Let me state, up front, that I realize there are things that happen in our government that the American public probably does not need to know. For military and security reasons, some items of interest simply do not need to see the light of day. That’s why the term “classified” was invented. That does not, however, give our government carte blanche to lie to the American public. In every way possible, our government should be as honest as is possible with the people who hired them to be their leaders. I think it is safe to say, the administration of Barack Obama is not fulfilling the description of honest.
Keep in mind, Mitt Romney raised questions about the actions of the Obama administration shortly after the news was delivered to Americans that our embassy in Egypt was under attack. He as roundly accused of politicizing our foreign policy and of unfairly attacking President Obama. At the same time, the entire Obama administration, from ambassadors to the President himself, were denying certain aspects of the attacks. When information surfaced that suggested the Libyans had warned the State Department three days in advance of the attacks that killed J Christopher Stevens, the reaction of the Obama administration was denial. Not true, they said.
When questioned if the attacks in Libya were planned operations, rather than spontaneous protests against the YouTube video that had been used as the fall guy for said protests, they said absolutely not. Time after time, from the top to the bottom of the Obama administration, it was the YouTube video that bore the brunt of the blame. The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, was trotted out to the Sunday news shows, with the express purpose of driving home the narrative that the attacks were all in response to the YouTube video. Never mind the evidence to the contrary, it was the video. Or so we have been told, many, many times. As it turns out, that isn’t so much the case.
(Human Events) It should be the biggest story in the world, and if the incumbent President was a Republican, you can bet your bottom YouTube video that it would be: Eli Lake of the Daily Beast reports that “Within 24 hours of the 9-11 anniversary attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, U.S. intelligence agencies had strong indications al Qaeda–affiliated operatives were behind the attack, and had even pinpointed the location of one of those attackers.”
Three separate sources confirmed to Lake that “early information was enough to show that the attack was planned and the work of al-Qaeda affiliates operating in Eastern Libya.” The Libyans have been saying that all along, with an increasingly exasperated President Mohammed Magarief insisting once again, during an NBC News interview aired Wednesday, that the Benghazi attack was “a preplanned act of terrorism directed at American citizens,” conceived months ago but delayed to coincide with the September 11 anniversary.
Magarief repeated that the “Innocence of Muslims” YouTube video, blamed consistently and repeatedly by the Administration for causing a protest that escalated into the murder of the American ambassador and three of his staff, “had nothing to do with this attack.”
I have already stated I do not believe the American public needs to know everything their government knows. I’m okay with that, to a certain point. This news goes far beyond what I consider to be an acceptable lack of honesty by any American President. The liberal media shouted more than a little loudly about how President George W. Bush supposedly lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. Where is their outrage that President Barack Obama, entrusted with the highest office in our country, has willingly lied to the American people who hired him to lead our country? The liberal media was completely and totally disrespectful to President George W. Bush, accusing him of throwing away the lives of our young men and women, all for the sake of oil. Where is their outrage that President Barack Obama has willingly misled the American people, all for the sake of his reelection campaign? As John Hayward said in his article on Human Events, you can bet the liberal media would be all over the President for this, if he were a Republican.
Why would President Barack Obama so willingly lie about what he knew about the attacks in Libya? The more complicated explanation is the sympathies he possibly holds for Islam. What was it he said in his speech to the United Nations? Something about the slander of Islam?
(RedState) The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” Together, we must work towards a world where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them. That is what America embodies, and that is the vision we will support.
Could it be he holds the religion of peace so dear to his heart that he could not bear to see its image smeared by an obscure YouTube video that many of the Muslims who were “protesting” hadn’t even seen? I know that sentence is pure speculation, but so be it. The more I see and hear out of President Obama, I can’t help but wonder if the main reason he lied about what he knew about the attacks in Libya is that he wanted to place Islam in as good a light as possible.
The simplest of explanations is that he doesn’t want to hurt his reelection campaign. He has touted his foreign policy as a great success story and the fact that his “achievements” are coming unraveled before his eyes has to be suppressed. After all, the death of an American Ambassador wouldn’t look good on his resume, especially if the death came as a result of his dawdling. The facts of the matter are simple. The attacks in Libya were the result of a planned operation against American interests. We are sure Obama knew that fact, either shortly before, or shortly after, the attacks took place. We also know Obama continues to lie to the American people about what he knows and when he knew it. That should disqualify him from a second term.