So the lovely headline has been published, “Obama’s deceit, after people died.”
Suddenly, the president’s new clothes seem embarrassingly transparent. The contention relentlessly promoted by Team Obama, to the effect that the commander in chief’s performance with respect to foreign policy and national security was simply unassailable, is being seen for what it is: an utter fraud.
The deal-breaker has been the accumulating evidence that President Obama and his subordinates disinformed the American people — to put it charitably — about a present danger: the outbreak of violence against our diplomatic personnel and facilities and other interests in more than 30 countries around the world. Specifically, they denied that a carefully planned and executed jihadist attack against our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was responsible for the murder of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three of his colleagues on Sept. 11.
Breitbart.com is more direct “People died; Obama lied.” It is a brilliant attack on fashionable Leftists who accused the previous administration, “Bush lied; people died.”
But the Obama version is backward. The narrative should be described in the same way that Bush’s story was told: first the lying and then the dying.
Yes, it is true that Obama has been caught lying about what happened. But that isn’t the point. Just like Leftists have accused Bush and Cheney of doing in Iraq, Obama first lied about the state of affairs in Libya in order to implement regime change.
What was the lie? It was about who we were supposedly intervening for. Obama said, “the aspirations of the Libyan people for freedom, democracy and dignity must be met.” The lie was that there existed a recognizable movement for “freedom, democracy, and dignity.” There was no such thing.
We were given plenty of warnings about what was really happening. Algeria warned of how we were giving an opportunity to Al Qaeda to get advance weapons. But everyone pretended that was an incidental risk and one we could control. Between what they got from Gaddafi’s defeated regime and what they got in NATO support, we effectively armed Islamic terrorists.
The result was not only the death of Americans in Benghazi. Before that, and probably even after, many civilians have been slaughtered under NATO’s protection. Our intervention also led to a crisis in Mali.
Obama lied, people died. And the Left and the media, who were so angry at Bush, now seem to have no problem with it.