Disgrace in Benghazi

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    So, on a highly symbolic date, mobs storm American diplomatic facilities and drag the corpse of a U.S. ambassador through the streets. Then the president flies to Vegas for a fundraiser. No, no, a novelist would say; that’s too pat, too neat in its symbolic contrast. Make it Cleveland, or Des Moines.

    The president is surrounded by delirious fanbois and fangurls screaming “We love you,” too drunk on his celebrity to understand this is the first photo-op in the aftermath of a national humiliation. No, no, a filmmaker would say; too crass, too blunt. Make them sober, middle-aged midwesterners, shocked at first, but then quiet and respectful.

    The president is too lazy and cocksure to have learned any prepared remarks or mastered the appropriate tone, notwithstanding that a government that spends more money than any government in the history of the planet has ever spent can surely provide him with both a speechwriting team and a quiet corner on his private wide-bodied jet to consider what might be fitting for the occasion. So instead he sloughs off the words, bloodless and unfelt: “And obviously our hearts are broken . . . ” Yeah, it’s totally obvious.

    And he’s even more drunk on his celebrity than the fanbois, so in his slapdashery he winds up comparing the sacrifice of a diplomat lynched by a pack of savages with the enthusiasm of his own campaign bobbysoxers. No, no, says the Broadway director; that’s too crude, too ham-fisted. How about the crowd is cheering and distracted, but he’s the president, he understands the gravity of the hour, and he’s the greatest orator of his generation, so he’s thought about what he’s going to say, and it takes a few moments but his words are so moving that they still the cheers of the fanbois, and at the end there’s complete silence and a few muffled sobs, and even in party-town they understand the sacrifice and loss of their compatriots on the other side of the world






    Disgrace in Benghazi - Mark Steyn - National Review Online










    Great article!
     
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    The 400-strong assault force in Benghazi showed up with RPGs and mortars: That’s not a spontaneous movie protest; that’s an act of war, and better planned and executed than the dying superpower’s response to it. Secretary Clinton and General Dempsey are, to put it mildly, misleading the American people when they suggest otherwise
     
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    One can understand why they might do this, given the fiasco in Libya. The men who organized this attack knew the ambassador would be at the consulate in Benghazi rather than at the embassy in Tripoli. How did that happen? They knew when he had been moved from the consulate to a “safe house,” and switched their attentions accordingly. How did that happen?
     
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    Well thought out planning!
     
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    I don't get it...
    The President continues to campaign.
    Hilary has some sort of celebration at the State dept.
    Shouldn't we be a nation in mourning or at least Wash DC should have spent a few days
    recognizing what had happened.
     
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    Did you see him receive the bodies? Did you hear him. Flat, emotionless, voice and body language braying that he had better things to do. He looked to his right, left, down and his iconic nose in the air, eyes fixed firmly on the ceiling. Not at the camera, too close to looking into someone's eyes. The cadence perfectly tuned to say "this is a bore and I'm not giving it one thing more than absolutely required".

    The country and the running of the nation is an inconvenience, an irritating intrustion into his personal time.
     
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    What??

    No Obamunists here to argue????
    What a shock.

    Here....let me set up an empty chair:

    1."is not, is not..."

    2. "The White House didn't...couldn't know it was coming!"

    3. "It was that film that everybody....er, nobody...er, some saw!"

    4. "Old age got Christopher Stevens!"

    5. "Obama has it well in hand"

    6. "Whatever...."
     
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    Honestly, Im more impressed with the response by alot of the people in Benghazi who dont want to be associated to this than I am with the President.
     
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    What a load of crap you deal out.
     

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