Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.
Clinton was impeached for lying about an affair.
Obama lied to the American people about the terrorist attack. His administration led us to believe it was a mob riot due to some video. We know now that he knew from day 1 that it was a terrorist attack.
We know that he watched the attack live, as it happened. We had troops stationed in Italy, 1 hour flight away. Obama watched and did nothing.
He sat by, watched people die, and did nothing. He lied about it to the American people. Don't let a good crisis go to waste, right?
Now, he refuses to answer questions about it. What is he hiding? Why have the hearings been pushed back till after the election?
It's a lot like Obamacare: you'll find out after you pass it. Benghazi: you'll find out after he's re-elected.
Let's take a worst-case scenerio. There's no way he's going to "get in legal trouble" from not releasing what he knew. There is no obligation for the President of the United States to release information that could in any way compromise American interests. That's an easy, obvious (and okay) reason for a President to "lie" in a press conference. (In my opinion, anyway).
So, let's say he absolutely KNEW it was a terrorist attack from the very beginning. And he didn't share that with the American people. And let's go further and say that Hillary Clinton (who'd asked Libya permission to enter their airspace with help...though we don't know what answer they gave) called him and said, "Mr. President, Libya did not give us permission to enter their airspace to assist at the Benghazi consulate. What are your orders? Do we go in? Do we stand back?" And let's say, President Obama said, "Stand down."
While it might be an abomination to the American people that a President would refuse to aid American civilians being attacked by foreigners in a foreign country, while it might end his chances of re-election, while it might permanently mark his presidency with scandal, that -- in and of itself -- it not an impeachable offense.
We don't impeach Presidents for making the wrong decision...the unpopular decision...or for lying to the American people in matters of national security.
Thank you, Quazi!
I was making the point that it was a bigger scandal, not really that he'll be impeached, but still...
I don't know enough about constitutional law to tell you if the president has done anything impeachable, but the constitution says "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" are what constitute impeachable offenses.
High crimes and misdemeanors are defined by the House, I believe. It's not like there's a list that says perjury and obstruction of justice are impeachable, but this and that are not. It's subjective and depends on the current House.
Allowing Americans to die is pretty bad. Lying about it is pretty bad. There will be hearings, even if Obama puts them off. I wouldn't bat an eye if he were impeached. What Nixon and Clinton did were not nearly as bad as this.
I look at Watergate as an attempt to disenfranchise the American people. An Administration that was willing to stop at nothing -- nothing -- to get Richard Nixon re-elected. And a President who, if he didn't arrange to have the whole process orchestrated, protected the asses of those involved through his lies and cover-ups. There were rumors at the time that top military brass had a contingency plan in place in case President Nixon, as Commander in Chief, gave orders to the military to interfere with our election process.
In the case of Benghazi, I can think of nothing President Obama might have done that would come close to the Watergate mess. Others may disagree.
Thank you, Quazi!
Thank you, Quazi!