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Transparency needs to be more than a political buzzword

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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:00 am

There exists a large cloud over Washington that will remain as long as the public believes transparency is only a political buzzword and not a reality.

There is one person who may well have the key to this unfortunate situation. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must explain to us just what transpired, with complete honesty, in the Benghazi debacle. We have been led to believe that on the night of the terrorist attack on our compound, the president made but one call — Ms. Clinton. Now the blanks need to be filled in.

Speculation is that the president turned the situation over to her, the senior person in charge of “state.” Knowing full well that he was leaving the following morning on a fundraiser to Las Vegas, was she conflicted as to a course of action? Did she realize that she did not have the authority to order our forces into battle over a sovereign nation’s borders, regardless of the provocation, and did not authorize retaliation? Was the “stand down” order actually the result of a lack of the required authorization to proceed? Should she reconnect with the president, thereby admitting she was not up to handling major problems? Was the secretary of state more concerned with her own political future than the lives of those brave Americans trapped in Libya?

So many questions, with so few straight answers. Only with candor can we hope to be privy to the obvious “cover-up” and restore a modicum of the administration’s credibility.

None of this is to imply that, even with an honest narrative of the above events, the tragic deaths of the four young men can ever be justified. Also, we must continue in our attempt to resolve the other potential scandals facing the administration.

Richard Viall


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  • Thomas Heuer posted at 8:35 pm on Mon, Jul 1, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1669

    According to Politico "Democrats are wondering whether George, a longtime Republican appointed to his job by President George W. Bush, was holding a partisan grudge."

    More from the Washington Post shows this is an issue that has not been concluded as Ms Parigoris would like to believe.


    For some time the dialogue has been that Issa in his investigation only asked for info on conservative groups and never asked for liberal groups BOLOs which is what the IRS had verified. This is a lame attempt to foster a victum role that is so familiar to conservatives who want to say they are picked on by the medias to bolster their paranois delusions. Of course Tea Parties are shams and are solely political in nature and should never get tax exemptions. The local Lodi version is a classic example. The candidates they have ushered into congress are the very ones that are the principle cause of extreme partisanship and obstruction in congress against Americans. They are anything but patriots.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 6:52 am on Mon, Jul 1, 2013.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    I know that Lucas, Heuer, Bobin all know more than Inspector General Russell George about the IRS subject, but just for the record, this was his comment 3 days ago when the liberals claimed that progressive groups were targeted also. Excuse the "cut and paste" Ms Bobin, but I prefer to give facts than to spit out rhetoric.

    "“Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the ‘progressives’ identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012,” George wrote in the letter obtained by The Hill.
    The inspector general also stressed that 100 percent of the groups with “Tea Party,” “patriots” and “9/12” in their name were flagged for extra attention.
    “While we have multiple sources of information corroborating the use of Tea Party and other related criteria we described in our report, including employee interviews, e-mails and other documents, we found no indication in any of these other materials that ‘progressives’ was a term used to refer cases for scrutiny for political campaign intervention,” George wrote to Levin, the top Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee…
    George’s letter says that the “progressive” identifier on BOLO lists was not in a section used for selecting potential political cases, and that the IRS had developed inappropriate criteria to flag Tea Party applicants as potentially political.

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 5:24 pm on Sat, Jun 29, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1669

    Yep and Issa is now denying he ever accused the white house of directing the IRS to focus scrutiny on conservative groups seeking tax exceptions. But he won't come out and retract his allegations knowing the conservatives will only remember the accusations and think Obama was the instigator. And they will go to their graves with this distorted view regardless of what ever facts come out now. Hes done his job... more slander.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:49 pm on Sat, Jun 29, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Same with the whole IRS thing. Issa is releasing transcripts of the IRS investigation in 50 page maximum drips and drabs to the media in an attempt to drag this whole thing out. There's nothing there. The IRS was investigating right AND left wing groups seeking tax exempt status.

    The first person to be put on the street in the next election is this money and time waster who is only looking to increase his political chops by dragging others needlessly through the mud. And, as it turns out, Issa himself has a criminal past!!

    I hope the people in the district he represents will give him the message in the next election, but that is probably not going to happen since he represents communities with huge financial interests that Issa can help them with.

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 12:07 pm on Sat, Jun 29, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1669

    No matter what information you get about Bengazi it won't satisfy the republicans rabid search for fault that for the first time in recent history will allow them to say 'I told you so.'
    BTW Bengazi has been throughly investigated by Darrell Issa's committee (including Hillary) and he has given us all the allegations about Obamas role conservatives obviously have memorized but haven't yet Googled the finding Issa doesn't want to tell you. Theres nothing there folks.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:51 am on Sat, Jun 29, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Well, lucky for Mr. Kinderman that Obama only has 3 1/2 more years to "transform America."

    He hasn't done much yet to "transform America" as Mr. Kinderman has been claiming.

    Maybe Obama was reading "The Pet Goat" to his daughters, as Bush was doing in Florida on 9/11!

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 11:04 am on Sat, Jun 29, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Wonderful retorts from the far-left - always with the name-calling and demands to let go. Benghazi is still ongoing - until ALL the facts are revealed regarding where our president was and what he was doing while Americans were dying, there will be NO letting go. Surely if this were a Republican administration with such an issue, there would be no backing off or down.

    As for "taking shots at the next president," this presumes quite a bit, no? Considering there are three and a half years left for the current administration to deal with and Hillary Clinton will be required to give an account of her actions (or inactions) during that fateful event, we don't yet have any idea which party will be moving into the White House come 2017.

    "ObamaCare" and all the lies, half-truths and distortions that will come to light as it comes to reality, the IRS debacle, Benghazi, and the current Immigration bill that is being voted upon (but like the healthcare bill no one has taken the time to read), and whatever else we're going to be treated to as Mr. Obama moves forward in his quest to transform the United States of America - the American voters might soon turn their anger upon the Democrat Party as the candidates for 2016 are unveiled. Another Clinton in the White House - doubtful.

  • John Lucas posted at 8:59 am on Sat, Jun 29, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730


  • Michael Hartung posted at 8:38 am on Sat, Jun 29, 2013.

    mhartung Posts: 25

    Let it go. There is no coverup crap going on, you just want to take shots at the next president. She is going to crush anyone the GOP throws up there because the majority of the American public is tired of the hateful, lying and uneducated nuts in the Republican Party.


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