Jewish World Review May 21, 2013/ 12 Sivan 5773
Deja vu all over again
By Paul Greenberg
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "We're not going to have another Watergate in our lifetime. I'm sure."
"History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
--Attributed to Mark Twain
Check your calendar. Is this 2013 or 1973? Is the president of
Last week a cache of emails was uncovered that reveals this administration's hectic attempts to cover its tracks on Benghazi, tracks that lead straight to the
More of these candid emails will surely become public before all the official investigations and committee hearings are concluded. It's a safe bet that the revelations have just started.
Shades of Watergate -- updated to fit the computerized times. No more clumsy tape recordings with their 18 1/2-minute gaps, but emails that are proving the equivalent of the Nixon Tapes.
Now we get this era's version of Mr. Nixon's infamous Enemies List, too: The director of the division of the
To quote Director
Surely it was only a coincidence that the
Don't worry. This administration's flacks and hacks can explain everything. Just as convincingly as poor
When it first emerged during the congressional campaign of 2012 that the
This era's R. Ziegler is poor
After last week's revelations, Mr. Carney tried to dismiss the little matter of Benghazi (Cont'd and To Be Cont'd) by saying: "There's an ongoing effort to make something political about this." Indeed there is, and it started immediately after the terrible news from Benghazi arrived -- indeed, as the terrible news from Benghazi was arriving. And the highest officials in this administration began sending out emails in a vain attempt to get their conflicting cover stories straight.
Echoes of Watergate reverberate as this administration, too, is caught with its alibis down -- and opts for what
At this early point in the unraveling Benghazi story, one can only imagine some of the things being said in the West Wing. (Expletives deleted.)
The apologies -- and apologias -- may have only begun. Now the
Anyone who went through the long national nightmare that was Watergate (
Memo to Director Lerner: apology not accepted. Not without a full report, including what corrective -- and disciplinary -- action is being taken and by whom. Just who gave these low-level employees this very bad idea? Just the facts, ma'am. Like just who at the
Talk about deja vu: Those names also drew suspicion -- and retaliation -- from the authorities during an earlier hullabaloo in American history, the one circa 1776.
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