Lindsey Graham: A voice in the foreign policy wilderness

South Carolina Lindsey Graham has been relentless in getting to the truth about Benghazi. Too bad the press doesn't feel the same way. Photo: Bob Taylor

CHARLOTTEFebruary 11, 2013 – The perception is, among most Americans, that Hillary Clinton was an excellent Secretary of State. The operative word being “perception.”

The reality is that Clinton was, for the most part, barely adequate at the job, and nothing highlights her deficiencies more than the festering wounds of Benghazi.

Image is everything in Washington. Perception is a huge word. So is deception. They are concepts that have been perfected over the years by team Obama/Clinton. Little wonder they would like to sweep the entire Libyan attack that left four Americans dead in the streets of Benghazi under the rug.

Unfortunately there is another perception in the media and in our nation’s capital that the Benghazi hearings are a witch hunt to embarrass the president and Mrs. Clinton. That may be the case for some, but not for Lindsey Graham, the senator from South Carolina.

Thank goodness for Lindsey Graham. He alone seems to comprehend the significance of Benghazi and the danger in confirming two puppets to the positions of CIA Director and Secretary of Defense.

If the media gets it, they certainly are not reporting it, so Mr. Graham is left to do their work at getting to the bottom of a deplorable cover-up. Say what you will about him, agree with him or not, there is no question about Lindsey Graham’s sincerity in matters of foreign policy and discovering out the truth about Benghazi.

Had it not been for Graham’s relentless interrogation of Leon Panetta last week, we still would not know that both Obama and Clinton were AWOL on the night of the Benghazi attack.

Remember the question about whether Obama or Clinton was more qualified to answer the red telephone in the middle of the night during the 2008 presidential campaign? The answer was, neither.

After the president threw Susan Rice under the bus on the Sunday shows following Benghazi, he issued a macho challenge to the press to come after him if they had any questions about Libya. He didn’t mean it, of course, but at least Graham followed up. Not because he is out to “get” Obama, but because, unlike the president and his international superstar of diplomacy, he truly cares about the well-being of our troops who put their lives in harm’s way every day on foreign soil.

In an attempt to gather more information about the events in Libya last September, Graham is threatening to hold up the confirmation process of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense and Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan for the posts of CIA Director.

Sen. Jack Reed (D – RI) called Graham’s move “unprecedented and unwarranted” during an appearance on Face the Nation on Sunday.

While Graham’s strategy might be a political ploy to obtain additional background on Benghazi, he also realizes all to well that confirming either Hagel or Brennan or both would have significantly broader implications for a weaker American presence on the global stage.

Hagel possesses personal military credentials, and he is generally well liked around Washington, but his woeful performance during his confirmation hearings leaves serious doubts about his competence in an increasingly dangerous world. At one point Hagel practically admitted that he would have little or no power in his new position.

Brennan, though more erudite than Hagel during his appearance, also left questions about his capabilities with numerous contradictions in his testimony.

Most likely both men will be confirmed which, in turn, gives Obama additional control by being able to manipulate his appointees to adhere to his failed foreign policy agenda.

For the moment however, Lindsey Graham just wants some answers about Benghazi. He has been unwavering in his efforts since the attacks in Libya nearly six months ago.

It would be nice to obtain some closure on Benghazi before Hagel and Brennan make the world even more perilous under Obama’s misguided foreign policy agenda. 

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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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