Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


June 17, 2013

STUMPTALK: Obama’s Benghazi betrayal

CROSSVILLE — “Betrayal” is an ugly word. “To fail or desert especially in a time of need.” Those who pay attention to the actions of Obama are justified in saying we have been betrayed. Think about the IRS and DOJ debacles. Clearly our ambassador and his staff at the Benghazi consulate were betrayed, deserted in their time of mortal need. Obama allowed them to be murdered. Those who colluded with the President and his administration are being given high paying new postings. For Obama’s story to hold water, it was imperative that those wonderful men serving our country be seen as having been murdered by someone else, say, a mysterious spontaneous crowd. After all, Obama had told us al Qaeda was defeated by… Obama. Certainly if our men had been murdered by al Qaeda factions Obama’s puffery about defeating al Qaeda would be wrong.

Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokesperson who played a key role in writing the Benghazi murder fantasy talking points, scrubbing all references to al Quada and CIA warnings about threats to our diplomats, is now nominated for posting as Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs. Payoff. Keep your mouth shut, Victoria.

UN ambassador Susan Rice, who took those absurd fictional talking points and shopped them around to five different Sunday news shows suddenly has been tapped by Obama to serve as his National Security Advisor. Payoff. Keep your mouth shut, Susan.

Hillary Clinton had a temper tantrum, pounding her little fists on the congressional witness table shouting “What difference does it make?” when Senator Ron Johnson energetically questioned her about the murders and subsequent development of the talking points. Shortly thereafter Clinton resigned as Secretary of State. As of this writing those who survived the Benghazi attacks eight months ago still have not been available for public questioning. The murderers are known but are running free. Obama slept soundly through the night of the murders to freshen up for his Las Vegas money trip. He ignored his duty as commander-in-chief to protect the very people he sent into harms way, fully cognizant of their pleas for help. He never bothered to make a telephone call to follow up on their status. He didn’t leave anyone behind, he and Hillary sent them out and signed off. The nearest assets in Tripoli were ready to board a plane for Benghazi to help Ambassador Stevens but were ordered to stand down. Ex-Seals serving at the annex in Benghazi were also ordered to stand down but chose to go to the consulate anyway. Who allowed the murder of our ambassador by choosing to do nothing? Our men were betrayed by the very administration that sent them to Benghazi. No help, guys, you are on your own.

George Orwell introduced the concept of “doublethink” in his novel 1984. It is a means of immobilizing independent critical thought so that the dictator Big Brother has control over even the citizens’ thoughts. “War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength.”

In his speech at Ohio University, Obama again introduced doublethink when he told the graduates: “Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.” Now we know what Big Brother looks like. Rather, listen to Thomas Jefferson. “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”  

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Stumptalk is published weekly in the Crossville Chronicle. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the Chronicle publisher, editor or staff. To contact Stumptalk, email coordinator Jim Sykes at

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