Devolution Of A Narrative

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

President Barack Obama and his Democratic accomplices have spun themselves sick trying to stay ahead of the scandal they created in Benghazi, Libya. Anyone who watched White House mouthpiece Jay Carney’s performance in the White House Press Room last week no doubt experienced liberal-induced nausea. And anyone who watched FOX News anchor Chris Wallace spank Obama surrogate Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) Sunday morning knows the Democrats themselves have contracted a scorching case of partisan motion sickness.

And who can blame them? The talking points proffered by the fringe leftists who have taken over the Federal government like a group of choom-addled college students staging a sit-in in the dean’s office have swerved from the ridiculous to the insultingly stupid.

Observe the devolution of the talking points over time:

  • Benghazi was a spontaneous response to a YouTube video.
  • Libyan Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali is either lying or misinformed when he says the Benghazi attack was premeditated terrorism.
  • Ambassador Chris Stevens never asked for extra security.
  • Information Specialist Sean Smith never warned anyone about his concerns an attack was imminent.
  • There was nothing anyone could have done.
  • No air or ground support was denied.
  • Obama was in the loop the whole time.
  • Libyan President Mohammed Magarief is either lying or misinformed when he says the Benghazi attack was premeditated terrorism.
  • Benghazi was terrorism.
  • Benghazi was caused by the YouTube video. (Note: Obama continued to cite the YouTube lie for nearly a week after his own flunkies acknowledged Magarief was telling the truth.
  • It was the “fog of war.”
  • What difference, at this point, does it make?
  • No talking points were changed.
  • One talking point was changed.
  • Twelve talking points were changed.
  • We didn’t threaten, cajole or attempt to bribe any whistle-blowers.
  • You’re only asking because you’re racist.
  • “Benghazi happened a long time ago.”
  • It was President George W. Bush’s fault.
  • It was former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s fault. (Really? Really.)
  • This whole debate is really a vast right-wing conspiracy aimed at destroying Hillary Clinton’s Presidential aspirations.
  • This is just political theater.

Were it not for the fact that he’s a simpering little twerp, I might feel bad for Carney. As even the corporate media shows signs of interest in the Benghazi cover-up (even far-left outlets like The New York Times now acknowledge Administration misdeeds), his service as the “Squealer” to Obama’s “Napoleon” is clearly taking its toll. At one point late in his dog and pony show Friday, his face was so red I thought he might stroke out on live television.

And the show is far from over. As the liberal monolith begins to fracture under the weight of defending Obama from his own misdeeds, the Democrats have already tried to slide another plate on the bar. It turns out the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of law-abiding American citizens involved a great deal more than just a few bottom-feeders in Cincinnati.

At least the summer ought to be exciting. Here’s hoping we survive it.

–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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  • Deerinwater

    Not a TV watcher but I seriously doubt that Ben while it might appear that way to you and many others. Scandals are “made” and fed. From what I’m reading it seems clear just who it doing what.

    • skippy

      Do you mind sharing your ‘who is doing what’ theory???

      • Derek

        He means old angry racist christian white men.

      • Deerinwater

        What do you wish to focus on? ~ The crime and the criminal or the attempt to construe the victim of calculated criminal activity as a criminal with an attempt to promote a scandal?

        It’s not a difficult decision for myself to make.

        I am 100% inflamed ~ with a matter that has got little or no attention. As the hosting government of Libya was strangely absent as this crime unfolded. ~ I stand prepared to turn the nation into a parking lot with river front property and a ocean view.

        • Frank Kahn

          While the lack of assistance from the Libyan government is of great concern, it has no bearing on the action, or lack of action by our own government.

          We can deride a foreign government for failing to protect our citizens on their soil, however, the primary responsibility for protecting U.S. citizens, on U.S. soil (diplomatic compound) is ours.

          To attempt to push the blame from Hillary and Barack is a dishonest liberal trick that is pathetic and will not work.

          We are not “promoting a scandal”, we are revealing the lies put forth by an extremely dishonest administration.

          Your obvious lack of ability to understand the truth is very concerning to us also. It is dangerous for this country to have so many ignorant or socially inept people touting the insane actions of this felonious administration.

          What happened is analogous to you calling the police because a gang of heavily armed gang bangers were attacking your house. The chief of police says, “it will take too long to get officers there, they will have to try and survive on their own.” Then the chief tells the press, that he was unaware that you were being attacked by a gang, he thought maybe it was just some high school kids partying and getting loud. Maybe the high school kids just got carried away and actually attacked the home later.

