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Obamagate Deranged Syndrome Quest: By God, Someday We Will Get This Guy!

7:19 am - 11/17/2012
Fureign Born Kenyan Socialist Mooslim Anti-British Colonialist Gay Married Marxist Outer Space Martian Continues to Frustrate GOP.

What Benghazi Is about: Scandal Envy

If you're looking at the Republican harumphing over Benghazi and asking yourself, "Why are we supposed to be so mad about this again?" you're not alone. Let's review: There was an attack on our consulate that killed four Americans, including our ambassador. Amid confusing and contradictory reports from the ground, President Obama waited too long to utter the magic incantation, "Terrorism, terrorists, terror!" that would have ... well, it would have done something, but it turns out that he did say "terror," so never mind that. But that's not the real scandal! The real scandal is that Susan Rice went on television soon after and amid all kinds of "based on the best information we have"s and "we'll have to see"s, said one thing that turned out not to be the case: that after the protests in Cairo, there was some kind of copycat protest in Benghazi, which was then "hijacked" by extremist elements using heavy weapons to stage an attack.

A sane person might say, OK, she was obviously given some incorrect information at that time, but it's not a particularly meaningful deception. As people have been pointing out for weeks now, it's not as though not using the word "terror" or saying there was a protest before the attack gave the White House some enormous political advantage. If you're going to have a cover-up, there has to be something you're covering up.

But now, some Republicans, particularly John McCain and Lindsay Graham, are essentially saying that this horrifying cover-up was quite possibly the greatest crime in the history of the United States government, and if we're going to get to the bottom of it nothing short of a select committee—a "Watergate-style committee," as it is being referred to by reporters—will do. Who knows what it might uncover? Were there CIA whistleblowers whose bodies are now lying at the bottom of the Potomac? Was David Petraeus being blackmailed? Are William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright involved? Did Susan Rice fly to Tripoli, have a steamy liaison with a clone of Ayman al-Zawahiri created in a secret underground laboratory, then go to Benghazi where she personally killed Ambassador Chris Stevens with a hat pin? We won't know unless we spin this out into a multi-week story!

So what's going on here? I can sum it up in two words: scandal envy. Republicans are indescribably frustrated by the fact that Barack Obama, whom they regard as both illegitimate and corrupt, went through an entire term without a major scandal. They tried with "Fast and Furious," but that turned out to be small potatoes. They tried with Solyndra, but that didn't produce the criminality they hoped for either. Obama even managed to dole out three-quarters of a trillion dollars in stimulus money without any graft or double-dealing to be found. Nixon had Watergate, Reagan had Iran-Contra, Clinton had Lewinsky, and Barack Obama has gotten off scott-free. This is making them absolutely livid, and they're going to keep trying to gin up a scandal, even if there's no there there. Benghazi may not be an actual scandal, but it's all they have handy.
myrrhmade 17th-Nov-2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
Fureign Born Kenyan Socialist Mooslim Anti-British Colonialist Gay Married Marxist Outer Space Martian Continues to Frustrate GOP.

I'm pretty sure this is the best thing I've read all morning!
moonbladem 17th-Nov-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Wait... I thought Newt Gingrich was the outer space Martian?
moonbladem 18th-Nov-2012 12:18 am (UTC)
OMG the President is from Mars? Shhhh... don't let the birthers know or they'll look more idiotic than they already do.
myrrhmade 18th-Nov-2012 03:29 am (UTC)
LOL! No, wait. Obama was the invader & destroyer of Kolab... er, aww shit. Ok Newt's people came from mars, and they made a detour to Kolab, only, it was in ruins because of Obama, so um ... as Lorsai said, Pegasus... married teleportation... mars... ya, that's the ticket.
thenakedcat 17th-Nov-2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
You know, all the non-scandals the Republicans have tried to blow up have something in common: a lack of malicious intent on the part of the administration. Solyndra appears to have been a case of being optimistic about the company for a little longer than was prudent, Fast and Furious turned out to be mostly one disgruntled employee trying to take it out on his earnest coworkers, the response to Benghazi may have been a bit uneven but no one tried to mislead the public about the quality of the information the government was working with.

That's a big, BIG change from the scandals of the Bush administration.
emofordino 17th-Nov-2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
what was the "Fast and Furious" ~scandal~ again? i'm not exactly sure what they were talking about. :/
thenakedcat 17th-Nov-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
ATF investigators supposedly let firearms purchased by straw buyers on behalf of violent drug gangs "walk" across the border into Mexico to track them--and those weapons were later used in the commission of multiple crimes, including the shooting of an American law enforcement officer.

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED: The ATF team investigating the straw buyers had put all the paperwork in for search/arrest warrants to stop the guns from leaving the country. Mid-level officials in the Justice Department did not get that paperwork processed quickly enough for the guns to be seized.
thenakedcat 17th-Nov-2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Fortune magazine did an investigation that revealed the full story.

And I doubt anyone is every going to accuse them of being a commie pinko leftwing mouthpiece.
emofordino 17th-Nov-2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
thank you for the info & link! i have no idea how i missed that, haha.
thenakedcat 17th-Nov-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Quite welcome! It feels very good to spread viral factiness XD
tabaqui 17th-Nov-2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
I think this sums it up pretty well. The GOP desperately want President Obama to do something *horrible* and *evil* and *wrong* so they can all go 'see? see?!! We told you!!'

Sorry, guys - seems like he's actually a - *gasp* - upstanding human being.
moonbladem 17th-Nov-2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
... and meanwhile, total silence on ANYTHING the Bush Administration ever did. There must not have been any corruption whatsoever... none, nada, zero, zilch. I mean, how could anyone ever think that they were anything other than honest, honorable politicians with integrity, right?
tabaqui 18th-Nov-2012 12:21 am (UTC)

bushy_brow 18th-Nov-2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry, guys - seems like he's actually a - *gasp* - upstanding human being.

And one who's also so incredibly, obviously still in love with his wife that they can't even wring a decent sex scandal out of him! Not that they won't somehow TRY to pin the Petraeus one on him ... somehow.
tabaqui 18th-Nov-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)

So pathetic, i know some 'secret divorce papers!!' crap was floated in the last month or so but hey - they've been totally open about the strains of life on the campaign trail and in the White House, there is no *scandal* there, just two people in love who actually work out their problems and move on.

One of the few WH couples - Jimmy and Rose Carter spring to mind - that i can look at and go 'wow, yeah, they really do love each other.'

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