Ambassador Susan Rice has been roundly criticized of late for her comments made on five Sunday morning talk shows the weekend after the Benghazi tragedy in which four Americans lost their lives to a terrorist attack. Because Rice stated her belief that the violence was the result of a mass demonstration gone bad, rather than the planned extremist attacks we now know them to be, some have even gone so far as to demand her resignation from her current cabinet position as United States ambassador to the United Nations.
Comments: This is remarkable. The reasoning in this article is so twisted and convoluted that it actually serves a purpose by providing a glimpse into the liberal mindset. BTW, the author, O'hanlon, is standing in for Fareed Zakaria who is on supensiion from CNN and Time for plagiarism. That is so CNN.
The administration, aided by the media, made a determined and sustained effort to misrepresent the Benghazi attack as the result of a protest demonstration against an anti-Muslim video, and they only began to change their tune after leaks and evidence to the contrary made it untenable. Ambassador Rice lied. President Obama lied. Hillary Clinton lied. Jay Carney lied. State department spokespeople lied. Every single one of these people knew that what they were saying was not the truth. Every single one of them lied. They are STILL lying! Now they are lying about having lied. And they are being given cover and concealment by reprehensible media apologists and collaborators like the author of this disgraceful piece.
Misrepresentation and deceit on this colossal scale is no small thing. It has consequences. As a direct result of the brazen lies of Obama and his administration and their cronies in the media, questions began to be raised about the freedom of speech of Americans. Voices were heard in favor of limiting this in view of what allegedly happened. And the word was spread to hundreds of millions of Muslims all over the world that a video offensive to Islam had caused the attack in Benghazi.
FTA:"some have even gone so far as to demand her resignation from her current cabinet position as United States ambassador to the United Nations." Admittedly this is far as I got, however, it my understanding that this is not a cabinet post, she reports to the Sec. of State. But then I went (unfortunately)back for more, FTA: "We do not criticize a general each and every time he makes a tactical decision that tragically and perhaps preventably leads to the loss of some of his troops. We must not do so with our appointed officials, or our top civilian leaders in this country either." This was not a mistake, this was a flat out lie.
Oh Pweeze stop picking on OUR obama! Let's not talk about that old Benghazi anymore! The Mitt Romney "binder-scandal" anti-women story is so very much more interesting to the American public! Michael O'Hanlon is an idiot who pretends to be an "expert" on National Security while he can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Typical CNN hack.
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god of irony, 10/19/2012 9:03:06 AM (No. 8945184)
We have a destroyed consulate, lost intel, 4 dead Americans, no answers, no resignations, no firings, no retaliation and CNN is ready to close this.
These are the same people who were still looking into Bush's military attendance records 30 years after he received an Honorable Discharge.
After the Crowley Town Hall debate, and CNN backing her to boot, the network looks untrustworthy and unprofessional. And we haven't even gotten into Crowley cutting Romney off 28 times, usually just as he was about to make his point, when she was supposed to MODERATE. I am SURE CNN wants Benghasi forgotten. Their reporter finding the Ambassador's diary on the floor of the compound was wonderful, and then they caved in 20 seconds and no more was heard. They really have abdicated their crown, actually years ago if you look at their ratings, but this just caps it.
I have the same interpretation as #2. This issue is hurting too much.
There are three things that bothers me about the Benghazi "issue."
First, that it happened in the first place and could possibly have been prevented if Hillary and Obama were not so incompetent.
Second, all the lies. I'm still convinced that the lying about the video was still part of some don't-let-a-good-crisis-go-to-waste plan to justify the admin's plan to seize control of the internet.
Third, the fact that it is being treated as a law enforcement issue, just like the first WTC bombing in 1993, instead of an act of war. Remember, Hillary the lawyer was right there to help make that decision as well. "There is an investigation. We can't discuss this."
