As the political season heats up and the Bush and Clinton tribes prepare to lock horns we all get to cringe at the resurgence of the Benghazi! meme. Yes, I am as sick of it as most of you are. However, there is a real issue that literally nobody talks about.
First, to get this out of the way, there is no scandal in what actually happened in Libya. The State Department had people on the ground in an outpost in Benghazi (there may be a scandal in what he was doing there to begin with – but thats a different story). There is always a trade-off between security vs. cost. Someone, somewhere, made a judgement call that turned out wrong. These security decisions are made around the world every week and if anything the State Department errs on the side of being too secure. Around the world American embassies are walling themselves off from the countries they operate in with massive compounds well cut-off from the local society and culture.
The idea that Hillary or her minions were somehow callous to the lives of Americans in Benghazi is ludicrous. Well, to be clear, Hillary (like the Bush tribe) most likely is callous to the lives of anyone else but that is not why the deaths in Benghazi happened. Decisions were made about the level of security needed for the mission. The decisions turned out to be wrong, but even if you assume Hillary is the worst person on earth she is at least evil enough to know that Americans killed on her watch is going to impact her public persona and would not have wanted it to happen.
Here is the real issue that nobody but myself is talking about:
After the attack the Clinton tribe went into cover-up mode. It is common to say “it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up” but covering-up a crime in human enough behavior that people don’t get too worked up about it by and large.
What matters here is the nature of the cover-up. In order to protect themselves the State Department was not only looking to deflect blame, but was willing to impair a fundamental human freedom.
The response by the State Department in the aftermath of Benghazi was (and they knew this was false) to blame a video on youtube. Shortly thereafter newspapers around the country were filled with op-eds by Hillary’s minions talking about why “free speech isn’t absolute”.
For example, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania called for the jailing of the film’s producer and claimed that “..movie is not the first to denigrate a religious figure, nor will it be the last. The Last Temptation of Christ was protested vigorously. The difference is that Bacile indirectly and inadvertently inflamed people half a world away, resulting in the deaths of U.S. Embassy”.
Fortunately the world quickly saw through the “it’s the fault of a youtube video” lie, but what would have happened if we all actually believed the lie? If Congress or other legislative bodies would have attempted to restrict free speech on the basis of the lie would Hillary have spoken up and said “wait, guys, don’t do that, that’s not what really caused Benghazi”? Of course not. She would have gladly gone along with the charade in order to protect her reputation.
An attack on the First Amendment in order to cover-up an administrative screw-up is unprecedented and in my opinion is a crime larger than the Watergate cover-up.
That’s the real scandal, and yet it’s not what the Republicans are talking about every time they scream Benghazi!!$%$!!!!