Janet M. LaRue

Where is Wilford Brimley when America needs him? The national security failure exposed by the Benghazi bungle has all of the intrigue and more of the movie, Absence of Malice, starring Paul Newman and Sally Field.

Brimley steals the closing scene as the righteously riled deputy attorney general come to clean house in the aftermath of unbridled political ambition, corruption, cover-up, and press malpractice, resulting in the libelous ruin of an innocent man and the death of his vulnerable best friend who tried to save him.

Brimley’s character sternly advises the assembled and anxious scoundrels:

“We’ll go downstairs and talk in front of the grand jury. Now we’ll talk all day if you want to. But come sundown, there’s gonna be two things true that ain’t true now. One is that the U.S Department of Justice is going to know what in the good Christ … is going on around here. And the other’s, I’m gonna have somebody’s a** in my briefcase.”

Let’s hope that Brimley’s real life counterpart is on the way. Military, Intelligence, FBI, DOJ, anyone?

What we have is a cast of hundreds, including hamstrung, handwringing politicians telling us ad nauseum that there are questions that need answering and a White House press corps that doesn’t know the questions.

After eight months, the White House announced that President Obama would hold a press conference on Nov. 14. You would think that the so-called crème de la crème reporters would be prepared with relevant, clear and concise questions.

Besides Benghazi, there are the rockets’ red glare between Hamas and Israel, the CIA scandal, debt crisis, budget battle, taxes, unemployment, military readiness, and declining stock market for starters.

Instead of answers, we were left mulling the sorry state of the “Fourth Estate” as the petulant, evasive and defensive Obama played the room.

The following question to Obama by Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry has been hyped as the “tough” question. It wins my “Rambling to Relevance” award:


Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.