Anyone who does not see a willful pattern of misdirection on this issue is practicing willful blindness Michael. It has been clear outside the administration, almost from the beginning, that there was NO protest going on. The administration would have to be complete morons not to know that.
As BO stated, the death of a US ambassador is "not optimal", to his campaign. The fact that it was terrorism highlights the failure of his foreign policy. It had to be deflected and that's what they did.
Now Candy Crowley, one of CNN's own, stepped into the mess with her own horribly biased actions of inserting herself into the debate over something that she KNEW was wrong. So CNN has to also carry out CYA actions. No wonder they don't want to talk about it. The administration, CNN, Crowley are all looking at significant negative reaction. Liberals are always for openness in information as long as it benefits THEM. Now, just shut up already. Consider the implication of a news organization urging the news NOT to be covered.
But it's too late. It's all unraveling and the public is asking why all these players were colluding to hide the truth. We know the answer, they are all in it together.
This from a network that thought it was so terribly important to know if George W. Bush was getting a haircut in Georgia on one of the days he was supposed to be in training for the Texas Air National Guard. One question, Mr. O'Hanlon: if this exact same scenario had blown up in the closing days of one of GWB's elections, would CNN be urging us all to drop it? And would a CNN moderator have tried to drag GWB's rump out of the fire when the debate turned to a topic which could embarrass GWB and hurt his election chances? In other words, would CNN have ever been so obviously in the tank for a republican? Those are just rhetorical questions. We all know the answers.
Reminds me of a Jim Carrey scene in Liar Liar when he shouts "Your Honor I object" when a particularly effective witness was testifying. When the judge asks "why?" Carrey responds "because it's killing my case!"
Etched in my memory is the cuban missile crisis, and adlai stevenson shouting at the USSR representative, Andre Gromyko, "We will sit here until hell freezes over." (trying to get gromyko to tell the truth about the missiles enroute to cuba.
Then we have the autistic susan rice, in a performance worthy of SNL, lying.
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Robert Jones, 10/19/2012 9:20:58 AM (No. 8945226)
Great! We will get over the death of those great americans. That is not the point. What lives on is the mendacity, incompetence, and wrong headedness of this administration. This only proves they have learned nothing and we will endure many more of these catastrophes as long as they are in charge. They have never identified the problem so they have never fixed anything. This why we need to continue to discuss this until we get to the cause. This article is so self serving, it is embarassing. Except, the future of our country rides on the outcome.
I honestly don't think that some major facts have come out yet. Not fully explained is why Amb. Stevens and the 2 former SEAL independent contractors were in Benghazi in the first place. We heard it was to track weapons. I suspect that Obama secretly supplied arms to the Libyan rebels, and now those arms have gone to Al Quaeda, and Stevens was trying to negotiate their return. I think we may have a Libyan Fast & Furious.
I didn't make it past the first 2 paragraphs, but saying she didn't "choose all her words perfectly" is ludicrous. She said them 5 times and she said exactly what she was told to say. The premise of the article is completely wrong. It doesn't matter that her words had no bearing after-the-fact in the tragedy. She is part of the cover-the-preezy's-butt coverup. It's not the crime, it's the coverup. Where have we heard that before?
This is the warped mentality of CNN and obviously this Michael guy; well yes, I am sure you all would like to lay off the Benghazi issue. We have four Americans killed here and they want to sweep it under the rug. Remember when Valarie Plame claimed she was outed? No one died, she, herself told people she worked for the CIA, and CNN and all the lefties just could not let it go until someone was prosecuted for a "non-issue." Now we have lives that are lost, and the lefties just want to move on. How insane.
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Rob in AZ, 10/19/2012 9:30:48 AM (No. 8945263)
Lay off? REALLY? Our Ambassador is dead and the administration is dancing a two step around the issue in a way that would make the DWTS judges faint with praise. On the contrary-it's time do DOUBLE DOWN on the administration and get the truth (for once) out of them once and for all.
