• I am Spartacus Unless I’m Not

    October 17, 2012

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, Libya

    Responsibility used to work this way. When a group of us playing ball broke a neighbor’s window, the kid who took responsibility had to pay for the window. Action –> Consequence = Responsibility.

    Well, luckily we are free of such restraints in modern Washington. Indeed, over a month after the predictable and possibly preventable deaths of four Americans at the US Consulate in Benghazi, Hillary Clinton said “I take responsibility.”

    What does that mean?

    Hillary did not take responsibility on September 11 when the attacks took place. She instead made self-serving statements about bravery (of others) and sacrifice (of others).

    Between October 3 and October 12 Hillary made no public statements at all about the Libya disaster, allowing others to bleat in her place.

    Hillary did not take responsibility at recent Congressional hearings. She did not even show up. She sent others to testify. Not a one of them said Hillary was responsible, or even involved, in the deadly mistakes State made. None of them mentioned her by name.

    Hillary did not take responsibility during the Vice Presidential Debates. Blame Responsibility was assigned to the anonymous “intelligence agencies” by the Vice President and Hillary sat quiet.

    If Hillary is now indeed responsible, let’s see her resignation. Better yet, she can start to act responsibly. Let’s hear her publicly and unambiguously tell us what her role in the decision-making was. Let’s see her demand the State Department’s own Accountability Review Board, now five weeks after the attack, issue a report sometime this decade (or at least before the election.) Let’s hear her exonerate the loyal troops sent to have their heads taken off by Congress last week. Let’s have Hillary state publicly that the witch hunting and scapegoating inside Foggy Bottom will cease because she alone will take the hits, ’cause inside the building the buck isn’t stopping.

    Anything less just rubs our noses further into this craven, desperate electioneering crap.

    BONUS: State’s other Spartacus-wanna be, Pat Kennedy, told the House last week in defense of Susan Rice that “If any administration official, including any career official, were on television on Sunday, September 16th, they would have said what Ambassador Rice said,” i.e., that the attack in Benghazi was not a pre-planned terror attack but instead merely a reaction to that anti-Islamic video.

    Only Pat lied.

    On September 12 in an unclassified, half-hour conference call with staff aides to House and Senate lawmakers from relevant committees, and leadership offices, Pat said that he was convinced the assault was planned due to its extensive nature and the proliferation of weapons.

    What is Important

    Isn’t there a single reporter who will ask Hillary why only now has she determined that she is the responsible one, and challenge her that her “claim” is nothing but party politics?

    Will no one ask Obama (or Hillary) to comment on Obama’s July 2012 statement “As president of the United States, it’s pretty clear to me that I’m responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you… one of the things you learn is, you are ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations.”

    As for Pat Kennedy, don’t you have any shame at all? Trick question.

    Also, anybody else expecting Obama to drone kill some poor random Libyan and claim justice has been done, right before the election, in a weak attempt at an October Surprise?

    Anyway, I take responsibility for it all, what the hell, why not.

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    • pitchfork said...


      quote: “I take responsibility for it all, what the hell, why not.” unquote

      ummmm, no, you are not responsible, at least as an ex State employee Peter. But yes, like myself, and the rest of this nations citizens, we ARE responsible as citizens. You know why? Because WE voted Obama into office, who appointed Hilary. So, yes..we as a nation are responsible. And that’s what is so sad about everything that is going on. WE did it. We allowed it. And WE are responsible for every last human being obliterated off the face of this planet. Shame on US. As a whole, WE are truly monstrous. WE are murderers. And WE will be held accountable..one way or another. Frankly, as one citizen, I say to the world…I am ASHAMED of our nation. We have allowed ourselves to lie, steal, cheat, permanently detain with no due process, torture, and yes, murder thousands and thousands of human beings on this planet. Not the soldiers. Not the spokesman. Not the politicians. US. Because WE employ them. WE ARE WHERE THE FUCKING BUCK STOPS. And that is the problem. Until WE decide NOT to give our Politicians the BUCKS…WE will continue to be RESPONSIBLE..PERIOD.

      10/17/12 12:52 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Since the Benghazi blunder is still seen as a reaction to a bad film, the “Spartacus” reference is telling: like Rome, we impose our will by force but still lack ideas.

