The Benghazi arm chair generals on Fox News like Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly cannot be too happy today with the comments made by retired Four-Star General Jack Keane yesterday regarding “Benghazi-gate” and the laying of blame on President Obama. Being interviewed by Geraldo Rivera of Fox News, General Jack Keane basically debunked the theory that more could have been done to conduct a timely rescue mission at the U.S. consulate in Libya or that the President somehow screwed up or was incompetent. Here are some of the General’s direct quotes:
“The consulate was stormed”.
“There was no gunships in the region”.
“There was nothing that could have prevented it”.
“It was over in about an hour”.
“Forces got there as soon as possible”.
“To politicize this is very hurtful”.
General Keane is already catching a lot of flack and criticism from those on the right and the Romney supporters for his comments. Even for the Obama-haters it is disrespectful and despicable to call an experienced Four Star General a liar who is covering for the White House and the Commander in Chief a liar and a coward. It’s rather ironic for those who would politicize this tragedy to call the President a coward, when it was Mitt Romney who was the draft dodger – ahem! a draft deferment- while his peers were getting shot and killed in Vietnam.
As for the right-wing media outlets like talk radio and Fox News, they have has been busy leading a misinformation campaign politicizing the Libyan tragedy from the get-go. The likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, whose non-stop fact-free coverage wreaked of disrespect to the families of those killed. Are there questions that need to be answered about the level of security at the consulate so that we can prevent this from happening again? Of course. The consulate in Benghazi apparently didn’t have enough security.Why? Were there budgetary constraints? I’m willing to bet both Republicans and Democrats voted against a supplemental for security purposes.
Answers will be learned and remedies applied. But those answers won’t be found at the Darrell Issa circus side show where baseless accusations of “lies”, dereliction of duty, and cover ups are the main focus of the investigation and the election of Mitt Romney at any cost is the ultimate goal. This gets the country nowhere or doesn’t help the families who want answers and need closure. But nevertheless, expect a continuation of 24/7 coverage of “Benghazi-gate” feeding people’s ignorance about the complexity and dangers of military theatre in dangerous spots around the world – in the hopes that it will get Mitt Romney elected. It ain’t happening.