Outgoing Secretary of The Statement
by TOM MCLAUGHLIN
February 1, 2013
"What difference does it make?" That's the mantra of the Obama Administration now, and it's not just about what happened in Benghazi. It's about many things, like twice taking an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God - and then ignoring it. "What difference does it make?"
It's about quadrupling our deficits for the last four years after promising to cut them in half. What difference does it make? It's about using the Federal Reserve to print trillions of dollars with nothing to back them up. What difference does it make? It's about infringing on the right to keep and bear arms in spite of the Second Amendment. What difference does it make? It's about making "recess appointments" when the Senate isn't in recess and appointing "czars" to make policy without congressional confirmation or authorization. What difference does it make?
Guess we could call Hillary Clinton our outgoing "Secretary of the Statement" since she made that infamous remark in the form of a rhetorical question. After shedding crocodile tears about her friend "Chris" and the other three dead Americans whose bodies were flown back to America, Mrs. Clinton pounded the table in feigned indignation yelling: "Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for walk one night who decided they'd go and kill some Americans?" It was neither of those things Madame Secretary, but as you said: what difference does it make?
What difference does it make that you (ignored) didn't receive your friend Chris's repeated pleas for more security? What difference does it make that you and/or President Obama and/or the Secretary of Defense (refused) didn't know enough to send help to the former Navy Seals who, thinking for seven hours that help was on the way, died bravely trying to defend surviving Americans? What difference does it make that you all sent out UN Ambassador Susan Rice to lie to the American people about it five times the next Sunday morning?
What difference does it make that our Secretary of State just wants to go on her way without being accountable to questions about her competence, questions concerning her lies about some video being the cause of the attack, or questions about her lack of accountability to the US Senate that confirmed her? What difference, at this point, does it make?
What difference does it make if our soldiers' morale plummets after realizing their commander-in-chief cares more about an election than about the very lives of brave soldiers under his command? What difference does it make that our president talked tough about the terrorists - promising to "bring them to justice" but hasn't done a thing, even after one of the terrorists talked about it with a New York Times reporter at a cafe? What difference does it make when the same terrorists with the same weapons are so unafraid of President Obama that they took American hostages when attacking an oil rig in Algeria a couple of weeks ago?
What difference does it make when the Obama Administration censors any references to Islam or jihad from government documents about the war in which we're engaged? What difference does it make that we're afraid even to call our enemy by its true name? What difference does it make that our enemies think President Obama is a wuss and that America is a paper tiger?
What difference does it make that Iran doesn't take seriously President Obama's promise that "The United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon." What difference does it make that Israel doesn't take our president seriously either and so will be forced into a pre-emptive attack on Iran to save itself? What difference does it make if that drives up the price of oil to $500 or $1000 a barrel and sinks the whole world's economy? What difference does it make if a nuclear war breaks out in the Middle East and we're led by a cowardly, incompetent administration?
Hard to see why any of this would be a big deal.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Tom McLaughlin is a (now retired) history teacher and a regular weekly columnist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire. He writes about political and social issues, history, family, education and Radical Islam. Email him at email@example.com.