© Miri WTPOTUS September 29, 2012
We could have guessed that this was coming. We could have easily read between the lines of the talking points and the memes floating around in pundit-land.
Now that the TRUTH is coming out anyway; now that the lamestream media has no choice but to lead from behind the blogosphere, the alternative media, and the international press; and now that they must finally report the damnable lies that this administration put out for public consumption:
Barack Obama has made the “intelligence community” fall on its sword for him. (Who can doubt that the order came down from above? Prove me wrong.)
Taking the fall. Under the bus with them. Consider the irony. Remember this?
Bush lied; people died.
That was said when President Bush claimed to be a victim of faulty intelligence, back when some in the intelligence community at times seemed more at war with the Bush administration than with those Islamists who so fervently plan for our destruction. Who can forget Valerie Plame, secret agent woman, and her husband Joe Wilson?
I suspect that the intelligence community told Obama a lot of truth; otherwise, why did the administration see fit to scrub a State Dept. advisory from their website, post-haste?
Ambassador Stevens wrote in his diary that he was on an Al Qaeda hit list and that he was concerned about the growing extremism in Libya. Who believes that he told Dear Diary but nobody higher up in the chain of command or anyone in the intelligence community?
Despite all that, how much special insight does it take to know that the eleventh anniversary of 9/11/01 might require beefed up security, especially in a place like Libya?
How much special insight does it take to suspect that those murders, on that day, were the result of an organized terrorist attack by Muslim jihadists?
Obama and Hillary Clinton did NOTHING to beef up security or to protect Stevens and the others. Bullets in the guns of their Libyan guards might have helped. A change to the lame rules of (non)engagement would have helped. MARINES would have helped.
How inept and incompetent are these people? Ask yourself: if you were in charge, would you plop these diplomats down in Benghazi and then hire LIBYANS to guard them? Libyans, who were asked by a Libyan politician with connections to Al Qaeda to stand down and let that “spontaneous attack” take place?
So now the intelligence community falls on its sword for Obama, as well as for Hillary Clinton, who has particular responsibility for our diplomatic corps (I refrain from spelling it as Obama pronounces it, out of respect for the dead). Here’s the truth:
PEOPLE DIED; OBAMA LIED.
That’s the truth. Mike Huckabee agrees: [emphasis added to quotes]
We’ve been lied to. We’ve been flat-out lied to. It’s as if airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center and someone said those were just accidents; they veered off course. Everyone with two eyes and an IQ above plant life understands that what happened in Egypt and what happened in Libya was not some spontaneous reaction to some stupid 13 minute video on YouTube. It was a planned, coordinated, orchestrated attack led by terrorists. Terrorists …
I think frankly if this issue gets the traction it deserves. Let’s go back. Richard Nixon was forced out of office because he lied. And because he covered some stuff up. I’m going to [be] blunt and tell you this. Nobody died in Watergate. We have some people who are dead because of this. And there are some questions that should be answered and Americans ought to demand to get answers.
So, on cue, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is desperately taking the fall:
Extremists from groups linked to al Qaida struck the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in a “deliberate and organized terrorist attack,” the top U.S. intelligence agency said Friday, as it took responsibility for the Obama administration’s initial claims that the deadly assault grew from a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islam video. The unusual statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence appeared to have two goals: updating the public on the latest findings of the investigation into the assault, and shielding the White House from a political backlash over its original accounts.
“In the immediate aftermath (of the assault), there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo,” spokesman Sean Turner said in the statement. “We provided that initial assessment to executive branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly.”
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which coordinates and sets policies for the 16 other U.S. intelligence agencies, is led by retired Air Force Gen. James Clapper, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in August 2010.
“Updating the public?” Don’t make me laugh. To exactly which “members of Congress” did this “initial assessment” get provided? Members of Congress are on record stating that the briefing they got was virtually useless and that they learned more details from the pages of the New York Times, whose reporters got better briefings, apparently. So why exactly is Clapper’s office falling on the sword? Here’s one reason:
The foreign-policy results of the new Bloomberg National Poll haven’t gotten much attention yet, but the survey contains some bad news for the Obama campaign. According to the poll, Mitt Romney has a 48-42 advantage over Barack Obama on the question of which candidate would be tougher on terrorism. … The president had a 51-40 advantage on handling terrorism in an ABC News/Washington Post poll [early this month], and a 50-35 edge on carrying out the war on terror in an Ipsos/Reuters poll in August. … Bloomberg’s survey, which was conducted from Sept. 21-24, is one of the first polls to come out since the wave of anti-American protests in the Middle East.
