Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Conspiracy Theory? Maybe. Accurate? Certainly

I try not to focus too much on conspiracy theories, as someone with a more than passing familiarity with the processes of gathering and assessing intelligence I know how easy it is to get trapped in the hall of mirrors and a lot of the stuff out there sounds kind of paranoid.

That being said the debate last night looked just a bit too scripted at times, with Candy Crowley actively assisting the president by referring to an administration approved set of transcripts (transcripts that do not match up with the video of the events referenced) and taking prepared questions that had language in them disturbingly similar to official white house statements. 

Read more here at The Last Refuge to see how the debates are being scripted for Obama and Bide after the shellacking the president took from Romney in the first debate, and the collusion between this administration and the press as it is laid out by a former journalist for CNN, Amber Lyon amongst the many stretches of supporting video.

Alarmingly enough was that the president was allowed to direct the moderate, making her look for transcripts for him, but in one case she did so to support a falsehood. Mitt Romney rightly asserted that it took President Obama fourteen days to refer to the Benghazi attacks as terrorism and Obama maintained that he called them terrorist attacks during his Rose Garden speech the next day. The transcript of the relevant section of the speech is below, with emphasis added.

Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks.  We mourned with the families who were lost on that day.  I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed.  And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.

As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it.  Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.

No acts of terror will ever shake the  resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the  values that we stand for.

Today we mourn for more Americans who represent the very  best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see  that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be  done.
As you can see he only spoke about acts of terror in a very general way and never directly attributed the Benghazi attacks to terrorism. In the context of the administrations two weeks of condemnations towards a youtube video and discussion of spontaneous protests it is hard to grasp precisely how Candy Crowley was able to say with a straight face that Obama's version of events was correct, unless it was scripted, rehearsed, and she went in to the evening knowing she was going to be a good media lick-spittle and carry water for the president.

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