Baghdad Bob, SGT Schultz, Jay Carney and Watergate
"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
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For those of us who followed "Gulf War II" on the tube and watched “classic TV” (either first-run or in syndication), the old refrain is laughingly familiar. “Baghdad Bob” infamously proclaimed: “there are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never.” Meanwhile the entire world could see that - directly behind him rolling across the screen - was a column of M1A1 Abrams tanks. Sergeant Schultz on “Hogan’s Heroes” repeated his tag line much more frequently and with far greater humor. (To hear his hackneyed “disclaimer,” play the first sound clip at left).

And now comes Mr. Jay Carney – former Time magazine Washington D.C. bureau chief and undoubtedly soon-to-be-erstwhile White House Press Secretary - singing the same tunes before a pack of rabid reporters yesterday as they pummeled him with questions about “Benghazi-gate,” “IRS-gate,” and “AP-gate.” Carney’s less-than-stellar performance – fully punctuated with stonewalling, denials, non-denial denials, and “I KNOW *NOTHING!*” - was followed shortly thereafter by an equally unimpressive “hoof and woof” act by Attorney General Eric Holder, whose “non-hyperbolic,” “recusal-laden” explanations of the Justice Department’s actions related to the IRS and AP scandals strained the bounds of credulity. But we’ll leave Mr. Holder to another blog. This one belongs to Jay Carney and Mr. George F. Will.

George Will – a very astute conservative newspaper columnist, journalist, author, and Pulitzer Prize-winner – said this about Carney and his defense of the Obama administration’s actions on Benghazi during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” this past Sunday:

“A week ago, Mr. Carney - whose usefulness to this administration is diminishing rapidly - a week ago he said Benghazi was a long time ago as if it was the Punic Wars. This is a very live issue, because we now know three things.

We know that Mr. Hicks, the night of the attack, speaking from Libya, said pretty much what it was, an armed interaction, not a movie review conducted with rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.

Five days later on this program and on four other Sunday morning programs, the idea of an exceptionally boisterous movie review was still the administration's position.

And then, 14 days after the attack, at the UN, it was the same thing.

We started out with three arguments. Was security lax in Benghazi? Demonstrably. Could forces have been there to rescue them? Doubtful. Has the nation been systemically misled? Certainly.

Now, we need a select committee in congress because the State Department's misnamed accountability review board neglected to interview even the secretary of state.”

See: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/05/12/george-will-jay-carneys-usefulness-administration-diminishing-rapidly

Further, Will - in an opinion piece for the Washington Post published on Monday – wrote this with regard to the administration’s actions (or lack thereof) on the Benghazi and the IRS scandals:

““He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to . . . cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.”

— Article II, Section 1, Articles of Impeachment against Richard M. Nixon, adopted by the House Judiciary Committee, July 29, 1974

“The burglary occurred in 1972, the climax came in 1974, but 40 years ago this week — May 17, 1973 — the Senate Watergate hearings began exploring the nature of Richard Nixon’s administration. Now the nature of Barack Obama’s administration is being clarified as revelations about IRS targeting of conservative groups merge with myriad Benghazi mendacities.”

“This administration aggressively hawked the fiction that the Benghazi attack was just an excessively boisterous movie review. Now we are told that a few wayward souls in Cincinnati, with nary a trace of political purpose, targeted for harassment political groups with “tea party” and “patriot” in their titles. The Post has reported that the IRS also targeted groups that “criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution .” Credit the IRS operatives with understanding who and what threatens the current regime. The Post also reports that harassing inquiries have come from other IRS offices, including Washington. “

“Jay Carney, whose unenviable job is not to explain but to explain away what his employers say, calls the IRS’s behavior “inappropriate.” No, using the salad fork for the entree is inappropriate. Using the Internal Revenue Service for political purposes is a criminal offense.”

and

“Episodes like this separate the meritorious liberals from the meretricious. The day after the IRS story broke, The Post led the paper with it, and, with an institutional memory of Watergate, published a blistering editorial demanding an Obama apology. The New York Times consigned the story to page 10 (its front-page lead was the umpteenth story about the end of the world being nigh because of global warming). Through Monday, the Times had expressed no editorial thoughts about the IRS. The Times’s Monday headline on the matter was: “IRS Focus on Conservatives Gives GOP an Issue to Seize On.” So THAT is the danger.”

“If Republicans had controlled both houses of Congress in 1973, Nixon would have completed his term. If Democrats controlled both today, the Obama administration’s lawlessness would go uninvestigated. Not even divided government is safe government, but it beats the alternative.”

For the entire opinion piece, see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-irs-scandal-carries-echoes-of-watergate/2013/05/13/78f03660-bbf1-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_story.html

The coalescence of the Benghazi, IRS, and AP scandals at this particular point in time - as the President’s approval ratings are already plunging downward and as the administration’s credibility has eroded to an all-time low - can only help embolden a GOP who already had as its stated goals to repeal (or significantly diminish) ObamaCare; take back the Senate in 2014; and take back the White House in 2016. Also - We The People have learned in the past few days that our “mainstream” media will eventually come around to actually seeing, investigating, and reporting the FACTS – no matter what side of the political spectrum the facts are on – PROVIDING those facts outline actions which are egregious enough or which involve members of the media PERSONALLY.

