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Now They Tell Us ^ | September 26, 2012 | Paul Greenberg

Posted on 09/26/2012 7:12:54 AM PDT by Kaslin

At first, anybody who recognized the murderous assault on the American consulate in Benghazi as a terrorist attack didn't know what he was talking about. It was just the result of a spontaneous demonstration that got out of hand. It was all the fault of a shadowy little video that had taken the Prophet Mohammed's name in vain. It had provoked the violence. The attack couldn't have been planed in advance. Or anticipated, either.

From the White House press secretary to our ambassador at the United Nations, that was the official line and the whole administration stuck to it. For a while. A remarkably long while, considering how implausible it was. The learning curve in this administration can be laboriously slow.

Now, weeks later, after the funerals have been held and the bodies buried, and investigations have begun, the same White House press secretary who once dismissed all talk of a terrorist attack says, "It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack."

Good morning, Mr. Carney. So good to have you with us. At last. It's taken long enough. When a senator named John McCain referred to what happened at Benghazi as "an act of terror" a few weeks ago, a spokesman for the Obama campaign said the senator was just being political.

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks in Cairo and Benghazi, the White House press secretary had explained that all this violence in the Middle East was a response "not to United States policy, and not obviously the administration or the American people," but "in response to a video that is offensive to Muslims."

He just didn't get it. He had confused the pretext for these rampages with the reason: the war still being waged against America and the West by a fanatical group of Islamic zealots who will exploit every religious prejudice and historical grievance in their part of the world to attack us. Theirs is not just an ideological movement but a violent criminal conspiracy. Not unlike Nazism and Communism when they were rampaging.

How long, oh, how long before this administration comes fully awake, and realizes that peace is assured by strength, not by cringing statements that only further inflame the fanatics and terrorists of the Middle East. The president's response is to reduce foreign policy to another campaign soundbite: "If Gov. Romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so." Our president still doesn't get it; it is appeasing the aggressor that is the sure road to war, not standing up to him.

Just before the attackers had breached the walls of our consulate in Benghazi, the American embassy in Cairo was still issuing tweets trying to appease the gathering mob. That's when Mitt Romney warned that this administration's policy of kowtowing to the zealots in the Middle East would only invite violence. Shows of weakness ("Please don't hit me!") will have that effect on bullies.

In reply, the president went on the political attack himself, saying: "Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later." But who was really being unpresidential in this case, and jumping to premature conclusions? It should now be apparent to all -- even the White House seems to have caught on -- that this was no spontaneous eruption of Muslim outrage against some two-bit video. The assault on our consulate at Benghazi was a well-planned terrorist attack. One carried out on the anniversary of the war of terror launched against this country September 11, 2001.

How is it, do you suppose, that a presidential candidate who wasn't privy to all the military and diplomatic intelligence that the White House should be able to command, understood the nature of this violence, and what incites it, almost instinctively?

Why did Mitt Romney sense what was behind this gathering storm? Why did he know, and say, that an America in retreat across the Middle East, offering apologetic obeisance as we withdraw, presents a natural target for the worst elements in the Islamic world? While our president still seems blind to the dangers he has invited since he began his administration by going to Cairo to confess America's sins -- and the West's -- and offer "a new beginning." Which now has turned into the same old treachery.

In retrospect, it is Mitt Romney who seems to have been the prescient statesman, Maybe it's because understands that peace is assured by strength. Barack Obama and his press secretary seem to be discovering only slowly -- and at great cost -- where weakness leads. While good men representing this country with extraordinary vision and valor, like our murdered ambassador to Libya, pay the ultimate price.

Even now, after all that has happened in the Middle East, and is still happening as mobs are egged on around our embassies, this country is spending tens of thousands of dollars on broadcasts to hotbeds of Islamic extremism like Pakistan. Good. This country needs to reach out, not draw back.

But the problem remains the same one exemplified by those tweets out of our Cairo embassy. The gist of the message is still the same: We disapprove of that stupid video about the Prophet Mohammed, and disavow any connection with it. We back away from the central question in this debate rather than explain that the essence of freedom is not freedom only for the ideas we approve. That would not be freedom at all.

In a free country, we do not censor ideas we disagree with, even despise. We let them be expressed in the marketplace of ideas -- in the faith that bad ideas need not be banned if good ones are left free to combat them. America's future, and the world's, is tied up with that kind of faith in freedom. That's who we are -- and should remain.

"If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other," Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote in a famous dissent, "it is the principle of free thought -- not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate." If there is one thing that would be more un-American than agreeing with that hateful little video, it would be trying to suppress it. That's the educational point America's voice, and the Voice of America, should be making abroad. Without apology.