          In the mean time, they are helping you with the cost of burying your wife and kids. Now, Darwan, you going to let it go? Are you going to push for an investigation into the fact that you were denied assistance from the people who’s job it is to protect you and your family? Was it the fault of your neighbors, for not coming to your aid during the attack?

          Like Libya, your neighbors could have helped, but it was not their responsibility to do so. It is the police who are tasked with protecting private citizens. In Libya, it is the government’s security and defense departments responsibility to protect.

          • Deerinwater

            Frank, ~ I believe that you are getting as much of the truth as this administration that is charge and responsible feels comfortable with releasing to the general public at this time.

            If you refuse to accept that ~ that is your privilege and right. ~ But what is your function in this on going investigation? ~

            Other then a Glenn Beck type diabolical government conspiracy and cover-up , who do you represent?

            How can you help in this investigation beyond asking hard questions? ~

            Where are you going with those jumper cables? ~ As you impress me as a man that is trying to start something.

            We lost over 270 Americans in 1985. ~ It was a sad day for many. ~ The French lost several dozen men at well in this same event. ~ The French was left to strike back alone ~ as Reagan and Baker were not sure and uncertain as to whom to strike. ~

            Reagan administration was placed under such pressure for so many failures to act. ~ Reagan started a war with Grenada to change the news cycle and get Americans mind off of Beirut. Where U.S. Forces sustained 19 killed and 116 wounded; Cuban forces sustained 25 killed, 59 wounded and 638 combatants captured. Grenadian forces casualties were 45 killed and 358 wounded; at least 24 civilians were killed, several of whom were killed in the accidental bombing of a Grenadian mental hospital by American military.

            Just saying Frank ~ your search for your truth might cost more then it’s worth. ~ and what if your truth is not the truth but something you want to hear?

          • vicki

            Darwan Winkler writes to Frank Kahn

            Frank, ~ I believe that you are
            getting as much of the truth as this administration that is charge and responsible feels comfortable with releasing to the general public at this time.

            At least you admit that they are engaged in a cover-up.

            We lost over 270 Americans in 1985. ~ It was a sad day for many.

            And which day in 1985 would that be?

          • WTS/JAY

            Darwan: Frank, ~ I believe that you are
            getting as much of the truth as this administration that is charge and responsible feels comfortable with releasing to the general public at this time.

            vicki: At least you admit that they are engaged in a cover-up.

            Good catch!

    • Derek

      Seems clear to me also. And I applaud their efforts.

    • speedle

      Uh, Darwin, I think it is being done by person or persons in the Obama administration. Scandals are “made” by someone other than that???? Are you perhaps saying that there is nothing wrong with the Bengazi thing, or the IRS thing, or the DOJ stealing e-mails from reporters thing? Is this just business as usual to you?

      • Deerinwater

        A crime was committed. ~ Americans died. That is always a concern. ~ I know nothing about these other claims.

        Maybe Stevenson should not be sent to Libya in the first place ?~ That ‘s worthy investigation. As I understand it the named priority of the compound were Mr. Stevenson was housed didn’t require a high level of security.personal. ~ That is worth looking into.

        • John

          Darwin, you can not be that ignorant, unless you are an extreme liberal kool-aid drinker. Ovomit can do no wrong? He is first and foremost an illegal president. In 2004 the Chicago Tribune ran the story of ovomit winning the Election for Senate, an election full of corruption on Ovomits part. The head line read “Kenyon born Obama wins Senate seat”. ovomit was so proud of his Kenyon heritage then, but all of a sudden when he is running for president he was born in Hawaii. No proof has yet surface to support that claim. Though there is plenty to prove he wasn’t born in Hawaii.

          • Deerinwater

            John ~ Obama is a natural born American. ~ and there is no proof that you have that will withstand the naked light of day.

            ~~ but what does all this have to do with the price of bananas?

            It sounds like you are the one that need to back away from the punch bowel while your legs still work.

          • Bob666

            Yo Darwin,

            The Kenyon connection is like religion to some-They will never let go.

          • WTS/JAY

            The Bush-connection is like religion to some- They will never let go.

          • Bob666

            Yes Jay, and all that proves is; that many people have a vice.

          • WTS/JAY

            No, all that proves is that too many imbeciles cannot discern the fact that there is no difference between the two “parties”!

          • Don 2


            Since you are an apparent expert on this matter, please produce proof that that you have, that will withstand the naked light of day, that Obama is a natural born American.

