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Changing the Narrative

September 20th, 2012 - 2:58 pm

Of course the attack on the Libyan consulate was a terrorist operation. It was, the administration said, ‘self-evident’ that it was so. The NYT reports:

WASHINGTON — The White House, after more than a week in which it has come under fire from Republicans, is now calling last week’s assault on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, a “terrorist attack.”

“It is self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack,” the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters traveling on Air Force One on Thursday. “Our embassy was attacked violently and the result was four deaths of American officials.”

But it was not so self-evident to Carney a week ago.

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Nor was Hillary aware of the self-evident. Here she is going on and on about the escalation of “violence from protests” and how reprehensible the hate-video was.

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Below is a photo of the culprit being led away for questioning. The line being pushed by the administration was that America was beloved in the Arab world and it was only thoughtless haters who were spoiling their success.

But wait? Does the latest admission that the attack was self-evidently planned mean the video didn’t cause the trouble? Wasn’t Romney excoriated for his “gaffe” suggesting that apologies for the video were not in order? Does this mean that Romney is right?

Of course not. He’s still wrong. President Obama has taken out ads in Pakistan apologizing to the whole world for the anti-Mohammed video. Whatever is self-evident to Carney is not self-evident to him. And between two types of self-evidence, what is evident to the One should be evident to the many.

The U.S. embassy in Pakistan is airing a public service advertisement on Pakistani television that features President Barack Obama denouncing an anti-Islam video that has sparked protests across the Muslim world.

The U.S. State Department said the embassy spent $70,000 to run the 30-second announcement, which features the president talking about America’s history of religious tolerance. In the same ad, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seen saying the U.S. government had nothing to do with the inflammatory video that insults the Prophet Muhammad.

The administration’s policy has descended into literal incoherence. It is fragmented. No two parts of it fit. It is a like a database where the same query returns a different answer each time. It’s like a telephone that connects to a different person each time you punch in the same number. But it’s not broken. As George Will once observed: this is what a liberal administration looks like.


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