The consistently inconsistent policies of the Obama Administration

Another set of uprisings have occurred in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Ian, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Kashmir, and even Germany and the Philippines, but take heart Americans these actions have nothing to do with the United States, Barack Obama, his administration, or any of his policies.
After all, they’ve done everything a demure dog could do to prevent these uprisings from happening, to stop their escalation, and to promote peace and harmony throughout the world.  We have arrested the guy who made this film, we’ve apologized to every individual in every country involved that we could find, and “we’ve done everything that could be done,” as Hillary Clinton said.  If you’d just listen to us, and everything we’ve said, you’d know that we’re a country that is currently ashamed of what our Bill of Rights can produce on occasion.

The modus operandi of this administration is to avoid headlines at all costs.  After the initial attack that occurred in Benghazi, the administration delayed and diminished reaction by sending U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice out to blanket Sunday talk shows with a narrative that reinforced the Obama administration’s position that the deadly violence at American outposts across the Middle East last week was the result of a trailer of an anti-Muslim video.

“What sparked the violence was a very hateful video on the Internet,” Ambassador Rice said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It was a reaction to a video that had nothing to do with the United States.”{1}

In other words, you can’t call this a successful attack of an American installation on our watch.  You can’t blame our foreign policies.  It’s that darn video.  Some may think that Rice’s statement was a contradiction to the warning of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service, and that Jay Carney’s subsequent statements were a contradiction to Rice’s statement, until one realizes that Jay Carney was contradicting his own previous statements on the matter.

“It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Some may be shocked at the brazen contradictions in this do-si-do positioning, but those who are haven’t been paying much attention these last four years.  The administration puts forth a position, or an explanation of an incident, until that position or explanation is deemed either incorrect or highly controversial.  When that occurs, they add clarification under the guise of consistency.  “As I’ve always said…” is something that Obama says when his previous positions, statements, or explanations are deemed unclear, incorrect, or a contradiction to what he’s said previously.  The useful idiots in the media then take this clarification, or correction, to the airwaves saying, “The President clarified his position today on (the issue of the day) by saying…”  These actions allow the administration to either avoid, or muddle up, the headlines with immediate statements that contradict what observers see.  Then they “clarify” their position to the one everyone knew was the truth all along.  By the time they put forth this clarification, however, the issue is off the griddle as far as most people are concerned.  The newspapers may print the clarification, but it’s usually placed in the back pages of the newspaper.  It’s a win-win for all of those involved.

Until one reads, in this particular instance, that Egypt’s General Intelligence Service warned that a jihadi group was planning to launch terrorist attacks against the US and Israeli embassies in Cairo, according to a report Tuesday by Egypt Independent, citing a secret letter obtained by a privately owned Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reportedly.  According to the report, the attack was being planned by Global Jihad, the group suspected of killing 16 Egyptian border guards in Sinai on August 5.  Al-Masry Al-Youm reportedly obtained a copy of the September 4 letter, sent to all Egyptian security sectors, warning that Sinai- and Gaza-based Global Jihad cells were planning attacks on the two embassies.{2}

Carney’s “self-evident” clarification, on Thursday 9/20/12, came a day after Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate Homeland Security Committee under questioning that it was terrorists who executed an attack on the consulate and then chased down fleeing staff to an embassy safe house. But he said he knew of no evidence that the attack it was planned ahead of time, calling it an “opportunistic attack.”

To this, Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, who has had private briefings on the incident, reacted to Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center with incredulity.  “Based on the briefings that I have had, I come to the opposite conclusion,” Collins said. “I just don’t think people come to protests equipped with RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) and other heavy weapons.”{3}

Why wouldn’t the administration admit straight off that this attack had been planned for two to three days by some accounts, and seven days if you listen to the privately owned Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm.  It might be due to the fact that an admission of this sort would prompt the question, “If you knew that it was planned, why was there no security detail around the embassies?”  It would also prompt the question, with the anniversary of 9/11 approaching, why didn’t you see the building tensions?  To that, they may say “we’ve had other anniversaries, and they didn’t involve attacks.  We had no signs that this would be any different.”  To this, a reporter could state that if Egyptian intelligence reports had this knowledge why didn’t the administration?  Are you trying to tell us that the tensions that were punctuated by crowds chanting, “Obama, Obama, we are all Osama!” outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, on Sept. 11, was also a spontaneous reaction…And if it was, was it a spontaneous reaction to the administration’s spiking of the football on the death of Osama bin Laden, or was it a reaction to this movie?

Pushing the idea that the trailer of the video was the lone reason for these uprisings was of upmost importance to the administration in the immediate aftermath, for that suggested these uprisings were a result of something that the administration couldn’t control.  It suggested that these uprisings had nothing to do with Obama’s foreign policy or diplomacy.  It had nothing to do with the fact that, save for the drone program, the Obama admiration’s apologetic diplomacy has not worked.  It was the movie.  It was a trailer of the movie.  That’s it.

The administration officials, and those sympathetic to the president, took this narrative and ran around the world with it.  They knew that if they would repeat it often enough, it would make headlines and sink deep into the national psyche.  The retractions would be an afterthought, as retractions often are.  Retractions correct the record, and take arguments away from naysayers, but no one really remembers them.  Most people pay attention to the news long enough to get some flavor of stories, they learn their leader’s positions or explanations, and they figure that their leaders are more informed than they are, and they go to bed at night with those explanations dancing in their heads.  Most of us are not as skeptical as we probably should be of news reports, and we mentally and verbally condemn those our leaders tell us to condemn for causing the unfortunate deaths of American citizens?  This administration know us pretty well, and they know how to manufacture and manipulate news well enough to escape thorough condemnation for their actions, to keep approval ratings high, and to get re-elected in the face of what could otherwise be considered utter incompetence on these crucial issues.

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