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That’s “Benghazi water” in Arabic (that’s a long “a” in “ma”). Every good American scandal has to have water in its name — there was Watergate, Whitewater, now Benghazi water. Just goes to prove, every really good scandal needs to be hydrated or something like that.

Benghazi mapA funny thing happened to the “All Benghazi — All the Time” network — other news that they love to hype inconveniently happened — the Jodie Arias trial, the Cleveland kidnapping recoveries, Jim DeMint and the Heritage Foundation declaring immigration reform dead based upon the statistical work of a guy who wrote his dissertation on why nonintellectually gifted immigrants need not apply.

Bret Baier of the “All Benghazi” network had a special three-part docudrama on the subject and practically soiled himself each evening. The run-up to the hearings on Wednesday was nothing short of a Super Bowl Pregame Show — the only thing lacking was a commercial where Go Daddy spokesmodels were having their way with unsuspecting Snickers bars.

Here’s what we learned — not much of anything. No smoking 3-D printer replicated guns — no vast political intrigue — nothing other than the robust and over-developed self-estimation of the star witness, Gregory Hicks. If tooting your own horn is an art form, scoot over Kenny G, Gregory H is in da’House.

And I quote Mr. Hicks:

I earned a reputation for being an innovative policymaker who got the job done. I was promoted quickly and received numerous awards,” Hicks informed the lawmakers. “I have two master’s degrees.. . . I speak fluent Arabic. . . . I fast became known as the ambassador’s bulldog because of my decisive management styles. . . .Incoming charge Larry Pope told me personally that my performance was near-heroic.

The long and short of this: Two dead foreign service officers and two CIA contractors — brave men all with stellar reputations, doing courageous jobs, and as a country we owe them a debt of gratitude. We do not owe them a sideshow media circus pitched under an opportunistic tent of partisan politics.

These four men join some 60 or so who died in attacks in Turkey, Greece, Syria, Yemen (2 attacks), Saudi Arabia (2 attacks), Pakistan (3 attacks), and Uzbekistan during the Bush Administration. No outcry for the victims then, let alone a Huckabee radio séance where he foretold of the President being on a short road to impeachment.diplomatic-attacks4

The usual suspects are conjuring their conspiracy theories, Glenn Beck, Alex Jones, the Drudge Report, and the fairly unbalanced “All Benghazi” network. Of course, the viperous progenitor and disembodied voice of car alarms, Darryl Issa, has had to have every suit he owns scotch-guarded because he seems so excited he’s about to molt his serpentine skin.

We’ve seen this play before — Whitewater was the epitome of the Gingrichesque scorched earth politics of destruction — $70 million and six years to investigate a failed Arkansas land transaction only to uncover an untoward fellatio transaction in Washington. What Whitewater did was to severely hobble a second Clinton term agenda, institutionalize Congressional paralysis, and convert both parties into acolytes of the religion of personal destruction.

But Benghazi offers a twofer — cripple Obama’s second term and potentially cripple Hillary for 2016. Pretty good strategy if it wasn’t so fatally flawed — put simply, there’s no there there.

As usual, the self-certified brainiac pundits say that Bronco Obama loves it when the House Republicans get “out over their skis” on issues like this, thereby looking petty, vindictive, and overly political. That’s all good and uber-Zen’ish, but continuing to ignore this festering sore is just emboldening the “Tea Party kookus” and impeding 2014 efforts to rid the Capitol of the Tea Party infestation.

What no one seems to realize is in order to believe even one scintilla of the Fox/Issa/Beck/Jones/Tea Party fiction, you have to indict the Joint Chiefs and the $750 Billion a year Pentagon as either incompetently ineffective or inextricably complicit in the conspiracy. This issue needs to be neutered before Speaker Orangeman appoints a Special Select Committee or even worse, there is a Foster Friess funded movie — I’m sure there is one already in production. Undoubtedly Mr. Hicks will see himself as the star being played by Jon Voight and if he isn’t available, Ted Nugent will most likely get the call.

This is an open thread.

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