On the desk of Harry Truman in the Oval Office was a wooden sign that read “The buck stops here!” There is more than sufficient evidence to believe that Mr. Truman meant it and acted on that simple, moral sentiment. It embodied honor, humility, but above all, the complete and willing acceptance of responsibility for his job, including the consequences for failure as well as praise for success.
The same was true of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who, on the eve of D-Day, drafted a simple letter to be delivered to the president and the press if the invasion was a failure. The final two sentences read:
The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone.
These were honorable men, men who knew the meaning of responsibility.
One of more disgusting qualities of Barack Obama is his absolute refusal to accept true responsibility for virtually anything. To be sure, Mr. Obama is never hesitant to brag about his position or power, or to take credit for the labor and accomplishments of others, but actually accepting responsibility is another matter, despite his occasional protestations to the contrary. Truly taking responsibility involves not only accepting the positive factors associated with a position of trust, but accepting the consequences of failure to properly discharge the duties of that position. No one can accuse Mr. Obama of failing to accept the praise and perks of his position, but he is infamous for absolutely refusing to acknowledge failure, for deflecting blame and for ignoring or angrily railing against criticism. Even today, after his first term, he and members of his Administration are still blaming George W. Bush for–well, just about anything.
Can any sentient being imagine Barack Obama resigning the presidency–for any reason?
On May 13, Mr. Obama addressed the renewed Benghazi scandal for the first time in recent months, calling it a “sideshow,” and claiming there is “no there there.” Mr. Obama called the renewed interest in the scandal politically motivated and also essentially claimed that he labeled the attack terrorism from the beginning. In fact, it was not until September 20, nine days after the attack, that anyone in the Obama Administration clearly used the word “terror” or “terrorism” in relation to the attack.
A quick and far from comprehensive review of what we now know, pre, during and post attack:
Pre-Attack: There is no doubt that the security situation in Benghazi was desperate and worsening, and that Hillary Clinton was aware of it, but refused every request for additional security. We know that the security available to the mission there was substandard and that the only person who can authorize a continuing mission under those conditions is the Secretary of State. We know that despite the date–9-11–the Obama administration did not plan for a terrorist attack. They did not preposition military assets, nor did they put any on heightened alert. This was amazing to former Vice President and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, who said:
“If [the Obama administration] told the truth about Benghazi that it was a terrorist attack by an Al Qaeda affiliated group, it would’ve destroyed the false image of competence that was the basis of [Obama’s] campaign for re-election.
Well, they lied.
He charged that the administration didn’t want to admit the attack happened due to ‘their incompetence’ by ignoring calls for more security on the ground in Libya. Cheney said, ‘They tried to cover it up by constructing false stories, claiming there was confusion about what had happened at the Benghazi consulate. There was no confusion.
During the Attack: We now know the State Department and CIA knew the attack was a terrorist attack and that it had nothing to do with a video at the time it occurred. We know Hillary Clinton was called directly by a diplomatic security officer when the attack was occurring and was told it was a terrorist attack. We know that the CIA also had no doubt that it was a terrorist attack.
We know that an in-country military team twice tried to go to the aid of those under attack but was twice told to stand down. We know that every request for military help went unanswered. We know that the only person who can authorize our military to cross national borders is the President and that he never gave this authorization. We know, according to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, that Mr. Obama spoke with him early in the evening of the attack for a short time, and that he never spoke with Mr. Obama again that night. We know that rather than deal with the attack, Mr. Obama apparently went to bed.
Post Attack: We know that the Obama Administration’s lies undercut the Libyan President’s clear and unequivocal statement about terrorist involvement in the attack and this caused our FBI considerable difficultly in getting permission to enter the country. We know that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton lied to the survivors of the victims of Benghazi and knew they were lying. We know the CIA’s talking points delivered to the Obama White House and the State Department clearly identified the attack as an act of terror and said nothing about a video. We know that those talking points were edited no less than 12 times, removing all clear references to terror and that the editing was done at the demand of the White House and the State Department. We know that White House “fixer” Ben Rhodes wrote the final talking points.
We know that Mr. Obama met Mrs. Clinton at the State Department on 09-12 and that later that day, he went to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.
We know that as late as September 20, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were still blaming the attack on a video virtually no one had seen, but even on September 24, 2012, during an appearance on The View, Mr. Obama refused to categorize the attack as terrorism
We know that Hillary Clinton, In a January 23, 2013 congressional hearing, said:
With all due respect, we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk who decided they’d go kill Americans. What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened.
We know that on May 01, 2013, Presidential press secretary Jay Carney said Benghazi “happened a long time ago.”
No there, there Mr. President? It has been positively established that Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton failed to provide minimally adequate security for our diplomatic personnel in Libya. They did not provide the military backup they needed when they were under attack and lied about that. They lied to the American people about the very nature of and motivation for the attack. They lied–face to face–to the survivors of the victims of the attack, and lied over their coffins. The Obama Administration has stonewalled the Congress in their attempts to get to the truth. The Obama Administration has harassed, hidden, and threatened those involved in an attempt to continue their cover up, a cover up that continues to this day.
In the real world, with a functional, professional skeptical press, a competent, moral Congress, and an engaged, involved citizenry, Barack Obama would be speedily impeached and convicted, and Hillary Clinton and a variety of others would be tried and jailed. But that would require a world where high governmental officials actually take responsibility for their actions and omissions. Hillary Clinton said “I take responsibility” for Benghazi in a CBS interview on October 15, 2012, but of course, she meant that only to the degree it might help further the cover up. Consider the value of that statement compared with her January 23 testimony before Congress to see whether her definition of “responsibility” comports well with the real definition.
Here are the facts of responsibility that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton refuse for fully accept:
Hillary Clinton was primarily responsible for ensuring that the Libya mission had sufficient security. She did not provide that security despite multiple pleas from those in the line of fire. She was also the only person in the US Government that could allow any diplomatic mission to continue to operate with substandard security, which she obviously did. She was told as the attack was happening that it was a terrorist attack, yet she did nothing to save those under attack, and lied about her actions thereafter.
Barack Obama is the commander in chief of the armed forces, yet did nothing to prepare for 9-11 in Libya, and when told of an active attack on our diplomatic mission, apparently did nothing to save them, choosing instead to go to bed. There is no evidence at all that he actively monitored the situation, or even occasionally monitored the situation. He is also the commander of all cabinet departments, including the Department of State, and all intelligence agencies. Yet he did not use those departments to save those under attack.
But we don’t have all the answers! We don’t know exactly what Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton did down the the second! We don’t know every detail of exactly who said what to whom and when!
We don’t need to know that. We know what they failed to do, and we know that their failure cost American lives, lives that should not have been put in that kind of danger, and lives that might have been saved had responsible officials been in office.
In other words, Hillary Clinton was directly responsible for the Department of State and everything that happened on her watch. Barack Obama is directly responsible for the Department of State and our military, and everything that happens on his watch. But in reality, they were–and are–truly responsible for nothing, nothing that doesn’t go their way or reflect well on them.
For Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, it’s always someone else’s fault, and the buck never stops; it spins, eternally.