There Is A Reason I Don’t Watch These Things

Kabuki Dance featuring Bando Kotji with live music at Japan Society


Charles Pierce at Esquire:

They never laid a glove on him — not, I suspect, that many of them wanted to do so — and John Brennan looked very comfortable in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee during his extended job interview to become the head of the CIA. After all, they were all members of the national-security priesthood, one way or the other, and if they had to discuss their deadly private liturgies (in however cursory a fashion) in public (however briefly), well, that’s just the price of doing business. And if Senator Jim Risch felt the need to bluster about a leak, Brennan got to bluster back, so the call-and-response ritual of the liturgies was adhered to in public as it would have been in private. But there was about the hearing a feeling of pure show, because both sides were operating under a tacit agreement that there are things that the American people must not, and should not, know about what it being done in their name. Once that agreement is struck, once that private communion is joined, the fundamentals of self-government are left behind.


There is a reason I don’t watch these things. A few reasons actually. But the main reason is that I don’t enjoy Kabuki. And that was what today’s “hearings” really were – Kabuki performances.

Yeah, we learned a couple things. But it wasn’t anything we didn’t already know, today just confirmed it. The information might have made a difference back in October, but now that the election is safely over they are letting some of the truth out in dribs and drabs. Some of the secrets will stay buried forever.

What difference does it make?

Nobody will be impeached. Nobody that matters will lose their job. Nobody will even fail to get confirmed. A few people (mostly bloggers) will get their panties in a bunch. The media will yawn and continued to ignore the whole mess. Most people won’t care. If the scandal ever does come up again it will be because Hillary is running for president and then it will suddenly matter a lot.

Hey, look! American Idol is coming on. Gotta go!


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41 Responses to There Is A Reason I Don’t Watch These Things

  1. myiq2xu says:

    They made Susan Rice the designated sacrifice.

  2. 49erDweet (D) says:

    Didn’t she like “volunteer”?

  3. fif says:

    Great post, and so sadly true. It’s all a big fat lie to serve the privileged, self-serving few.

  4. HELENK says:

    I am surprised that there were not fire engines called due to all the smoke blown at both hearings?

  5. myiq2xu says:

  6. myiq2xu says:

    I wake up coughing up phlegm. (It’s a nasty side-effect of one of the meds I’m taking.) The cat glares at me like I’m grossing her out.

    This is an animal whose primary hobby is horking up hairballs in strategic locations all over the house.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Morning inspiration, Obama has a dish of conservative yesterday at the prayer breakfast. Dr. Carson is amazing …..

  8. leslie says:

    To everyone east of Kenosha ………please take care during the weekend.

  9. DandyTiger says:

    Enough snow to be pretty, but not enough to cause problems. Hooray!

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Breitbart can be brutal, but I like the honesty. Wonder why the left is so quiet? You know that 78% who say Obama can kill anyone he wants because he can?

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/02/07/Dereliction-of-Duty-Obama-Did-Nothing-to-Save-American-Lives-in-Benghazi–and-Lied-About-It

    Had the MSM done their jobs back on 9-11, we’d be bitching about President Romney now ;)

  11. DeniseVB says:

    More from the Bigs …. CNN still blaming Palin for the Giffords shooting? Oh, based on the manifesto of the crazed L.A. killer, so it must be true.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/02/07/Alleged-Killer-Admires-CNN-stars

  12. myiq2xu says:

  13. myiq2xu says:

    Hot Air:

    Graham then circles back to the lack of action from the White House once the attack was under way:

    SEN. GRAHAM: Are you surprised that the president of the United States never called you, Secretary Panetta, and say, ‘how’s it going?’

    SEC. PANETTA: I — you know, normally in these situations –

    SEN. GRAHAM: Did he know the level of threat that –

    SEC. PANETTA: Let — well, let me finish the answer. We were deploying the forces. He knew we were deploying the forces. He was being kept updated –

    SEN. GRAHAM: Well, I hate to interrupt you, but I got limited time. We didn’t deploy any forces. Did you call him back — wait a minute –

    SEC. PANETTA: No, but the event — the event was over by the time we got –

    SEN. GRAHAM: Mr. Secretary, you didn’t know how long the attack would last. Did you ever call him and say, Mr. President, it looks like we don’t have anything to get there anytime soon?

    SEC. PANETTA: The event was over before we could move any assets.

    SEN. GRAHAM: It lasted almost eight hours. And my question to you is during that eight-hour period, did the president show any curiosity about how’s this going, what kind of assets do you have helping these people? Did he ever make that phone call?

