George Costanza: Jerry, just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it.
In light of the lies that have been told and re-told by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, White House Spokesman Jay Carney and perhaps even President Obama himself, this quote from “Seinfeld” should be tweaked to read: “Just remember, it’s not a lie if you want to believe it.” It is obvious that many “pass the buck” Democrats wanted to believe that an internet trailer (not even the movie) for “Innocence of Muslims” was responsible for provoking an Islamic terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya which resulted in death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on the 11th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. What a coincidence that a movie trailer released in July would lead to a “spontaneous” attack that just happened to fall on September 11.
I’m not sure if Clinton, Biden and the President are still in denial over the horrific loss of life in Benghazi and their incompetent cover-up or if their hubris knows no bounds when it comes to staying in power. Clearly we are witnessing a return of Nixonian mendacity which goes to the very top, regardless of whether or not Hillary Clinton wants to “take a bullet” for the President. Following reports a few days ago that Bill Clinton was devising strategies for his wife should the President throw the State Department under the bus (Mr. Obama has much practice in this art) for the security failures at the Benghazi Consulate, Mrs. Clinton has now fallen on her sword and taken responsibility for failing to adequately protect Ambassador Stephens and others in Libya.
One wonders what deal the Clintons have made (or renegotiated as the case may be) with the devil that would allow Hillary to take the fall for the Benghazi attack while still preserving her reputation for a possible run for the White House in 2016. Perhaps the Clintons believe that the American people in general and Democrats in particular have short memories. They are probably right, although what Hillary said today should come back to haunt her at every turn in her political future. After Benghazi, she is not fit to be in the White House, much less answer the While House phone at 3:00 in the morning. If she answers as President the way that she did as Secretary of State, the loss of American lives would be catastrophic.
Of course, the Commander-in-Chief and the Vice Commander-in-Chief — President Obama and Vice President Biden — are AWOL when it comes to the Benghazi attacks. From appearances on “The View” to his speech at the United Nations — where he mentioned the “Innocence of Muslims” video no less than six times — President Obama continued to peddle the lie that a movie that no one has seen was responsible for inciting Muslims to violence. He is either totally incompetent and unworthy to be Commander-in-Chief or he is the most mendacious President since Richard Nixon. Or both.
Instead of stepping up and taking responsibility for the lack of security at our Consulate, the President was content with letting his Secretary of State take one for the team. Like throwing folks under the bus, Mr. Obama has become a master at blame-shifting. That reality has not escaped some in Congress:
Clinton’s statement of responsibility was “a laudable gesture, especially when the White House is trying to avoid any responsibility whatsoever,” the Arizona senator said in a joint broadside with Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. However, they added, “The security of Americans serving our nation everywhere in the world is ultimately the job of the commander-in-chief. The buck stops there.”
When it comes to national security and the safety of Americans — both at home and abroad — it has often been said that “politics stops at the water’s edge.” That was a reality — even if for a short period of time — following the evil attacks perpetrated by Islamic terrorists on 9/11/01. That would have been the reality following the terrorist attacks on our Consulate in Benghazi but for the Obama Administration’s obfuscation and cover-up of the real reasons for the attacks on the Anniversary of 9/11 and their bald-faced lies that “the video made them do it.” That President Obama seems more comfortable with Nixon’s mendacity than with Truman’s “the buck stops here” philosophy tells you just about all you need to know about the “leader” of the modern-day “pass the buck” Democratic Party.