Benghazi: Four Americans Died, Obama Lied, And The Press Complied
The recent fiasco in Libya and the manner in which President Obama’s media minions have abetted his deception provides an epitaph for the soon to be demised Obama administration:
Four Americans died. Obama lied. The press complied.
Republicans have been trying to highlight the terrorist attack on our Libyan embassy for weeks, but recognizing how damaging this episode was to Obama’s credibility, media coverage has been subdued. Who requested what security and when is important, but these things always appear obvious in hindsight.
Much more telling is the way our hyper-partisan press ignored how the administration initially attributed Benghazi to some YouTube video nobody watched. This was a fiction the press corps condoned. It took Team Obama two weeks before acknowledging that it was a well orchestrated terrorist attack.
Blaming “The Innocence of Muslims,” yielded Obama an alibi. His foreign policy failings could be excused. For a president prone to apologizing to Muslims, this was perfect: it was America’s fault. If only those pesky Christians back home would behave, peace would come to the Islamic World.
Our UN ambassador Susan Rice repeatedly attributed the attack to a spontaneous protest erupting in response to the “heinous” film. Obama mentioned the movie six times in his own speech to the UN. He did this despite credible proof there had not been any protest. Libyan officials had already confirmed it as terrorism. Our enemies conducted a coordinated assault against a lightly guarded consulate on September 11th.
Obama “led from behind” in toppling Muammar Qaddafi’s dictatorship in Libya, then boastfully declared victory. But the ferocious attack which left four Americans dead exposed the president’s flaccid diplomacy. His legacy in North Africa smolders. Libya appears on the verge of becoming another Somalia, a failed state ruled by roaming warlords. Egypt could well be controlled by Islamic fascists.
However, the administration’s blatant lies may be even more troubling. A consistent failing of Team Obama has been its disingenuous spin; a government by altruistic sound bites masking their personal ambitions. This entire presidency reflects a choreographed charade calculating every action per its electoral ramifications.
The second presidential debate provides an exclamation point to the scurrilous interlude of this administration. In one entertaining exchange, Mr. Romney called the president’s bluff. He asked Obama to state for the record that he had denoted the battle at the Benghazi embassy “terrorism” before jaunting off to Las Vegas for a fundraiser the next day.
The president, exhibiting an incredible poker face, stared straight into the cameras and misled the American people about what he said and when; even challenging Romney to “get the transcript.”
As Mitt Romney rounded third to score the winning run, Candy Crowley, the debate moderator, butted in; tripping Romney to affirm the president, “He — he did call it an act of terror. It did as well take — it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.”
A gloating Obama chimed in, “Can you say that a little louder, Candy!” He later scolded Romney about how “offensive” it was for him to question the administration’s selfless intentions.
He does have stones.
But even the hyper-partisan press could not sanction this lie for long. After the event, Ms. Crowley quickly backtracked, admitting that Romney was “right in the main.” This is like in an umpire deliberately getting in a runner’s way, calling him out during a decisive World Series moment, then admitting the call was blown at a postgame press conference.
Benghazi, the White House cover-up and an enabling media offer a microcosm for the whole Obama presidency. His economic policies have been wasteful and counterproductive; doing more to buttress cronyism than bring recovery. His social policies radically depart from traditional American values. Obama’s foreign policy is in shambles. Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.
The president’s outreach to the Muslim world has predictably backfired. No amount of spin can fix what his meddling has broken. Qaddafi in Libya and Mubarak in Egypt were not nice guys. But, and this is crucial, Mubarak was our guy. By letting them topple the alternative wasn’t Mother Theresa. We now have chaos across the Middle East and North Africa.
Fortunately for Obama, liberals control the dissemination of thought. The media, entertainment industries, educational system and much of government skew very far left of Middle America. If the press were honest, or at least kept Democrats honest, Obama would probably still carry Washington D.C., but few if any states.
But even this decided home field advantage won’t save Obama’s presidency.
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