President Obama says that he only learned of the IRS’ persecution of Tea Party groups late last week.
For those of us who were big fans of the TV sitcom about a German POW camp, Hogan’s Heroes, this sounds strangely familiar. It sounds like Sergeant Schultz.
He says that the accusation, if true, is “outrageous.” The people who did it will be held accountable, he said.
You may remember Abu Ghraib. They got to the bottom of it in a hurry. They got to the top of the bottom of it. Several people went to prison, or at least the brig. The highest ranking ones were sergeants.
Then there is personal responsibility.
“As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility. Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger, and more secure.
“Taking responsibility meant moving quickly in those first uncertain hours and days to respond to the immediate crisis and further protect our people and posts in high-threat areas across the region and the world. It meant launching an independent investigation to determine exactly what happened in Benghazi and to recommend steps for improvement. And it meant intensifying our efforts to combat terrorism and support emerging democracies in North Africa and beyond.” — Hillary Clinton, Jan. 23, 2012
So, I have no doubt — none whatsoever — that those who were responsible for this IRS intimidation — if there really was intimidation — will be held fully accountable. And when I say fully accountable, I mean fully . . . accountable.