  • Deerinwater

    For the many that have a predisposition to suspicion, it’s been a Field Day of contrived empty celebration. Never permit a good disaster go to waste.

  • Deerinwater

    I see that your defensive talking points exclude the 297 million dollar cut in foreign ambassadors security spending by the sitting congress. ~I wonder why?

    • Adolf Schmidt

      I’m still waiting for more information from different sources to come in. What I’ve read so far, Ambassador Ann Wagner said Obama gave the order to stand down in Benghazi, twice. The attack took between 7 and 9 hours, and help was just minutes away in Tripoli. The money for this rescue would have come from the military budget. I don’t think very many Americans would have been upset with the cost of saving these lives. Also, I didn’t vote for Bush. I disagreed with most of his policies also.

      • skippy

        LOL Adolf…Bush did not run against O….so YOU voted for the O??!!!
        Really………….and agree with him???…really??? Well, sadly, that sure says a lot about you……………….

        • Adolf Schmidt

          What are you talking about? The only information you can get from my statement is ” I didn’t vote for Bush”! Your assumption that I voted for Obama ( which I didn’t) speaks loads about your limited deduction skills. I take it you come to the wrong conclusion a lot! Next time ask and you won’t have to waste your time be wrong again. I don’t understand how people can be straight Dem. or Rep. Both sides have plenty of drawbacks. Skippy, next time add something to the post instead of just confirming you lack of understanding!

          • Karolyn

            Bravo, Adolf! This tactic appears here so often. People “assume” too much.

    • Derek

      Because it doesn’t matter. Even with the cut in funding how does that effect the resources that were there? How does that effect the lack of action taken on known information? I am surprised you didn’t blame Bush.

      • Deerinwater

        So ~ cut funding for secure does not matter? While some jaded perception of “lack of action ” does?

        Do you know what actions were even available ? I don’t.

        • John

          Then you are another of those who ” I refuse to watch Fox news” liberal. This info has been available for months. There were at least 7 viable options to protect and or save the victims in BenGHazi. There must have been a conservative in the people there one in four, so let them all die, just so we get the conservative. That is the mentality of Ovomit. Pure evil.

          • Deerinwater

            I don’t watch any TV Pal ~ So who exactly offered these 7 available options? ~ offer me a link and I will review it.

    • vicki

      So lets see. obama orders bought and paid for forces to stand down and you want to blame a spending bill?

      • Deerinwater

        I am not aware of “orders bought and paid for” or of any standing down orders. ~ were there even US forces that could have been deployed in time to offer a dust off?

        The lack of spending will prevent all sorts of things from occurring Vicky. ~ we all know that to be a hard reality.

        • vicki

          Reading comprehension fail. I said forces that were bought and paid for, not orders.

    • WTS/JAY

      Was Hillary aware of the budget-cuts in foreign-ambssadors security-spending? If so, why did she not re-call the Ambassador and his aids…especially after the Ambassador made 13 requests for increase in security? So, if i understand your comment correctly; how is this the fault of Congress? Unless, of course, they made the “budget-cuts” and told no one…not even Hillary. Shhh…

      • Deerinwater

        All Good points Jay and Vicky ~ and worth looking into. ~

        It would be good if we could see all these many events inside a “time line” of what was committed and when and by whom. Only in that way can associated events be viewed in a meaningful manner.

        Congress had a mandate to cut spending but were there great opposition to this security cut? Did the Secretary of State oppose these cuts? ~ Was this before or after committing Stevenson to head up the Libyan foreign affairs office? ~

        As I understand it, there is a protocol and rating system in place that mandates guidelines for necessary security depending on this rating.

        ~ I have heard it said that Ambassadors Stevenson’s facility was rated as low security? If so ? why, ~ who rated it? ~ Was this assessment made by criteria of potential threat or to comply with a rating system and financial restrictions?

        • WTS/JAY

          Actually Darwan-deerinwater, as tempting it may be to label Congress as the “scapegoat” for the tragic events in Libya, the fact of the matter is that, the overall budget for embassy security is not it. Funding for that purpose has risen sharply over the past decade. Further, the State Department has “considerable-latitude” in allocating security funds based on current events and intelligence on possible threats. Why that “latitude” was not applied in Libya deserves further scrutiny!

          • Deerinwater

            I agree completely Jay.

            while you say “. Funding for that purpose has risen sharply over the past decade.” ~ exactly ~ in response to the threat. ~ just how much prudence is in cutting back while the threat continues to grow deserve some scrutiny as well.

