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Benghazi: Obama’s “Wag the Dog” in Reverse

Some time ago speculation ran
through the Mainstream Media and the Internet about which “playbook”
the Obama administration has been following in terms of its domestic and international
policies. Was it George Orwell’s Nineteen
Eighty-Four
, or Ayn Rand’s Atlas
Shrugged
?

The consensus came down for Atlas Shrugged, a novel whose villains
seemed to have enjoyed a kind of ethereal, literary karma and wound up in
President Barack Obama’s administration. The premise behind the consensus was
that before you can depict a country in ruins governed by an all-knowing,
all-controlling totalitarian régime, it must first be ruined.

I agreed with that consensus.
But, here’s a new twist on that hypothesis.

In 1997, Hollywood released a
cinematic spitball aimed at President George H.W. Bush, Wag the Dog,
about a phony war concocted by – don’t be too surprised – a Hollywood producer
to distract attention away from a fictive president’s sex scandal just before
an election.  The ruse succeeds, and the (presumably Republican)
president is reelected. The ruse is so successful that its creator is bursting
with frustrated pride and wants to tell the world about it. He is warned not
to. He insists. Consequently, he has a heart attack at poolside and dies, an
unfortunate “tragedy” arranged for him by a fellow spin-doctor
working for the government.

Lately,
reality has had a habit of emulating fiction, even Hollywood’s leftist digital
and celluloid fiction. Today we have, in the geyser of revelations about what
happened in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012, just the reverse of
what transpired in the movie. There is a real war, a president and former Secretary
of State are embroiled in a scandal, and there have been real deaths, and not
so much a covered-up sex scandal as a set of lies and fabrications intended to
distract Americans’ attention from the criminal behavior and statements of the
administration just before an election, in this instance, the 2012 election.

President
Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and advisor and
fiction writer Ben
Rhodes
apparently failed to wag this particular dog convincingly enough to
stop the truth from coming out, although it wasn’t for lack of trying by the
stooges and cheerleaders in the MSM and by Obama’s geekish press secretary, Jay
Carney. In fact, a whole kennel of dogs is barking outloud about how their owners
mangled their tails in multiple attempts to wag them. These are dogs that date
back to Obama’s first term in office.

There
is the IRS
scandal
over Associated Press phone records being seized by the Department of
Justice to see who was saying, writing, and doing what, and when, and the IRS
scandal
over that beloved “service” targeting the Tea Party and
other organizations for special attention, all with the implied sanction of an
all-too-real president
to weaken their opposition
to Obama’s reelection.

There
is “Fast and Furious,” Attorney General Eric Holder’s pack of rabid
pit bulls concocted to implicate private gun owners and sellers in the Mexican
drug cartel’s depredations with the aim of  imposing gun controls on the country to reduce
“gun violence.”  

There
are the Solyndra-class, fascist subsidies to companies that ultimately failed
and continue to cost taxpayers.

There
was TARP and the whole subprime mortgage meltdown that cost billions and
billions of taxpayer dollars. There were the car industry bailouts that
continue to cost billions. There is Obama’s opposition to any energy plan that
would make the country independent of the whims and political influence of OPEC
and especially of Mideast oil potentates.

There
is Obama’s endorsement of the so-called “Arab Spring,” which was heralded
as a chance to bring “democracy” to Egypt and Tunisia and Libya, but
which has resulted in the establishment of one of this country’s most determined
and deadly enemies, the Muslim Brotherhood, not to mention the murderous
turmoil in Syria.

There
is the astronomical debt rung up by the Obama administration for which we might
need to coin a new term that would describe it.

There
is Obamacare, a dictatorial “health insurance” scam that forces all Americans
to participate in, and whose true costs are now beginning to reveal themselves.

There
is terrorism itself, and Obama ordering the destruction or redacting of all government
training materials that would identify our enemy, Islam, reducing our law
enforcement agencies to a blinded, bumbling Mr. Magoo.

But,
it’s Ben Rhodes who is the focus of attention here. I focus on him because, as
a novelist, I wish to redeem the good name of novelists who produce fiction. I cannot
speak for other novelists, but I can distinguish between writing fiction for a
reading public and concocting lies to be consumed by the same public. Rhodes is billed
as
Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic
Communications and Speechwriting, overseeing President Obama’s national
security communications, speechwriting, and global engagement. And, before being
appointed to that post, was Deputy Director of White House Speechwriting, and
as a Senior Speechwriter for the Obama campaign.

