Sunday, October 28, 2012


Radio Lab had an interesting show about how basically re-plays of Orson Welles' "War of Worlds" managed to fool enough people to cause disruption and even death and as I was listening, I thought that the Benghazi Gasbags are trying to do the same thing because they also rely on fear of the Other, specifically fear of Islamic extremists.

UPDATE: Ignorance of the facts also plays a major role in rightwing agit-prop, so Benghazi is a perfect vehicle for the gasbags:
Was Benghazi Attack on U.S. Consulate an Inside Job?
Oct 29, 2012 1:00 AM EDT
One man gives his harrowing account of the attack on the U.S. Ambassador.
Jamie Dettmer
The Daily Beast

The story of the night America lost its first ambassador since 1979 to violence is like a jigsaw puzzle—the pieces are fitting together slowly and the picture is emerging but is still not complete and might not be for months. In trying to figure out the puzzle, U.S. investigators are not being helped by the lack of reliable information coming from Tripoli. The inquiry that Libyan leaders promised the day after the attack has stalled. Who’s in charge? No one really knows. “That’s a million-dollar question,” admits an adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abushugar.

When one tries to piece together the story of what happened in Benghazi, discrepancies stand out. For one thing, the timing of events given by officials in Washington, Tripoli, and Benghazi don’t quite match.

Who were these attackers? In the immediate aftermath of the assault, Libyan leaders produced startlingly conflicting statements. They blamed the “men of the Gaddafi regime” and al Qaeda in quick succession. Then, after eyewitnesses fingered local extremists, they focused on a Benghazi-based Salafist militia called Ansar al-Sharia, which had been founded after the toppling of Gaddafi.

An email sent on the night of the attack by the State Department to the White House noted that American diplomats in the Libyan capital reported that the militia had “claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.”

Days later, Ansar al-Sharia disavowed responsibility for the attack.


Ken Hoop said...

Well, at least the "Obama is a Muslim" thing GOP right canard is a Fail.
18% believe he's Jewish, only 10% a Muslim.
Guess you can only drone bomb so many Muslims, appoint so many dual loyalist banksters and cave in to Netanyahu without criticising Israel's embargo on Gaza and attacks on Turkish flotillas so many times without people Muslim there!

Anonymous said...

Hillary-Obama are now bent on setting matters right by setting them even more wrong.
Perhaps Romney would do worse; if that's the only defense,there is none.

Anonymous said...

Reporter Ben Swann, seemingly a Gary Anderson supporter, pointed out on the local Cunningham Show today that Obama has appointed an unopposed president in Yemen, then ordered the banks accounts of possible opponents provisionally frozen if they chose to run against him, all amid the barbarian drone program. Cunningham incoherently used the interview occasion to attack Obama for widespread droning, and thusly killing children and berate the left for its silence on same--- while admitting in the same sentence he favored this comparatively safe method of killing the enemy. I believe the clown must have had an in-sentence flashback of the times he was
calling for carpet bombing Iraq "back to the Stone Age"
between 2003 and 2010.