On September 11, 2012, the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked. The highly insecure facility caught fire, and the Ambassador, Christopher Stevens, died of smoke inhalation. Three other Americans died there. Several dozen other people from the embassy fled to an alleged safe house, but that was almost immediately attacked. A team of US military personnel sent to rescue them (variously described as Marines and “commandos”) took fire that killed two of them.
Meanwhile, Obama flew to Las Vegas for a glittery fundraiser, where he said “we had a tough day.”
He certainly faced no risk of smoke inhalation, except perhaps from the cigarettes which pesky rumors suggest he just can’t give up. Certainly no risk of incoming mortar fire in Vegas.
Just another example of his inability to resist inserting himself into everything, to make himself the center of attention always. This is a tragic example of that: for an absurd one, check out his “tribute” to Neil Armstrong, which is a picture of Obama looking at the moon.
There are reports that Obama was sleeping while these events occurred. I wonder if the media will give him as hard a time for this as it gave Reagan in 1981 when Ed Meese declined to wake him after receiving news that US F-14s from USS Saratoga had splashed two Libyan Su-22s in the Gulf of Sidra.
Somehow I doubt it.
I also wonder whether the media will now point out that Obama’s big triumph, the killing of Osama, is obviously of very little import in the war against Salafist/Islamist extremism, and that the world’s longest-lasting end zone dance rings pretty hollow in light of the fact that the entire Middle East is erupting. (Complete with mobs shouting “Death to Obama” in Morocco-the most benign Arab state. Sure glad that Cairo speech made America respected in Arab eyes.)
Somehow I doubt that too.
I further wonder if selfsame media will scream “intelligence failure” from the rooftops. After all, near simultaneous attacks-the one in Libya obviously well-planned and executed-on the anniversary of 911 suggest considerable coordination. Why wasn’t this suspected or detected? The attack on the safe house obviously demonstrates an egregious security breach. Will the buck stop on Obama’s desk?
I doubt that as well.
In light of this, I wonder if the media will question the provenance of the alleged spark to these events-the dodgy film that blasphemes Mohammed. It has the feel of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to me-right down to its attribution to a shadowy group of Jews. That is, it is more than plausible that this was an Al Qaeda or Iranian production planted to provide a pretext to rally mobs that served as a cover for long-planned attacks on US embassies.
Kinda doubting that the media will push that line either.