As the fury rages, simmers, then rages again, the battle for the narrative has been exposed. One way to do this is make the Sunday news talk show rounds, before football consumes the American mindset.
From the very beginning, we have been told that the protests and attacks were because of a film that offended Muslims, which has been out since much earlier in the summer. We are now being told by the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. that one such attack was not premeditated, but spontaneous, and directly tied to an event in Cairo that was a result of the film. Per ABC’s Jake Tapper, on This Week:
“Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo,” Rice told me this morning on “This Week.”
Meanwhile, on CBS’s Face The Nation, we learn this is a direct contradiction to the reports now coming out of Libya, which is being told by the Libyan President.
Libya President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf said Sunday that 50 arrests have been made in connection with last week’s “preplanned” attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.
“The way these perpetrators acted and moved — I think we, and they’re choosing the specific date for this so-called demonstration, I think we have no, this leaves us with no doubt that this was pre-planned, determined,” Magariaf said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
All of this comes after a report from The Independent telling us that the U.S. Government had ample warning but did nothing. This seems to be backed up by a newer CNN report.
Meanwhile, the White House has outed the film maker they say is responsible for the riot in Cairo, which ultimately led to the attack on the consulate in Libya that left four people dead including the U.S. Ambassador. This appears to be a sacrifice that is similar to the kind made in past times, to appease a volcano that raged out of control. Here is the scapegoat we will call the culprit. We will investigate him, and maybe while we appear to be doing so, someone can get to him and kill him so that he cannot tell his side of the story.
Far-fetched? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, this does not look good on Obama and here is why.
At the very least, we are seeing another instance where this President is incompetent and unable to lead during a crisis such as this. This means his people who are charged with managing things below him have failed miserably. From the moment the initial statement of apology from the Cairo Embassy to the statement today by Susan Rice, it sounds like there is a vast disconnect in the chain of command and no one really knows what to say or do. This could signal desperation on their part and as a result, there is a lot of ensuing confusion in an ill-prepared team.
Or at very most, we are seeing a President who was in on the plot for more nefarious purposes. We could be witnessing this as part of a plan to create chaos, so he could demonstrate the need for more than a champion of the economy. Romney is winning the argument on fiscal issues, according to their internal polling. This would call for the need for a foreign policy crisis that would give opportunity for Obama to appear more able to lead in world events. Therefore, it is hereby generated. But in the initial moments so far, it would seem it has backfired. It may mean the confusion is a result of the truth becoming known, and the lies are closing in.
No matter what the story really is, we know there is no real leadership in the WH, so there is no skill set to deal with a crisis of this magnitude. This is a Monday through Friday, 9-5, President….who barely gets his hours in, as it is. What makes them think they can outperform Team Romney in such sensitive areas as national security and international diplomacy?