October 16, 2012


Where the buck stops.

In light of the assignation — and avoidance — of blame for Benghazi, it is useful to look back three decades to a comparable event, and see where the buck stopped.

As reported in the Bryan, Ohio, Times, December 27th, 1983:

Reagan takes blame for Beirut bombing

by Helen Thomas

WASHINGTON (UPI) — President Reagan said today he as chief executive accepts full responsibility for the terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. servicemen.

In a hurriedly scheduled press appearance in the White House press room, Reagan said the local Marine commanders “should not be punished” for the lack of proper security in the suicide attack.

“If there is to be blame, it properly rests here in this office, with this president,” Reagan said.

Now the buck stops under the bus.

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