I have been keeping abreast of the news, and I do know that there’s a cascade of information about Benghazi rolling out now. Yesterday I posted about Edward Klein’s claim that Hillary had tried to get security for Benghazi but that higher-ups (presumably in the White House) had simply ignored the request.
Today we learn that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty begged the CIA for help, but the CIA refused, despite the fact that the White House, the CIA, and the Pentagon all watched as events unfolded — which meant that they saw the CIA annex under attack. Obama, apparently, slept through most of it, as he needed his beauty sleep before heading off to Vegas for some fundraising. Obama has his priorities and he sticks to them. Put another way, the Democrat political hierarchy watched Americans die, while the Commander-in-Chief abandoned his post.
I also know that Tyrone Woods father has said that Obama was a dead fish; that Hillary stuck resolutely to the “a video caused all this” lie; and that Joe Biden, if he’d thought it had with both hands for a week, couldn’t have come up with a cruder, more insensitive remark to make (quite jovially) to a dead hero’s father: “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?” At some point, while we weren’t looking, Biden apparently crossed the line from stupid to senile.
When the Benghazi attack originally happened, Mitt Romney provided a statement expressing appropriate outrage at the American deaths and questioning the administration’s video-centric response to the embassy attack in Egypt:
This attack on American individuals and embassies is outrageous, it’s disgusting, it — it breaks the hearts of all of us who think of these people who have served during their lives the cause of freedom and justice and honor.
I also believe the administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt, instead of condemning their actions. It’s never too early for the United States government to condemn attacks on Americans and to defend our values.
The White House distanced itself last night from the statement, saying it wasn’t cleared by Washington. That reflects the mixed signals they’re sending to the world.
The Democrat establishment and media went crazy: How dare Mitt Romney “politicize” a tragedy by criticizing the administration! A whole news cycle got used up with this Squirrel attack, as the administration, without any media push back, doubled down on the video lie.
I asked myself then, as I often do, “What does it mean to politicize something?” After all, I thought, when a politician is involved everything is political. It became apparent to me during the week that to “politicize” something means to have a Republican criticize a Democrat for the latter’s ineptitude in handling a national security crisis. That’s not much of a definition, though, because it doesn’t apply equally to both sides of the political equation.
Reading today’s news, I finally and fully understand what it means “to politicize something.” It means that, in the face of a crisis, an administration’s response is guided, not by what’s right, but instead by what will fool the American people into continuing to support that administration. Obama made a cold, brutal calculation that, if he wanted the American people to believe that his (or Panetta’s) Osama kill order destroyed Al Qaeda, he would forever after have to pretend that Al Qaeda doesn’t exist. To do so, he would have to ignore completely all Al Qaeda activity, including the cold-blooded slaughter of four Americans. Rather than admitting that Al Qaeda wasn’t as dead as he thought it was, Obama sowed the ground of his Potemkin Village with American blood:
You and I are paying close attention to all this. People who already have some allegiance to conservativism have been watching Fox News, so they’re also paying attention. The real question, with a week and a half left before the election, is whether today’s revelations will boil so aggressively that they will blow the lid right off of the MSM’s attempts to suppress this story. I’m hoping that the media’s self-interest will result in this news coming to the fore.
It’s not that the media resents being fooled. In this case, the media has undoubtedly been complicit in that fooling. The media, however, likes winners. With luck, to the extent that the wheels are coming off the Obama bus, the members of the drive-by media are going to be hopping off that bus and standing at the roadside pointing and jeering.