I suppose the reason ‘Pubs are still harping on this BenGazarra business months after BHO’s administration received the Accountability Review Board report prepared by Roger Pickering and acknowledged responsibility for a poor job of providing security is they’re scared shitless of Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations (assuming she has any, which I doubt). Even other ‘Pubs find this obsession somewhat futile:
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, himself a Republican, mocked Republicans on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday for their criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of Benghazi, saying they had a “cartoonish” impression of military capabilities. Gates also scoffed at the idea that the State Department engaged in a cover up to protect Hillary Clinton. When asked, his answer was a definitive, “No.”
He continued, “I worked with Secretary Clinton pretty closely for two and a half years, and I wouldn’t want to try and be somebody… trying to convince her to say something she did not think was true.” — politicsusa.com
But what’s truly puzzling is why they’re not concentrating on a much juicier issue handed them on a golden platter — namely the admission from the IRS that they behaved inappropriately by targeting conservative organizations for review of tax-exempt status.
The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said. —Denver Post
Already scrambling, the IRS claims the fault lies with low-level employees who misinterpreted directions, and when the problem was reported to higher authorities, the practice was abandoned. Urk urk. The check is in the mail, and Lance Armstrong was clean.
Deploying the IRS as a political weapon is about as filthy and un-American as your government can get. If you don’t believe me, run down to hell and ask their resident expert, Richard Nixon. The government imbeciles — whose salary and benefits you’re paying for if you’re even employed — that failed to realize immediately that they were behaving horribly wrong epitomize everything wrong with public service — clumsy, unthinking bureaucracy with the power to ruin whole lives while totally free of responsibility for their own actions. Heads should roll for this, but they probably won’t, which just makes the outrageous even outrageouser.
Anyway, it would be nice if the ‘Pubs took the lead on this one, and achieve something constructive for the nation for a change. I won’t hold my breath.