The Benghazi Chronicles: Catching Khattala

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A small American flag is seen in the rubble at the United States consulate, one day after armed men stormed the compound and killed the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others in Benghazi, Libya on September 12, 2012. The gunman were protesting a little known film by an American amateur filmmaker that angered Muslims as it was deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad. UPI/Tariq AL-hun

Earlier this week, the United States scored a major victory in the War on Terror. You may rest easy, peace-loving people of the world. Ahmed Abu Khattala has been apprehended. Wait, the name Abu Khattala doesn’t ring a bell with you? Well, according to the Administration of President Barack Obama, he’s only the worst person in the world whose last name isn’t Koch.

You see, Abu Khattala is the mastermind behind the September 11, 2012 attack on an American compound near Benghazi, Libya during which islamofascist killers murdered U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and Americans Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods. Abu Khattala is the bloodthirsty savage who orchestrated the massacre that forever seared into our brains the image of a U.S. Ambassador’s corpse being paraded through the streets by al-Qaida-linked animals like a macabre float in a Ramadan parade.

With Abu Khattala in custody, the U.S. government can finally bring to a close the sad saga of Obama’s Benghazi misadventures. Presumably, Abu Khattala will face trial and subsequently face a sentence of imprisonment for life — or until Obama trades him to some al-Qaida offshoot in return for a deserter, whichever comes first. We know this because Obama managed to wedge an acknowledgement of Abu Khattala’s capture in between giving out prizes in the White House’s first annual illegal alien hoedown and border-jump-a-lympics.

As for the Jihadi of the hour: Abu Khattala had better put on his big boy kaffiyeh. If convicted, he may end up staring at the walls of a Federal supermax prison. But if he’s cooperative, he might get to kick back, take a few yoga classes and cool his heels in fabulous Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — where terrorists receive the same top-quality healthcare that Obama denies to their captors.

Unfortunately, the capture of Abu Khattala raises more questions. As is seemingly always the case with our current regime, a new (old) narrative has replaced the old (new) narrative. I suppose it’s unrealistic to expect anything resembling consistency from a Presidential Administration that combines the collective attention span of a hyperactive teenager with the geopolitical competence of the same hyperactive teenager. However, in a testament to the tendency of so-called “progressives” to confuse partisanship with principle, Obama has simultaneously deployed his accomplices to demand a pound of Abu Khattala’s flesh while Mark Basseley Youssef (the man behind the little-known “Innocence of Muslims” video) remains on probation after pleading guilty to four Federal charges and spending a year in prison (for excessive YouTubery?).

For that matter, how can Abu Khattala be held responsible for something Obama’s own flacks — led by the infamously incoherent Susan Rice — flatly called a “spontaneous” reaction to a YouTube video? Even Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State on that fateful night, seems to be struggling to keep her story straight. FOX News reported:

“This was the fog of war,” Clinton said, when asked about the administration’s controversial public explanation of the attack.

“My own assessment careened from the video had something to do with it, the video had nothing to do with it — it may have affected some people, it didn’t affect other people,” she said in the interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren.

Of course Clinton doesn’t understand the “difference.”Combine her recent concussion with her advancing years, and it’s unlikely she’ll figure it out anytime soon.

At least Her Royal Hillary-ness can hide behind head trauma. Not that I’m questioning Obama’s timing, but I’m a bit perplexed by the idea that it took three years to throw a net over an islamofascist whose whereabouts were pretty much common knowledge in newsrooms across the planet. I’m actually surprised Obama didn’t just get Abu Khattala’s address from the National Security Agency transcripts of some reporter’s hard drive, especially considering the fact that Obama needed a distraction from the scandals he has created by lying to the American people about everything from the doctor’s office to Benghazi. It’s certainly worth noting that Obama is trying to distract attention from the Benghazi scandal by creating another Benghazi scandal.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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