All-in-all, the above makes for great political theater, don’t you think? I thought so when Watergate unfolded on television - right before our very eyes – in the early 1970s. My sense is that “here we go again.”


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HMJC commented on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 15:32 PM

The reality is Sebe that most of his voting base does not understand the issues or care about it. Apathy at its best...

sebekm commented on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 15:56 PM

Hi HMJC. Yes - but my point was this: once the "mainstream" media eventually sinks their teeth into something - only THEN will We The People actually learn the truth. It really is too bad that things have to be so outrageous or that the media has to be personally involved (as is the case with the AP allegations) for them to take things seriously and cut their "apron strings" with the Democrats. As could be seen yesterday, their gloves are OFF. They are cranked up - and IMHO it took the AP story hitting right on the heels of an IRS apology and sensational Benghazi revelations to do it. My sense is that the dam is about to burst and much, much more will be forthcoming on all. If the media would have pursued the story in the case of "Fast and Furious," the administration wouldn't have gotten a pass on Benghazi and we might have had a different outcome in the presidential election this past November. THAT's the prize Obama and the Dems won - also IMHO - by "hook or by crook."

sebekm commented on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 18:17 PM

....and speaking of sound clips, I've added - for your personal enjoyment - a dozen from Presidents past. Some are famous quotes. Some are infamous quotes. All are definitely associated with the life and times of their speaker.

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:24 PM

Chief, the Washington Post called out the President two days ago and gave him 4 Pinocchio’s when he said that he called Benghazi, an act of Terrorism from the outset. Check it all out here.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/f...

The Obama administration has gotten away with this type of strategy before, and I guess he still thinks he can; however he is just digging a deeper hole by hoping the media will let it go away without him addressing it directly.

sebekm commented on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Hi Funky: I saw that. The country is fortunate (and the President is unlucky) that all of this is coming out - and hitting the fan - so soon after his reelection. He is going to have a VERY TOUGH time limiting the political damage for the 2014 elections. And we really don't know HOW HIGH in government this involvement goes. Remember that Nixon wasn't really backed into a corner until Alexander Butterfield dropped the bomb about the secret Oval Office taping system.

As I said in another blog string - I wonder who the "new Alexander Butterfield" will be this time around. Perhaps there will be MANY of them.

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 19:32 PM

"I know nothin, I hear nothing, I see nothing" said President Obama. I know it hasn't been proven, but these scandals reflect his poor and incompetent leadership, ie the rich don't pay there fair share, If you got a busines,you didn't build that,Republicans want you to breath dirty air and water and the flawed idea that Big Govment is our saviour which influences and emboldens this ridiculous behaviour within the administration. Trickle Down Scandalism!

sebekm commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 13:02 PM

Read my latest blog, Funky. The dam is breaking, and there is much more to come. When a rat's nest is uncovered, you very rarely find only one rat.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 17:33 PM

The only thing I like about what you posted Funk is your Kings English spelling of behaviour.

The rest is a load of horse ka-ka. And as Sebe, your partner in this flustercuck, would say: GO READ MY COMMENTS TO BRO SEBE'S OTHER BLOGS.

sebekm commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 17:44 PM

Behaviour, colour, humour, neighbour...the King - and Bagdad Bob - would LIKE it...

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 20:59 PM

It's all in the Cases.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 21:53 PM

JimmyMack, if the rest of what I said is horse ka ka, why is “I got a thrill up my leg” Chris Matthews agreeing that President Obama is not a leader, he uses the word executive. I believe that you believe in right over wrong before Democrat over Republican. What say you?

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2...

JimmyMack as a leader yourself, how do you even expect someone with no leadership experience to be an effective executive in any capacity?

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 22:07 PM

BTW, I'm for right or wrong within the confines of the laws on the books, the Obama administration isn't they want to make their own laws by blaming Benghazi on a youtube video,when Greg Hicks called HRC directly and said they were under attack. He got demoted for speaking out and the intelligence talking points were changed 12 times to hide negligence and incompetence because its a know fact that the Ambassador requested more security and he didn't get it. What say you?

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 08:28 AM

Hello Funk. "As a leader yourself, how do you even expect someone with no leadeship experience to be an effective executive in any capacity? What say you?" You ask of me.

I say if you buy into that particular horse ka-ka then Marco Rubio has a snowballs chance in hell of getting nominated to run on the Republican ticket for President. I mean, come on man, pleeze...a junior senator with limited demonstrative leadership experience!!! Surely, that sort of thing cannot happen in America can it? Especially if one is a minority with a funny sounding name!

"...its a known fact that the Ambassador requested more security and didn't gt it. What say you?"

