Hart: Mr. President: Tell the truth

Hart: Mr. President: Tell the truth

May 16th, 2014 by By Ron Hart in Opinion Columns

Just when you wonder what Congress is not going to do next, Speaker of the House John Boehner musters up enough courage to try to get the facts on the White House's role in covering up the Benghazi attack before Obama's election. Obama and his O-bots continue to withhold documents, obfuscating the investigation.

To date, they have only sent in -- on the "honor" system -- a few heavily redacted documents. It took a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch and a court decision to unearth recent meaningful evidence.

Alert to the White House spokeskids: "Dudes, it's a subpoena!"

Democrats, who are in a perpetual state of being offended, responded as expected. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) fretted, "The amount of money they can spend is undefined and can be unlimited." This marks the first time a Democrat cared how much Washington spent on anything.

Congressman Trey Gowdy will lead the inquiry. He is excited and will have lots of questions: What did the president know and when did he know it? Why did the White House push the YouTube video as the reason for the attack before the presidential election? Why must I go back to my small town in South Carolina to get my hair frosted and my tips feathered?

Suggestions to Congressman Gowdy: 1. Don't focus on the terrorist attack. We were sitting ducks. 2. Focus on the White House cover-up. 3. Subpoena everyone involved in pushing the lie about the video. 4. Roads will lead back to Obama's political henchmen in Chicago, David Axelrod and the like. Be sure to question them.

In what ways is Benghazi like, but arguably far worse, than the Watergate scandal? First, four Americans died there. Second, Obama's team manufactured a lie about the reason to protect him before the election. Third, a hapless filmmaker is still in jail over the video.

In Watergate, there was a low level break-in at the DNC campaign headquarters. It was proven that Nixon knew nothing about the break-in but that he sought to cover it up afterwards. In this way, Watergate is no different from what we already know about Benghazi.

Susan Rice, a veteran Democrat operative, worked for Bill Clinton. Those were fun times in the Clinton White House; a "closed door session" was actually interesting.

Instead of Hillary (who said she was "sick"), Rice appeared on the talk shows the Sunday after Benghazi and knowingly lied about the video being the reason for the attack on our consulate. And to be willing to concoct a story blaming the 13-minute YouTube video, Obama had to know the press had his back.

As Hillary learned during her time in the White House, you act like you believe the president's lies if they help you -- or until the DNA tests on the blue dress come back from the lab.

In my time, it has always been a lie that's led us into unnecessary wars. The purported Gulf of Tonkin incident ushered us into Vietnam, false intelligence reports of weapons of mass destruction into the invasion of Iraq, and the notion that Afghanistan was the reason for 9/11 pushed us into invading. These wars cost us more than a trillion dollars, almost 65,000 deaths and more than 40,000 injured (and counting): an expensive social studies lessons.

We must set a standard of honesty in government. If our leaders feel they can lie to and manipulate us, we will have further wars and problems in the future. Not since Nixon has an administration displayed such arrogant disregard for the truth and the willingness to play dirty tricks on its opponents in order to remain in power.

Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart.com.