      “Spartacus 2012”

      Spartacus – good
      Romans – bad
      Americans – stupid

      10/17/12 2:40 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      Or, just for the hell of it, let’s bomb a COUPLE of countries. http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-mulls-strike-over-libya-attack-173210396–election.html

      And pretend we weren’t the ones who brought al Qaeda to Libya (and Syria) and armed them in the first place. Or the ones who invented al Qaeda in the first, first place.

      It’s all the same to the guys who peddle weapons; just all part of the re-e-eally big shew they got going on for us. So who to vote for? Jill Stein got arrested last night for daring to ask to participate in the debate.


      Turns out, a candidate has to get at least 15% in the polls to be invited to the debates, so they just don’t include the third party candidates on the poll questions. Democracy in action.

      How about this? Why not just let the corporate sponsors answer questions at the debates and be done with this sham? You can vote for Exxon, Raytheon or Monsanto, take your pick. (Hillary used to be a Monsanto lawyer, BTW, which may clarify the mystery of her absent morals for us.)

      10/17/12 3:21 PM | Comment Link

    • Eric Hodgdon said...


      Mathematics, A Universal Language ?

      Taking Peter’s original equation, we assign them to variables, roughly so, to obtain:

      Responsibility = Action x Consequence
      Action = Responsibility / Consequence
      Consequence = Responsibility / Action

      Then adding an additional variable, Cost, to the public or country, we obtain further ways to render such past or future events.

      Cost = Action(2) / Consequence
      Cost = Action x Responsibility
      Cost = Responsibility(2) / Consequence

      Responsibility = Cost / Action
      Responsibility = sq.root of Cost x Consequence

      Action = Cost / Responsibility
      Action = sq.root of Cost / Consequence

      Consequence = Responsibility(2) / Cost
      Consequence = Cost / Action(2)

      Note: (2) = squared

      10/17/12 4:41 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      Mathematics 101


      10/17/12 5:28 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      It is amazing that so much attention has been given to who-said-what-when about Benghazi when the focus should be on the incompetent intelligence analysis of the threat on the ground which created the blunder. And let’s keep the FBI out of this, as it has been over its head before in matters of intelligence: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/science/10anthrax.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

      10/18/12 1:26 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...


      THERE ARE TWO AMERICAS. One is the America of Lincoln and Adlai Stevenson; the other is the America of Teddy Roosevelt and the modern superpatriots. One is generous and humane, the other narrowly egotistical; one is self-critical, the other self-righteous; one is sensible, the other romantic; one is good-humored, the other solemn; one is inquiring, the other pontificating; one is moderate, the other filled with passionate intensity; one is judicious and the other arrogant in the use of great power.

      The Two Americas

      Senator J. William Fulbright, Conclusion in The Arrogance of Power
      Random House, 1966

      10/18/12 10:45 PM | Comment Link

    • Eric Hodgdon said...


      @ Jhoover

      What a minute.

      Lincoln, while somewhat famous, ‘saved the Union’ and ‘freed the slaves,’ but in doing so, ended our Republic.

      Teddy Roosevelt was an interesting person who had some good ideas, but he seems to have helped the transition to Nationalism/Imperialism.

      Stevenson, was he the ‘I’m prepared to wait until Hell freezes over, if that’s what you want.’?

      10/19/12 4:06 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Hillary steps forward but not down. Obama palms the buck but only so he can remind us that it is always best to move forward not go backward. Jeez! Who knew that we were in a period where the moral currency has been allowed to float?

      10/19/12 12:24 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      10/20/12 2:46 AM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...


      Hell freezes over, if that’s what you want.’?

      Eric Hodgdon said…
      NO 100%, I wished that US what they done for Germany and Japan done it for Iraq.

      Sadly, after 35 years of tyrant regime who destroyed every single life and the country, Iraqis looks to US as the moon in the darkness, but that moon the dreamed of vanished, they left behind…waiting until Hell freezes over

      10/20/12 6:36 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      It’s only a matter of time when Issa gets his stinger caught in a honeypot.

      10/21/12 12:54 PM | Comment Link

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