This Week’s Wrap-Up series of stories I call “Scandal-topia.” Benghazi, IRS targeting conservative groups, Department of Justice seizing phone records of the Associated Press (AP) and yet another sex abuse scandal in the U.S. military. While all of these stories are important, they are taking our eyes off other stories of great importance. Let’s run down the list:
Benghazi, the White House is releasing some emails, but Republicans want many more released. The left wants to paint this as a “witch hunt,” but lots of questions go unanswered. Mark Thompson, one of the Benghazi whistle-blowers, was in charge of the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST.) This team is comprised of people like Special Ops, FBI and security experts that can go in for a rescue. Thompson’s testimony in front of Congress said FEST was “taken out of the menu of options.” There was never any intention to mount a rescue, and this was a policy decision that came very early on 9/11/12. The Accountability Review Board says you can’t blame former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the murder and non-rescue of four Americans. Really? The person in charge isn’t to blame?
Next up, the scandal involving the IRS targeting of hundreds of conservative groups. If this isn’t against the Constitution and the law, I don’t know what is. This was nothing short of an attempt to stop opposition to the Obama administration and its policies. End of story. I think Speaker of the House John Boehner got it stop on when he said, “Who’s going to jail for this?” Well, don’t hold your breath because it was just announced that the person in charge of tax-exempt organizations (Sarah Hall Ingram) just got a promotion and is going to be in charge of the IRS part of Obama Care. I cannot make this stuff up. The President said he knew nothing about this scandal until he saw news reports.
Then, you have the scandal involving Attorney General Eric Holder and Justice Departmentsecretly subpoenaing the phone records of dozens of AP reporters. There was a legitimate security leak involving a foiled bombing plot in Yemen. The mainstream media seems to have finally woken up, and 50 news organizations now say it was out of line. I call it swatting a fly with a cannon. This is what it took for the media to finally wake up? The Patriot Act, NDAA, targeted drone murders and trashing of the rest of the Constitution didn’t cause a problem? That’s rich. Holder says he didn’t know anything about the AP subpoenas. What? How can that be?
Finally, yet another sex scandal in the military where women are charging they are being sexually assaulted. In this case, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel really does not know anything about this as he just got the job a few months ago. Still, he’s going to be the one to clean it up. This couldn’t come at a worse time. The Middle East is boiling over in places like Syria, and tensions are mounting with Iran and Israel. Let’s not forget about nuclear armed North Korea that is still simmering on a back burner.
Meanwhile, there is a total disconnect with the Wall Street economy and the main street economy. The real unemployment rate is 23%. 47 million Americans are on food stamps. The latest date says the economy is rolling over; and yet, the stock market is hitting fresh all-time highs.
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