But there is no basis for concluding that she sought to mislead, and no reason to think that harm came to the country's interests because of her comments.
OK, let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she did not seek to mislead. She’s told by persons unnamed to go out and tell this story about a YouTube video all over the place. She is the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations. I assume she has a computer with internet access and knows how to use it. I would hope at a minimum we have a UN Ambassador with the competence and intellectual curiosity to at least look up the subject video to see what all the fuss was about (as I did as soon as I heard about it). She would have noted that it only had about 2,000 hits at the time it was being cited as the cause for the attack, it was in English, and it was tedious. The cover story at a minimum made no sense. Consequently one would have to conclude that to robotically go out and spread such as story was irresponsible and considering it was her ONE big event as our UN representative you would hope she would want to get it right before she said anything. So assuming she did not seek to mislead, she was at least grossly incompetent. And no Mr. O’Hanlon, we DO need to keep talking about it until we find out who told everybody to go out and spread the story about the YouTube video.
And as far as “harm to our country” has it occurred to Mr. O’Hanlon the propaganda value of this Al Qaeda victory to recruiting?
Yes because when no one died in Watergate (bungled burglary) we spent three years and dam near destroyed the nation investigating and having impeachment hearings. That was ok. This debacle that resulted in 4 deaths, ahh nothing to see here, move along.
Yes, I am certain the CNN branch of the Øbama campaign would love to just "move on" to something else, like Øbama's favorite deodorant or his Wookie's best choice of fast food restaurant. Anything, but the state of the nation, the wars we are fighting or the disaster of our economy.
Hey Mickey thanks a lot for making me spey coffee all over my keyboard. Did you get those talking points after a special presidential session with liberal use of the love muscle?
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The Architect, 10/19/2012 10:14:31 AM (No. 8945408)
Michael, we have sworn testemony that the NSA was watching the attack in real time. They knew it was not spontaneous as it was happening. Nobody is buying your line of crap. Zippy ordered his minions to sell it as a spontaneous reaction to an obscure video because admitting that it was a coordinated terrorist attack would not fit his only campaign statement that Al-Queada was on it's heels. Zippy's statement to Romney in the last debate about not being questioned about his role in this was also a self serving act. "Righteous Indignity" is usually the last resort of the guilty and dishonest.
FTA: "To begin, Rice’s initial hypothesis was widely shared and reasonably construed. There was strong circumstantial evidence at first to believe the attacks were largely a result of mob reactions to the terrible homemade video entitled The Innocence of Muslims, made by an amateur filmmaker in California."
So, when will we be told what this "strong circumstantial evidence" was that led Mizz Rice to blame the video? And, who else shared this widely shared idea and concluded that it was a viable explanation?
It makes absolutely no sense, except to think that as the attack was occuring in real-time as they watched, somebody googled "anti-muslim film" and found their victim and explanation at the same time. Ran with it hoping Americans were gullible and would have no interest in it. Too bad for O'dumbo and his crew, we never had any trust in them to begin with.
Oh, and apparently, it's presidential to go on Comedy Central and describe the death of 4 Americans as "not optimal". Hmmm, I do remember the death of another American, although not an Ambassador, Marine or State Dept. employee who O'dumbo felt deserved personal mention by himself in the form of a remark "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon". Guess the dead WHITE Americans working for their country only deserved an it's "not optimal" mention.
Where the hell is highball Boehner...? Newt in his day would be leading the charge and demanding direct answers--this is about national security and the complete intentional incompetence by O's Admin. to unilaterally act with some to-be-announced executive decree against the rights of the American people (aka internet lockdown)
So typical. Liberals always want mistakes by their guys to be excused and treaded lightly upon. But of course when a conservative Republican makes the slightest misstep the liberal media gang up and make it a major story. They will go so far as blaming a Republican for something they had nothing to do with.
Just the way liberals use everything to their advantage. And lie. And cheat. And show their hypocrisy daily.
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