Posted on | October 19, 2012 | 31 Comments
Given a non-optimal event, or, as real people would call it, tragic failure, controlling the spin is crucial. Benghazi certainly qualifies. And the spin after the second Presidential debate is doing a fine job of keeping the discussion manageable for the Administration, if not where they want it.
Neo-Neocon gives a detailed overview of the Rose Garden remarks of 12Sep2012, concluding:
Obama’s Rose Garden speech was carefully written to make sure the President sounded as though he may have been hinting at quite a few things that he’s not really saying, in order to keep all his options open later.
Not bad. And how was Candy cued about the importance of those 12Sep2012 remarks? Axelrod told her on 30Sep2012, that’s how. Which is why Red Diaper David gets paid the big bucks. Also, CNN admits its complicity in supporting Obama during the debate. But that’s in character.
The real issue here is why the Administration is successfully focusing all eyes on words that were spoken on 12Sep2012, and debate verbiage on 16Oct2012. These are certainly interesting, but peripheral. What we need to know is: where was the security that any reasonable person would require in Benghazi, leading up to and on 11Sep2012?
We’re not going to get answers to any hahrd questions, of course. There are too many legitimate issues of classified information, too many illegitimate issues of covering backsides, too many international implications of where the truth could lead, too many sycophants still wanting to drag #OccupyResoluteDesk across the finish line next month ahead of Romney. Fine.
What is the purpose of having a blog if you can’t point a finger and call: NONSENSE when you see it?
Update: great roundup over at Nice Deb
Update II: does anybody not see that ‘Not Optimal‘ is just another calculated distraction? BHO hates you, he hates your liberty, and he thinks you’re stupid. He knows he’s toast if there is a real focus on the facts of Benghazi, and so he offers smoke screens. #Choom
Update III: alas, the CIA may not be keeping time with the White House drum:
The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month’s deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press.
It is unclear who, if anyone, saw the cable outside the CIA at that point and how high up in the agency the information went.
I’ve been impressed in the first two debates at Romney’s capacity to push his argument exactly as far as he wants to, despite the moderator, and then comfortably resume his stance. Despite running in sand, Romney still conjures the piano music.
Update IV: A very detailed breakdown at Perfect Under a Red Umbrella. Again, beware efforts to run out the clock, and mire the discussion in minutia. Ultimately, this Administration has been nothing other than a pack of thugs.
More at Stacy on the Right.
Missed by Romney, missed by the audience, missed by most of the commentariat, it was the biggest gaffe of the entire debate cycle: Substituting unctuousness for argument, Obama declared himself offended by the suggestion that anyone in his administration, including the U.N. ambassador, would “mislead” the country on Libya.
Nobody is missing it. We’re chewing on the fine print now. Romney knew he’d made his point, and left it there. BHO wins if he can reduce the conversation to finger pointing–President wins in ties–and distract from the broader question of his leadership vacuum.
Update VI: linked at Jackie Wellfonder.