by John Alexander Madison
May 4, 2013
Get over it! Or so implies White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, a/k/a Chief Apologist in Residence, on May 1, 2013. Really, Mr. Carney, really? The attack on Pearl Harbor was “a long time ago,” more specifically December 7, 1941, which President Franklyn Delano Roosevelt described as “a day which will live in infamy.” The American Civil War was a long time ago, specifically 1861-1866, and the American Revolution was a long time ago as well, more specifically 1775-1783. The Byzantine Empire lasted from 518 to 1453 for a total of 935 years. That was a very long time ago. But the fact remains these and other important historical events, however long ago they occurred, are memorable and are forever imbedded in our memory.
The Byzantine Empire was so long ago that many may not know that The Byzantine Empire was the predominantly Greek-speaking continuation of the Roman Empire during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. It had its capital in the city of Constantinople. Initially the eastern half of the Roman Empire, it survived the 5th century fragmentation and collapse of the Western Roman Empire and continued to thrive, existing for an additional thousand years until it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453 (resource: ask.com). But, I digress.
In the context of Mr. Carney’s outrageous suggestion that the tragedy in Benghazi was “so long ago” he suggests that we need to move on and forget about it. Has Mr. Carney has been watching too many Italian movies? You: "So what’s it about?" Italian: "Forgetaboutit." You: "excuse me?" (Death.)
This is not some kind of joke, Mr. Carney? Four Americans were killed on September 11, 2012 including the United States Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stephens. Initially, there was speculation by the White House attributing the attack to a spontaneous riot in response to a YouTube video, “Innocence of Muslins,” released in July 2012, four months earlier! The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “spontaneous” as arising from a momentary impulse. Months later the government Accountability Review Board found that it was in fact a premeditated attack by Islamist militants.
By Carney’s calculations the election of President Obama in 2008 was a very long time ago. And since then the economy has been in shambles, unemployment has remained at historically high levels, contempt for America continues to grow in countries around the world, many liberties guaranteed to all Americans by our Constitution are being eroded on a daily basis, and confidence in government leaders at all levels has eroded to historically low levels. Is Mr. Carney suggesting we just ‘forgetaboutit?’ That won’t happen. We cannot stop the inquiry into the truth of what happened in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
Americans are entitled to the truth even if it reveals that there has been a cover-up at the highest levels of our federal government, including the White House and then Secretary of State, Ms. Clinton, who aspires to become the next President of the United States. That can’t happen either. We deserve better.
There is an abundance of evidence that President Obama is intent on advancing the idea that terrorism is on the run including his declaration that the Boston bombing was not a terrorist attack. He believes the Tsarnaev brothers were self-radicalized extremists and not a part of a wider conspiracy or sinister plan to destroy America.
Who is he kidding? We know better. After promising to have the most transparent administration in the history of our country, can we safely say that President Obama has failed miserably at that goal? There should be little doubt.
On May 1, 2013, Americans were given good reason to display our flags at half-mast, Mayday, Mayday!
(An emergency procedure word used internationally; a distress signal and a fitting statement on this May 1st!)