On Monday, I said on my radio show that I believed that the lies and cover-ups regarding what happened in Benghazi last September 11, could ultimately bring an end to Barack Obama's presidency and I compared it to Watergate, in which a president was brought down by deception and a methodical attempt to cover the deception.
Now, I wasn't saying that for dramatic effect or for rhetorical hyperbole, but as a recognition that Americans will forgive its leaders for mistakes -- even serious mistakes, but not for intentionally, cunningly, and repeatedly lying to them and then attempting to cover the lies.
The deception of the truth added with deflection from the truth ends in defection of the people.
I wasn't the only one to go out on that limb. I was joined by former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton among others who see the handling of the Benghazi fiasco and the subsequent determination to downplay it as something that happened long ago and which doesn't matter. Well, I see it as a serious threat to the credibility of the office of president.
Among those who reacted were those who suggested that I wanted the president out of office. Let me just say, that anyone who says that doesn't know me very well. I don't care much for the policies of this president, but I genuinely don't want him to be forced from office because it's not good for the country.
But some of the president's strongest acolytes continue to sing the chorus that we learned nothing from the testimony of the courageous whistleblowers. Most of the Democrats in Congress circled the wagons and attacked the witnesses rather than demanding honest answers of the administration.
But we did learn things from the testimony. We learned that officials, including Hillary Clinton, knew from the first evening that this was an planned and orchestrated attack by Islamic terrorists, and it was not a spontaneous mob reacting to a YouTube video. We learned that multiple orders were given to the military to stand down from a rescue operation. We learned that our second in command in Libya was told not to cooperate with House investigators and was demoted to a desk job when he did. We learned that the so-called Accountability Review Board often referenced by the White House and State Department to exonerate President Obama and Hillary Clinton, never even called key eyewitnesses and didn't have a stenographer present during questioning. We found out that the security force was reduced from 30 people to six during the months preceding the attack and while Ambassador Stevens was begging for more security. We learned that above a certain level of rank or office, no one was held accountable. We learned that talking points that were drafted and crafted to explain it all away were changed 11 times with 12 different versions. We learned that they Libyan government was so offended that we had contradicted their report of this as a terrorist attack that it delayed the FBI being allowed in to investigate for over two weeks. And most sadly, we learned that our people in Libya begged for help and we instead abandoned them.
We went from a policy of "no man left behind" to one of "no excuse left alone." Democrats of course screamed that the concerns are nothing more than a partisan witch hunt just trying to take political advantage of a crisis.
And after Tucson, Aurora, Sandy Hook, and Boston, we know that the Democrats would never try to take advantage of a tragedy and play politics with it. This is not about being able to blame somebody for a tragedy; this is about whether we can have a government if it loses our basic trust.