Benghazi and the IRS Scandal: So, How’s the View From Under the Bus?

MH900399420In a sane world the Lyin’ King would never have been elected, even once. But we don’t live in a sane world. The inmates are unquestionably running the asylum.

Nevertheless, last week highlighted two events that are the Lyin’ King’s tar babies. No matter how adamantly his flacks insist that a glove hasn’t been laid on him, no matter how desperately Jay Carney tries to foist blame off on Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, “the previous administration” or other scapegoats, the president is immersed in the stewpot up to his neck. Whether the heat is dialed up under him or the contents are dumped back out into our laps remains to be seen.

The Benghazi hearings last week stirred up an astounding amount of public notoriety. Considering that it is this regime being called to account, it is amazing that headlines were devoted to it even for one day. After ABC dropped their bomb, citing the administration’s disinfecting of toxic CIA documents, even Britain’s press apologized for accusing Republicans of staging a witch hunt against the president.

Today, despite blistering evidence provided notably by Gregory Hicks, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli and Mark Thompson, State Department Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism, one must look hard to find any mention of Benghazi in mainstream “news.” Not surprising, considering the arm-twisting, closed-door meeting The White House ordered with reporters Friday. The MSM’s temporary insanity was addressed. How dare they report White House chicanery, impeachable wrong-doing resulting in the deaths of our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans?

Covered or not, administration fingers still point everywhere but at themselves. The White House blames the State Department, Hillary blames underlings, and John Kerry and Joe Biden, both potentially seeking the presidential nod in 2016, are swearing to co-operate with the hearings, in order to eliminate Hillary Clinton from consideration.

Last Thursday, the IRS delivered a bombshell; they admitted that they had “targeted” conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. Denials of such activity were made to Congress back in 2012 by then-Commissioner Douglas Shulman. Chagrined that they had been unearthed by the Landmark Legal Foundation, the IRS apologized. The apology was not accepted.

Marilyn Assenheim

About the author, Marilyn Assenheim: Marilyn Assenheim was born and raised in New York City. She spent a career in healthcare management although she probably should have been a casting director. Or a cowboy. A serious devotee of history and politics, Marilyn currently lives in the NYC metropolitan area. View all articles by Marilyn Assenheim

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