            I just don’t know for certain where we are at with Libya. I don’t see a Donald Rumsfield moment ~ suspecting that the Libyan’s might stone Americans with “flowers” . They are Muslims ~ what more needs to be said? ~ They are a volatile, unpredictable people going though some serious growing pains. The chance for regression is greater then for moving forward as best I can tell.

            I wouldn’t loan them any money without so serious collateral, like a 100 year lease on the canal and their 1st born.

  • Warrior

    I wonder what the “court jester” job pays? Too bad gibbs couldn’t join carney. A duet would have been a smash. Then again, I’m surprised bill couldn’t join barak on stage, again, and help him answer questions.

  • vietnamvet1971

    Its a Good Day in America when O’Puke The Muslim in Chief has to stutter and grunt his usual LIES in front of Cameras sort of makes it look Real. Couldn’t happen to a better Muslim.

    • John

      I should have saved the link that shows the Newspaper in November 2004 when Ovomit won the Senate Seat. The Chicago Tribune headline was “Kenyon born Obama wins Senate Seat”. You ask how come we could not see this in 2008 when he was running for office? Chicago Tribune a leftist newspaper would not allow the copy of the paper to be viewed copied or seen at all. That is a simple case of treason. When it finally does come to national public light there will be a group of people who die from firing squad by way of constitutional law. After that there will be thousands more and thousands more will flee. The hard core communist are very afraid right now because the smart ones realize it is falling apart.

      • Robbie

        If that supposed copy of the Tribune was not seen at all what makes you think it ever existed? In other words where did you get this junk “news” story? Just asking.

  • Liberty Lover

    Don’t feel bad for Jay Carney. He could give up his career of intellectual prostitution any day and seek to regain some semblance of integrity/credibility.

    • momo

      Carney should change his name to pretzel, he’s twisted and turned so much to protect Obama.


    It is no wonder that these people cannot give a viable answer to anything, for they have spun things so much, that they have to be dizzy.

  • red neck

    obama is a disgrace to the white house and this country!
    And I for one am glad to see some of the things that he has done are finally coming out although there are many other things that should surface and perhaps they will with time.

  • Nanette

    Watergate, compared to the evil shenanigans of this administration, is equivalent to a boy scout breaking into a girl scouts office and finding out where the best place is to sell girl scout cookies. This administration is guilty of, rigging media to go along with hiding information to all out right lying to brainwashing Americans, selling arms to drug cartels to further their push against guns with the death of hundreds of people, using American agencies to attack and target regular Americans that disagree with an ideology, letting 4 Americans die by letting our enemies attack us and murder Americans by not acknowledging are enemies, spending Americans money to further an ideology and corruption at every level of every office including judicial to destroy the very fabric and moral fiber of our country we live in.

    • John

      It goes much farther than that, Nannette. First people seem not to grasp that the illegal alien is intentionally destroying the United States. If you read Dinesh D’Souza’s books and then do your own due diligence there will be 0 dispute in your own mind. This man is far past evil, past Hitler and even Stalin. If not stopped this country could see the starvation of 100 million Americans in less than 18 months. We are that close to the edge of the cliff.

  • Patriot_Dave

    PLD deleted my comments…. So much for personal liberty…..

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear David Paul Gurtner,

      No comment of yours has been deleted today, or any other time that I’m aware of.

      Best wishes,

    • vicki

      Since the comments are run by Discus there are other forces at work.

  • rain dancer

    Latest news, Sen Backas, father of the Onocare pushed the IRS to spy on any supposed conservativecongential group. Mention the word Democrap Party member, and thoughts of any thing abhorant behavior, anti USA promotion, non stop congential liars, fraud, exempting themselves from abiding by the rules and laws, and that is the democrats positive points. As for pay for head court jester position, it is $450,000 + a year for life.

  • box-bb-car

    This scandal has legs that lead to Obama, hence the intense desire for it to go away. The IRS scandal, most likely does not, hence Obama’s boisterous statements yesterday. It serves to distract from Bengazi as it hits the individual American at home. Must keep the heat turned up on both

  • jim b

    Yes, Stupid is running the country and has been for a very long time! The current POTUS and his minions have just taken stupid up a knotch or two in the past four years is all.


    Fantastic opening statement by Judge Jeanine Pirro on the Benghazi whistleblowers…

  • GiveMeLiberty

    Ben, I have a good one for your weekly video. Do you recall the phrase, “if i had a son, he’d look like Tryvon Martin”? How bout, “if I truly knew who my Dad was, he’d look like Kermit Gosnell!

  • Peter Barney

    Impeach Obama. Now!