The Benghazi Shuffle
October 16, 2012 by Ben Crystal
Itâ€™s probably worth noting that a Vice Presidential debate exerts the approximate impact on a Presidential election as a preseason game featuring a pair of backup quarterbacks does on the Super Bowl. However, following the drubbing former Governor Mitt Romney dropped on President Barack Obama two weeks ago, the proxy match which was the meeting between Congressman Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden offered much more excitement than any early-August NFL tilt — albeit not for the reasons Obama was hoping.
Bidenâ€™s bizarre behavior can likely be attributed to the Democratic desperation to regain momentum following Obamaâ€™s cowering performance against Romney. However, instead of bringing to mind Lloyd Bentsen making Dan Quayle look like a naughty schoolboy; Biden came off like a creepy old guy with either a serious drinking problem or a manic behavior disorder.
But Bidenâ€™s buffoonery paled in comparison to the deliberate dishonesty with which he responded to one of the defining disasters of Obamaâ€™s lamentable occupation of the Oval Office. Asked by moderator Martha Raddatz to explain the Obama Administrationâ€™s double- and even triple-talk about the circumstances surrounding the murders by terrorists of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three Americans in Benghazi, Libya, Biden didnâ€™t even blink as he proclaimed himself and Obama merely misinformed bystanders: â€śBecause thatâ€™s exactly what we were told by the intelligence community.â€ť
Either Biden — and, by extension, Obama — lied through his hair plugs, or he didnâ€™t. If he didnâ€™t lie, then he and Obama are so insulated from the daily disgraces of their own underlings that theyâ€™re little more than figureheads. It is possible that Obama and Biden managed to avoid the facts regarding the Islamofascistsâ€™ murders of Stevens and three others; but if they did, they did so willfully.
The intelligence community passed along word of an organized terrorist action in Benghazi within hours of the attack. Even Democratic mouthpiece Newsweek reported the terrorist angle before the day was out. By the next day, members of Congress knew the score, including House Armed Services Committee member Adam Smith (D-Washington), who said as much: â€śThis was not just a mob that got out of hand. â€¦ it was preplanned.â€ť For Obama to enjoy a little bromance with sycophant David Letterman seven days later without accurate details required either breathtaking dishonesty or virtually complete isolation from his own duties.
Meanwhile, if Bidenâ€™s attempt to pin the blame on some phantom failure of the intelligence community stemmed from the same casual disregard for the truth that brought us other Obama achievements such as the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, then Obamaâ€™s desperate attempt to avoid responsibility for his own failures includes a willingness to throw intelligence service officers under the proverbial bus. That comes as no surprise, considering extreme disloyalty is a mere stonesâ€™ throw from extreme duplicity.
The morning following Bidenâ€™s fumble, Obama mouthpiece Jay Carney told reporters that Biden â€śwas speaking directly for himself and for the president.â€ť At least we can rest assured that the Vice President speaks only for himself and his boss and not someone particularly important. Actually, considering both Carney and the corporate mediaâ€™s failure to acknowledge Bidenâ€™s obscene dishonesty in denying his own pro-war voting record, itâ€™s possible that Crazy Joe speaks only to the voices in his head.