Sunday, September 16, 2012
Doubling Down on Stupid
U.N.Ambassador Susan Rice thinks the American people are stupid--or not paying attention, but I think it's more likely she thinks we're stupid. She was on all of the Sunday morning talking heads shows telling the American people that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was not premediated. Nope, not at all. A small number of bad people came to the consulate (on 9/11, but that's just some random date on the calendar, not worthy of mention) with their anti-aircraft atomic cannon and RPG's, and this "spontaneous attack" spun out of control. It was all because of a video and had nothing to do with the White House policy in the Middle East.
Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday was hilarious: "Do you really believe that?" he asked Rice, with a barely suppressed smirk.
"Chris," said the Ambassador, "I absolutely believe that"--said with a straight face. I guess that's what you learn to do in ambassador school.
So there you go, that's the insulting, ridiculous Obama administration line and they're sticking to it--and they'll probably get away with it because: 1) the leftist lamestream media will cover all day long for Obama; and 2) they're probably right about at least 50% or so of the American people being either a) stupid, or b) not paying attention. They're hoping it's at least 51% so they will continue in power for the next four years and take this country down.
Never mind that this information comes as news to the Libyan government, who evidently didn't get the talking points memo this morning from O Team. Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf told CBS' Face the Nation: "It was planned, definitely, it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago, and they were planning this criminal act since their arrival."
What must it be like to be a person like Susan Rice--her politics aside, I asume she's a reasonably intelligent person--and be required to come on national TV all morning long and repeatedly tell lies and make a damned fool out of yourself? I wonder if it bothers her at all? I wonder, when she got her assignment this morning, if maybe she didn't throw a shoe at her computer screen or something?
There's one fact alone that belies Rice's assertion that this was a spontaneous act (caused by a video, don't you know) by a "small and savage group," (that's talking point diplomacy) as Sec'y of State Hillary Clinton said on the day our Libyan ambassador was murdered--that this spontaneous group just somehow spontaneously knew the location of the safe house in Benghazi.
Here was what Representative Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said this morning after Rice's appearance on Wallace's show: "The way the attack took place, I have serious questions. It seemed to be a military-style, coordinated. They had indirect fire coordinated with direct fire, rocket attacks. They were able to launch two different separate attacks on locations there near the consulate and they repelled a fairly significant Libyan force that came to rescue the embassy." If you missed Rogers' response on Fox News Sunday this morning, you might want to check it out. This was the most adult, measured, intelligent, non-partisan response I've heard from a politician--maybe ever. He has an interesting history, in that he worked as a special agent for the FBI in Chicago, specializing in organized crime and public corruption, from 1989 to 1994.
The O adminstration has sent the FBI to work up the "crime scene" in the Libyan consulate--oh, but wait, that's not quite right. The FBI will go to Libya as soon as it's safe enough for them to do so. But according to Susan Rice this morning, the FBI is there now investigating what happened. Well, Susan, you're a liar and your tongue is going to turn black. "FBI agents' arrival to investigate in Benghazi has been delayed due to security concerns--another example of how little clarity there is on the ground in Libya, reports Jamie Dettmer from Tripoli." An excellent article at The Daily Beast.
P.S. Check out today's post at Michelle Obama's Mirror's Blog: "It's the Movie, Stupid! How many times do I have to tell you? --definitely one of the most intelligent and entertaining political blogs with some of the best commenters on any blog, anywhere.
P.P.S. Clarice Feldman is always good. She has posted an article at American Thinker: "The White House and Press Create a Fairy Tale Version of History." Feldman explores three myths surrounding O's administration and the events in the Middle East in the past week. Myth No. 3: "Obama might not know what he's doing but his staff does." Excellent article.
Another update. Ben Stein writes a diary at The American Spectator. His latest post is titled "End Times." --"time for Mr. Romney to go back on attack mode. Why did the State Department not protect our Ambassador in Benghazi? Why isn't Mrs. Clinton resigning over this? Why isn't Secretary of Defense Panetta apologizing and resigning? There was a colossal failure here. The President is accountable. Why isn't he taking some responsibility here?"
Update again. Roger Kimball at P.J. Media calls Susan Rice's performance this morning "peddling the administrations's desperate fantasy narrative." He mentions "the single most repellent bit of truth twisting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's plaintive observation that 'Libyans carried Chris's body to the hospital.'" Frankly, I think Mrs. Clinton ought to go to hell for a lie like that one. Have you seen the photos of Chris Stevens's body being dragged through the streets? I only hope the poor man was dead.