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Forty years ago U.S. President Richard Nixon was re-elected with a lopsided 520 electoral college votes over his Democratic opponent, Sen. George McGovern. It was a huge mandate for the president in a country divided over the war in Vietnam.
But there was a cloud over Nixon’s win. A petty burglary at the Democratic National Committee offices located in the Watergate complex in June 1972 ahead of the November election was traced to the campaign committee for the re-election of the president. This turned into the Watergate scandal, and it eventually raised questions regarding what and when Nixon knew about the burglary and about the White House effort to cover up the scandal.
The liberal elite disliked Nixon for his role in accusing Alger Hiss — a senior official in the Democratic administrations of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman — as a Soviet spy during the 1948 Congressional hearings into un-American activities by individuals and organizations. The Watergate story was pursued with vengeance by the liberal media, and the role of the fourth estate for speaking truth to power was enshrined in the popular myth when Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974, ahead of the House voting to impeach him with likely conviction to follow in the Senate.
More than eight weeks since four Americans, including Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador, died in Benghazi, Libya, the same liberal media that brought Nixon down remains protective of President Obama instead of pursuing leads to uncover facts surrounding what might well be “Benghazi-gate.”
As many Americans grope to understand the grisly details of events in Benghazi, they have been given the salacious spectacle of their most decorated general in recent years and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David Petraeus, resign three days after the election.
The four-star general, once mocked by Democratic activists as “Petraeus, Betray-us,” fell on the proverbial sword to save what was left of his honour following revelations of an affair he had with a married woman, or was simply dismissed by President Obama.
The “Petraeus affair” in Obama’s Washington is a distraction, while the administration has engaged in a cover-up of the Benghazi story with an adroitness that makes the Watergate cover-up look to be in comparison an amateur performance.
Petraeus is the one man who knows what happened and what Benghazi means, and how Americans killed there by Islamist terrorists explodes the administration’s narrative that a third-rate video insulting Mohammed practically nobody had seen ignited the mayhem culminating in loss of life.
What occurred in Benghazi blows apart President Obama’s preferred view of his administration’s success in the Middle East. His claim is al-Qaida has been eliminated, while the facts leading up to Benghazi are al-Qaida has reorganized and has exploited the so-called “Arab Spring” to advance Islamism across the region.
Americans eventually will learn the truth about Benghazi, and its cover-up by the Obama administration to get past the election. For this to occur, however, Petraeus will require speaking truthfully to the Congress as he struggles to salvage whatever remains of his broken reputation.
In the meantime, Americans and outsiders might gain insight into the inner workings of the Obama White House in reading again Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.