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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Perfect Storm

On September 11, 2012, a group of armed assailants attacked and overran the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans, including the ambassador, died in that attack. As the smoke from the attack drifted off, Hillary Clinton and then the president informed America of the assault and the deaths. It was, we were assured, the result of protestors-gone-bad over an anti-Muslim Internet video. A small group of bad people. Others tried to help, even carting the dying ambassador off to the hospital. "We’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video," Hillary assured us.

Of course, it didn't take long for that story to collapse under the weight of the lies. It turns out that the embassy was warned in advance by the Libyans that the attack was coming, that requests for more security before the event were denied, that the attack was not due to the video (although the president via the American media did an effective job of notifying the rest of the Muslim world that such an offense existed about which they could riot), that the government knew all this, and that there was even military force available that was denied during the attack.

Let's see if we have all this, then. 1) The White House lied ... and then ran off to Vegas to campaign. 2) An American has been arrested (and, oddly enough, his bail hearing is set for 3 days after the election) for a video that did not cause the events. 3) The State Department knew about the event in advance and didn't act. 4) Military relief during the attack was denied by some authority higher than the CIA. (Hmmm ... who is higher than the CIA?) Still, the Obama campaign has fallen back to bayonets, binders, and Big Bird as its primary offensive without responding to all this.

Hurricane Sandy has been dubbed "Frankenstorm", another "perfect storm". Lots of rain and damage and such. How is this stuff from Benghazi not the "perfect storm" here at the edge of electing a president? (And, remember, "Pay no attention to that looming $16 trillion debt behind the curtain!")


David said...

Maybe this is just my lack of watching the news on a regular basis, but this is the first time I'm hearing of the fact that the assault in Benghazi was not over the video. Last I heard, the news was still blaming the attack on the video. And yet when Bush acted on faulty intel he got roasted and still gets roasted.

Stan said...

On one hand, it is definitely connected to being out of touch with the news. When I was researching this post, I ran across a lot of this kind of report.

On the other hand, the mainstream media is not typically picking up this story and it is only filtering in from various "unreleased" and less-than-mainstream sources.

And it isn't "faulty intel" on the part of the administration. They had the correct intel. They simply either mishandled it at best or intentionally ignored it at worst. It is not good, not for the president and not for the nation.