This is me, just shaking my head at the absolutely demented, ongoing Republican conspiracy theories about the Benghazi attack, as John McCain snaps at David Gregory on Meet the Press for daring to ask exactly what McCain thinks is being covered up. McCain never answers, of course, because that would be counter-productive. He’s selling fear and hatred of President Obama to the right wing base, and any real answers to his “questions” are beside the point. Getting specific would ruin the con.
Note: to date, there have been at least 20 briefings, 10 hearings, and more than 10,000 documents submitted to Congress on the Benghazi attack.
The continuing murky insinuations and conspiracy theories from the GOP are just more indicators of how far off the rails they are.
The rhetoric just keeps getting crazier and crazier at the hate site that Andrew Breitbart built, as head attack weasel Joel Pollak posts a demented rant about fascism and the “lickspittle” Huffington Post. Yes, it’s another absurd post about the Benghazi boogaloo, and Pollak is absolutely certain there’s a “cover-up” going on: LEFT-WING LICKSPITTLES: HOW THE HUFFINGTON POST IS AIDING OBAMA’S BENGHAZI COVER-UP!
The headline and image (see above) were clearly meant to be laudatory. The Huffington Post was praising Obama for exerting “command,” and gave the impression that both its editors and readers are eager to be so commanded. The idea of a president who not only ignores the opposition, but the very legislative process, matches Obama’s vision in last year’s State of the Union address of grafting a military model onto our political life.
That spirit, which has possessed much of the country’s press corps, fits fascism rather than democracy. The irony is that Obama was not the “commander” on that terrible night. We already know that neither he nor his Cabinet showed more than a passing interest in the fate of the Benghazi consulate and its personnel. To mock those seeking answers, and to praise Obama’s leadership, is to aid and abet a disgraceful cover-up.
What exactly is being “covered up?” It’s anybody’s guess! As usual, Pollak never gets around to explaining that; it’s enough to make dark insinuations and rant about fascism. That’s all the Breitbart audience needs to get their motors going.
Pollak’s opening sentence for this stupid post is a real hoot, though:
Normally, we at Breitbart News ignore the Huffington Post.
Yeah, right, they “ignore” the Huffington Post — by obsessively attacking them on an almost daily basis. Breitbart.com’s own search function brings up 1,260 results for “Huffington.” (There may be more by the time you read this.)
And not to burst any bubbles, but one of the people who helped start the Huffington Post was none other than … yes, Andrew Breitbart.
The right wing blogs and Republican politicians are still pushing their demented conspiracy theories about Benghazi, and the Daily Caller has yet another stupid post riling up their goonish audience. Every President delegates authority in situations like Benghazi, but for some reason (I bet you can guess what it is) the Republican Party is trying to imply that there’s something special going on when President Obama does it: Panetta Can’t Explain Why Obama Never Called Back During Benghazi Attack [VIDEO] | the Daily Caller.
Panetta can’t explain why Obama didn’t call him (after their initial conversation) because he isn’t Obama and doesn’t want to speak for him. Obviously. So the right takes this statement and tries to make into something sinister.
Sen. Lindsey Graham reveals what’s really underneath these murky insinuations with a question to Sec. Panetta:
SEN. GRAHAM: Mr. Secretary, you didn’t know how long the attack would last. Did you ever call him and say, Mr. President, it looks like we don’t have anything to get there anytime soon?
SEC. PANETTA: The event was over before we could move any assets.
SEN. GRAHAM: It lasted almost eight hours. And my question to you is during that eight-hour period, did the president show any curiosity about how’s this going, what kind of assets do you have helping these people? Did he ever make that phone call?
SEC. PANETTA: Look, there is no question in my mind that the president of the United States was concerned about American lives and, frankly, all of us were concerned about American lives.
SEN. GRAHAM: With all due respect, I don’t believe that’s a credible statement if he never called and asked you, are we helping these people; what’s happening to them?
Yes, that’s right; Lindsey Graham is actually saying that President Obama is not concerned when Americans are killed overseas. It’s an outrageous statement, but totally in keeping with the racist assumptions encouraged by the Republican Party about Obama — that he’s a secret angry black radical who rejoices when terrorists attack America.
This is the deranged thinking behind the Benghazi-gate fake outrage. Sen. Graham feels no hesitation about making such hateful claims, because he knows he’ll be rewarded for it by the GOP base.