Shoot first, aim later: Obama finally admits Benghazi was a planned attack – on “The View”
No time for our busy Celebrity-President to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu, who heads up what Obama recently described as “one of our closest allies” in the Middle East. No, instead it was off to ABC’s insipid talk show, “The View,” where the stunningly clueless Barack Obama still managed to make some news.
Obama began by jesting that he was only on the show to serve as “eye candy for you guys,” but later – after two weeks of insisting that the deadly attack on our consulate in Benghazi was merely a protest against a YouTube video spun out of control – Obama made what might be his first public acknowledgement of what everyone else on Earth has known for quite some time: it was a pre-planned attack.
And Obama still managed to drop this admission in the weirdest, most inappropriate manner. When Barbara Walters asked if the situation in Libya was “terrorism,” Obama replied: “There’s no doubt that the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn’t just a mob action. What’s clear is that, around the world, there are still a lot of threats out there.”
“It wasn’t just a mob action?” Evidence continues to mount that there was no “mob action” at all, not even an unconnected protest used as cover by the attackers. And we’ve known about the “kind of weapons that were used” since the early hours of the current crisis.
But last Wednesday was the first time anyone from the Administration was willing to describe the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans as a terrorist attack. By the following day, White House spokesman Jay Carney said it was “self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.” Only a few days previously, Carney was insisting “we have no information that it was a pre-planned attack,” nothing that happened on 9/11/12 was “a response to the Administration, to the American people,” and “the cause of the unrest was a video.”
The nature of the attack apparently still isn’t terribly self-evident to the “Foreign Policy President,” who announced his latest rhetorical shift on a frivolous afternoon talk show, and was merely willing to allow that it wasn’t just a mob action. Just a few days ago, Obama was talking about “natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video” in a Univision town hall forum. He’s still madly clinging to the “Innocence of Muslims” video as the primary reason for everything that happened on 9/11/2012 and beyond, because that would absolve his Administration of blame for ignoring all the warning signs of pre-planned aggressive action.
Obama once hilariously criticized his opponent, Mitt Romney, as the guy who “shoots first and aims later.” But he’s still working out his delusional, incompetent foreign policy on-stage, during afternoon talk shows, while his frenzied Administration tries to pretend it’s not operating in a leadership vacuum, with increasingly diminished results. Everyone is scrambling to distance themselves from everything the rest of the Administration is saying, leaving a celebrity void that rolls onto vacuous gabfests and yuks it up alongside “Pimp With a Limp” disc jockeys. Barack Obama is making the United States look absurd, in no small part because he’s somehow still running even in the polls.