Gee, I don't know Funk.. maybe Tea Bag Conservative influenced reduction in available Gov't resourses or something prevented the Calvary from coming..? I don't know.

As Americans, we get punched in the face sometimes. We got hit in the face in Benghazi. And anyone that has ever been involved in a Chain of Command thing, KNOWS that there are idiots on BOTH sides of the line. Tragically mortal mistakes can and do happen.

Benghazi is hype. Some idiot blew it. Is it the President's fault?

Hell No!

No one is going to jail over this. BHO will Not be impeached. And Hillary Rodham Clinton will be our next President.

It'a been a wonderful week for Conservatives Funk. But, their bogus tri-fecta 'scandal' ticket is not going to get punched at the Pay Out Window.

sebekm commented on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

"Benghazi is hype. Some idiot blew it. Is it the President's fault?"

Perhaps not, but where was the Secretary of State when that "3 a.m. call," came in? What did she do? What didn't she do? What SHOULD she have done? Why WASN'T she interviewed as part of the initial investigation into the government's response to the crisis? How could she say - when the American people are still demanding ANSWERS (69% of them in the latest Gallup poll) - to the effect "WHO CARES WHETHER IT WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK?"

The American people want the answer to these questions - and more - because they believe the Obama administration hasn't been honest with them up until now on this matter. And as the story comes out, IT HAS BEEN SHOWN THAT THEY HAVEN'T BEEN HONEST!!! They lied about whether terrorists were involved; they lied about who crafted/had input to the government's official "story" of what happened; and it looks to everyone but those on the left that they're trying to cover it all up with lies even today.

The American people can see why - it was for POLITICS - and now WE THE PEOPLE want to know what else they did (or didn't do) for POLITICS. Did they temper their response - i.e., not send "reinforcements" which might have saved lives - because they didn't want to elevate the political profile of the incident on the eve of a very close Presidential election? Did they LIE saying that it wasn't a terrorist attack to protect Obama's foreign relations/homeland security "record" for the election? Did they LIE to cover-up Hillary Clinton's inaction to preserve her "electability" for 2016?

These are all legitimate questions that the American people have the right to have answered. Here's another one:

How far has - and will - the Obama administration go to hold onto power and to protect their "turf?"

When the answers MIGHT BE "far enough to permit needless American deaths" or "far enough to lie to the American people to cover it up," we have a right to expect the perpetrators to be held accountable.

Funkentelecky commented on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 19:48 PM

Hello to you too JimmyMack , for your standup and straight forward answers to my questions. You are a true leader and patriot because you take responsibility for your words and actions whether good, bad or indifferent. Kudo’s to you sir!

You said this; I say if you buy into that particular horse ka-ka then Marco Rubio has a snowballs chance in hell of getting nominated to run on the Republican ticket for President. I mean, come on man, pleeze...a junior senator with limited demonstrative leadership experience!!! Surely, that sort of thing cannot happen in America can it? Especially if one is a minority with a funny sounding name!

I like your pun in that; however in Rubio’s case he does have leadership experience, looks good, talks good, is a minority and has a funny name too. Rubio is a lawyer like Obama and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000-2008 and also served as the Speaker of the House in Florida from 2006-2008 in Charge of 435 Reps, an Executive Leadership Position which is 3rd in line behind the Governor and Lt Governor, Representatives are unique in that they are elected every two years to facilitate an awareness of what is actually happening in the real world and the American people enabled to hold them accountable to their will. Rubio learned well at a young age, see it here:

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Section...

Funkentelecky commented on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 19:50 PM

Rubio has now served 2 years an 5 months as a US Senator and will have 4 complete years to his credit by 2015 when he has the opportunity to run for President. He has been the leader in immigration reform in the Senate as I have said before, with Obama obfuscating real legislation with executive orders last summer. See Rubio’s immigration leadership here:

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/04/12/the-ga...

Now President Obama’s credentials were 8 years in the Illinois State Senate from 1996-2004 and thanks to HRC’s research, voted “Present” 129 times which is indeed a fact which accounts for 16.125 present votes per year. Obama then served 2 years in the US Senate before running for President in 2007 and 2008 thus no Senatorial duties whatsoever and no Leadership/Executive Experience at all. Community Organizer and the Greatest Political Campaigner of “ALL TIMES” that’s it my brother, not a leader.

"...its a known fact that the Ambassador requested more security and didn't gt it. What say you?"

Gee, I don't know Funk.. maybe Tea Bag Conservative influenced reduction in available Gov't resourses or something prevented the Calvary from coming..? I don't know.

Good point JimmyMack, since the President must request military action from Congress and Congress must approve it before initiating action as Commander in Chief, is it remotely possible that the funds were exhausted illegally by the Real “Boy King” Obama in Libya?

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washi...

This news is presented by the Liberal Los Angeles Times and the President spent over 9M per day without congressional approval to take action.

This mission degraded the ability for the US to protect embassies in Libya because Khadafy was supporting the US wholeheartedly to do so since the GWB administration.


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