BY CHRISTOPHER ADAMO – Is everyone thoroughly appalled that, almost two months after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the American Consulate in Benghazi, official stories keep changing, blame is still being shifted, and the only firmly established fact is that the Obama Administration has never come clean with the American people? Furthermore, neither Barack Obama nor any of his collaborating staff have any intention of doing so in the foreseeable future. Apparently neither the families of the slain nor the rest of the American people deserve the truth.
Or perhaps it is simply that in the last days before the November 6 election, the realities of Obama’s disastrous foreign policy, along with his willingness to play politics with absolutely any situation in which he finds himself, renders him wholly unfit for a second term in the White House. In one infuriating deception after another, the entire Obama team has been caught in grossly inept efforts to hide its grossly inept mishandling of the Benghazi disaster. Yet it appears that this administration is intent on continuing its transparent sham with no end in sight.
Despicable though such actions may be, they really are nothing new. Shortly after the original 9-11 attacks of 2001, liberals began playing politics with those horrific events. Initially, they excoriated President Bush for flying to a secure location in Omaha Nebraska. Next they complained of his slowness to respond militarily. Then of course they ceaselessly derided his invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. At every juncture, their focus was obsessively fixated on regaining political ground which had dramatically shifted in Bush’s favor as the nation rallied to him in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.
Among the most flagrant efforts to discredit President Bush was the liberal complaint that he had failed to get Osama bin Laden. According to Bush’s critics, the only meaningful “mission accomplished” standard of the Terror War was to eliminate the head of al Qaeda. At that point, we were told, America’s triumph against Militant Islam would be complete. Barring that, the rest of the effort was a misbegotten failure.
Throughout the Bush years, the removal of Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan, and the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, were characterized by the left as costly distractions. Bin Laden still lived, so America’s entire endeavor in the Middle East was inconsequential. And of course, ever since the successful 2011 Seal Team 6 mission into Pakistan, during which bin Laden was indeed dispatched to his seventy two virgins, Democrats (and Obama in particular) crowed ceaselessly about their total victory in the War on Terror.
Unfortunately for them, reality tells quite a different story. In truth, it was bin Laden who had over time become irrelevant. And though America rightly rejoiced at the news of his demise, from a strategic standpoint that event was incidental to the overall effort to neutralize the looming threat of Islamic terrorism. As has now become grimly apparent, since Obama took officeAmerica’s mortal enemies throughout the Middle East have been regrouping and fortifying their organizations. Their ability to launch a successful assault on the Benghazi compound constituted a total repudiation of Obama’s vaunted doctrine of “peace through groveling and appeasement.” And it was for this reason that from the first moment of the Benghazi attacks Obama Administration energies were directed entirely towards political damage control, with absolutely no interest in the fate of the Americans under siege, if attempting to save them might create a political liability.
Thus, it was deemed more expedient to ignore the terrorist onslaught in order to maintain the facade that Obama had single handedly eradicated anti-American sentiment throughout the world. Once that ruse fell apart, the goal was to create a straw man on which to place blame for Islamic hostilities. Hence, the Obama Administration, the State Department, and their nightly news parrots feverishly sought to refocus the nation’s attention on that formerly unknown video.
To the dismay of the liberal establishment, none of their diversions worked. Real America is daily incensed and horrified that an attack on its territory and its citizens could have been so terribly botched, and then criminally papered over for weeks with pathetically crafted lies. Worse yet for those on the left, Americans are increasingly making the legitimate connections between this grisly charade and every other empty promise and unmet pledge from candidate Obama to remake this country into his envisioned liberal utopia.
“Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive!” has been among the primary slogans of the Obama reelection effort. Yet bin Laden’s death proved at best to be inconsequential to the War on Terror, with no other diligent efforts underway to identify and dismantle terror cells worldwide. Likewise, the anemic condition of General Motors is far from an encouraging sign that either it or any other aspect of the nation’s economy is rebounding to any major degree.
Americans on Main Street now unequivocally know that every one of them is as easily expendable as was Ambassador Stevens, once his plight became a burden to Obama’s social/political aspirations. Every faltering business across the nation, and every unemployed citizen seeking a worthwhile livelihood, can now expect that their circumstances will likewise be ignored and airbrushed by this White House, as it seeks to paint a rosy enough picture to trumpet the imagined successes of its policies.
In the eyes of Barack Obama and his fellow leftist ideologues, the dismal fate of common people is merely collateral damage to be suffered for the greater good. And that “greater good” is the establishment of the collectivist state, the sole agenda item from which Obama has never strayed. In contrast the cold blooded lack of concern he displayed toward the Benghazi Consulate staff or the nation’s stagnant economy, the advancement of Obamacare and the continuing trillion dollar “stimulus” spending binges are issues about which Barack Obama can get really excited and enthusiastically be engaged.
It is abominable that the callous ruthlessness of Ambassador Stevens’ Muslim murderers was ultimately enabled and over time even exceeded by the heartless indifference of Obama and his minions. Worse yet is that such coldness is typical of his governing philosophy on every other front. And this is the message that he fervently seeks to withhold from America until after Election Day.