Skip to comments.The Mystery of Benghazi
Posted on 10/14/2012 4:37:21 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
TWENTY-FOUR hours after the American compound in Benghazi was attacked and our ambassador murdered, the tragedy seemed more likely to help President Obamas re-election campaign than to damage it.
The White House already enjoyed more public credibility on foreign policy than on almost any other issue. When Mitt Romney reacted to the attack with a partisan broadside, portraying a news release sent out by the Cairo embassy before any violence began as a White House apology to the attackers, the presidents path forward seemed clear. He would be disciplined and careful, show anger and steel but also coolness under pressure, and let the rally-round-the-flag effect do its natural work.
What happened instead was very strange.
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This article is the NYT telling us they are speechless
Ross, don’t Douthat. It makes you sound absolutely and desperately senseless.
Which, I suppose, is the actual case.
Mystery?...the only mystery dealing with this POS is whether or not he can wipe his own.....chin
To the author: That’s because Romney was right, you twit! It was an ill-timed and misplaced apology, whether anyone was killed, or not.
FWIW, I have some very liberal inlaws, and my wife gets her news almost entirely from TV. They all are horrified at what is going on in this Benghazi business, although they may prefer not to admit WHY it is happening.
If I said what I thought, they would accuse me of more conspiracy theory. But they all realize that something very strange is going on. And it’s not Obama, Superhero, either.
Closings lines of article.
Ross Douthat and the New York Times are very confused. They just can't understand how the Obama Administration let this blow up in their faces. In large measure, this is because Mr. Douthat and his newspaper believe what Obama says and also believe that what he does is a force for good in this world. To see all of that collapsing around them in tatters has to be unnerving. How could this be? It's so hard to be a liberal.
I actually think the author makes a valid argument about why Obama lied about the video. But he doesn’t seem extremely bothered by the lies nor does he seem to think Obama should really be held accountable for them.
He doesn’t address why Hillary would go along with the lie, though, and discredit her whole operation.
Yes. Benghazi is a mystery; for lots of reasons - not to mention the mystery of the coverup that lasted for days and even now we are getting no answers.
Watergate was a mystery; but nobody died in Watergate. IF Benghazi was originally a staged event to enhance Obama’s election, why the need to hide the truth? - I’ve read that Stevens’ father has condemned the “politicizing” of his son’s death. Well, other people besides his son died; and we want real answers, not some concocted video story. We’ve had enough of Hillary’s and Obama’s dramas.
Fast & Furious was obviously a manufactured drama designed to move the American people to rise up against firearms. What was the video concoction in Benghazi? - Blaming “Bush” is wearing thin.
US Ambassador Raped Before His Murder
>>He would be disciplined and careful, show anger and steel but also coolness under <<
Deference is not discipline. Whining is not anger. Baffled surprise is not steel. Stammering uncertainty is not coolness.
Larry Kudlow last night said it could sink Obama because Bill Clinton has met with lawyers for Hillary because he doesn't want her to take all the blame. I don't know if it's true but it was said.
Lies, lies and more lies (paraphrasing). Backing off. Untruths. Lie is a pretty strong word in a campaign.
Obviously a rumble between the Clintons and Obama & Company this close before the election would not be a good thing.
It's really crazy how after a story breaks and has time to percolate for awhile, how the right and left will comment or report about it. You can think it's a slam dunk point for the right. Wrong. The left is very ingenuous at spin and deflecting blame. So if you don't like the left, better read what they are saying sometimes anyway.
With all due respect, Mr. Douthat, there is a “mystery” about to jump up and bite you and your loony readers in the a$$.
Rep. Rohrbacher laid that suggestion to rest in the first hearing. He asked Mrs. Lamb, the person responsible for staffing decisions at the mission, whether they were prevented from proper staffing due to budget/finance constraints. Her answer was, "No." But the green weenies (who also agreed to budget cuts in the first place) were celebrating new Chevy Volts while sipping champagne at the new "green" embassy in Vienna at the same time.
The administration did not gradually allow its story about the motivation for the murders of four Americans slip away: the story was hammered repeatedly by talk radio and by the few journalistic outfits with any integrity left. The thoroughly irrelevant NY Times, to its eternal shame, repeatedly buried the story and treated it as a non-event. So also, for the most part, has the Washington Post and the alphabet Networks. To their credit, ONE reporter for CBS News did not, and both FNC and CNN have treated the story as the major scandal it is.
The administration did not gradually unravel the story over the course of four days. The administration lied and continued to lie for NINE DAYS, and even after that, the pResident obsequiously appeared before the UN to repeat the lie and to trash freedom of speech one more time in front of the thugocracies, kleptocracies, tyrants and Islamist nutcases who form the overwhelming membership of that international debating club. Indeed, he and his minions flunkies, and stooges would still be lying today if the NY Times had remained the "news organization" that set the American Agenda. Thank Almighty God they no longer are.
