Boston and Benghazi: Will we really get justice?

Barack Obama has promised the American people justice for the attacks in Boston and Benghazi. To date, he is a long way from delivering. Photo: Robin Young/AP

CHARLOTTEApril 25, 2013 – Barack Obama has one sentence that is becoming all too familiar, “Let me be perfectly clear, we will find out who did this and we will bring them to justice.”

When we hear those first five words, we can rest assured that nothing from that point forward will ever be clear. That is another story, however. It is the second half of the sentence that should concern us.

Two attacks roughly six months apart, Benghazi and Boston, have brought our president to the podium to state, “We will find out who did this, and we will bring them to justice.” For the moment, the only aspect of either event that seems “perfectly clear” is that the name of both cities begins with the letter “B.”

Reviewing in reverse chronological order let us first look at Boston.

One of the Tsarnaev brothers is dead. For many that is justice enough, but trading one life for three and hundreds of others who were injured, some with amputations, is hardly a satisfying conclusion.

The second brother, Dzokhar, remains in custody recuperating from wounds that were the result of a massive manhunt. The fact that Dzokhar Tsarnaev is alive should be a more satisfactory result, at least temporarily, so that we can gather as much information about Islamic terrorism, as well as Tsarnaev’s  personal involvement.

In that sense, the process of bringing a terrorist to justice was worthwhile…until now. We have hit a wall, as we always do. The time has now come for the talking heads, politicians, lawyers, pundits, and the politically correct to get involved. Suddenly, that “perfectly clear” part of the investigation gets muddier by the hour and will likely drag on for months, perhaps even years.

That is not the justice the American people deserve.

The arguments have already begun about reading Tsarnaev his Miranda Rights after just 16 hours of questioning. Should we have mirandized the suspect or should we not? Can we treat him as an enemy combatant or can we not? Does he have the rights of an American citizen or does he not?

And while the debate rages, justice recedes further and further in the rear view mirror.

Logically it would seem there should be provisions in the law to deal with such situations so the process could move ahead a reasonable pace. We are not analyzing a shoplifting incident or a convenience store robbery, we are seeking to bring a murderous terrorist to justice and to find better methods of dealing with global jihad.

Should we not forego political and legal wrangling and do something to provide the American people with a semblance of satisfaction that someone somewhere is, at the very least, attempting to ensure public safety?

If the Obama administration is truly attempting to bring Dzokhar Tsarnaev to justice, why would he rush to award him the right to remain silent? This is not the first time the president has responded in this manner. He did the same thing in 2009 when “the Underwear Bomber” was found with explosives in his pants on a plane.

Perhaps the system is so convoluted that Obama had no choice but to act as he did. However, given the fact the president has found other loopholes to bypass legal precedents throughout his term in office, it seems only feasible that he could find some means to expedite the process on behalf of the American people.

President Obama’s methods of governing have become increasingly troubling. To many observers the  president is considered cool Obama under pressure. But the other side of the argument is an everpresent aloofness and disconcerting detachment with the American people. So much so that when Barack Obama claims he will bring Dzokhar Tsarnaev to justice, the words are there but they are hollow because they mean nothing.

Now return to September in Benghazi when the president issued the same statement about bringing the culprits who killed four Americans in Libya to justice. While the perpetrators remain at large, there appears to be some level of cover-up involving Obama, the state department and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton/AP

A House Committee investigation seems to have revealed two major discrepancies regarding the attack. Implications are that Clinton lied to the House Foreign Affairs Committee during her January 23rd hearing regarding her involvement in the Benghazi situation.

Clinton may be telling the truth, but she also has a track record of being less than honest and forthcoming when she provides testimony. For weeks, Mrs. Clinton claimed the attacks were the result of a YouTube video, which, by itself, has been proven untrue.

Any way you look at both terrorist events, the American people have not derived the satisfaction they deserve. So to be perfectly clear, the justice we seek and were promised has yet to be served.

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.







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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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