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There's no confusion at all about the larger meaning, really. Benghazi is a story that we are not supposed to acknowledge, except in passing. As we've learned repeatedly, it happened a long time ago and what difference does it make?
So why continue to talk about the story? Why beat your head against the wall and pretend that the pixels that fly around a lightly-read website will make any difference at all? Isn't just all a futile gesture, a fart in the wind?
For me, it matters because we need to establish the truth of what happened and to document it, even if the truth is ignored because it isn't especially helpful to people. We need to learn what really was going in Benghazi because there are still a lot of questions left to be resolved, including a crucial one -- what was Ambassador Christopher Stevens doing there at all? Even if we set aside the blame game, there's an important question involved in why an ambassador would be put (or put himself) in harm's way. This is a question that has yet to be answered. Maybe someday we'll find out.
I've never thought that Benghazi would turn into Obama's version of Watergate, or even his version of Iran-Contra, because there's little appetite among the chattering classes to do the investigative work necessary to explain the story to people who are otherwise engaged in things like the Arias trial or the discovery of the missing young women in Cleveland. We really don't have a national conversation of the sort that was possible in 1973, when most people got their news based on the editorial decisions of the New York Times and the Washington Post, filtered through the national news broadcasts of Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor and the like.
Having said that, the editorial decisions of the MSM still matter quite a lot, which is why the Benghazi hearings received less coverage yesterday than when Sally Field, Sissy Spacek and Jessica Lange testified before Congress about farm issues back the day, because they'd all happened to be cast in movies that were about farming.
So it goes. If it falls to a bunch of penny ante bloggers to talk about these issues, that's what we'll do. At least I will.