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Roger L. Simon

The Rise of Al-Qaeda and Why the Administration Lied about Benghazi

August 4th, 2013 - 9:23 pm

For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates.

You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that.

That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious. What still eludes us is the cause of that lie, other than the equally obvious desire to avoid embarrassment weeks before a presidential election.

But what was this embarrassment about? Recent events have supposedly unearthed a tie to secret arms shipments to Syrian rebels, but as the always cogent Barry Rubin points out, anyone paying attention to the story has known this for some time. Rumors of such shipments filled the Internet even before the Benghazi fireworks.

Furthermore, as Rubin also indicates, if that information had been immediately revealed or leaked to the public soon after the event, it would have been met by a national shoulder shrug that was firmly ratified by Obama’s loyal media claque. It wouldn’t have impacted the election much, if at all.

No, something more problematic was involved and I suspect I know what it was. No one wanted to admit — or probably face for themselves — the extent to which the president, and therefore his administration, the State Department, the CIA and even the military, was in bed with Islamists. That the Benghazi consulate (or whatever it was) was guarded by al-Qaeda types who surely either turned on the people they were supposed to be defending that night, or simply gave safe passage to the enemy, is only tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Like many icebergs this one has different sections and ridges. An important one was that the death of bin Laden meant the death or diminution of al-Qaeda, as Obama continually bragged during the election campaign. Nothing could be more absurd, if you think about it, and not just because al-Qaeda is once more at the top of the news, closing down dozens of embassies before a shot is fired, but because bin Laden was just one (okay, dramatic) ripple in the Islamist story.

We can assume that Obama is and was aware of the birth of the Muslim Brothers (later Muslim Brotherhood) in 1928 under Hassan al-Bannna, who later helped establish the Arabian spy network for — sorry for breaking Godwin’s Law, but in this case it’s necessary — Adolph Hitler. (If you’re unfamiliar with the history, Wikipedia has a good overview.) Bin Laden was one, particularly rich and particularly violent, avatar. But only one. (“Obama, Obama, we are all Osama!” as the Arab street shouted.)

The Muslim Brotherhood/al-Qaeda, etc., and their ideology, has been going on for centuries because they are basically Muslim revivalists continually — sometimes successfully, sometimes not — working against nationalism and secularism in Egypt and elsewhere.

As most of us know, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but Obama — and therefore the administration, State Department, intelligence and military — threw in to a greater or lesser extent with the Brotherhood and their Islamist colleagues. They did this despite the Brotherhood’s obvious extreme misogyny and homophobia, which, under normal circumstances, we would assume to be anathema to so-called “progressives.”

Leaving aside that mind-boggling inconsistency, Islamists also see democracy, when they decide to engage in it, as a temporary tool for jihadist ends. (Obama’s putative buddy Turkey’s Erdogan famously said, “democracy is like a train. You take it where you have to go, and then you get off.”)

Lately, Obama has incurred the ire — with some justification, I think — of new Egyptian military strongman al-Sisi for going against the wishes of the Egyptian people in favor of a kind of desperate nostalgia for Morsi and the Brotherhood. (Forget the rapes and the rest of it.)

So what accounts for Obama’s weird attraction for this “Muslim revivalism,” despite all its Medieval tenets and near-psychotic behaviors?

No, he is not a Muslim. I repeat NOT (just to be absolutely clear). Nor is the president a Christian, unless you count Reverend Wright as such, which is ridiculous (and we all know he’s under the bus anyway).

Obama is a postmodern agnostic par excellence. But like so many schooled in post-modernism and cultural relativism, he has an immediate and intense enmity for anything that smacks of imperialism — and an equally intense desire to be seen as supportive of (although certainly not to live like) the downtrodden of the Earth.

Which leads us back to Benghazi. You don’t have to be Muslim to love the Muslim Brotherhood or even, consciously or unconsciously, sympathize with the goals, if not the actions, of al-Qaeda. You just have to have been imbued with a blind hatred of imperialism. That’s all you need.

What this myopia leads to, however, is consorting with people with no values at all. You get in bed with the worst of the worst. They don’t care about their country. They don’t care about anybody. They don’t even care about Allah. It’s “Viva la muerte!” and bring me the virgins!

What the administration doesn’t want, of all things, is for these dots to be connected via Benghazi.

No wonder the culprits have not been arrested. They might talk!

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Another quick observation is that the current "so called AQ" mass terror attack is most likley another Obama "WAG THE DOG" false rumor to suck all the air out of a news cycle that is once again raising issues about teh CIA involvement in Benghazi. Outrageous you say. Every time we start talking about his phony scandals there is a Zimmerman trial, or a gays in the military story, or a lesbian rights issue, or some women can't get birth control etc etc etc. The MSM like the lapdogs they are then chase down the little story and start their endless breathless commentary on the non-story distractions. Nothing but outrageous BS and we continue to fall for it every time.
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I don't think Obama is technically a Muslim but then John McCain is not technically a democrat. But Obama might as well be a Muslim just as John McCain might as well be a democrat.
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"No, he is not a Muslim. I repeat NOT (just to be absolutely clear). Nor is the president a Christian, unless you count Reverend Wright as such, which is ridiculous (and we all know he’s under the bus anyway)."