Here’s another reason:
Rep. Peter King, the New York Republican who heads the House Homeland Security Committee, … thinks [U.S. Ambassador Susan] Rice should resign over the controversy.
“She is America’s foreign policy spokesman to the world,” King said. “The fact is she gave out information which was either intentionally or unintentionally misleading and wrong, and there should be consequences for that.”
She should also resign because instead of acting like our employee–who answers to us and should tell us the truth–she acted like a shill, like a Democrat Party pundit, like an obot, like Rachel Maddow!
They really do think we’re stupid. Will We the People fall for this? Seriously? Where’s Harry Truman when you need him?
The buck stops here.
Well, not with this administration. If President George W. Bush cannot be blamed, then someone else will take the fall, will go willingly under that bus, for Obama.
How weak does Obama look?
How ridiculous do Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice look?
So the intelligence community is taking responsibility for not anticipating and preventing this Muslim Jihadist terrorist attack on our consulate on the anniversary of 9/11, but they also seem to take the blame for Obama’s claims that the video caused these assassinations because LIBYANS in Benghazi reacted “spontaneously” to a protest by EGYPTIANS in Cairo by executing a militarily precise assault on a (questionably) secured compound as well as a safe house that, although the Libyans weren’t supposed to know about its location, they were waiting to attack when our embassy staff fled!
U.S. intelligence has indicated that heavily armed extremists numbering 50 or more attacked the consulate, relying on gun trucks for added firepower. They established a perimeter, limiting access to the compound. A first wave of attacks forced the Americans to flee to a fallback building, where a second group of extremists attacked with mortar fire. Stevens died of apparent smoke inhalation when he was caught inside one of the consulate buildings, which had been set on fire.
There’s still a problem with their scenario. There was no protest in Egypt that was in reaction to that video. The Egyptians were protesting drone strikes by the USA as well as trying to pressure this administration into releasing the Blind Sheikh, who just happens to be an Egyptian who was the mastermind of the first attack on the World Trade Center. (It’s reported that Obama is actually considering releasing him!) We’re supposed to believe that it’s just a coincidence that the protest took place on the anniversary of the second attack on the World Trade Center. Clapper’s office also said:
We continue to support the ongoing FBI investigation …
Keep in mind that as of yesterday, the FBI had not yet arrived in Benghazi, the consulate was not secured, and it had been looted. The FBI investigates crimes; this is WAR.
Eight Republicans who head House committees sent a letter to Obama criticizing a “pre-9/11 mindset” of “treating an act of war solely as a criminal matter.” They said they would return to Washington from their nearly two-month recess for briefings beyond the back-to-back sessions Clinton and others held last week.
Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., have asked for communications between the State Department and the U.S. mission in Libya leading up to the attacks.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., has written the State Department’s Thomas Nides asking him to provide the panel with a detailed accounting of the attacks on U.S. missions in Libya, Egypt and Yemen on Sept. 11, information on security and whether there was any prior intelligence.
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., a member of the panel, said the purpose of this letter is a bipartisan effort to get information.
Although it’s likely that Kerry and Coons, as Democrats, are trying to get out in front and control the damage as well as the narrative, it’s looking pretty bad for Obama when even John Kerry sounds alarmed and wants more information. (See update below, for more about Kerry.) As Rush Limbaugh said of Obama:
The truth would make him a one-term president, so we can’t have the truth. We can’t have the truth about anything. We can’t have the truth about the failure of his economic policies. We can’t have the truth about the failure of his foreign policy. We can’t have the truth about his overall failure as a president at anything.
I’d add that we apparently can’t have the truth about who Obama is, who his parents are, where he was really born, where his real birth certificate is (in 3-D, certified by the appropriate authorities), what his real name is, why he gave up his law license, who paid for his college education, who his social security number actually belongs to, whether he truly registered for the draft and, for good measure, how both he and Huma Abedin passed a security clearance, if either of them ever did.
This statement by Clapper’s office is just digging the hole deeper. Lies upon lies upon damnable lies. They didn’t know. They hadn’t a clue until now.
