October 16, 2012
ROGER L. SIMON: No, Hillary. Benghazi Will Not Go Away. Plus this:
This inability to confront the issue in an honest way has ramifications in Benghazi because, if this problem is not to be taken seriously, then security really isn’t necessary. Al Qaeda died with bin Laden. Of course now obviously it didn’t. Far from it. In fact, stamping out al Qaeda is an extraordinarily difficult task because it doesn’t really exist like a conventional organization. It is for the most part an ideology and for that reason can metastasize easily under multiple names. Indeed it seems to be constantly metastasizing.
So when Obama goes on The View or Letterman he is hiding something far more significant than his choice between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. He is hiding his viewpoint on the war of civilizations.
It must feel very odd to him as one who grew up in atmosphere that assumed Western Civilization was evil, at the same time that civilization gave him every honor and privilege. Now it’s yet more confusing as he is asked to defend the West against a deeply disturbed ideology that wants to engulf it.
Talk about something difficult to explain on The View. Or in a presidential debate. But I submit to you that is what is lurking beneath the debacle in Benghazi.
To paraphrase a line I think I once read about the late Peter Sellers, the president is quite an…interesting bunch of fellas it seems. Fortunately, only a few more weeks, and then all the pressure will be off.
UPDATE: An Insta-reader writes that it was Zoot Sims who called his fellow sax man Stan Getz “a nice bunch of guys.” Tough to find much “nice” about Mr. Obama, but to build on the basic idea, I love the photo of Obamaphenia currently atop on Drudge:
Which one — if either — is real?