US Presidents, 2nd administrations, harsh illegal accusations and hungry reporters can create a perfect political storm. They did for Richard M. Nixon and they may just do the same for Barack H. Obama.
And/or Hilary R. Clinton.
This may be the start of one of the most politically damaging events of American history... for any man in the White House or any woman who wants to be.
Watergate was about a President who lied to American citizens.
Bengahzi is about American citizens who lay dying.
I read with deep interest the NY Times article of today, which was also carried by CNN. Penned by Shane, Peters and Schmitt the article is both compelling in its scope and damning in its summary facts.
The article begins:
"A veteran diplomat gave a riveting minute-by-minute account on Wednesday of the lethal terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11 and described its contentious aftermath at a charged Congressional hearing that reflected the weighty political stakes perceived by both parties.
For his leadership that night when four Americans were killed, Mr. (Gregory) Hicks said in nearly six hours of testimony, he subsequently received calls from both Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama."
It may turn out to be the start of something so nationally shocking that it will make the evils of Watergate look childish.
Tucked deep within the NY Times article is this compelling statement:
""Republicans had promised damning revelations that could ultimately undo the Obama presidency. “Every bit as damaging as Watergate,” Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said this week."
In Watergate it took the testimony of John Dean to initiate the crumbling of the presidential wall. Dean was the first insider to cross over and accuse President Nixon of crimes.
Is there a John Dean in the White House today? It may not be Greg Hicks... but my guess is that there IS one who will need to protect himself and his family.
Ultimately the level of crimes became "high crimes and misdemeanors" moving the America of 1973 and 1974 toward Impeachment of the President, the first time in just over 100 years.
June of 1973... just 6 months after the swearing-in of that President.
June of 2013... just 6 months after the swearing-in of this President.
Will it occur?
The very political life and possibly the personal fate of Hilary Clinton may ALSO teeter in the balance. Clinton and her husband know how to handle the savagery of the press during a political/legal meltdown - with Impeachment on the line.
Should this generation's John Dean come forward, (as legal threats may warrant) the division and discord between Clinton and Obama will have to once again explode.
Before in 2008 it was about a political election. This time it could be about uncovering a national lie detection...
Though a survivor of assiduously difficult political attacks, President Obama has never yet been attacked in such a legal fashion.
Especially not by the NY Times. Nor by the Clintons or their friends in the media.
News is news...especially if it simply cannot be ignored.
It is therefore "fit to print".
That happened today.
In the spirit of Woodward and Bernstein?
Shane, Peters and Schmidt may just be the names we begin hearing more and more of.
Watch and see.
PS: Here is the full NY Times article.