Gloria Allred can do her song and dance, and the Donald put on his show…
But the real story is that — as we already all knew, but couldn’t yet prove — The White House, the State Department, and our intelligence services knew in real time that the US consulate in Benghazi was under attack by a terrorist offshoot of Al-Qaeda. More, they sat on their hands for 7 hours while four Americans were killed — not even moving to bring assets to bear on the siege, not fighting back in any way. And all of this having had advanced warning of a heightened threat level — and having denied requests for extra security in advance of the attack they then sat there watching unfold.
Now. We can chalk this behavior up to one of several things: first, there’s the Occam’s Razor explanation: this Administration and State Department are feckless and completely out of their depth, and they were literally paralyzed by the very fact of the attack (after all, they’d defeated that thing they won’t call terrorism, so that thing they won’t call terrorism couldn’t possibly be rearing its barbaric head now, so close to the election) and spent those seven hours — and the next two weeks — not trying to find out what happened (as they claimed to be doing) but instead trying to figure out a way to keep a disaster so close to Nov and on the anniversary of 911 from harming them politically.
Second, there’s the conspiracy angle: the reason the Administration and State not respond by moving assets in to assist in defense of the consulate is that they were anticipating the attack and expected a specific outcome that was predetermined. And that outcome, whatever it may have been, they were expecting to be able to bring to bear on the election, a kind of October surprise to reinforce the Dem’s narrative about a “tough on the thing that we won’t call terrorism” President, once again showing his steely resolve and grace under enormous pressure. Like when he made that gut wrenching and difficult decision to go ahead and allow the SEALs snuff out Osama bin Laden. Things went sideways, though, when the Ambassador turned up dead, and the next two weeks was spent flailing away for some sort of plausible explanation for the attack; a scapegoat to distract from the White House’s complicity; and gaining cover from their media accomplices and lapdogs — who helped out by refusing to look into the time line, by conspiring to turn Romney’s reaction to the US Egyptian embassy response into the real story, by publicizing the ludicrous story of a YouTube video trailer (and the First Amendment!) being the cause of the attacks, and by working even during the debates — hell, at the debates, through certain moderators — to rehabilitate the Administration narrative as it kept unraveling by feeding them openings into which they would place plausible deniability, then helpfully “fact checking” those new assertions to suggest that, but of course the President had called the Benghazi attack an act of terror, early on, right after it happened.
– Just not on Letterman. Or at the UN. Or when he and Hillary stood over those caskets and blamed a “shadowy” citizen who abused his First Amendment rights to inflame the Muslim world. All of which took place after Dear Leader was supposed to have acknowledged the attack as a case of Islamist barbarism.
Third, the Administration, having relied on its “perception is reality” normalization agenda to “nudge” the Islamists into not viewing the west as an actual enemy (if we don’t call you terrorists, you won’t act like terrorists!), knew instantly that they were facing a potential political nightmare, a real-time repudiation of their entire foreign policy agenda, and so began working on ways to delay the flow of information — to create a fog, with a number of false leads, a number or distractions and blame shifting — all while claiming to be readying for a detailed and rigorous investigation of the event, which they couldn’t yet speak on because, they’d claim, they didn’t have “all the facts.” The FBI would be involved. We would get to the bottom of this, and the murderers brought to justice (incidentally, I still expect this to happen pre-election; new scapegoats are needed, and whether ObamaCo has the correct bad actors or not won’t matter. What matters is that he kills or imprisons someone). Left out from all this would be the specifics of why Ambassador Stevens was where he was in the first place. I happen to believe this scenario the most likely, but truth be told (and isn’t that refreshing in and of itself?), I wouldn’t put anything past this Administration.
They are determined to keep power. Stories about the election being called already for Obama by some local CBS affiliate to stories of 2200 110-year-olds early voting for Obama in North Carolina, when coupled with the Justice Department’s efforts to stop states from purging their voter roles of ineligible or duplicate voters, make that clear.
But we now have the emails — and while the media will attempt to mitigate the effects (they’ll talk about their being a second email that seemed to contradict the first, etc., and declare that the response, while not “optimal,” was also not unreasonable, given the uncertainty — expecting us to forget that the White House could also see in real time what was happening) — they won’t be able to hold back the information. And they will almost have to raise questions and concerns, or risk losing the very last of whatever credibility they still have with Americans who already distrust them.
If this doesn’t finish off the Fraud-in-Chief, then he’s a vampire — and we’d better spend the next four years in high collars, sharpening our stakes.