Brouhaha. What a great word. It sounds and looks like someone took left-over letters from a worn-out alphabet, threw them into the air, blindly grabbed all in reach, then hurriedly threw them together to make the world’s newest, most fabulous word. All of us have been involved in brouhahas at one time or another. The Online Dictionary defines the word thusly: “excited public interest, discussion, or the like, as the clamor attending some sensational event.” My mother simply would have said “there was a big uproar over that deal.”
Brouhaha at the national level is common-place. At least three have the nation’s attention at the moment. I will leave the AP and IRS scandals alone for now, simply labeling them what they are, un-American. Those two sicken me. The Benghazi mess enrages me. For now, skip the details that our government has not released. I don’t know all I would like to but I do know our ambassador was murdered, as were three other brave young Americans. When the embassy was reported under attack, the mighty United States did not send forces to save those people.
One group under a lieutenant colonel reportedly was about to make a move but was ordered from above to “stand down.” For shame. The United States of America has its ambassador murdered and others in grave danger and does not send forces to protect them? This is a colossal failure. It does not matter how far away aircraft or troops that could have made a difference were. They should have been sent. One never knows how long a fight will last or how long brave men and women under duress will hold out. Further, if aircraft and military forces were too far away to make a difference (a defeatist concept and weak excuse), they should not have been. All Americans doing their country’s work in foreign lands must be protected. This is a shameful episode.
Our Commander-in-Chief needs to learn something about leadership. Perhaps first is that a commander is responsible for everything his people do or fail to do. If he did not know what was happening in Benghazi, he should have. That also goes for then-Secretary-of-State Mrs. Clinton. The American people will tolerate mistakes. But episodes that shame our country, and “I didn’t know” from our top officials cannot last long.
Stand up, Mr. President. Take responsibility. Clean this mess up and get this government operating. If you cannot, step down.
Ray Kenneth Clark