MAY 15, 2013

AMAC: New critics of the administration emerge due to Benghazi cover-up and Obamacare 'train wreck'

Presidential obfuscation may harm future U.S. dealings with allies and enemies
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BOHEMIA, NY – "The Obama administration's tangled web of so-called explanations began unraveling in recent days as the truth emerged on two controversial topics-Benghazi and Obamacare," Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, said.
"You know you're in trouble when your own teammates start turning on you as was the case when Senator Max Baucus, D-Mont., called Obamacare a 'train wreck' in the making.  The remark was particularly painful for the president since Baucus is one of the team of Democrats who wrote the law," he noted.

President Obama and his surrogates have been touting the "alleged benefits" of the Affordable Healthcare Act all along, dismissing criticism as pure partisan politics, Weber pointed out.  "But as the weeks turn into months, it becomes abundantly clear that the law has dangerous economic implications for the country and will deliver not-so-affordable healthcare when it is fully implemented."

He said that a news report about the Baucus admission on the CBS Web site solicited comments from readers, resulting in more than 200 replies, many of which were extremely negative.

One reader wrote: "It appears that the OBAMA crazies are starting to see the light. ObamaCare is a tax on everyone and the tax just keeps getting bigger.  It will not be too long until all the truth about OBAMA's agenda will be shown by the National Media and all will see what O has been up to.  Can't wait for all the LIBs to apologize to the rest of us."

Another commented: "OBAMACARE was a train wreck from the beginning.  All of the lies Obama and the Dems told are now coming back to haunt them.  Remember 'this will lower costs'?  remember 'this will have no effect on your current plan'?  How about 'this plan reduces the deficit'?  It is fair to say that everything you were told, was a lie."

The AMAC chief predicts more Democratic lawmakers will come forward to admit their own misgivings about the law, which passed Congress in 2010 without a single Republican voting for it. 

"Maybe there is hope for repeal.  This partisan piece of legislation may very well meet with a bipartisan induced demise," Weber opined.

Meanwhile, he said, "the ghosts of Benghazi came back to haunt the administration" when three controversial witnesses showed up at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday. 

"Mark Thompson, the acting deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism, Gregory Hicks, a foreign service officer and former deputy chief of mission and chargé d'affairs in Libya, and Eric Nordstrom, diplomatic security officer and former regional security officer in Libya, certainly have credibility.  For the most part, they contradicted key elements of the Obama team's explanations of what happened when the U.S. Consulate was attacked last September by terrorists," Weber explained.

"These gentlemen have no political axe to grind; they are simply angry that American lives were lost due to inaction on the part of our government." 

Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the assault.

"Although the administration argues that no military assets were available that night to lend aid, Hicks testified that a Special Operations team in nearby Tripoli was ordered to stand down just as they were about to set off for Benghazi.  It was not revealed who gave the order to abort the rescue mission."

Hicks, who was on the ground in Libya, also said that if fighter aircraft had been scrambled to provide cover over the consulate that night, there would not have been a mortar attack on the facility the next morning.  He implied that the mere presence of the fighters overhead would have scared off the attackers.

U.S. assets were available in Italy, in Spain and in Serbia and could have been over the consulate in a matter of hours.

"These developments, combined with many other examples of presidential obfuscation, may be damaging to the administration's credibility.  But, more important, it may have done irreparable harm to future dealings between the U.S. and our allies and enemies," Weber concluded.

The Association of Mature American Citizens [] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation. Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members. We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.

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