In short, Rhodes is the Dustin Hoffman character in Wag the Dog, Stanley Motss. It is too
early to project whether or not he will meet Stanley Motss’s fate. Probably not.
More likely he will be thrown under another of Obama’s buses, figuratively
speaking, in the guise of a tearful resignation. He is, after all, an important
“advisor,” and he advised Obama, not too well, and wrongly, at that. His
hand was in the talking points cookie jar, and the jar was fabricated by his
fellow staff spin-doctors.

Rhodes apparently is implicated in the
“talking points” issue over what to say and what not to say about what
happened in Benghazi, why the consulate was attacked, by whom, and who knew it
and when. By “who knew it,” I mean anyone in the government outside
of Al Qada and the Muslim Brotherhood, two organizations which seem to be formulating
our foreign policy.

Obama has more or less laughed
off
the Benghazi investigation. As the Washington Post reported:

“We don’t have time to
keep playing these political games in Washington,” Obama said, arguing that the
more important work is ensuring that U.S. diplomats are adequately protected.
“We dishonor them when we turn things like this into a political circus.”

Rhodes was apparently aided in the deceit by Samantha Power, consort
of former would-be speech censor and Obama staffer Cass Sunstein. Having resigned
from the first Obama term because of an “off-the-record” remark she
made about Hillary Clinton, she is back in the administration and heads the
Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights as Senior Director of
Multilateral Affairs on the Staff of the National Security Council. She is a
Pulitzer Prize winning author and is closely entrenched in Harvard University’s
liberal establishment.

What did she say about Hillary “It doesn’t
matter” Clinton that forced her to resign? It is precious, and it is correct.
The Washington
Pos
t wrote:

” ‘She is a monster, too — that is off the
record — she is stooping to anything,’ Ms. Power said, hastily trying to
withdraw her remark.”

Power was quoted as taking other swipes at Obama’s Democratic
presidential nomination rival, which Gilson says came after the
“monster” comment and which Power did not attempt to place off the
record. Power said of Clinton, “You just look at her and think, ‘Ergh’ . .
. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.”

Ben
Rhodes, however, got a master’s degree in fiction-writing at New York
University. The only fiction he is known to have written is some of Obama’s
speeches. A puff-piece in the Collegiate
School’s blogsite quotes him:

“For a long time, my focus was on being a writer,”
Rhodes said. “But I was definitely politically engaged [in school], and I don’t
think it would surprise anyone I went to high school with that I ended up doing
something in politics.” [Syntax, sic]

Like
writing fiction for the President ever since 2007, and for former Virginia governor
and now Senator Mark Warner, and for Representative Lee Hamilton of Indiana.

As for
the “talking points” new and old, and how the administration was
concerned about their credibility, The Weekly
Standard
, in Stephen Hayes’ May 13th article, “The
Benghazi Talking Points:
And how they were changed  to obscure the truth,” reported

In an attempt to address
those concerns, CIA officials cut all references to Ansar al Sharia and made
minor tweaks. But in a follow-up email at 9:24 p.m., [State Department spokesman
Victoria] Nuland wrote that the problem remained and that her superiors—she did
not say which ones—were unhappy. The changes, she wrote, did not “resolve all
my issues or those of my building leadership,” and State Department leadership
was contacting National Security Council officials directly. Moments later,
according to the House report, “White House officials responded by stating that
the State Department’s concerns would have to be taken into account.” One
official—Ben Rhodes, The Weekly Standard is told, a top adviser to
President Obama on national security and foreign policy—further advised the
group that the issues would be resolved in a meeting of top administration officials
the following morning at the White House.

By “resolved,” Rhodes did not mean the
resolution of conflicts and plots in a work of fiction. That skill, presumably
(but doubtfully) acquired for his master’s degree in fiction-writing at NYU,
did not come into play here. He meant reaching a credible lie in the work of
fiction that is Obama’s ongoing work-in-progress.

That is, concocting disingenuous statements and
postures to preserve the alleged credibility of Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Obama, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, Victoria
Nuland, and Ben Rhodes all cried havoc, but let slip the dogs of war – on their
own houses. For once.

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    Well, you list quite a lot of worms in this political can. In my observation of political administration cycles, I have concluded that most presidents spend more time dealing with the mis-deeds of the former administrations than really governing. Their speech writers and "war rooms" are mostly fiction writers trying to put the events into that president's (or handlers') versions of the plot. The other factions and media spend energy twisting events and spreading mis-information in their own novel fashion. We readers must be cautious of believing most of what all say.

    In parallel, I am half way through "Whisper the Guns", with Ms. Lee having just moved Mr. Fury to her apartment. Enough partial truths and actions are set out so far to support any number of hypothesis about whom to trust or not. At least, I know this is faction, and that the author has through through the plot before writing it…

    Oscar

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