Monday, May 5, 2014

Memo To Ivory Tower Egghead...

Bernstein: Benghazi Not Watergate, But It Is a Story
Legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein says the recently released Benghazi email doesn't rise to the level of Watergate as some on the right claim, but neither is it a non-story, as some on the left say.

"Watergate was a massive criminal conspiracy led by a criminal president of the United States for almost the whole of his administration," Bernstein said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday."We're talking total apples and oranges here."
Um, egghead? There's another important difference between Watergate and Benghazi:

No Americans died in Watergate.

It is positively unreal that one of the two men responsible for bringing down an American President--one that fully deserved it, mind you--can be so utterly blinded by ideology that he could make such an asinine statement.

While it's *possibly* true that the level of cover-up in Benghazi is not as deep as that of Watergate, it's equally true that the stakes are MUCH higher with Benghazi. With Watergate, it was a low-level burglary that was incompetently bungled and covered up by the administration.

With Benghazi, we have an American ambassador and three other Americans--two of whom came to the ambassador's defense--brutally murdered while the administration stood by and did nothing. Then, when it was over, the administration took an active role in lying to the American people about the cause of the murder, claiming laughable that this was some spontaneous demonstration about a tenth-tier YouTube video.

Four dead, no one held accountable, but this is what Carl Bernstein thinks "doesn't rise to the level" of a burglary?

It frightens me to think what Obama would have to do to be considered on the same level as Watergate in the American media.

That is all.

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10 comments:

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

He'd probably have to be caught with a dead hooker and a live boy (or two) - at the same time.

And even that's not a guarantee.

Armed Texan said...

Let's see, in one the president and his top men tried to cover up a break-in to the offices of his political opponents in a bid to get re-elected. In the other, the president and his top men (and women) covered up their complete incompetence which killed 4 Americans with lies and lies about the lies in a bid to re-elected. Yep, nothing alike at all.

Old NFO said...

That IS scary... and endemic of the MSM's line of reasoning these days when a Dem is involved...

Anonymous said...

Fast and Furious?
IRS scandal?
NSA monitoring and data mining?

Go sell it to someone else Carl.

Gerry

wolfwalker said...

"With Watergate, it was a low-level burglary that was incompetently bungled and covered up by the administration."

Yes and no. That was the Watergate burglary. But the "Watergate Affair" that brought down Tricky Dick was much more than just the burglary and the cover-up. It involved campaign finance fraud, money laundering, various other possibly-criminal acts, a lot of dirty tricks against any and all political opposition, and worst of all, the use of the power of the presidency to interfere with and stifle investigations into those maybe-crimes.

(None of which is as bad, IMO, as what Barry Lackwit and his gang have done.)

PJS said...

Well said (as always), Jay.

Anonymous said...

Watergate was based on a burglary; Benghazi was based on a murder. "Nuff said.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

" But the "Watergate Affair" that brought down Tricky Dick was much more than just the burglary and the cover-up. It involved campaign finance fraud, money laundering, various other possibly-criminal acts, a lot of dirty tricks against any and all political opposition, and worst of all, the use of the power of the presidency to interfere with and stifle investigations into those maybe-crimes."

Of course, I wouldn't be one bit surprised if the Obama gang has done all of that, too.

Eye5600 said...

If you are going to take deaths as the criterion, you have to count every helicopter crash in Iraq and Afghanistan as big conspiracies.

Get real. I have not seen anything about Benghazi beyond bad intelligence and bureaucratic spin.

Geodkyt said...

Benghazi's screwup included refusing to do anything beforehand in response to known (if not precisely scheduled) threats.

Washington knew it was unstable, knew there were general threats to US personnel, and knew that rather than increasing security as the ambassador and on-site security professionals repeatedly requested, security was reduced (and not because of budget shortfalls -- the booze budget for embassies increased dramatically).