Skip to comments.When Myths Collide in the Capital
Posted on 05/12/2013 10:43:01 AM PDT by Beave Meister
THE capital is in the throes of déjà vu and preview as it plunges back into Clinton Rules, defined by a presidential aide on the hit ABC show Scandal as damage control that goes like this: Its not true, its not true, its not true, its old news.
The conservatives appearing on Benghazi-obsessed Fox News are a damage patrol with an approach that goes like this: Lies, paranoia, subpoena, impeach, Watergate, Iran-contra.
(Though now that the I.R.S. has confessed to targeting Tea Party groups, maybe some of the paranoia is justified.)
Welcome to a glorious spring weekend of accusation and obfuscation as Hillaryland goes up against Foxworld.
The toxic theatrics, including Karl Roves first attack ad against Hillary, cloud a simple truth: The administrations behavior before and during the attack in Benghazi, in which four Americans died, was unworthy of the greatest power on earth.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
quote (absolutely throwing both Barry and Hilarious under the bus):
...a simple truth: The administrations behavior before and during the attack in Benghazi, in which four Americans died, was unworthy of the greatest power on earth.
After his Libyan intervention, President Obama knew he was sending diplomats and their protectors into a country that was no longer a country, a land rife with fighters affiliated with Al Qaeda.
Yet in this hottest of hot spots, the State Departments minimum security requirements were not met, requests for more security were rejected, and contingency plans were not drawn up, despite the portentous date of 9/11 and cascading warnings from the C.I.A., which had more personnel in Benghazi than State did and vetted the feckless Libyan Praetorian Guard. When the Pentagon called an elite Special Forces team three hours into the attack, it was training in Croatia decidedly not a hot spot.
Hillary Clinton and Ambassador Chris Stevens were rushing to make the flimsy Benghazi post permanent as a sign of good faith with Libyans, even as it sat ringed by enemies.
The hierarchies at State and Defense had a plodding response, failing to make any superhuman effort as the siege waxed and waned over eight hours.
In an emotional Senate hearing on Wednesday, Stevenss second-in-command, Gregory Hicks, who was frantically trying to help from 600 miles away in Tripoli, described how his pleas were denied by military brass, who said they could not scramble planes and who gave a stand-down order to four Special Forces officers in Tripoli who were eager to race to Benghazi.
My reaction was that, O.K., were on our own, Hicks said quietly. He said the commander of that Special Forces team told him, This is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more chutzpah than someone in the military.
The defense secretary at the time, Leon Panetta, insisted, We quickly responded. But they responded that they would not respond. As Emma Roller and David Weigel wrote in Slate: The die was cast long before the attack, by the weak security at the consulate, and commanders may have decided to cut their losses rather than risking more casualties. And that isnt a story anyone prefers to tell.
All the factions wove their own mythologies at the expense of our deepest national mythology: that if there is anything, no matter how unlikely or difficult, that we can do to try to save the lives of Americans who have volunteered for dangerous assignments, we must do it.
This will leave a mark coming from Mo Dowd!
Part of the column got truncated.. my emphasis.
"our deepest national mythology" Does that mean "an aspect of our culture?" or is it sarcasm meaning something akin to "fiction or half-truth?" Which definition does she mean?
Either way the MSM employees are scrambling to find a way around this but in the mean time there's the ruse of real reporting.
> “Though now that the I.R.S. has confessed to targeting Tea Party groups, ***maybe*** some of the paranoia is justified.”
My jaw has hit the floor! Now to go read the Obot butt-covering team spamming the NY Times comments with flames directed at Mo for going off the reservation and advocating immediate banishment to reeducation camp...
Rules please: CZ-J
Amazing Mo Dowd validating ALL Issa/GOP/Whistleblower Benghazi charges ping...
the only claim the boy has as far as Osama go's is that he was in the same country that the as the SEALs hail from...
Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.
You want to have a real thrill....read the comments. The level of delusion of the libtards is both breath taking and comical.
MoDo couldn’t help herself, she had to try and paint little barry bastard boy as without options. Superhuman effort? Please, the assets were ready for deployment to deal with the situation and rescue anyone they could from the al qaeda enemy. BUt to call it a superhuamn effort to merely give the go to assets chomping to enjoin is to try and give the regime an out for giving the stand down orders! Deceitful bitch couldn’t help herself.
Obama was heard to mutter: If I’ve lost Dowd, I’ve lost Middle America**!
**who, of course, don’t read the NYT except thru FR, but we’ll leave that detail aside