Robert Stacy McCain:
Flaming skull alert at Ace of Spades for the release of e-mails confirming that (a) officials knew from the outset that the attack on the consulate in Libya was the work of terrorists, but (b) this information was suppressed for political purposes:
State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland, worried that members of Congress would use the talking points to criticize the State Department for “not paying attention to [CIA] warnings.”
So, it was CIA vs. C.Y.A. at the State Department which, quite frankly, has been infiltrated by Edward Said-influenced Arab specialists to such an extent that it was practically a Muslim Brotherhood outpost even before the Obama administration took over.
Seriously, you can ask Bush administration people about this: Middle Eastern scholarship within academia is so dominated by anti-Western views that, insofar as anyone has the credentials to qualify as a specialist in the field — i.e., to get hired into and promoted within the bureaucracy — they’re certain to have been saturated in ideas about “Western imperialism” and the legitimacy of Arab/Islamic grievances. And while this has also been a problem at the CIA and the Pentagon, the State Department is absolutely chock-full of such people in staff positions, so that even with hawkish neocons in the political appointee roles during the Bush years, the pro-Arab/pro-Muslim culture at Foggy Bottom never really changed.
I feel the need to point this out now because some of my well-meaning conservative friends, who (quite correctly) complain about the dubious influences within the Obama administration, often neglect to discuss the larger problem, which pre-dates Obama. However, there is good reason to think it is more of a problem now:
In 1998 Obama attended a speech by [Edward] Said, in which the scholar called for a nonviolent campaign “against settlements, against Israeli apartheid.” In a well-publicized photo, Obama and Said can be seen talking over dinner at this pro-Arab event.
According to the Los Angeles Times, in the early 1980s Obama had been one of Said’s students in an undergraduate English class at Columbia University.
None of this is necessarily related to the Benghazi cover-up — I don’t mean to feed anyone’s conspiratorial paranoia — but it does highlight the nature of the larger problem, what Jeanne Kirkpatrick rightly called the “Blame America First” mentality.
There is a sort of perverse narcissism involved in this worldview: Encountering people who hate us, liberals think, “It’s about us.”
This error was what crippled liberalism during the Cold War. If the Soviet Union wanted to destroy America, liberals imagined, this must be because of something wrong with America, rather than something wrong with the Soviet Union. So liberals wanted to change American foreign policy — détente! — in a more pro-Soviet direction, accepting the Leninist critique of “Western imperialism” as essentially accurate, so that you had Jimmy Carter claiming (and evidently believing) that a U.S. commitment to “human rights” would somehow repair the damage to American international prestige.
Except it wasn’t about us. It was about them.
Ronald Reagan understood instinctively that the Cold War wasn’t America’s fault, and that it couldn’t be ended by making American policy less “imperialist” (mainly because imperialism was a propaganda accusation conjured up in Vladimir Lenin’s imagination). The Cold War could only end with the destruction of the Soviet Union, and so Reagan made that the object of his foreign policy.
Really now, you’ve got to give this BS up, your credibility is diminishing. They’ve even lost Fox and Fools:
GOP Claims Of Benghazi ‘Cover Up’ Collapses:
Fox News’ morning show, Fox & Friends, is taking a surprisingly skeptical approach to GOP claims that the Obama administration and the entire U.S. government engaged in a massive cover-up of the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya in an effort to re-elect the president and protect him from scrutiny.
Fox News chief ordered Geraldo Rivera’s mic cut for defending Obama on Benghazi: report
Rep. Chaffetz Accuses State Department of Threatening Benghazi Witnesses, But Can’t Name Any
Well, I guess we’ll see Wednesday when the whistleblowers testify.
@This one: Fox News chief ordered Geraldo Rivera’s mic cut for defending Obama on Benghazi: report
Want Geraldo’s version of the event?
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/06/mics-and-men-fox-news-has-never-tried-to-silence-me/#ixzz2SYwlqqw7
Robert Stacy McCain
good post, thank you,
I want to say, don’t be afraid to get us to start a conspiratorial paranoia,
because if we do, it will mean we already know the ARAB league is in the WHITE HOUSE,
we perceive his influence in many clues,we know it make OBAMA happy to be surrounded
by MUSLIM influence,
suddenly what come to my mind as a flash thought right now, is the fact that HITLER
has a COUNSELOR a MUSLIM , the MULTI who wanted THE JEWS killed,
it seem that they are very influencal, because now they hate AMERICANS enough to want them dead,
we see the many deaths happening already,
with bombs killing a thousands of people in one event, or with advertizing ABORTION of
AMERICAN BABIES, and we see people disappear from life suddenly out of nowhere,
the MUSLIMS work in many trades, and we see planes accidents falling from sky more often,
when we use conspiracy paranoia, it happen, it’s like we are one step ahead of what they do,