Over the last three-plus years, the Obama administration has taken the blame game to a new low.
This would be pathetic in and of itself, but in the finger pointing process the administration has also cultivated a twisted sort of expertise in its ability to manufacture scapegoats and deflect responsibility for its own serial missteps.
Of course, the administration’s tried-and-true target of blame over the course of Obama’s presidential tenure has typically been former President George W. Bush, particularly when accountability for serious economic blunders has needed to be pinned elsewhere.
The most recent scapegoat that has been fashioned by the administration and affirmed by its mainstream media cohorts is some crudely produced film footage, upon which blame has been heaped for the assault on our embassies and the murders of the U.S. ambassador to Libya along with three of our fellow Americans.
Obama’s defense forces in the mainstream media have promulgated the narrative that on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, 400 people stormed a U.S. embassy as an expression of outrage over a movie trailer.
Absent from the narrative script was the mention of the insidious paramilitary nature of the operation and the mortars and rocket-propelled grenades that were utilized. Also omitted was the fact that the militants knew where to go to carry out their heinous acts. They knew that U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was not at the embassy in Tripoli but instead had gone to the consulate in Benghazi.
The attackers knew, too, that the ambassador had been transported to a “safe house.” And they additionally knew the whereabouts of the facility so that redirection of the assault could be accomplished.
The initial and official reaction of the United States to the attack on the embassy in Egypt was to focus on the film footage. The statement by the U.S. embassy in Cairo included a condemnation of the “efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”
Despite the possible “act of war” characteristics of the assault against the U.S. in Libya, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could not stop talking about the movie that was supposedly to blame.
Since the problem, according to the administration, was solely due to the film footage, it follows in the line of reasoning that there was no real need for Obama to go to the intelligence briefing on the morning following the attack. The president would as scheduled attend a segment on a hip-hop radio show, be interviewed by “The Pimp With A Limp,” and later take a seat on David Letterman’s late-night couch.
Blaming a movie scene helps to provide a rationale as to why Marines reportedly were sent to secure the U.S. Embassy in Cairo without any bullets in their firearms.
On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney once again placed blame on the film footage, but he chose to use stronger terms, saying that the acts against America in Cairo, Benghazi, and other locales were a “response not to United States policy, and not obviously the administration or the American people,” but rather were “in response to a video, a film we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.”
Carney repeated the narrative again, saying, “This is not a case of protests directed at the United States at large or at U.S. policy, but in response to a video that is offensive to Muslims.”
If the administration chooses to focus solely on the movie, logic demands that it must also assert that, rather than a premeditated action, the deadly consulate attack was a spontaneous protest over the offensive content.
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice did just that on a series of Sunday news shows, claiming that what occurred in Cairo and Benghazi had been triggered by “spontaneous” demonstrations.
A few days earlier some Obama administration officials anonymously expressed the opposite view, telling Reuters that the attacks may have been planned and organized in advance, specifically identifying a militant faction known as Ansar al Sharia (which means Supporters of Islamic Law) as a group that may have been involved in organizing the attack in Libya.
Mohammed al-Megaryef, the head of Libya's national assembly, disagreed with the Obama surrogates, saying that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was planned and “meticulously executed.” Interestingly, al-Megaryef did not blame the movie.
Hollywood, incidentally, was embarrassed that the film the Obama administration has been referencing was reportedly filmed, in part, on a set, which was built for the CBS television show, “JAG,” by Paramount's TV unit. The set has been used by many television shows and movies including “Arrested Development,” “CSI,” and “Iron Man.”
Alan Roberts, the individual who reportedly directed the film, was best known for low-budget, soft-core pornographic films that were released in the 1970s and 1980s.
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax.TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.
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