Sure, it’s true that Benghazi “is old hat” by now, but only by the standards of the two wings of the MSM and its “judgments” for its respective audiences. Past the demise of Chris Stevens it was kept alive by Republicans and Fox News for partisan reasons, just as Hillary Clinton and Democrats tried to bury it in the sandbox right after his death, also for partisan reasons.
It’s a little odd to note that “Benghazi” happens to rhyme with “kamikaze” and that it is possible that the very utterance of the word incites fear and hostility with a certain audience with long memories and awareness of foreign resonances. No doubt this works out well- at least for Republican leadership.
Time and again, the media forces us to view the situation in one lens, or the other, and here is a good example: ‘Most People Have No Idea What A House Benghazi Investigation Just Found‘ where two Huffpo agents create a consensus reality that makes themselves appear as smarmy as anything on Fox News. A summation of their overall attitude is “there is still nothing to see here- give it up already”.
Conservatives hammered away at the issue for close to 2 years, but despite the words of these Huffpo agents and Senator Jeff Flake, they had quietly begun to drop Benghazi from their agenda as per last summer. This was noted by NPR at the time. And in this newer instance, it’s the lefties unwilling to let go of the situation.
This is perhaps par for the course given that Republicans (with the possible exception of Rand Paul) were disingenuous about the whole issue from Day One. With Fox News, they’d been able to cast dispersions on Hillary regarding Benghazi without having to present actual evidence of wrongdoing- Fox does this all the time. By conservative lights, the Obama administration and Hillary either bungled their responses as the attack unfolded, or have been hiding evidence that would reveal their culpability, or both.
If real evidence of Hillary’s malfeasance was produced, it would gore the ox of the Neocon agenda as well. Allegations of creating a Mideast arms bazaar with a pipeline from Libya to Syria is not only a Democratic party tar baby, but shows all of Washington to be engaged in reckless weapons-peddling, where any militant group in the Mideast could seize the day along with the weapons and come out on top.
Imagine Hillary exposed as the neocon she is, tainting Obama along the way while possibly revealing the hand of the Mossad, or at least the CIA.
Here’s some less partisan evidence: ‘Arms Flow to Syria May Be Behind Benghazi Cover-Up‘ and ‘Arms Continue to Flow From Benghazi to Syria‘ which both liberals and conservatives have sought to keep under the rug. One can easily see that the prevailing narrative of either party is based on countering the other and little else, thus cloaking from view significant facts which could establish a different story entirely.
The overall goal is two-pronged; make the Republicans appear that they are flogging a dead horse, and that the Democrats are hiding something that just happens to be unproven- for the time being, of course. It works out well in the long run for both sides, and insures that real agenda remains hidden.
Viewing the Benghazi debacle through either MSM lens makes it impossible to see the real implications behind what happened – very likely government treachery at its bipartisan best. Or worst.
See: Benghazi attack resulted from US ‘allowing arms deliveries’ to militants and Flooding Syria With Foreign Arms.
Rufus Peterson, a fifty-something, bohemian Paleoconservative artist and writer living in Idaho