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As a child I travelled across Africa visiting Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Angola and the Cote d’ Ivorie. Sailing more recently (still in the ’80s) I transited the Suez Canal spending time in Egypt and Djibouti.

Accountability in American politics – Maybe we should elect Republicans just so somebody pays attention to what is going on…

The September 11, 2012 death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya has drawn relatively little media attention and no repercussions for any decision maker at any level. At least when Republicans are in power, the press holds them accountable for their decisions.

Here is a disturbing take on accountability in U.S. politics by Jim Geraghty at National Review.

When we look at how our government has responded to the night of September 11 in Benghazi, Libya, we see there are truly no standards any more.

If the decision-making before, during, and after the Benghazi attack is insufficient to get anyone fired, what decision in government will ever warrant that consequence? If Democrats on Capitol Hill can’t take off their partisan blinders for one day to attempt to hold people accountable for decision-making that resulted in American deaths at the hands of extremists, and then lying to the public about it, then when will they ever? If Hillary Clinton can exclaim that it doesn’t matter that the administration spent five days talking about a video when the video had nothing to do with it, and everyone on her side applauds, why should she or anyone else ever respond to an accusation with anything but audacious defiance?

This is it, folks. This is the government we have, and the lack of a public outcry about Benghazi ensures this is the government we will have for the foreseeable future.

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