Many will remember the 1993 HBO film “And the Band Played On,” based on the best-selling book “And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic” by Randy Shilts. The movie centers around a researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who becomes involved in HIV/AIDS research at the inception of the epidemic in the 1980s.
The film was largely an indictment of politics within the biomedical research community; in short, the message was that “business as usual” ultimately led to innumerable AIDS deaths as politicians tested and re-tested the way the wind was blowing regarding public opinion on the disease, and prominent researchers prioritized preserving their egos, reputations and professional legacies.
This week, a Republican-led House committee released a report the on the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi terror attack, citing the Obama administration’s numerous missteps before, during and after the incident. The report claims that top administration officials such as then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama hedged, waffled and measured their public response for hours, during which time military assets waited to deploy to Libya to rescue U.S. staff in Benghazi.
The first military personnel did not arrive until more than 13 hours after the attack began. As a result, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, State Department information officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty perished.
The committee found the grossest breaches of protocol, obfuscation, misrepresentations, extraordinarily lame excuses, outright lies and what appeared on its face to be abject incompetence on the part of the White House, State Department and intelligence agencies. Panetta told the committee that “an intelligence failure” occurred with respect to Benghazi, despite dozens of desperate requests from Ambassador Stevens for enhanced security in the months prior.
Yet, there’s precious little revealed by the committee that was unknown to those following the Benghazi story. In fact, most of what the committee revealed was indeed known within a few months after the attack as a result of Middle Eastern press outlets and those directly or peripherally involved with our government’s business in Libya.
While there’s an attitude of “gotcha” in the conservative press, the report they call “damning” gives no indication that the committee got any closer to the real reasons our government failed to expeditiously aid those at the besieged compound. Such explanations as “intelligence failures” simply aren’t plausible. This deficiency is likely due to the extent of abject criminality behind the lack of response to the attack. For example, news pieces and commentaries following the Benghazi attack which discussed the covert Middle East arms transportation network established by the Obama administration’s CIA (to supply Islamists in Syria and for which Benghazi was a hub), and the incestuous involvement of congressional leaders, parties in the intelligence community and private security interests are literally too many to list.
So the Benghazi report represents nothing but business as usual. Triumphant establishment press claims that the committee found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Hillary Clinton bear this out. In the meantime, the woman who likely committed hanging offenses in the prosecution of the Benghazi response is busily marketing herself as the next “Tickle Me Elmo” – the irresistibly lovable, “gotta have” Democratic candidate for president.
While 51 black citizens were injured and seven killed over the weekend by gunfire in Chicago, a city lousy with gun control measures that’s being deftly managed by Obama’s former bath-house buddy Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s communist attorney general, Loretta Lynch, advances her plan to make thousands of Justice Department workers submit to mandatory training calculated to eliminate “implicit biases” in their law enforcement judgment and avoid racially motivated police actions.
In the press, liberal economists manage to maintain straight faces as they cite creative statistics and indicators which say that Barack Obama in fact did reduce the national deficit as he said he would in 2008, and that we have a robust economy – right now – as a result of his policies.
And so on. Business as usual …
Over the last couple of years, I’ve seen the homeless population in the city in which I live explode, and we’re not talking about a major urban center here. I’ve seen the lines at food banks and public assistance offices trailing out into the street, with increasing numbers of people in official work attire alongside the unlocal parasites the government demands we feed; this indicating that while the former may have work, they clearly don’t have enough work. There’s no doubt that this is occurring across America, but we’re not likely to see much related news coverage anytime soon.
And of course, I’ve repeatedly cited the fuzzy math that allows America to have a 5 percent unemployment rate with 94 million unemployed out of a potential workforce 180 million.
But it’s still business as usual …
“Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our diplomats and development officials who go into dangerous places around the world pursuing American values, interests, and our security. And I said this when I testified for 11 hours that no one has thought more about or lost more sleep over the lives that we lost, the four Americans, which was devastating. … I’ll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it’s pretty clear it’s time to move on.”
– Hillary Clinton, June 28, 2016
So, what do these analogues and this analysis prove, if anything? They prove that despite the popular political uprisings we are seeing across the Western world, governing elites are proceeding against implicit and explicit mandates, advancing their international socialist megalith as though it was being universally welcomed by the governed.
They also prove that these parties are among the vilest of living beings. Hillary Clinton’s shameless, disgusting statement in response to the Benghazi report epitomizes this fact.
Article posted with permission from Erik Rush.