The Fix is in Part V: Hillary’s Benghazi Cover-up 101 for Dummies
Picking up from yesterday’s installment of The Fix is in Part IV: The Handshake, there were two shows to watch during the Benghazi Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, held on December 20, 2012, to supposedly get to the bottom of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were murdered: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith, a computer expert.
The first show was a dog and pony show for the American people, to falsely assure them that their elected leaders were doing their jobs. As Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass) stated in his scripted authoritative opening statement, “From the very beginning of the Benghazi events, every member of this Committee has shared with the President and Secretary Clinton our determination to get all the facts about what happened and why in Benghazi.”
Don’t believe one word of that, as reported in The Fix is in Part I, the Obama-Clinton regime do not want you to know the truth—it is the second story-line that you should be following, and it’s called the cover-up. Let me take you behind the smoke and mirrors and show you how it is done.
Cover-up 101 for Dummies Step 1: Like what happened during the ‘official’ Vince Foster death investigations as documented in Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer, first draw your conclusions by using an incomplete, compromised, and contaminated investigation —Hillary’s “independent” Benghazi Accountability Review Board Report (ARB). Be sure to tell the public the report pulls no punches, is very frank, comprehensive, thorough, and praise the overall high quality of it. Notice how both the Republican and Democrat committee members relied (instead of doing their own investigation or calling for a special prosecutor) on Hillary’s ARB, a gravely flawed, intellectually insulting, self-investigation that for starters couldn’t be bothered to name, let alone interview the Turkish diplomatic Ambassador Stevens had just met with shortly before he was murdered or find out who in the Obama-Clinton regime had ordered the military to “stand down,” instead of helping Americans in peril that deadly September 11 day.
Cover-up Step 2: Rewrite and roll out the new cohesive strategy because the first one fell apart. In doing so, you shift the blame and accountability away from the Obama-Clinton regime. New villains are created and the real culprits are minimized or ignored. During the Senate hearings, and in Hillary’s ARB, for instance, there are no references to Ansar al-Shariah— the terrorist group that took credit for the slaughter. Notice how the first fake villain, the Youtube video that President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and ‘celebrated,’ philandering David Petraeus initially blamed for the terrorist attack in Benghazi was completely omitted from both Hillary’s ARB and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
Cover-up Step 3: Now that the old villain has been removed, introduce new villains (repeat several times so the public will remember only this soundbite). In the Benghazi case it is now Congress, and the lack of funding who is to blame. As Chairman Kerry stated regarding the new villains of Benghazi, “I want to be crystal clear about something else. Congress also bears some responsibility here. Congress has the power of the purse … And for years we have asked our State Department to operate with increasingly lesser resources to conduct essential missions …”
Meet the new villains in Hillary’s ARB on p. 3:
“For many years the State Department has been engaged in a struggle to obtain the resources necessary to carry out its work … The solution requires a more serious and sustained commitment from Congress to support State Department needs … One overall conclusion in this report is that Congress must do its part to meet this challenge and provide necessary resources to the State Department to address security risks and meet mission imperatives.”
Repeat. Senate Foreign Relations committee member Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), echoed the revised cohesive strategy starring the new villains when the first question she asked was if the State Department would seek additional funding from Congress to secure America’s diplomats and so forth. Remember how successful this Saul Alinsky tactic was during Clinton-Lewinsky scandal where the fake villain was the vast right-wing conspiracy and in the death of Vince Foster where the fake villain was the Wall Street Journal?
