CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 5, 2014 — There are some words, other than the standard profanities, that make the media cringe. Whenever the press is forced to refer to any of those dangerous bits of vocabulary, they use only the first letter as the indicator.
It wasn’t long ago that it was rare for an analyst to use the “L” word while referring to misrepresentations by the White House rather using the actual words “lie” or “liar.” Part of that was out of respect for the office of the presidency. Due to the fact that Barack Obama has no respect for his office, however, it is no longer unscrupulous to say the word “liar” rather than dance around it in hushed tones or use the initial.
Enter retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, who has introduced a bold new verbalization into the linguistic lexicon of today’s politics. As Peters stated without hesitation last week, Obama is now also an “outright coward.” Powerful words for sure, but so far there seems to have been little, if any, blowback from Peters’ comments.
Peters is a Fox News contributor and has never been a fan of the president. He has always been outspoken in his use of descriptive words about Obama. On Friday, however, Peters demonstrated his complete disgust and total frustration about the administration during an interview about Benghazi and John Boehner’s request to have Secretary of State John Kerry testify before Congress about the withholding of documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee.
At that point, Peters was calm stating that it was a good start to question Kerry, even though he also pointed out that Kerry had nothing to do with Benghazi when the events were taking place. Peters added that he would like to also see Hillary Clinton and General Petraeus testify as well. Both have appeared before with little being accomplished other than Clinton’s infamous, “at this point, what difference does it make” comment.
Peters’ view, which is 180-degrees from Obama’s democratic defenders, is thatCongress needs to do whatever it can to “pry this Stalinist administration open.”
It was at that point that Peters’ anger increased exponentially with each successive sentence. It would be hard to find a military man who would not be dismayed at the way Benghazi was handled.
Democrats continue to insist that Benghazi is nothing more than a witch-hunt to embarrass the president and the former secretary of state. The truth is they should both be personally embarrassed by their disgraceful conduct, each following a personal agenda and both with total disregard for the Americans who lost their lives in Libya.
Obama was afraid Benghazi would be a stain on his re-election campaign. As one analyst said over the weekend, “Obama probably would have been re-elected anyway.” Now that is where we need to insert, “What difference does it make?” Perhaps Obama would have been re-elected, and maybe not. That is hardly the point. The point is that Americans lost their lives and neither the president nor his top advisors were concerned enough to do anything about it. That is hardly a witch-hunt proposition and it goes directly to the heart of what Peters is talking about.
As Peters said in disbelief, “I don’t know if anything like that has ever happened before in American history.” He added, “The White House made political calls; not strategic calls, not patriotic calls.”
The further frustration lies in the fact that Democrats are rallying to the president, covering for him by calling Boehner’s demand for a select committee on Benghazi bogus, and by threatening to boycott the hearings. In what universe does it not matter that American diplomats were humiliated and slain in the streets of a foreign country and it is more important to worry about upcoming elections than getting to the truth?
That is a fair question that should concern everyone.
By now Peters’ outrage was barely restrained. He charged that Obama “can’t make timely decisions. He has no courage.”
It is common knowledge that Obama is a procrastinator of the first order when it is time to make tough decisions. Early in his presidency he was seen as a great thinker who took his time to weigh every option before making a decision. Bull! If Obama weighed every option, it was every political option to maximize his strength and position. Nothing more.
It was then that Peter hit the president between the eyes. He spoke with frankness that is rarely found in mainstream broadcasting. There were no euphemistic initials here as Peters said with brutal clarity, “We’ve had great presidents. We’ve had terrible presidents. We’ve had most presidents somewhere in between. But this is the first time we’ve ever had a president who’s an outright coward.”
Sadly, Peters is about right. Perhaps that is why there has been so little response
In Europe and around the world they are calling it American weakness. Peters got a lot closer to reality.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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