How fallen are the great; now Times columnists get to lick the crumbs left by Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh from the newsroom floor.
With the Saudis, yeah.
“The White House already enjoyed more public credibility on foreign policy than on almost any other issue..”
Only to the slimelicking filth at The New York Times..
It's hard to keep up with every truthteller after-the-fact. Seems like once a falsehood or skewed version gets out there, it stays out there, even if it's been rubutted accurately.
Much of the campaign is about junk like that. Lies that have been corrected. Doesn't matter. It's a good commercial so they will keep it. The left, Romney, the 47% and the low color saturation. Romney did say what he said but rather humbly announced he had been wrong. It's too bad. I thought from the git go he was partly wrong because of the economy, outsourced jobs; lots taking govt help would rather have a good job. But there is a subset of the 47%l, what the actual number is I can't say, considerable, where Romney was dead on. And it was also true before the economy got so wretched due to multiple causes.
Why are the media so stupid. o’bidens care more about the world than America. And now through that policy they’ve given 20,000 anti-aircraft missiles to al qaeda. And then slimes is puzzled by o’bidens’ cover-up?
The article includes a random act of journalism, burried in the eleventh paragraph:
“Perhaps, then, the real explanation for the White Houses anxiety about calling the embassy attack an act of terror has less to do with the who than with the where. This wasnt Al Qaeda striking just anywhere: it was Al Qaeda striking in Libya, a country where the Obama White House launched a not-precisely-constitutional military intervention with a not-precisely-clear connection to the national interest.”
The Muslim loving O is much more angry @ Romney than he has ever been toward any terrorist.
Maybe he’ll invite the Benghazi terrorists to a beer summit....IN HELL
everybody here, including myself, didn’t need a CIA investigation about something that happened on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 to draw a conclusion.
the thought that it was brought on by an obscure video was completely stupid.
and was what was more stupid is our muslim president presented that stupid idea to incite the islam morons to cause even more riots and death.
that is a crime.
That 47% figure is hanging up double on Drudge right now. Seems to me Romney was dead on.
While I have no proof (thus my ‘jmho’ sign-off) I find this to be the simplest explaination for all the confusion...occam’s razor.
A weak administration and a highly compliant media.
It’s the missiles. Obama and Hillary touched off the fuse in Libya and now it has blown up in their faces. Those two former SEALs were looking for the missing missiles. They are now dead. Our secret documents in Benghazi have been compromised. Al-Qaeda just handed the Obama administration a big crap sandwich. And anybody but the rookies running the administration could see it coming. This whole debacle makes Watergate look like a whoopee cushion joke. We have dead Americans. We have dead security force members (whatever nationality they were), we have missing missiles because Obama and Hillary wanted to harvest an Arab Spring, we have seriously degraded intelligence capabilities in Libya, we look like dipsticks to the world, and we have a President Vice-President Director of the CIA Secretary of Defense Secretary of State and UN Ambassador lieing to us to try and save their sorry hides from this mess they’ve created. Folks, this is the Democrat party in all their glory.
Both the Democrat spokespeople (like Cutter) and the MSM are deliberately misrepresenting what Romney said on Sept. 11. He was reacting to the administration’s creven response to the demonstrations in Cairo, not to the attack that killed the four Americans in Libya which was later on the same day.
Typo in that last post—”creven” should have been “craven.”
I agree, it’s the only plausible scenario of what really happened.
Blundering? Blundering? HA. How about out and out lie. Even better Obama lied to the New York Times - and as the knee pad boys always do, they swallowed the lie. Now they want to call it 'blundering'. Is that a hoot or what?
Hey, you New York Times 'we suck more' boys - get your knee pads out - Obama's not through lying to you....
HA. How about out and out lying. Even better Obama lied to the New York Times - and as the knee pad boys always do, they swallowed the lie. And passed the lie on for him - taking their almost nonexistent credibility a little more... And they want to call it 'blundering'? Is that a hoot or what?
Hey, you New York Times 'we suck more' boys - get your knee pads out - Obama's not through lying to you....
Grow up Ross Douthat - Obama's playing you and your friends for fools... again.
Great turn of phrase.
Giant flashing font? Good reason to skip that post.
BINGO!! The taliban is inside the building!!!
Why the HELL aren't you media dumbasses DEMANDING ANSWERS from HILLARY, OBAMA, PATREAUS??????
What for ?
Put together by Freeper...zencycler
Great. This would make a good commercial, newspaper ad or a poster.