Once upon a time, long ago, centuries ago, at the height of Islamic civilization, when it represented all that was most advanced in the world -- science, toleration, learning, freedom of ideas -- Islam's rulers, philosophers and poets understood as much. That heritage, so close to the American spirit at its best, should unite East and West in a common quest for enlightenment, security, and mutual respect. And we should say so, boldly. Anything less would dishonor our own civilization -- and insult Muslims, who are perfectly capable of understanding our point. They need not be condescended to, which remains the default mode of Barack Obama's rhetorical style.

It will not do to adopt a defensive posture in hopes of appeasing the violent. There is no need to offer excuses for freedom, and no shame in embracing it openly, and advocating it proudly. Liberty should be celebrated, promoted and honored. It is America's reason for being. And we should make no apologies for it.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; foreignpolicy; jaycarney; libya; terrorism; usembassy; whitehouse

1 posted on 09/26/2012 7:12:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

They have done, and will keep doing exactly what they intended to do in the first place.

For public widely-exposed consumption, i.e., Obama’s own comments on the air, at the UN, in interviews, etc., he will keep asserting it is the video. That’s because admitting even what his press secretary, Libya’s leader, our Intelligence Network, and virtually the rest of the official world are saying would look bad to the dumb idiot voters that happen to see him live on the View or wherever.

So, he keeps lying. He doesn’t give a damn about the Constitution - he wants to change or get rid of it. He doesn’t give a damn about how many underlings are sacrificed in his bid to bring about Muslim Brotherhood dominance in the mideast. And, he doesn’t give a damn about the unpublicized official word contradicting him - he will ignore them and go on TV and act like a superstar celebrity - that’s all his voters care about anyway. Most of them couldn’t name all four candidates on the ticket anyway (I don’t count the Libertarian).

2 posted on 09/26/2012 7:20:45 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Kaslin


3 posted on 09/26/2012 7:20:45 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (ZERO DARK THIRTY (coming soon to an embassy near you))
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To: Kaslin

I wish someone would drop thousands of paper bookmarks over the cities of the Middle East. On one side, an image of a bacon strip. On the other side, a link to that Ann Barnhardt video on the Koran.
Give them a fresh pretext.

4 posted on 09/26/2012 7:23:00 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: Kaslin

Those who vote for any “D” labeled candidate have a sort of magic thinking filter, where they magically transform anything negative about their little demigod into some form of evidence that their little barry bastard boy is too cunning for the republicans, and of course, therefore their little demigod is never in error.

5 posted on 09/26/2012 7:25:37 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Kaslin
Anyone who didn't immediately think:

Americans killed by muslim mob --> September 11 = Islamic Terrror

Is probably stupid enough to vote for Obama and admit it.

6 posted on 09/26/2012 7:25:56 AM PDT by Iron Munro (US Embassies Come and Go But An Obama Apology Lasts Forever)
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To: Kaslin

We taught the world propaganda. Goebbels learned the art of propaganda from the Wilson Administration.

7 posted on 09/26/2012 7:26:38 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Kaslin
On this morning's news the reason given for afghan and iraqi security forces killing their American instructors/partners was that the Americans "talk down to them".

I've had lots of people "talk down" to me over the years, and somehow I managed to never shoot any of them..strange.

8 posted on 09/26/2012 7:30:03 AM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. This is FreeRepublic, afterall.)
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To: Kaslin
This time of year drivers should be especially cautious to avoid democrats
travelling the roads between the cemetaries and the election polling places.

9 posted on 09/26/2012 7:33:04 AM PDT by Iron Munro (US Embassies Come and Go But An Obama Apology Lasts Forever)
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To: Kaslin

At a time of great national concern, President Obama ran to Las Vegas and hid. His actions speak volumes about him.

10 posted on 09/26/2012 8:59:57 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin

Carter is Obama. Obama is Carter.

Both are Traitor Losers, who hate America!

Jimmy Carter's presidency was doomed by the Iranian hostage crisis after the US embassy in Tehran was stormed by Islamist extremists following the Iranian revolution.

A year after the 52 Americans were taken hostage, Carter lost the 1980 election. The hostages were released just as President Ronald Reagan, who defeated Carter, was sworn in.



As Clint noted, the Empty Chair improved by codetoad:

It is past time to fire Barack and his empty chair and have both of them hit the road back to Chicago!

Thanks to RushIsMyTeddyBear and Focault's Pendulum and for finding these morphing graphic art realities

11 posted on 09/26/2012 9:37:16 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: Kaslin

Go to this link for pictures after the slaughter of Americans in Benghazi: Pictures, you will not see in our left wing media:

12 posted on 09/26/2012 9:39:54 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: Iron Munro
2012 is a leap year, meaning there is one extra day. The chances of a *spontaneous* eruption coincidentally occurring on 9/11 this year are 1 in 366.

Had this happened last year, or next year, the administrations story would have been slightly more believable (1 in 365).

< /sarc>

13 posted on 09/26/2012 9:47:07 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Grampa Dave

Thanks for the link. No the 0bama media would never show this

14 posted on 09/26/2012 10:26:09 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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