Manufactured Scandals

Minneapolis, MN

#1 May 8, 2014
Here’s how unreal the Great Benghazi Scandal had already grown as of last year. Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler devoted an entire May 2013 column to the scholastic question of whether President Obama’s calling the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya an “act of terror” was the same as calling it an “act of terrorism,” as he’d recently claimed.

Kessler pondered the deep semantic differences between the two phrases before awarding Obama a full four “Pinocchios,” signifying a “whopper.” Seriously. That’s the big cover-up House Republicans pretend they’re outraged about.

Obama’s exact words, from the White House Rose Garden on the day after the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his security team:

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

So who was Obama trying to deceive? People who hadn’t seen the smoking ruins on TV? And about what? Kessler doesn’t say. Only that the two phrases don’t signify precisely the same thing — a distinction without a difference in any realistic political context.

It will be recalled that GOP nominee Mitt Romney executed one of the clumsiest pratfalls in presidential debate history for mistakenly challenging Obama on this exact point. Had the president, or had he not, described the Benghazi disaster as an “act of terror?”

Obama cooly urged his rival to consult the transcript. In fact, he’d used the phrase several times. Had the Washington political press not had so much invested in a “cliffhanger” election narrative, Romney’s blunder would have been compared to President Gerald Ford’s denying Soviet influence in Poland during a 1976 debate with Jimmy Carter.

But then this is the great mystery confronting non-initiates in the great GOP Benghazi cult. What on earth are these people going on about? That if Obama had said “act of terrorism” instead of “act of terror,” Americans would have punished his failure to eliminate jihadists from the face of the earth by turning to Mitt “47 percent” Romney?
Beth

Saint Paul, MN

#2 May 8, 2014
Hillary says: what difference does it make?

Obama says: just bumps in the road.

This guy says: manufactured scandal, 4 dead Americans.

What was Watergate and Nixon's resignation if Bengahzi is a manufactured scandal.
LIbEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#3 May 8, 2014
It is always fun to watch the left dig themselves into a deeper hole. Benhazi was tragic enough without the left now trying to say that the lives lost and then lied about are now just political fodder.
The Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#4 May 8, 2014
As it is fun to watch a warped old man in North St. Paul post complete lies then comment on his post under a different user name.
LIbEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#5 May 8, 2014
The Truth wrote:
As it is fun to watch a warped old man in North St. Paul post complete lies then comment on his post under a different user name.
What? If that was an attempt at a deflect, you missed the mark...
Beth

Saint Paul, MN

#6 May 8, 2014
The Truth wrote:
As it is fun to watch a warped old man in North St. Paul post complete lies then comment on his post under a different user name.
You wish.
LIbEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#7 May 8, 2014
I started a true Benhgazi thread long ago:

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/minneapolis-m...

If you cared about anything other than your precious Democrap party, you would support the truth coming out.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#8 May 8, 2014
Yeah, getting to the bottom of why four people are dead is really silly, don't you think?
Beth

Saint Paul, MN

#9 May 8, 2014
Just the fact that the Benghazi attack occurred on 9/11 tells you it was another planned event KILLING Americans. Once again terrorists were able to attack with impunity because the Obama Administration didn't prepare for an attack on 9/11.

RIP, Americans...

Obama called you "bumps in the road".

Hillary said: "what difference does it make".

Sad when politics results in deaths of innocents.
Common Sense

Minneapolis, MN

#10 May 8, 2014
LIbEralS wrote:
I started a true Benhgazi thread long ago:
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/minneapolis-m...
If you cared about anything other than your precious Democrap party, you would support the truth coming out.
The truth came out long ago. And if you cared about anything other than discrediting Obama by any lies necessary you would acknowledge that the truth has long since been out.
Common Sense

Minneapolis, MN

#11 May 8, 2014
Beth wrote:
Just the fact that the Benghazi attack occurred on 9/11 tells you it was another planned event KILLING Americans. Once again terrorists were able to attack with impunity because the Obama Administration didn't prepare for an attack on 9/11.
RIP, Americans...
Obama called you "bumps in the road".
Hillary said: "what difference does it make".
Sad when politics results in deaths of innocents.
Hopefully before you die of old age you find a religion to join that dissuades you from telling lie after lie.
We the people

Minneapolis, MN

#12 May 8, 2014
Common Sense wrote:
<quoted text>
Hopefully before you die of old age you find a religion to join that dissuades you from telling lie after lie.
4 dead Americans.
White House tells support troops to stand down.
Obama Administration fabricates a LIE about what happened.
Obama calls the dead Americans "bumps in the road".
Hillary says " What does it matter?"

I cry for my dead brethren.
I love my country and the freedoms we enjoy.
I hate Obama and everything he stands for.
Beth

Saint Paul, MN

#13 May 8, 2014
Common Sense wrote:
<quoted text>
Hopefully before you die of old age you find a religion to join that dissuades you from telling lie after lie.
It's very sad YOU weren't one of the who died at Benghazi. Oh sorry about that, no insult intended. YOU would never be at Benghazi, only a brave hero would risk their life for the USA. NOT YOU!!
liberal humor

Minneapolis, MN

#14 May 9, 2014
Beth wrote:
<quoted text>
It's very sad YOU weren't one of the who died at Benghazi. Oh sorry about that, no insult intended. YOU would never be at Benghazi, only a brave hero would risk their life for the USA. NOT YOU!!
the left sure thinks it is silly when 4 Americans are killed by terrorists, yes terrorists !
Bang Kok

Green Bay, WI

#15 May 9, 2014
Obuma let the white man die. Than he lied about it.

“A Frog's Worst Nightmare”

Since: Oct 13

West Monroe, La

#16 May 9, 2014
This story, about how Obama and Hillary would rather blame this on an American Youtube video than Muslim terrorists must be kept alive as long as the liberals are considering Killary as president of this country. That can't happen!

Since: Apr 12

St. Paul, MN

#17 May 9, 2014
cantmakeitup wrote:
Yeah, getting to the bottom of why four people are dead is really silly, don't you think?
Why Didn’t Republicans Care This Much About 4,500 Deaths in Iraq?

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