Democracy and Power 108: Obfuscation
A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get any where near high office has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker. – H.L. Mencken
Libya – Clinton, Rice and Carney: Obedient to Obama’s Spin
On September 11, 2012, four American foreign service officials were murdered in Benghazi, Libya. *Immediately, it is most plausible to presume, that Team Obama (the campaign’s inter-circle) concocted a storyline that a YouTube video caused the spontaneous violence. Thus following the storyline the next morning, President Obama implied the video caused the deaths:
“We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence.”
This is political spin – controlling and distorting the message broadcast to the American people. Furthering the diversion from the truth, Team Obama had the President maintain his known political schedule. Presenting the image that these murders were an unfortunate result of spontaneous violence, President Obama departed from the Capitol, campaigned and raised money in Las Vegas.
Continuing with the deception, White House spokesman, Jay Carney, claimed the murders had nothing to do with American policy. The following are statements from the official White House briefings:
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.
Further, Carney emphasized there was no indication of a preplanned attack.
A reporter asked Carney: “At Benghazi?”
MR. CARNEY: We certainly don’t know. We don’t know otherwise. We have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. The unrest we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that Muslims, many Muslims find offensive. And while the violence is reprehensible and unjustified, it is not a reaction to the 9/11 anniversary that we know of, or to U.S. policy.
Thus, Team Obama knowingly informed America that the murders were not preplanned and not about Obama’s foreign policy.
To continue this fabrication on the American people, Team Obama had America’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, interviewed on the Sunday television-talk shows. Five days after the murders, Ambassador Rice continued with Obama’s spin on ABC:
“Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo.”
Additionally, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, maintained the falsehood:
“The office of the director of National Intelligence has said we have no actionable intelligence that an attack on our post in Benghazi was planned or imminent,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week, calling the security measures in place there “robust.”
Deplorably, the spin has proved to be dishonest. Ambassador Stevens’ journal expressed knowledge of being a target for assisination by AL-Qaeda, and of the great dangers in Libya. Team Obama had access to reliable accounts by eye witnesses that identified jihadists firing powerful assault weapons. Recently, American whistleblowers in the State Department have totally discredited the Obama spin.
Why the spin – the deceit?
Throughout the Middle East and North Africa, Obama’s Muslim strategy is a disaster. In Libya, President Obama, without consulting Congress, spent a billion dollars bombing Gadhafi’s military forces. After the death of Gadhafi, violence and dangerous weapons have proliferated and endangered Libya and neighboring countries. Team Obama wanted to deflect and stop any and all inquiries by the American people.
Why did Clinton, Rice, Carney and many more government officials complicity join the deceit?
To obtain higher positions of political power. Politicians must always be loyal acolytes to their political hierarchy. Similar to the military, politicians must obediently follow the directives of their commander. Hence, Clinton, Rice and Carney were loyal and obedient politicians, and repeated the Obama spin – “a spontaneous reaction to a reprehensible and disgusting video.”
As H.L. Mechan observed many years and many politicians ago:
“A professional politician is … professionally dishonorable… In order to get any where near high office has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations….”
Fortunately, freedom of speech remains alive in America, and the truth prevails over political power and spin.
* Please note, we have altered the original copy of this blog to better present the sequence of events and in no way want to imply that Team Obama made the video.