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Dan Bongino pens Benghazi gem in Washington Times

Dan Bongino pens Benghazi gem in Washington Times

While the President laments “distracting” and “phony scandals,” Bongino laments the Americans lives lost, and the deafening silence as to why.

Yesterday, President Obama gave another speech on the economy and pledged yet again be the standard-bearer of the “working class.” While the focus of the speech centered around the reiteration of the familiarly empty promises we’ve grown accustomed to, some not so subtle jabs were thrown in the direction of Republicans, and the Tea Party wing in particular.

“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” Obama said in an economic address at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

Bongino, as fate would have it, wrote a piece in the Washington Times the same day calling for answers in one of the “phony scandals” the President was likely referring to; the Benghazi terror attack of September 11th, 2012. I’ve excerpted part of this piece, but I encourage you to read the whole thing.

The Obama administration still has not explained why the Foreign Emergency Support Team was not activated. The State Department’s own website describes the team as “the U.S. government’s only interagency, on-call, short-notice team poised to respond to terrorist incidents worldwide.” Therein lies the rub: the mention of terrorism. The Foreign Emergency Support Team was available and chartered to respond to incidents such as the Benghazi attack, but was never deployed.

Having incorporated multiagency response teams into security planning on foreign soil for numerous presidential visits during my time in the Secret Service, I am intimately aware of their dedication to their mission and willingness to help. Perhaps the reason the administration did not activate the Foreign Emergency Support Team was because it immediately would have put to rest any question about the cause of the attack and set off a cascade of events that did not fit the administration’s desired political narrative.

Embattled by multiple scandals, the Obama administration has adroitly managed to avoid any substantial political ramifications from what I deem to be its greatest failure: the failure to adequately protect the military and security personnel who swore on their honor to protect you.

As Bongino notes, Benghazi is not the only one of these “phony scandals” the Obama administration would ultimately dismiss as nothing more than a creative manifestation of partisan politics. It is, however, the only one directly responsible for the loss of American lives.

Yet those who bring up the absence of answers are too often chastised by many as right wing “extremists” or “obstructionists,” among other less than savory terms.

Bongino’s continued insistence on answers to these completely legitimate inquiries illustrates why his presence in Congress would be so meaningful. His tenacity in pursuing elected office after his defeat in 2012 reveals his dedication to the cause. Perhaps most importantly, his determination to bring a another Republican representative to Congress from predominantly deep blue Maryland is emblematic of his inability to retreat from a fight where the end justifies the sacrifice present in the means.

Bongino is cut from a cloth that is all too rare in Congress today. His presence there would represent a much needed counterweight to what has largely become an environment entirely too comfortable with zero accountability.

For more information on Bongino’s run for office in MD-06, check out his website.


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Which phony scandal is O referring to? The one where he’s angry about the sequester cuts and so shuts down WH visits so that there can be no more multiple IRS aide visits to the WH for Easter Egg Hunts but will spend over a million $ for a trip to Africa?

Please do not forget Brian Terry.

    Calypso Facto in reply to Moe4. | July 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Or the 211 Mexican citizens killed or wounded by Fast & Furious guns so far (source:LA Times). Bet it’s not a “phony scandal” to them or their loved ones.

Carol Herman | July 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Do you know what’s really being covered up in Benghazi? Remember, you’re not at the Embassy. Instead, you’re at a little building where arabs were brought. And, tortured. To get information out of them.

This is the building that was attacked by hostile natives.

It wasn’t a coffee shop.

Carol Herman | July 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Even if obama is a gift to the republicans, the republicans will dig themselves so low, obama’s numbers remain high in comparison.

What’s wrong with the system? It’s a whorehouse. They sell fantasies to guys who really want to have love. And, all they get is sex. The quicker da’ better.

In the republican whore house you can get the drunk blue-eyed guy to bend over. While in the democratic one you have to squeeze and feel pelosi. So when you go in there, bring a paper bag.

Watergate brought down a presidency but no one got killed

Benghazi and Fast & Furious got people killed.

IRSgate breached the public trust.

MediaGate breached the First Amendment.

Yet, this phony prez still manages to hold on and do damage.

Is this the “new” normal???

I count Obama’s personal aerial assassination program as another bit of scandalous behavior accompanied by a few American bodies.

OmegaPaladin | July 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Obama seems to have a a plan to completely saturate the environment with scandals.

Is the handling of the shooting at Fort Hood on the “phony” scandal list? Major Nidal Hassan acted as an illegal enemy combatant and transformed that room into a combat zone. Recognize those killed and injured there. Restore the civilian police who shot the Major and have since lost their jobs.

Somebody with a military background help me out. Were soldiers always unarmed on base? Or was that a result of which brilliant President, Carter or Clinton?

    franciscodanconia in reply to Milwaukee. | July 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Clinton signed an EO in ’93 which basically says no member of the armed forces is allowed to be armed with a personal weapon on any base. Servicemembers are allowed to have guns in, say, base housing, but not in barracks rooms or on their person while on the job. Last I checked, concealed carry is not allowed anywhere on bases located within U.S. territories and states. Guns are strictly regulated on bases.

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For some reason, when I hear him say “phony scandals”, I think “Emperor’s New Clothes”