Nobody Died Over Watergate
Vol: 133 Issue: 24 Wednesday, October 24, 2012
If you were to ask someone to name what they thought qualified as the worst political scandal in American history, eight out of ten would name Watergate. It’s a safe bet; the Watergate Scandal led to the first and only resignation of a US president in history.
In June of 1972, there was a break-in at Democratic National Headquarters, located at that time in the Watergate office complex in Washington DC. The FBI linked cash found on the burglars to a White House slush fund.
The Watergate burglars were dispatched by the Committee to Re Elect the President (appropriately known by its acronym, CREEP) to break in to DNC headquarters and wiretap the phones.
While there was no evidence to suggest that President Nixon was involved in the break-in, he actively involved himself in the cover up that followed.
Nixon’s “crime” — that is to say, what drove him from office, was not that he was involved in the burglary itself. Nor was it that he committed some other crime afterwards.
What drove Nixon from office was that he lied directly to the American public to save his own political future.
While the Watergate Affair eventually resulted in the indictment of 43 people and the resignation of an American president, the crime was white collar burglary.
Nobody was injured. Nobody died.
I guessed that eight out of ten would name Watergate. The nineth guy would probably name the Monica Lewinsky Scandal. More appropriately known as the “Monica Lewinsky Affair”, it involved President Bill Clinton and a 22 year-old intern named Monica Lewinsky.
Clinton went before the nation, wagging his finger in denial of the charges, which of course, was a lie. He also denied it while under oath during a deposition wherein he was denying inappropriate conduct with Paula Jones.
The Monica Lewinsky Affair led to the first impeachment effort mounted against a US president since Andrew Johnson in 1866.
Clinton was acquitted after ten Republicans sided with the unanimous Democrats, saving the nation from the pain of removing a sitting President (and the pain of replacing him with Al Gore).
The same mainstream media that went after Richard Nixon with all guns blazing soft-pedaled the Clinton Affair by repeating the mantra, “Everybody lies about sex” and by reminding America that “nobody died.”
Richard Nixon’s crime was lying to save his political career. It cost him his place in history. Bill Clinton’s crime was lying to save his political legacy. Instead, it defined his political legacy.
They didn’t lie to protect the country or to protect the national interests. They lied to protect their political careers. It exposed them for the shabby, small, self-serving opportunists that they were (are).
The tenth guy would probably name the Benghazi Scandal as the worst scandal in American history. And when compared to Watergate or Monica Lewinsky, the tenth guy would be right. Nobody died as a result of Nixon’s or Clinton’s actions or inactions.
For Obama and Benghazi, it just keeps getting worse.
When the Benghazi consulate came under attack, the White House was informed within two hours that the attack was a planned terrorist attack — and was even informed of who did it.
The White House knew because the group, Ansar al Sharia had claimed credit for the attack already. How did the State Department’s Operations Center learn that piece of news?
It was on Facebook! And Twitter. Reuters obtained copies of emails between Benghazi and the State Department sent while the attack was still underway.
The emails prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the White House knew its consulate was under attack by terrorists — and it knew in plenty of time to dispatch a Ready Response Team to save the ambassador and his colleagues.
“The first email, timed at 4:05 p.m. Washington time – or 10:05 p.m. Benghazi time, 20-30 minutes after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission allegedly began – carried the subject line “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack” and the notation “SBU”, meaning “Sensitive But Unclassified.”
The text said the State Department’s regional security office had reported that the diplomatic mission in Benghazi was “under attack. Embassy in Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well.”
The message continued: “Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four … personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.”
A second email, headed “Update 1: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi” and timed 4:54 p.m. Washington time, said that the Embassy in Tripoli had reported that “the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi had stopped and the compound had been cleared.” It said a “response team” was at the site attempting to locate missing personnel.
A third email, also marked SBU and sent at 6:07 p.m. Washington time, carried the subject line: “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack.”
The message reported: “Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.”
So why didn’t the Commander-in-Chief order a response? I have my suspicions.
Ordering in troops meant admitting there has been a successful terrorist attack against a US target — WITH US casualties — on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11.
That would not fit the narrative of a president that kept us safe from terror attacks.
