The Benghazi hearings did not have to happen

If the current administration had been open and honest about Benghazi from the outset, the hearings would not be necessary. Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEMay 7, 2013 – There is something unsettling about the whistleblower hearings scheduled to begin in Washington.

As one side chomps at the bit to break the “cover-up” wide open, the other is building a wall of protection around Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta and the state department to minimize the damage.

Whatever happened to the truth? Isn’t that all we really want? At least those of us who are interested.

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings it is difficult to understand the disconnect many Americans have between that attack and Benghazi. Both took place on United States soil. Both involved terrorism. Americans were killed in both incidents. And, worst of all, the president, and his subordinates, did not come clean about either event.

Did these Benghazi hearings really have to happen? Had Barack Obama been presidential and had then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acted appropriately at the time of the Libyan attacks all the chaos of September 11, 2012 would, indeed, have “been a long time ago” and forgotten.

What it says about Obama and Clinton is that they are so politically motivated and devious, that they absolutely could not run the risk of having a trifling event like four Americans being slaughtered in a foreign country get in the way of their personal aspirations. After all Obama was in the middle of a presidential campaign and had vital fund-raising to do. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman Clinton could not allow four years of phony rave reviews as Secretary of State be tarnished by a bunch of Islamic radical thugs.

In their minds, there was no choice. Truth be damned. Better to make up some hokum about a YouTube video and ride the tide of a complicit media to an election victory and deal with the consequences later. The sad thing about that strategy is if Obama been a leader, and if Clinton and Panetta had attempted to respond in some way, the American people would have accepted the attack for what it was and moved forward.

Now the circus heads into its eighth month and the country (again the part that is paying attention) is more polarized than ever.

As expected, the pro-Hillary forces are calling it a witch hunt. The mainstream media is feigning an attempt at some degree of disillusionment, as opposed to the vigilante uproar that would have occurred if the opposition was the guilty party. The rest of the media is trying to ignore the whole thing, hoping it will eventually go away, but that is the same mindset that caused the problem in the first place.

Let the witnesses come forth and the congressmen ask fair and probing questions. Let’s find out what really happened and be done with it. If the president and his cronies truly acted responsibly then the hearings will bear that out. If not, then calling them a witch hunt is completely inaccurate.

We have all observed our absentee president for the past five years. Letting someone else handle the dirty work when there is golf to be played or hoops to be shot or parities to attend is the way Obama governs.

For Hillary, the noose may be a little tighter this time around, though she has shown remarkable skill at evading the gallows in the past. On one hand, if she did ignore her duties and let subordinates handle the Benghazi situation she was clearly negligent. On the other, if she was actually taking charge when all hell broke loose, the result does not bode well for her either. And that is before the YouTube announcement or the redacted statements came out, which only add to the mismanagement.

When Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were investigating Richard Nixon the media never referenced the 17th century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. For once let’s do the right thing and get some honest answers.

After all, there is more terrorism on the horizon, and there is no need to undergo this exercise every time it happens.

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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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