Friday, October 12, 2012

The Benghazi Shuffle

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You move it to the left
And you go for yourself
You move it to the right
Yeah if it takes all night
Now take it kinda slow
With a whole lot of soul
Don't move it too fast
Just make it last
You scratch just like a monkey
Yeah you do real cool
You slide it to the limbo
Yeah how low can you go?
Now come on baby
Don't fall down on me now
Just move it right here
To the Benghazi shuffle
Yeah yeah yeah to the Benghazi shuffle
Yeah yeah yeah to the Benghazi shuffle...

(With apologies to the Rolling Stones as well as the rest of America)

From   shuf·fle  [shuhf-uhl]

1.  to walk without lifting the feet or with clumsy steps and a shambling gait.
2.  to scrape the feet over the floor in dancing.
3.  to move clumsily (usually followed by into ): to shuffle into one's clothes.
4.  to act underhandedly or evasively with respect to a stated situation (often followed by in, into,  or out of ): to shuffle out of one's responsibilities.

The Benghazi Shuffle

On September 11, 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked and four U.S. citizens were murdered by Terrorists.  As I type this post one month later on October 11, 2012, EVERYONE knows this, right?

Well, everyone who 'had an attention span greater than a goldfish' knew that the September 11th attacks meant something other than a mere coincidence of a calendar date... 

The Heritage Foundation has put together a timeline which sums up the past month's 'Shuffle' by the Obama Administration...

Dance with them now:

The following chronological timeline excerpted from Heritage:

September 11: Protesters attack the U.S. Cairo embassy. U.S. Embassy releases statement and tweets sympathizing with Muslim protesters/attackers.

September 11: U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya is attacked, Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans are killed.

September 12: Secretary Clinton and President Obama issue statements condemning both the video and the attacks.

September 12: U.S. intelligence agencies have enough evidence to conclude a terrorist attack was involved.

September 13: Press Secretary Jay Carney condemns video and violence at a news conference.

September 14: Carney denies Administration had “actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”

September 14: The bodies of slain Americans return to Andrews Air Force Base. President Obama again blames the YouTube video.

September 16: U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice appears on Sunday talk shows and says the attacks were provoked by the video, exclusively.

September 16: Libyan President Mohamed Magarief says, “no doubt that this [attack] was preplanned, predetermined.”

September 17: State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland refuses to call attacks an act of terror.

September 19: CNN reports having found Ambassador Stevens’s diary, which indicates concern about security threats in Benghazi.

September 19: Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olsen tells Congress the attack in Libya was “terrorism.”

September 20: Carney tries to back up Olsen, says it was “self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.”

September 20: Obama refuses to call attack terrorism, citing insufficient information.

September 21: Secretary of State Clinton, at meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister, says, “What happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.”

September 25: On ABC’s “The View,” Obama says, “we don’t have all of the information yet so we are still gathering.”

September 25: To the U.N. assembly, Obama blames “A crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.”

September 26: Libya’s Magarief on the “Today” show says, “It was a preplanned act of terrorism directed against American citizens.”

September 26: Published reports show U.S. Intel agencies and the Obama Administration knew within 24 hours that al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist were involved.

September 27: Innocence of Muslims filmmaker Mark Basseley Youseff (aka Nakoula Basseley Nakoula) is arrested and denied bail on the charges of “probation violation.”

September 28: Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr., issues a statement backing the Obama Administration’s changing story about the Libyan attack. Says facts are evolving.

October 2: Carney declines to  comment on reported requests from diplomats in Libya for additional security, citing the State Department’s internal investigation.

October 10:  "(State) Department officials were asked about the administration’s initial—and since retracted—explanation linking the violence to protests over an American-made anti-Muslim video circulating on the Internet. One official responded, ‘That was not our conclusion.’ He called it a question for ‘others’ to answer, without specifying.” 

During the Democratic National Convention supporters of the Obama Administration cheered 21 times as it was announced that President Obama "killed Bin Laden".  (And lest we forget, he also saved General Motors, then he gave it to the Unions to be eaten alive...)  

I've had a couple of questions bouncing around in the back of my head since Charlotte's DNC Love Fest: 

  • Did the repetitive narrative during this event (backslapping the President on the 'killing of Bin Laden') contribute to Al Qaeda's desire to 'do something' in response?
  • Did the Obama Administration's laser-like focus on this 'once-virtually-unknown' video cause additional attacks at other embassies around the world by inciting more radical Islamists to commit additional acts of violence?
  • Did the Administration put the filmmaker, actors, and other participants of this video in the public eye to get the heat off the Administration?
  • Did the Obama Administration know that these people would be receiving death threats as a result of their 'outting' by the government and Media?
  • Did you know in 2012 you can be put in jail for making a 'really bad film', even if it only appears on YouTube? 
  • Did the Obama Administration consider the safety of private citizens related to this film, or was the Administration just 'too busy' covering their own 'exposed parts' that they weren't really concerned with other-people's-problems?

This evening I will watch the Vice Presidential debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden.  Will the Moderator from ABC News ask about Libya, dead Americans, the cover-up, and the Administration's Benghazi Shuffle?

Will Joe Biden answer the questions many of us want to know which all begin with a single word, "Why"?

"Why did you lie to us?"
"Why wasn't the embassy (or all embassies for that matter) secure on 9/11?"
"Why did you blame a Terrorist attack on a film no one saw?"
"Why haven't you given answers to the families of those left behind?"

Yesterday, on October 10, 2012, CNN's Anderson Cooper spoke with Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, who died in the 9/11/12 Benghazi attack said the following:

Speaking to Anderson Cooper on CNN last night, she told how she cried on Obama's shoulder and how: 'Everyone of them, all the big shots over there told me - they promised me, they promised me that they would tell me what happened.

'I told them, please don't give me any baloney that comes through with this political stuff.

'I don't want political stuff. You can keep your political, just tell me the truth - what happened.

'And I still don't know. In fact, today I just heard something more that he died of smoke inhalation.

'I look at TV and I see bloody hand prints on walls, thinking: 'My God, is that my son's? I don't know if he was shot. I don't know - I don't know.

'They haven't told me anything. They are still studying it. And the things that they are telling me are just outright lies.'

She said: 'He was my only child. And he was good, he was good at what he did, he'd loved it.

'I begged them to tell me what happened.'

'I said I want to know all the details, all of the details no matter what it is, and I'll make up my own mind on it.'

'No one, not one person has ever, ever gotten back to me other than media people and the gaming people [her son was an avid computer game player].

Asked who told her she would be contacted, she replied: 'Obama told me. Hillary promised me. Joe Biden - Joe Biden is a pleasure. He was a real sweetheart.'

Time will tell if Mrs. Smith ever gets the answers she's looking for.  I hope that she does.  I also hope that the facts surrounding her son's death are not as gristly as the results from the ambassador's autopsy. 

Several days after the attack I saw Hillary Clinton on Television discussing photos released online that showed men 'carrying the Ambassador in an effort to seek medical assistance' for him.  Later it was revealed that Ambassador Stevens was already dead in the photos and the ghoulish procession his body took through the streets of Benghazi was a post-mortem victory lap for his assassins.

Here's a question for any of you still reading this:  If this administration will LIE so blatantly to us about issues which we / and they know to be untrue...  What else are they, or HAVE they, been lying about?

The United States has not had an ambassador murdered by Terrorists since 1979 when Jimmy Carter was President.

Welcome back Carter.

  Now go away.

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