It is important to read this piece with the knowledge that President Obama, in his first 1,225 days in office, skipped 56 percent of his daily intelligence briefings. And so far, this year alone he has skipped 62 percent of those meetings. The media likes to adoringly point out the unprecedented aspects of this presidency, so I’m sure they will draw attention to this fact in no time.
Now that you know how neglectful Obama has been of these intelligence briefings, I can proceed.
We have been hearing repeatedly from this administration that, against all common sense, the cause of the violence in the Middle East that exploded on September 11 two weeks ago and killed four Americans was merely the manifestation of hurt feelings over a 14-minute anti-Islam video posted months and months ago on YouTube. Obama made the claim just three days ago during his taping of “The View” (part of his “busy schedule” that prevented him from meeting with Israel’s Netanyahu). He even repeated it the next day during his United Nations speech: “[I]n every culture, those who love freedom for themselves must ask how much they are willing to tolerate freedom for others. That is what we saw play out the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.”
Of course the reason for blaming the video has nothing to do with reality and everything to do with finding a scapegoat for Obama’s failed Middle East policy of apologizing for America and appeasing Islamists.
Now today, in an interview with NBC’s Ann Curry, Libyan President Mohamed Magarief has made a fool of President Obama: he stated that the attacks on the US embassy in Libya had “nothing to do with” the video and that it was a pre-planned act of terror. When pressed by Curry to detail his evidence for this, he said he could not because the investigation was still underway, but he assured Curry that so far, all the evidence discovered shows that it was an attack planned by al-Qaeda. He also gave the common-sense argument that the Obama administration has been hoping would be lost on Americans: because the video is relatively old, “Reaction should have been, if it was genuine, should have been six months earlier. So it was postponed until the 11th of September. They chose this date, 11th of September, to carry a certain message.”
This makes President Obama a fool. The next bit makes him a liar:
The Daily Beast, a left-wing website affiliated with Newsweek Magazine, reported yesterday that, according to three as-yet unnamed US intelligence officials, the Obama administration knew within 24 hours after the attack that the attack was the plot of al-Qaeda or an al-Qaeda affiliate. And yet the administration has been telling Americans and foreigners alike for the last two weeks that the attack was a spontaneous revolt against some obscure video on the Internet. The White House even went so far as to ask YouTube, a private company, to examine their terms of service to see if they can find justification in having the video removed. That is, Obama sought to silence free speech that he knew to be harmless and irrelevant. Why? Journalists? Reporters? Why?