Take Benghazi, for example; suddenly – and “conveniently” just ahead of the Foreign Affairs Debate – the drumbeat of “cover-up” surrounding the
colossal screw-up tragedy at our embassy has begun. You can practically hear the rumble all up and down the Potomac: “What didn’t he know, and when didn’t he know it?”
The implication, of course, is that - just like Nixon’s Watergate - BO is presiding over a massive cover-up of the truth about Benghazi. Except that no Americans were killed or injured in the making of Watergate, its subsequent cover-up or the production of the movie version.
Butt before we jump right to the unfortunate term “cover-up” lets get an expert definition of that word in the context of politics from the deceased former Nixon aide, William Safire: "any plan to avoid detection of wrongdoing . . . an act to conceal a mistake."
Are you kidding me? That doesn’t help very much. That’s Big Guy’s day-to-day modus operandi (h/t Dr. Sanity)!
He never allows himself to be "pinned down", or accountable. More lies are always necessary to cover up a previous lie. And typically, he even begins to believe his own lies and become outraged at any suggestion that he may be lying.
Thus he becomes sincere in his lying and others may actually believe the lies because of the sincerity.
Anyway, it now appears there are 3 timelines that could trip us up: the "pre" period run up during which extra security was requested and denied, the five or six hours on the evening of Sept. 11 when the attacks transpired, and:
The third and final Benghazi timeline is the one that has fostered charges of a coverup. It stretches eight days—from 3:40 p.m. on Sept. 11, when the consulate was first rocked by gunfire and explosions, through the morning of Sept. 19, when Matthew G. Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, publicly testified before the Senate that Benghazi was a terrorist attack. (during which Jay, Susan Rice, Hilz and Big Guy all played the “Blame the You Tube video” game more than once.)
Big Guy’s personal “Blame the YouTube video” tour
As things have “evolved” throughout the course of “Operation Truth Redirection” Jay-Jay, playing the role of Nixon’s press secretary, has already earned himself more than one Ron Zeigler Award for Excellence in Obfuscation.
When White House Press Secretary Jay Carney finally acknowledged that the terrorism conclusion was "self-evident" after he had spent the previous eight days pressing a wholly different account of events, Mr. Carney's admission carried strong echoes of Nixon-era Press Secretary Ron Ziegler declaring that his earlier Watergate statements were "inoperative."
I knew Ron Zeigler, and you, Jay are no Ron Zeigler. He at least made his lies sound plausible. And even though Big Guy is “the most thin-skinned President since Richard Nixon.” I don’t believe Ron ever had to resort to giving the entire press corpse (sic) a time out.
As I’ve mentioned before, I always get nervous when I hear Big Guy’s name mentioned in the same sentence as Tricky Dick’s. Not that there’s anything wrong with being associated with a president driven out of office in shame by a scandal/cover-up. It’s just that I find the comparison of BO to a man who fits this psychological description disturbing:
As I understand it, President Nixon was said to be a paranoid narcissist who had a drinking problem, suffered mood swings, had difficulty distinguishing between his perceptions and objective reality, despised the increasingly critical press and demonized those who disagreed with him.
So anyway, here we are: one day before the most important debate in the presidential election and we’re having to deal with all this “noise” about a cover-up. And all because, for some reason, our preferred method of dealing with these things – lie, stonewall, lie some more – doesn’t seem to be working. It might be time for a little wag the dog therapy, or at least a few slight of hand tricks. Otherwise, tomorrow night’s debate could turn into a two-bowls-of-popcorn and open tea trolley TV event.
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.”
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys,
heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.
The traitor is the plague.” Cicero 160-43 BC
That sounds vaguely familiar. Kind of like “a cancer on the presidency” or something.
I don’t think I like the vibes I’m beginning to get here.