Cover-up Step 4: Introduce a new hero and ignore the real ones, like General Carter Hamm, the Combatant Commander of Africa’s Command (AFRICOM) who, reportedly tried to send in military back-up to help the Americans under attack in Benghazi but was ordered to ‘stand down.’ He has since “retired” and been replaced. Both Republican and Democrat committee members, in sync with Hillary’s ridiculous ARB, ignored the “stand down” orders and General Hamm altogether. Instead in preparation for the grand finale when/if Hillary testifies (it doesn’t matter—the fix is in) there is a new hero in this Benghazi story and that is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
As Chairman Kerry rolled out:
“The report makes 29 recommendations in total, five of which are classified. Secretary Clinton has embraced every single one of them. In fact she’s gone above and beyond the Board’s recommendation by taking immediate steps to strengthen security at high-threat posts and request from Congress the authority to reprogram funds to increase diplomatic security spending by $1.3 billion. In Washington, where too often we see the recommendations of blue ribbon panels ignored, delayed or deferred as they were for a long time on even the 9/11 Commission, I think the Secretary’s swift action underscores how determined she is to apply the lessons of Benghazi (emphasis mine).”
Cover-up Step 5: Distractions, waste time, and/or don’t even bother to ask questions. Chairman Kerry’s opening statement, followed by Sen. Lugar’s statement was dedicated in large part to Benghazi’s new villain—lack of State Department funding and Congress. Together they took up nearly 27 minutes in a 1:45 minute shortened session in this supposedly serious and important Benghazi Senate hearing. Americans, who were paying attention, did not see a serious investigation into the terrorist attack in Benghazi but rather a tacky, self-aggrandizing love fest where the senator’s praised one another, including outgoing Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). Naturally, Hillary Clinton, cast as the new hero, was obviously also revered and praised.
As Chairman Kerry made very, very clear:
“As everyone is aware, Secretary Clinton is recovering from a serious virus, and concussion, and given her condition, it was simply not possible for her to appear here today. We all wish her a speedy recovery and in her place we have both deputies from the State Department and I want to thank them for coming in on short notice. Let me emphasize this, please, to everybody. All of you who know Hillary know she would rather be here today. I know how deeply she feels the importance of the discussion that we’re having today and I assure you it is not her choice that she is not here today and she looks forward to appearing before the committee in January and I want to make that clear.”
Included in the lovefest and false idol worshiping masquerading as a serious and important Benghazi Senate hearing were Hillary’s stand-in witnesses, Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns and Thomas R. Nides. As Chairman Kerry said, “We’re very pleased that Secretary Burns and Secretary Nides have come here today. Secretary Burns recently established the Christopher Stevens Youth Network to honor Chris’ memory by building bridges of understanding and compassion between American youth and their Middle Eastern peers. We look forward to continuing that work with them.”
Indeed, the serious and important Benghazi Senate Foreign Relations hearing was shortened so senators could attend Sen. Daniel Inouye’s (D-Hawaii) funeral (instead of starting the hearing earlier). Even more valuable time was eaten up when other members of the committee (you know the ones who pledged to get to the bottom of the terrorist attack in Benghazi) joined in to pay homage to outgoing Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) when it was their turn to ask questions. Meanwhile, Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), like Sen. Lugar, did not even bother to ask questions but rather offered some rambling observations that sounded ‘important.’
Cover-up Step 6: Pretend there is accountability by blaming a fall guy. Like Clinton counsel Bernie Nussbaum resigned in disgrace for his obstructionist role in the Vince Foster death investigations (instead of facing obstruction charges), Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, who along with three others reportedly resigned because of Benghazi … but not really. That was just a publicity stunt disguised as news. Wink, wink, according to the New York Post, Bowell is “just switching desks.” And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back. Can’t you see now how the Obama-Clinton regime is laughing in your face?
You will not get the truth about Benghazi and the murder of four Americans from the Obama-Clinton regime or from the Senate Foreign Relations Congressional hearing because Americans cannot know what Ambassador Stevens was doing in Benghazi for the Obama-Clinton regime.
Click here to watch the Benghazi lovefest/important hearings on CSPAN.
Final Benghazi report details administration failures: The Clinton campaign dismissed the report as a partisan conspiracy theory. Politico
See also from the New York Times a map of “An Arms Pipeline to the Syrian Rebels.”
Update: From BBC, September 14, 2016: Why is Libya so lawless?
See also: Newsweek, April 11, 2017: African Migrants Smuggled Into Libya Sold at ‘Modern-Day Slave Markets’