It is under that narrative that Nidal Hasan could shout “Allahu Akkbar” and open fire on US soldiers and have it described as a case of ‘workplace violence’. The same for when Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad gunned down Army Pvt William in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was classified as a domestic murder.
When the Christmas Day bomber tried to blow up an airliner over Detroit, the administration classified it as a lone “extremist” attack. Ditto for the July 4 terrorist attack against the El Al terminal at LAX.
Ignoring the transparent fiction that Obama was talking about Benghazi in his Rose Garden remarks commemorating September 11, 2001, the administration attempted to cover up the Benghazi terrorist attack in order to protect Obama’s political fortunes.
They blamed the Mohammed video which led to the President citing the video at every opportunity, calling it disgusting and awful and all manner of invectives.
Knowing that the attacks were pre-planned and conducted by Ansar al-Sharia, the White House and State Department continued to publicize the video as an “insult to Islam” and as an “insult to “the Prophet” Mohammed” which then led to the video riots expanding from Cairo to Pakistan and ultimately to rioint in another twenty Muslim countries.
The White House blamed the video for three weeks, KNOWING that it was fanning the flames of riot, but evidently willing to let the Middle East burn to protect Obama’s national security image right before an election.
They KNEW it was a lie. The poor schmuck that made the video is in jail. Forget free speech and the Constitution — this guy insulted Islam. Today he STILL sits in an American jail.
The President and Secretary of State went on to make a special movie of their own to condemn the guy and paid to have it distributed across the region WHEN THEY KNEW IT WAS ALL A LIE.
The emails CONFIRM that they knew it was a lie before the attack was even over. Yet they propagated the lie, day after day, for three weeks, fanning the flames of riot while the Middle East burned as a direct consequence of blaming the video.
Four Americans were killed in a successful terrorist attack on a US consulate in Benghazi, including the first Ambassador to die in the line of duty since 1979. The White House had an American filmmaker arrested — he sits in jail while the diplomat’s killers are still at large.
The White House, the Director of National Intelligence, the State Department, the CIA and Democrat leaders in Congress ALL closed ranks to blame the video for Benghazi. But the emails show that they KNEW it wasn’t the video while the attack was still ongoing.
Joe Biden lied directly in his debate with Paul Ryan when he said he didn’t know. Obama lied repeatedly when he said it was the movie, or when he said it was unclear, or when he blamed the fog of war. Jay Carney lied to the press corps. UN Ambassador Susan Rice lied when she went on five Sunday talk shows to blame the movie.
When George Bush said that he believed Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, he had no way of knowing for certain. Nobody knew — for certain. And when Bush was wrong, he was universally condemned as a liar.
Remember “Bush lied, people died”? Except it was impossible for Bush to have lied unless he knew what nobody else knew. At worst, he was mistaken, since he could not know for sure.
In this case, they DID know for sure. And they lied anyway. Repeatedly. As the consulate was burning. While the rioting spread. After the smoke had cleared. For six weeks they lied, dissembled, obfuscated and misdirected — all to protect the president’s re-election chances.
Look at how many people had to be involved in the cover-up. How is it even remotely possible that none of them knew they were lying at the time? That is why no elected officials have gone on the record, except through statements by intermediaries.
But all of this pales by comparison to the reaction from the American public. Apart from a few partisan Republicans, nobody really seems to care. Even Mitt Romney let the Benghazi cover-up go by during what was the most important debate of his life. Even after Bob Schieffer set him up with the question.
Why? That is what is the important issue here. That is what connects this story to Bible prophecy. The Bible doesn’t prophesy trouble in Benghazi or rioting over movies or self-serving political manipulation of the truth.
The Bible does predict that in the last days, politicians will lie. But THAT’S not much of a prediction — politicians have lied throughout history.
At the time Paul made that prediction, Nero was Emperor of Rome. Nero lied about the Great Roman Fire. Four years later, he chose suicide over assassination.
Here is what is unique. The generation of the last days won’t mind being lied to by their leaders. Indeed, the Bible predicts they will clamor for more lies.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4)
Forty years ago, lying to the public forced the first presidential resignation in history. Fifteen years ago, it was cause for impeachment.
Today, it barely rates public mention.
“A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” (Proverbs 17:4)
Where are we on the Bible’s timeline? We’ll have a much clearer view come November 7.