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May 9, 2013 - 11:53 am
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Back in 1960, a time Jay Carney would say was a really, really long time ago, Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone ran an episode called “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street.” I’ve linked the entire episode on Hulu for the benefit of our low-information liberal readers, who may not realize that history did not begin in 2008 and isn’t actually divided into Before Obama and After Obama epochs.

In “Monsters,” a brief roar and flash in the sky precipitate events in a normal neighborhood that build to a breaking point. They all suspect that someone among them is in fact a space alien sent to infiltrate and destroy humanity, and as the power fails and their civil order breaks down, they end up at each others’ throats. The episode is about the concept of the “scapegoat,” an “event, person or object that is used to lay the blame on for all that goes wrong,” according to the Urban Dictionary, linked and used here for the benefit of low-information liberals who mistrust the authority of Webster’s. Given the times in which it was originally broadcast, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” was about the perils of McCarthyism.

But now that we know, from the acting ambassador to Libya himself, that the Benghazi attack was not precipitated by a movie — but the Obama administration from the top down blamed the movie and the man who made it despite knowing he was not to blame — it’s worth looking back at a few of the statements that those officials made at the time and for weeks afterward.

Hillary Clinton blamed the attack on one man and his movie on September 13, 2012.

I also want to take a moment to address the video circulating on the Internet that has led to these protests in a number of countries. Let me state very clearly – and I hope it is obvious – that the United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. And as you know, we are home to people of all religions, many of whom came to this country seeking the right to exercise their own religion, including, of course, millions of Muslims. And we have the greatest respect for people of faith.

To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.

White House spokesman Jay Carney, September 14:

We also need to understand that this is a fairly volatile situation and it is in response not to United States policy, not to obviously the administration, not to the American people.  It is in response to a video, a film that we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.  That in no way justifies any violent reaction to it, but this is not a case of protests directed at the United States writ large or at U.S. policy.  This is in response to a video that is offensive to Muslims.

Carney does not speak on his own initiative. He speaks on behalf of the president of the United States.

That same day, Secretary of State Clinton would again blame the movie and its producer, while she stood before the caskets of the slain.

This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing do to with. It’s hard for the American people to make sense of that, because it is senseless, and it is totally unacceptable. The people of Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia, did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. Reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. And we will, under the president’s leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the world.

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"And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.
This is the interpretation of the thing: God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it."

Ah well, one can hope.
1 year ago
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Free Nakoula.
1 year ago
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You guys need a scandal to fire up your base. I understand that. After all, smoke and mirrors are an absolute necessity for folks who promote privilege in a supposedly democratic country. The problem is that the Benghazi business doesn't have any sex in it and, anyhow, it's pretty hard to state in simple terms what the heck you think that the administration did wrong. Spin inappropriately? Fail to send additional troops after the consulate was already overrun? Pretty weak stuff.

Thanks for playing.

1 year ago
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Hah. Alinsky condescension complete with straw sex, 'nothing to see here..' and a variation of '...what does it matter?'

As the man saith, replace Obama admin. with Bush. But now, even your media rats are beginning to flee the ship...
1 year ago
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Valerie Plame, huh? THAT's your pick? For the new Watergate? Covers of TIME and Newsweek, multiple Chris Matthews orgasms, the whole nine?

Valerie Plame?!?!? Yeah, that was a winner. BTW, not one of you was capable of uttering the name, so let me do it. See if you can say the words, syllable by syllable --- Ri-Chard-Ar-Mah-Tidge. Go ahead, say it, he won't bite. Ri-Chard-Ar-Mah-Tidge.

Still can't say it, huh? And Plame was your pick.

Ehhhhh, I'll stick with Benghazi, thanks. At least it actually matters in the real world.
1 year ago
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For all depraved indifference Obama knew the attack could have ended up lasting 7 weeks instead of 7 hours and yet he ordered a complete "stand down". He might have well have murdered them himself.
1 year ago
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The two former Navy Seals weren't killed until many hours into the attack, so there was plenty of time to send help.
1 year ago
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Please don’t waste your time and energy on Jim Harrishmuck a.k.a. Jim Hitlerson. He has venomous opinions on every topic, even ones he knows nothing about. He is simply too ignorant to understand how ignorant he is. However, he thinks he knows everything about everything and thinks he has the solution to all of the world’s problems. The guy is what Thomas Sowell might call a self-anointed messiah. He believes that civilized and successful people and countries are intrinsically evil and he has a vicious hatred of Jews and of Israel. His posts are often incoherent ramblings. He evades questions, he tells outright lies and he throws tantrums. Please don’t waste your time and energy on this immature, malignant, narcissistic, attention-starved, anti-Semitic demagogue.
1 year ago
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To fire up the base? What? I don't know if you have been paying attention, but even the MSM has noticed that everything Obama has done lately has gone down in flames. That means we are winning. The Right is learning to fight. As for smoke and mirrors, this is a legitimate issue, not manufactured, because Benghazi was a debacle, and this administration owns it.

Remember the movie, "Mississippi Burning"? Remember the closing argument? "Now imagine she's white." Same thing here. Now, imagine it were Bush. You'd be howling at the moon.
1 year ago
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The Obama administration left a paper trail, JH; Every small step
on the road to Hell is paved with paperwork documenting their
acts of commission or omission and their refusal to release that
data tells an objective observer all they need to know.
1 year ago
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An old Outer Limits TV episode "Hundred Day of the Dragon" explains the situation even better.

1 year ago
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To be fair, the excuse used to jail Nakoula was parole violation. But your point stands. He was scapegoated.
1 year ago
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He's our first political prisoner.
1 year ago
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