives. However, he doesn’t care and neither do the Moderate and Independent voters. On the whole, the people of New Jersey enjoy his bullying, for the most part, especially when he’s bullying reporters and union thugs. They like him because he is a bully.
The guy is also a talker, and a very good one. He’s very funny. He knows how to tell a good story. He is forthright. He doesn’t hide what he stands for and will tell you that if you don’t like it, tough. However, he is a family man and that plays extremely well in family-friendly northwest and southeast New Jersey. He has stood up for some Conservative fiscal issues, particularly against public sector unions. That plays extremely well with the northwest and southeast voters in the state.
If the state isn’t exactly in the financial state it ought to be, blame it on the voters, not Christie. Our senate and assembly are both Democrat-ruled. As Christie says, if you want me to pass or veto some law or regulation, “send me a Republican legislature.”
As for Benghazi, it is what we get for voting in a Leftist, Progressive-Communist president who boasted that he was a “citizen of the world” who hates suburbia, disapproves of the U.S. Constitution, wants to redistribute our hard-earned wealth, and believes the United States should take its place in the world as just another mediocre country. If Congress blocks him on any measure, he simply issues an Executive Order to overcome the hurdle and the will of the people of the United States.
These are a president and presidential-hopeful willing to lie to the American people about Benghazi, readily blaming the disaster on a cartoon video and at the same time accusing Republicans of heading of a conspiracy-theory witch hunt for a truth that they claimed didn’t exist.
“What difference does it make?” Clinton exclaimed.
May that be the epithet on her political tombstone.