People died, Obama lied. That’s the best summary of what has happened since Sept. 11, when terrorists (yes, terrorists) attacked the U.S. consulate in Libya, killing four Americans and the U.S. Ambassador, while terrorist sympathizers swarmed the U.S. embassy in Cairo.
The Obama administration insisted--though it knew otherwise--that the attacks were provoked by an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. by a Coptic Christian.
Worse, the Obama administration inflamed the supposed outrage over the film by telling the world that the U.S. condemned it and was not responsible for it--even buying airtime on Pakistani television to broadcast that apologetic message.
It also sent a signal that American principles of free expression were up for negotiation by suggesting that free speech did not include the right to insult other people’s religions, and Islam in particular.
Now, as new details emerge every day about what the Obama administration knew and when, it is clear that President Barack Obama lied shamelessly to the American people about a terror attack that claimed American lives.
The lies were repeated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice, among other officials. That the lies were likely told for political reasons is not an excuse but cause for additional alarm.
The reason the Obama administration believes it can get away with the lies is that it has done so before--and the media have generally looked the other way.
A week ago, before the full extent of Obama’s deception had become clear, Stephen P. Hayes of the Weekly Standard catalogued some previous examples--from lies about the underwear bomber in 2009 (“an isolated extremist”) to the Times Square bomber in 2010 (a “one-off”).
He could have added the Fort Hood shooting, which the Obama administration refused to call a terror attack, and where a culture of political correctness had allowed Maj. Nidal Hasan to continue in his Army job even after several warnings about his beliefs and his behavior. Even worse, President Obama treated the shooting flippantly, giving “shout outs” before addressing the nation--a gaffe the media have, conveniently, forgotten.
The central deception of the Obama administration is a self-delusion--one shared by the mainstream media--that Barack Hussein Obama is beloved overseas and especially by the Muslim world with which he is allegedly so intimately familiar.
This millenarian belief, this cultish creed, that Obama’s rise ushered in an age of global peace is what has led our nation’s foreign policy to the present impasse--and for Obama, there is no way out.
Obama’s lies have a cost--not just in terms of human lives, which were lost partly due to the intelligence failures on 9/11/12 that the administration is busily covering up--but also in terms of Americans’ most cherished freedoms. The Obama administration has made it clear that it is willing to sacrifice free speech--and human rights more generally--for the sake of appeasing our enemies, in the false hope of securing their non-aggression.
“Bush lied, people died,” we were endlessly told by the left and the mainstream media, even though it was Saddam Hussein’s lies to the UN that built the case for war in Iraq.
Today, Obama is lying about terrorist attacks against the United States, in an election season--an offense for which the media would have rightly drummed any Republican out of office.
Now that “people died, Obama lied” is the reality, will the media notice?