Lying from behind in Libya
In this season of endless political ads, be glad you’re not in Pakistan. That’s where the U.S. State Department is reportedly airing a TV commercial in which President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton repudiate the film they claim provoked deadly protests in Benghazi, Libya, and elsewhere.
In the ads, which reportedly cost $70,000 of taxpayer money to air in Pakistan, where anti-American protests have spread, Obama says that the U.S. rejects “all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”
Clinton chimes in with, “The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message.” Other ads include everyday Americans condemning the film. Do Obama and Clinton really believe their apologies will affect whether or not the protests continue?
On Sept. 11, Islamists in Libya murdered four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. The Obama administration and its allies in the media have spent the last 10 days intentionally obfuscating the truth about what happened, and why it happened.
We were told that the violence was caused by an obscure internet film trailer that’s critical of Islam. That lie became a talking point within the administration, repeated by everyone from the White House Press Secretary to President Obama himself.
Other administration officials were at pains to claim that the attacks were “spontaneous” and not preplanned or premeditated — certainly not an orchestrated terrorist attack.
But the facts contradict these claims. Ambassador Stevens worried for months about the “never-ending security threats” he faced in Benghazi. He knew he was on an al Qaeda hit list.
Intelligence sources believe the attacks were linked to Al Qaeda. Last week, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center testified on Capitol Hill that the strike was a “terrorist attack” planned for the anniversary of 9-11.
New reports suggest they involved a former Guantanamo Bay detainee. The terrorist was released from GITMO in 2007 and transferred to Libyan authorities under the condition he be kept in prison. Predictably, he was released in 2008.
By Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney had finally acknowledged that it was “self-evident” that the Benghazi attack constituted terrorism.
But later on Thursday, President Obama contradicted his press secretary, telling an audience at a townhall that it all had to do with the online film trailer.
We were also told that the Navy SEALs who died while defending Stevens were part of his security detail. When the fighting started, they did what SEALs are trained to do — they fought back!
But they were not part of Stevens’ security team. It now appears as though Stevens was somehow separated from his “small security detail” when he traveled from the U.S. embassy in Tripoli to the consulate in Benghazi.
In fact, we now know that there were no Marines stationed at diplomatic posts in Libya. When Jay Carney was asked repeatedly Wednesday who made the decision not to post Marines in Libya, he repeatedly dodged the question.
For over a week, the media have been complicit in hiding the facts, likely hoping the story would just go away. There has been more interest in a three-month old tape of a Mitt Romney fundraiser than in a terrorist attack that killed our ambassador and three other Americans.
The deaths of the four Americans in Libya weren’t the result of an obscure anti-Islamic internet film trailer. They are the result of Obama’s policy of appeasement toward Muslim terrorists and the governments that harbor them.
But Jihadists won’t be appeased. In fact, they’ve been emboldened by the Obama administration’s constant displays of weakness.
The Islamists exploit anything they can find as an excuse for violence against the west. An offensive cartoon or a remark by the pope taken out of context can lead to weeks of violent and deadly protests. But the real cause of violence against the west is a philosophy that teaches death to the infidel as a religious duty.
“I truly believe that the day I’m inaugurated, not only does the country look at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently,” Obama said while running for president in 2007. “If I’m reaching out to the Muslim world, they understand that … I understand their point of view.”
Obama is much better at talking about empathy than he is at actually applying it. His deep misunderstanding of what motivates America’s enemies is costing America lives.
Obama has spent the entire presidential campaign bragging about his decision to order the assassination of Osama bin Laden. I can’t blame him—it’s one of the only decisions he’s gotten right.
But if Obama is going to own the killing of bin Laden, he also needs to own the massacre in Benghazi. He needs to admit that his foreign policy of apology, accommodation and appeasement has failed.
Obama’s foreign policy has been defined by a destructive kind of arrogance — one rooted in his belief that by weakening America, our enemies would soon learn to love us.
But self-abasement has produced neither love nor respect from America’s enemies. Under Obama, anti-Americanism hasn’t diminished. The only thing that’s being diminished is America itself.