Is it a coincidence that this statement came out on a Friday afternoon, in order to change the narrative for the Sunday programs? Now everyone in the lamestream can breathe a sigh of relief. They won’t have to ask tough questions about all these lies. They can focus instead on attacking those evil Republicans, who are simply trying to paint Obama as the liar that he is, for political reasons. Over the weekend, they will focus on this statement instead of on Obama’s lies. The lamestream will dutifully dispense with the issue of the ever-morphing narrative, so that they can judge it off the table in time for the debates.
Spin, span, spun. Case closed.
Now consider what’s being said about Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the alleged mastermind behind the video that Obama blames for everything. He was arrested today, allegedly for violating terms of his probation. How’s this for irony:
The case isn’t about Youssef’s First Amendment right to make a controversial film. Rather, [U.S. Attorney] Dugdale said, it’s about his failure to live up to his obligation to be truthful with federal authorities.
“The fact that he wasn’t using his true name with probation, that’s where the problem is,” said Dugdale, who noted federal authorities now will refer to Nakoula as Youssef.
Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles’ School of Law, said U.S. Central District Chief Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal’s decision to order Youssef held without bail is supported by the evidence.
“He has numerous different aliases and numerous government documents with different names on them and that’s exactly the kind of person that judges want to be extra careful with,” he said. “This is not an end-run around constitutional protections. Those are major red flags in any case and even if this was a low-profile case and the same facts had come out, this person would be denied bond.”
“Exactly the kind of person that judges want to be extra careful with.” Someone should tell Orly Taitz. “Those are major red flags in any case.” Not in any of Orly’s cases.
So was Youssef (or whoever he is) arrested for violating his probation or was he arrested to shut him up? (Some say that he’s really a “meth-dealer-Egyptian-Coptic-anti-Muslim-activist-fundamentalist-Christian” who inexplicably is palling around with a “Muslim-fundamentalist-Palestinian-scam-artist-terrorist.” Suspicious? You bet.)
I’ll close with this, because I don’t believe that it’s true that the intelligence community, which is doubtless full to bursting with patriots, is to blame for this fiasco in Libya. Does this sound like faulty intelligence, or an administration that refuses to hear, or one that simply does not care? Or might it be that this administration has goals other than to preserve and protect the people and the interests of the United States of America?
An intelligence source on the ground in Libya told Fox News on Friday that no threat assessment was conducted before U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team began “taking up residence” at the Benghazi compound — describing the security lapses as a “total failure.”
The source told Fox News that there was no real security equipment installed in the villas on the compound except for a few video cameras.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, the intelligence source said the security lapses were a 10 — a “total failure” because Benghazi was known to be a major area for extremist activity.
There had been four attacks or attempted attacks on diplomatic and western targets leading up to the Sept. 11 strike on the U.S. Consulate.
Based on that information, a former regional security officer for diplomatic security told Fox News, the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi had to have been classified or assessed by the State Department as a “critical threat terrorism or civil unrest posting.”
Fox News was told that State Department standards for diplomatic missions overseas dictate physical security standards for this classification. There are two sets — classified and unclassified requirements. The unclassified standards include a 100-foot setback for the buildings from the exterior walls which should be three meters high, in addition to reinforced ballistic doors and windows which can withstand an hour of sustained assault.
Based on the video and photos, none appear present at the consulate.
The former regional security officer, who has worked in the Middle East, told Fox News that the standards are designed to give an ambassador, his or her team and diplomatic security that “golden hour” to burn classified dockets and call in military help for an emergency evacuation.
That consulate is still not secured. CNN walked in and took Ambassador Stevens’s diary. What did the Libyan Al Qaeda terrorists take? And why were they allowed to take it?
Update: 09/29/12: h/t to the inimitable Papoose, who cites a story that emphasizes another horrific lie of omission: the probability that Ambassador Stevens was raped/sodomized and his body was paraded around like a trophy before he was killed. We the People were told that Stevens died of smoke inhalation. There are competing stories about where he was when he died and the circumstances surrounding how his body came to be recovered. We still don’t know the truth. Does his family? Go to the link to see a photo that leaves little doubt about this rape. Earlier photos showed his body with his belt unbuckled, which lent some credence to the report. The Libyans surrounding him in that earlier photo, whom the administration styled as good people who wanted to help and were celebrating his survival, were actually there to kill him or seize him as a hostage, after sexually and physically torturing him.