    SEC. PANETTA: Look, there is no question in my mind that the president of the United States was concerned about American lives and, frankly, all of us were concerned about American lives.

    SEN. GRAHAM: With all due respect, I don’t believe that’s a credible statement if he never called and asked you, are we helping these people; what’s happening to them? We have a second round, and we’ll take it up then.

    Graham just demolished the entire White House defense on Benghazi in less than ten minutes of cross-examination.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think Panetta’s marching orders were clear, “… keep the fatalities low and stand down I have an election coming up…..nitey-nite”

    • DandyTiger says:

      I liked when he said to Panetta that the attack could have lasted for two days. That he didn’t know how long it was going to take.

      Meaning, after lots of hours, with no action taken, basically not having any idea how long it would last, where it could last for days, why the hell wasn’t help sent. Basically, though not clearly asked, how long were you going to fucking wait before help was sent. Clearly they waited 8 hours, and would probably have waited nearly 24 hours, until the embarrassment level forced them to send help.

      I think that’s critical. With no idea how long the attack was going to last, at what point were they going to finally send help. Why not immediately since they didn’t know how long. Every time anyone asks about help, they always say it would take some number of hours to get there. Which is a lie already. But still, the reply should be: “So. Since you didn’t know how long the attack would last, it could have lasted for days or weeks, how long were you going to wait to send help? Clearly you were going to wait at least 8 hours to bother to think about sending help, since you never sent it. Would you have waited another day? Week?” That’s one someone needs to ask.

  14. myiq2xu says:

  15. wmcb says:

    But… I thought evil Boosh LIED about there being any yellowcake uranium in Iraq? Um, evidently not. The story will be quietly buried, of course.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/25546334#.URUV9qWIy2y

    • DeniseVB says:

      I tweeted the story, hope that helps spread the good word :D Bush was right about WMDs too, unfortunately they were moved while Congress and the UN were dicking around with “proof”. That was buried too.

      • wmcb says:

        I still think the invasion was a bad idea. I think there were still options available. BUT, the more I learn the more pissed off I get at the lies and hypocrisy of the press and the Left. I still think many of Bush’s actions were wrong, and excessive, and overkill. But I no longer think he was some insane warmonger just chomping at the bit to “start a war based on lies”, making it all up out of his evil stupid genius head. The threats were real. He went too far to fast in reaction, both overseas and domestically with the Patriot Act, but the threat was real.

  16. DeniseVB says:

    Love this woman, she ticked off the teachers’ union in DC and lost her job for putting the kids first. This article appearing on The Daily Beast, priceless:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/04/michelle-rhee-my-break-with-the-democrats.html

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  22. myiq2xu says:

    Graham ‘Not Going to Stop’ on Benghazi Until People Know What Obama Did for 8 Hours

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Sean Hannity on Fox last night that, if he had a loved one killed in Benghazi, he’d be sick to his stomach at yesterday’s testimony of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    “The president of the United States talking to the secretary of defense for 15 minutes, never talked to the secretary of state until after the attack was over, never made a phone call saying how close are we to help these people?” Graham said.

    “Where is Chris Stevens? What did he do when he was told the ambassador was missing? We’ve had one ambassador killed in the last 30 years?” he continued. “The president of the United States has to account for his leadership here and I intend to hold him accountable. Thus far the White House has delayed, denied, deceived and stonewalled and this has to come to an end. He has to account for his leadership.”

    Panetta told the committee that he and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, talked to Obama for about half an hour at about 5 p.m., when the Sept. 11 attack was about an hour old. Stevens went missing a half hour later.

    “The secretary of State never once talked to the secretary of Defense. The president of the United States never made one phone call to find out how this operation was going,” Graham said.

    “Well, Mr. President, what did you do for eight hours? Who did you talk to? What kind of leadership did you exhibit? They made two movies about the Bin Laden raid and you deserve credit for that, but you’ve had no accounting for the Benghazi attack and you’re going to have an accounting. I’m not going to stop until the American people know what their commander-in-chief did for eight hours and thus far, all we know is he had a 15 minute conversation.”

    • cj says:

      It would make a more gripping movie than Bin Laden, and if it had been Bush, Hollywood would be salivating.

      I’m still so outraged about it that I try not to think about it anymore. What’s the point? Thanks to the media, most of America will never know the truth, assuming anyone even cares, and Obama will never, ever face the consequences of his lazy cowardice & dereliction of duty.

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