Friday, May 9, 2014
Yesterday, the House voted to create a select committee to investigate the Benghazi incident. I think I speak for a large number of Americans when I say: finally! Yes, there have already been several investigations, and according to this article, those investigations actually led to punishment. Even so, many Americans still can't help but wonder whether or not the blame goes a lot higher up the food chain.
Democrats allover have expressed their protestations against this investigation. Unsurprisingly, Nancy Pelosi has decried this as political theater--a publicity stunt, perpetrated by the GOP, to smear as many Democrats as possible before the mid-term elections. It's true that we can't deny the fact that this investigation certainly will create a positive political advantage for the GOP, but that is merely a side-effect, a result of what may come to light.
The truth remains that there is a number of White House communications regarding Benghazi that have been redacted. Given the little information that has been released and/or exposed, there still remains enough evidence to cast a large shadow of doubt on whether the White House was not somehow complicit in the Benghazi tragedy.
To the Democrats, I have only one question: if there was truly no malfeasance on the part of any member of the Obama administration, then why are you acting as though you have something to hide? Although the GOP is often guilty of this, many times dealing with the Democrats is like dealing with children. It's like when you ask your kid to clean his room. After a couple hours, you ask him if he cleaned his room just as he was told. He says "yes," but when you go to check to make sure he actually did it, he stops you and says "it's okay, you don't need to check! I told you I did it!"
Does that not seem awfully suspicious? Would you not then be further compelled to check whether or not he complied with your instructions? The Obama administration tries to tout "transparency," as though we're supposed to simply trust them. But then we're faced with oddities like heavily redacted emails and an increasingly evasive administration, it's hard to trust that there is no cover-up afoot.
And why shouldn't we be suspicious? Look at all that has been revealed about the NSA's illegal surveillance programs. It's interesting that the very concerns that Ed Snowden expressed, and the illegal activity that he exposed, have all come to light and have been proven to be true. Yes: Snowden violated his NDA, but he did so to expose the illegal programs of a government agency long bereft of any true civilian oversight.
When the Snowden documents first revealed the "metadata," fiasco surrounding American cell phone communications, the NSA vehemently denied that they record phone calls. A few months later, we find out about the MYSTIC program, it's purpose being none other than to hold 1 month's worth of American citizens' phone call recordings. The Obama administration claims to have known nothing about this. So what is it? Is Obama still woefully unaware of what is going on in the US government, or is the White House lying about the extent of their knowledge/involvement with the NSA's illegal surveillance?
What's more: why are folks on Capitol Hill still calling for Snowden's arrest? As far as I can tell, Snowden has not damaged America's intelligence efforts against our enemies--unless, of course, the average, free-thinking American citizen is considered the enemy these days.
The past year has seen some serious questions raised about what our government is up to. Fortunately, we have patriots like Ed Snowden who are not afraid to sacrifice everything in order to protect the American people from would-be Big Brothers. What is worrisome is that, although we have brave men and women who are unafraid to ask the hard questions, we seem to have a shortage of brave men and women in positions of power who are afraid to actually find the answers and bring them into the light of day.
One last thought before the Democrats rush to the defense of their King: you want us to let go of Benghazi--an incident that cost American lives--but you didn't want to let go of Chris Christie and "Bridgegate."