When an article starts out “Almost everything we have been told about Libya over the last two years is untrue”, the reader knows that it will not be a fluff piece. When the author of the Jewish World Review article is Victor Davis Hanson, the reader knows that facts and reason will in all probability support the premise fully.
Professor Hanson points to the US and our ally’s accomplishment as “ proof of President Obama’s enlightened reset Middle East policy.”After all, “when insurgency broke out there, the United States joined France and Great Britain in bombing Muammar Gadhafi out of power — and supposedly empowering a democratic Arab Spring. Not a single American life was lost.” This, we were told was a great example of President Obama’s mythical foreign policy mojo. “Obama’s June 2009 Cairo speech had praised Islam and apologized for the West. A new “lead from behind” multilateralism was said to have superseded George W. Bush’s neo-imperialist interventions of the past.” The Nobel Peace Prize was being polished for a second rendition. Obama’s mixed-racial identity and his father’s Muslim heritage would also win over the hearts and minds of Libyans after the Gadhafi nightmare. During this summer’s Democratic convention, Obama supporters trumpeted the successes of his Middle East policy: Osama bin Laden dead, al-Qaeda defanged and Arab Spring reformers in place of dictators.”
Hanson then brilliantly takes us the rest of the way to the Benghazi massacre and the aftermath whereby President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the rest of the gang that can’t shoot anything or anyone without a movie maker on site, totally lost the American public less than two months before the Election. “To keep that shining message viable until the November election, the Obama administration and the media had been willing to overlook or mischaracterize all sorts of disturbing events.” Libya had not been as much liberated as it was descending into the chaos of tribal payback. “Islamists began consolidating power, desecrating a British military cemetery and driving out Westerners.” On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, “a radical Islamist hit team with heavy weapons stormed the American consulate in Benghazi, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.”
“In response, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, National Intelligence Director James Clapper and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice desperately insisted that the murders were a one-time, ad hoc demonstration gone awry, without much larger significance. Supposedly, a few Muslim outliers — inflamed over one American’s anti-Islamic Internet video — had overreacted and stormed the consulate. Such anger was “natural,” assured the president.”
The rest of the world, especially the Muslim extremist world, sat in disbelief. After 9-11-01, the world and those who perpetrated the heinous acts knew that we knew and were coming to avenge what had been done to America. The Obama Administration, to everyone but the lamestream media’s consternation said the furor was over an obscure, months-old Internet video just happen to coincide with the 9/11 anniversary attack. No one asked, “do demonstrators customarily bring along rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and heavy machine guns? No one replied when the Libyan government attribute the killings to an al-Qaeda affiliate when the Obama administration clearly rejected that cause. “ For most of September, desperate administration officials still clung to the myth that the Libyan catastrophe was a result of a single obnoxious video. At the United Nations, the president castigated the uncouth film. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lamented the senseless spontaneous violence that grew out of one American’s excesses, as she spoke beside the returning coffins of the slain Americans. The problem with lies is they make the liars look bad. In this case, the ones taking the heat were lower lever, civil servants who work in the State Department and on the National Security team that every President relies upon. The American people may not know about these people but the lamestream media and almost anyone who has ever worked in Washington know them well. We also know they are proud and dedicated workers who do not like it when a President lies and they are getting fitted for the role of villain. The result, as An Excellent Spirit pointed out on several posts, days ago, is that leaks, systematic releases of emails and other communications and conversations begin to hit the public. The Administration in power is on the way to misery when that occurs. Daily, “more disturbing facts kept emerging: Ambassador Stevens repeatedly had warned his State Department superiors in vain of impending Islamist violence. Security personnel — to no avail- had also urged beefing up the protection of the consulate, prompting former regional security officer Eric Nordstrom to say in exasperation that “the Taliban is on the inside of the building.” Video of the attack revealed that there had been no demonstration at all, but rather a full-fledged terrorist assault.” Then the Administration did something that is characteristic of an administration that has confidence that it will not be called to task by an adoring, even willing to cheat and mis-report the “news” to “us”. Even as the fantasy of a spur-of-the-moment demonstration dissipated, administration officials tried to salvage it — and with it their idealistic policy in the Middle East. Vice President Joe Biden told a flat-out whopper in last week’s debate, saying the administration hadn’t been informed that Americans in Libya had ever requested more security. He scapegoated the intelligence agencies for supposedly failing to warn the administration of the threat.
That really did it. The Obama Administration was telling Americans that it was not only the fault of one video, “but the intelligence community for misleading them about the threat of an al-Qaeda hit on an American consulate — and the Romney campaign for demanding answers about a slain ambassador and his associates. Meanwhile, the State Department, the Obama re-election team and the intelligence community were all pointing fingers at each other.” That was the beginning of the end.”
Professor Hanson in his inimitable powers of reasoning, concludes, “What the Obama administration could not concede was the truth: The lead-from-behind intervention in Libya had proved a blueprint for nothing. Libya has descended into chaos. Radical Islam had either subverted or hijacked the Arab Spring. Al-Qaeda was not dismantled by the death of bin Laden or by the stepped-up drone assassination missions in Pakistan. Egypt was becoming Islamist; Syria was a bloody mess. Iran was on the way to becoming nuclear. Obama had won America no more good will in the Middle East than had prior presidents. In other words, the administration’s entire experience in Libya — and in most of the Middle East in general — has been a bright and shining lie. Game over. America loses! Lives, Respect, Credibility, Money and Influence to meet the still daunting challenges of Iran, Israel and a nuclear Middle East exploding in our face!” Emphasis ours.
Victor Davis Hanson has once again told the unvarnished truth in a way that any American can understand and take hold of it. Now it is “our” turn to deal with the perfidy, mendacity and incompetence. On November 6th. The foreign policy debate next Monday, October 22nd should be a donnybrook of gigantic proportions if “we” can somehow get the lame stream media out of the way to get enough unvarnished, unsung facts and truth. We will see and An Excellent Spirit will bring it all to you. Stay tuned