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A riddle. What is the difference between Bob Woodward and LeftOfYou? LeftOfYou actually remembers Watergate. I was a Naval officer, on a warship, in a combat ready assignment, serving overseas. I felt like what was happening to my Commander-in-Chief, Richard Nixon, was of some personal importance to me. I paid close attention. Later, I read books about it, including Bob Woodward's and Carl Bernstein's. I remember Watergate, in detail. Recent evidence suggests that Bob Woodward, who made his D.C. bones on Watergate, seemingly does not.

Our own Jed Lewison properly castigated famous Washington villager, Woodward, for the author and pundit's idiotic comparison of Watergate to Benghazi. Now even MSM voices have begun to call Woodward for BS on this one, albeit with velvet glove.  

Come out into the tall grass to find out more and talk about it.

On Friday, the Christian Science Monitor's Washington Editor,Peter Grier, gave Bob Woodward's Benghazi rantings a complete airing and then ever so gently called BS.

Ever since Watergate, Bob Woodward has been dining out on on the historical scandal. Ever since Watergate, political scientist, Jonathan Bernstein has been studying the scandal. Grier's CSM editorial cites Bernstein's blog,A plain blog about politicss, to debunk Woodward's ridiculous rantings about Benghazi and Watergate.  

So Bernstein debunks Woodward. Ha ha. That's rich. And does he ever!  Using simple statements of uncontroversial historical facts about the Watergate crimes and cover-up, Bernstein utterly demolishes the very idea of meaningful similarities between the conduct of the Nixon Administration in connection with Watergate and the conduct of the Obama Administration in connection with Benghazi. He begins:

Obviously, things don't have to be as bad as Watergate to be important malfeasance, but given all the loose talk about "cover-up" and "worse than Watergate" in the context of Benghazi, I figured it was worth just pointing out quickly the general outlines of the Watergate cover-up.

* The cover-up was essentially directed by the president, overseen by the White House Chief of Staff, and at the operational level run by the White House Counsel.

* A false story was concocted.

* Both at the White House and at the campaign committee, everyone involved destroyed evidence.

Bernstein then recites six different blatantly criminal schemes carried out under the Watergate umbrella. He sums up:
The reason for the Watergate cover-up was that specific crimes had been committed, crimes which could have (had they been confessed to in June 1972) sent much of the senior White House staff, much of the campaign organization, and perhaps the President of the United States straight to prison.
The facts of Benghazi are invisible by comparison to Watergate and involve a totally different kind of conduct altogether at a much lower level of officialdom, for completely different reasons. So other than being completely different, in Woodward's distorted hindsight, Benghazi is just the same as Watergate. BS.

Thanks CSM, for saying so, if ever so gently.  

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  •  And you shall know the truth (13+ / 0-)

    and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)

    Does it trouble anyone else that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency declares itself to be guided by a Christian Bible verse?  

    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith

    by LeftOfYou on Sun May 19, 2013 at 03:19:41 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for posting. I've been carrying on this (2+ / 0-)
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    sceptical observer, JohnB47

    lengthy dialogue with someone on FaceBook who maintains that Obama is as bad as, or worse even, than Nixon.

    I've been trying to say, um, no way, no how. This blog you link to will help me further my efforts, not that anyone has ever been convinced to change his or her mind based on FB posts, mind you :)

  •  The "Worse than Watergate" Cheerleading (1+ / 0-)
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    is to resurrect Nixon at least as much as it is to destroy Obama. As soon as Reagan was in the White House, he was bringing Nixon in from San Clemente for special assignments. Remember the picture of the three past presidents leaving for Sadat's funeral? Reagan, Ford and Nixon hugging and laughing like bar buddies with Carter way off to the side, grinning.  

    So many of Nixon's men and fans are still in positions of influence to this day.

  •  I was watching when 'secret tapes' were revealed (0+ / 0-)

    It seemed the Nixon admin. might be able to weather the storm (except for bee hive that Attorney General Mitchell's wife caused), and then low an behold a junior WH secretary mentioned rather off the cuff that Nixon secretly taped every conversation in the Oval Office. That seems to have been the turning point for those following the Watergate hearings. Nixon fired Archibald Cox and AG Richardson quit in protest, and finally the stories by a couple hungry reporters changed the nation and saved the country.
    Now one of those hungry reporters is being fed by the same cabal he once helped expose, Woodward sold out a long time ago, now he conveniently forgets the atrocities he exposed, as he now champions the very excesses that were reborn with the Bush II administration.

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