WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 — America is grieving with the victims and families of the Boston Marathon tragedy. But mixed with the grief, there are also clear attempts to exploit this for political profit.
Politicians and media pundits have been quick to point fingers, speculating that the bombs were timed for tax day (tea party radicals?), that the bombing was the work of right-wing terrorists, or Islamic terrorists, and there will soon be rumblings in the blogosphere that it was a government plot to allow a power grab by Homeland Security.
It was a Saudi student, or the mysterious hooded man in the grainy photo, or a disaffected local acting on his own. Despite all this speculation, we still have no evidence of who was behind the incident.
President Obama spoke yesterday, and again today, about the tragedy. His speeches were déjà vu all over again, echoing his comments last September after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. In the last 24 hours, President Obama has twice vowed that the individual or “groups” responsible for killing at least three people and wounding 176 more would be apprehended.
“People shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts,” Obama said from the White House briefing room.“But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”
We have heard this before, but not seen justice move to mete out retribution. We have had no resolution on Benghazi, nor seen justice move even on an internal administration fiasco like Fast and Furious.
Far too many questions and uncertainty remain over Benghazi to give us hope about Boston. Months later, the people responsible for Benghazi are not in custody. We don’t have access to the survivors, and we don’t even know the role our own government played in issuing stand-down orders. The “full weight of justice” is nowhere to be seen.
Referring to the Benghazi deaths, Hillary Clinton asked what difference “it” makes at this point. It makes a lot of difference, Madam Secretary. The nation stands and watches the President read from the National Incident Script, probably page 202, Section 14 to see how he handles yet another attack on our nation.
The president of our country, our nation, Barack Obama, gave a speech in which he could not call the blatant terrorism in Benghazi what it was. We have watched the attacks on America pile up under Obama, and not seen the full weight of justice in their wake.
The clues are that this act of terrorism was domestic. The bombs were crude, the event of local signficance, not national. But speculation at this point gets us nothing, and if previous terrorist attacks have taught us nothing, they should at least have taught us that the speculative chatter immediately afterward is worthless.
However, we can probably say with complete confidence that the bombing in Boston will provide a nice political silver lining to the Obama Administration. It’s an inept administration that cannot spin a terrorist attack into political gold.
Recent polls tell us that most Americans do not have confidence in Obama. America will be faster to rally around the victims and families in Boston rather than to rally around this President and his hollow words. Even without the full weight of justice, Obama can use this event to help turn that around.
We are waiting for President Obama to act like a leader. We are waiting for him to actually take our safety seriously, instead of bragging about how Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama Bin Laden is dead. But in the immortal words of Rahm Emanuel, “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” We can rest assured that, whoever planted those bombs, this crisis will not go to waste.
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