Nor is the rape entirely allegorical. According to the Arabic website Tayyar, “the American ambassador in Libya [Christopher Stevens] was sexually raped before being killed by the gunmen who stormed the embassy building in Benghazi … the photos of Ambassador Stevens—stripped of clothes, bloodied and tortured right before he was killed—very much resemble the photos of Gaddafi right before he was killed. One U.S.-supported “freedom-fighter,” for example, can be seen sodomizing Gadaffi with a rod as others dragged him along.
The al-Qaeda affiliated men who sexually abused and killed Gaddafi are the same men who sexually abused and killed America’s ambassador. We were told that the late Libyan dictator was killed because he was an evil oppressor of his people. Why was the American ambassador killed, who had hailed the revolution and was there helping to “build a better Libya”?
These are the questions the media and the Obama administration need to be answering—not obsessing over a second-rate YouTube video and questioning hard-won American freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment. They should be explaining why it is that, after four years of appeasing the Islamic world in ways unprecedented, including by helping oust America’s longstanding allies like Egypt’s Mubarak to empower Islamists, all we have to show for it are dead and violated Americans, stormed embassies, burned U.S. flags, and greater anti-American sentiment than ever before.
I suspect there’s a reason that Stevens died and that’s something else that’s being hidden and lied about.
Update 09/29/12: Here’s another story about the lies that continue to be told and proof that this cover story put out by Clapper’s office is itself more obfuscation and misdirection.
Today, thanks to some great reporting from the Daily Beast’s Eli Lake, we’re now learning that within hours of the Libyan attack, on monitored communications, U.S. intelligence overheard al-Qaeda militants celebrating their successful attack:
In the hours following the 9/11 anniversary attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. intelligence agencies monitored communications from jihadists affiliated with the group that led the attack and members of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the group’s North African affiliate.
In the communications, members of Ansar al-Sharia (AAS) bragged about their successful attack against the American consulate and the U.S. ambassador, according to three U.S. intelligence officials who spoke to The Daily Beast anonymously because they were not authorized to talk to the press. [But they are patriots for doing so!]
As Charles Krauthammer pointed out last night during Brett Baier’s Fox News’ roundtable, the explanation for the White House cover up is quite simple: At their convention, Team Obama had just completed three days of spiking the bin Laden football and reassuring America that al-Qaeda had been decimated by smart power. Then it all blew up in their face. The Middle East exploded and al-Qaeda successfully executed a pre-planned assassination of our Libyan ambassador. …
Well, when you have the media completely on your side, you use them as co-conspirators. So as the media distracted from the attack by relentlessly hammering Romney over his criticism of the Cairo Embassy apology, the Obama administration fabricated a fairy tale that would avoid game-changing headlines that might read: Al-Qaeda Assassinates Libyan Ambassador; Security Questions Raised.
It’s obvious now that the Administration and media are hoping to run out the clock. That leaves it up to New Media and a few legitimate reporters in the MSM to drip-drip-drip out the truth surrounding a first class scandal —a scandal in three parts: 1) The lack of security at the consulate. 2) The lies about this being the result of a spontaneous demonstration. 3) the cover up of numbers one and two.
But if what I’m seeing today is any indication, the media remains as guilty as the Obama Administration in what’s now known as ‘Benghazi-Gate’. Because the more proof of the White House cover up that’s discovered, the more the media disengages from the story.
There was NOTHING in my local paper about any of this today. NOTHING.
Update 09/29/12: I knew Kerry was just fooling. Breitbart explains the ploy:
[H]ere’s the salient point, and how the Democrats are duping the public into thinking that they truly want an investigation: Kerry and his pals’ letter to Thomas Nides, deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, is asking for more information and a full briefing after the Senate returns in November.
That’s right. After the election.
And when you listen to the usual suspects in the Administration, it’s clear that they are in full defense mode and plan to stonewall as long as they can. … There is no bipartisan effort to get answers in time for the election. Republicans shouldn’t waste a nanosecond thinking that they will get any help from the Democrats. They need to act, and act fast.
But the Democrat ploy may not work because it was reported yesterday that Congress is coming back early to demand more information and briefings. However, never underestimate the power of the lamestream media to aid and abet the corruption.
Public domain photo from Wiki Commons.