It depends on what you mean by Muslim. I think his head is atheist but his heart is Muslim.
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This analysis, which I accept, begs the question toward what Obama and the rest are doing is treason and subversion, and breaching the Constitution.

I believe he is treasonous, should be impeached, convicted, jailed and fined into penury. And be listed as an enemy agent for 20 years thereafter.
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As I have mentioned before, this was part of a plan concocted between the little king, State dept head, and Morsi in Egypt. Morsi wanted the "blind sheik" released but our little king knew he could not just unilaterally comply, so they came up with this kidnap and exchange scheme. Only our people were much more resourceful than anticipated and the attempted kidnapping failed. It's no wonder the "stand down" orders (at least 2, maybe more) were issued. Can't allow any of our foreign "friends" to be hurt.
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Libyan Attack Was A Botched Kidnapping Attempt Ordered By OBAMA!
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That is precisely what Dinesh D'Souza was saying in his movie "2016, OBama's America"
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"Obama is a post modern agnostic par exellence." Really? If Simon says. We can also add somewhat more significant attributes to Simon's vacuus observation. Obama is a careerist political criminal, ant-constitutional republic, a crony only capitalist and corporate statist, a friend to retrograde Islamic fundementalism, a unilateral nuclear disarmementist, an enfeebler of our military and strategic reach, who, by the way, is constitutionally ineligible for his office, has committed personal felonies before and after entering the White House, and who is successful, "par exellence" at getting people like Simon and his Conservative media counterparts, to look the other way, for various discreditable reasons.
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Agreed. Have come to the point of disgust with many articles on this site. Will stop commenting, and read only Fernandez, Kiimball and a few others. Too much flip-flopping in the name of a United States constitutional republic that really barely exists, if at all.
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SOME DARE CALL IT TREASON:

There is only one conclusion to Obama arming al Qaeda in Libya and Syria:
Obama is guilty of aiding and supporting an enemy of the United States.
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Personally, I have little doubt he is Muslim. Who could forget bowing to the Saudi King?

If you are born Muslim, attend Madrassa, you are always viewed as Muslim-by Muslims. It doesn't matter what WE think of his preferences- he IS Muslim. This is also why he surrounds himself with Muslim Brotherhood. Turning a blind eye or glossing over the facts that we witness every single day, is to allow the destruction /dismantling of our Republic.

Re: Reverend Wright

Liberation Theology is as Marxist as they come. That moniker also colors Mr Obama's ideology.

Frankly, he's a narcissistic personality, who enjoys the perks, possesses a deep-seated dislike of our Republican form of governance and deeply distrusts/doesn't understand individualism- the hallmark of our Founding.

We would be unwise to dismiss dinesh d'souza and many others who understand what we are up against. Frankly, PC isn't going to solve our problems... it's time to get serious and real about what we face.





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Thank you for being on point.
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This article at last reveals this administrations efforts to appease the Muslim world with pure acts of "STUPIDITY"..
It's quite obvious that this administration cannot afford another Benghazi, It's foreign policy consists of absolute garbage, with everything aimed at Israel's submission to make peace in the middle east.. That is the furthest thing from The Radical Islamist mind.. They know that This Boy of a President is weak, He has no leadership ability and his bark is worse than his bite.. Al Qaeda is poised to strike because of this Presidents Arrogance..
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Closing our Embassies due to Al Quade threats on NSA "chatter?" Really?

This is the most obvious attempt to obscure and obfuscate Foreign policy, which Lil Obama and Hillary probably cooked up at Lunch last week!

By Closing our Embassies (turning tail and running) and "leaking" (propaganda) that it is due to chatter between the big Al Quaida guys, is nothing but the attempt to put out fires by "Perception" They can look like they are protecting our Embassies and their employees, and that NSA spying is working, killing 2 Scandal birds with one stone.
The Terrorists will probably burn down all the Embassy buildings while they are closed! Obama and his Co-Conspirators remind me of the Volunteer fire fighter psychos who deliberately set fires, so they can put them out and be heroes!

Everyone who is paying attention knows that the terrorists are in IRAQ big time (although we won't hear that from the lap dog networks) They are active and just waiting in ALL the places our embassies are being closed. They were never "decimated" or beaten down. That was just a Campaign slogan! If that were true, the documents collected from Osama's home would be released so we could all see that he was on Anti-depressants and wishing he were in Gitmo so he could play Volley ball and have something to do.

These announcements and leaks are just more of the same "Hateful Video" caused demonstrations" (that killed four Americans) scenario. John Kerry is having End of Ramadan parties while pretending to be the Peace Broker between Israel and the Palestinians. Gee, I wonder whose side he's on?

Am I watching a really bad movie or is this the American Government's foreign policy and military strategy to protect America? God Help Us!

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Simon Says:

"...he has an immediate and intense enmity for anything that smacks of imperialism — and an equally intense desire to be seen as supportive of (although certainly not to live like) the downtrodden of the Earth."

Well this should have disqualified Islam right off now shouldn't it. Islam spread by violence and dishonesty from the moment mighty Mo invented this pseudo religious justification for the subjugation and enslavement of the "other".

The fact is they are of like mind(the western statist totalitarian and the Islamic statist totalitarian) on the subject of human freedom and dignity- They reject it favor of their own over blown egos and monomaniacal moral conceit.
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