The New York Times Destroys Obama

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By Caroline Glick:

The New York Times just delivered a mortal blow to the Obama administration and its Middle East policy. Call it fratricide. It was clearly unintentional. Indeed, is far from clear that the paper realizes what it has done.

Last Saturday the Times published an 8,000-word account by David Kirkpatrick detailing the terrorist strike against the US Consulate and the CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. In it, Kirkpatrick tore to shreds the foundations of President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism strategy and his overall policy in the Middle East

Obama first enunciated those foundations in his June 4, 2009, speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University. Ever since, they have been the rationale behind US counterterror strategy and US Middle East policy.

Obama’s first assertion is that radical Islam is not inherently hostile to the US. As a consequence, America can appease radical Islamists. Moreover, once radical Muslims are appeased, they will become US allies, (replacing the allies the US abandons to appease the radical Muslims).

Obama’s second strategic guidepost is his claim that the only Islamic group that is a bona fide terrorist organization is the faction of al-Qaida directly subordinate to Osama bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Only this group cannot be appeased and must be destroyed through force.

The administration has dubbed the Zawahiri faction of al-Qaida “core al-Qaida.” And anyone who operates in the name of al-Qaida, or any other group that does not have courtroom-certified operational links to Zawahiri, is not really al-Qaida, and therefore, not really a terrorist group or a US enemy.

These foundations have led the US to negotiate with the Taliban in Afghanistan. They are the rationale for the US’s embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood worldwide. They are the basis for Obama’s allegiance to Turkey’s Islamist government, and his early support for the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Syrian opposition.

They are the basis for the administration’s kneejerk support for the PLO against Israel.

Obama’s insistent bid to appease Iran, and so enable the mullocracy to complete its nuclear weapons program. is similarly a product of his strategic assumptions. So, too, the US’s current diplomatic engagement of Hezbollah in Lebanon owes to the administration’s conviction that any terror group not directly connected to Zawahiri is a potential US ally.

From the outset of the 2011 revolt against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, it was clear that a significant part of the opposition was composed of jihadists aligned if not affiliated with al-Qaida. Benghazi was specifically identified by documents seized by US forces in Iraq as a hotbed of al-Qaida recruitment.

Obama and his advisers dismissed and ignored the evidence. The core of al-Qaida, they claimed, was not involved in the anti-Gaddafi revolt. And to the extent jihadists were fighting Gaddafi, they were doing so as allies of the US.

In other words, the two core foundations of Obama’s understanding of terrorism and of the Muslim world were central to US support for the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

With Kirkpatrick’s report, the Times exposed the utter falsity of both.

Kirkpatrick showed the mindset of the US-supported rebels and through it, the ridiculousness of the administration’s belief that you can’t be a terrorist if you aren’t directly subordinate to Zawahiri.

One US-supported Islamist militia commander recalled to him that at the outset of the anti-Gaddafi rebellion, “Teenagers came running around… [asking] ‘Sheikh, sheikh, did you know al-Qaida? Did you know Osama bin Laden? How do we fight?”

In the days and weeks following the September 11, 2012, attack on the US installations in Benghazi in which US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed, the administration claimed that the attacks were not carried out by terrorists. Rather they were the unfortunate consequence of a spontaneous protest by otherwise innocent Libyans.

According to the administration’s version of events, these guileless, otherwise friendly demonstrators, who killed the US ambassador and three other Americans, were simply angered by a YouTube video of a movie trailer which jihadist clerics in Egypt had proclaimed was blasphemous.

In an attempt to appease the mob after the fact, Obama and then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton shot commercials run on Pakistani television apologizing for the video and siding with the mob against the movie-maker, who is the only person the US has imprisoned following the attack. Then-ambassador to the UN and current National Security Adviser Susan Rice gave multiple television interviews placing the blame for the attacks on the video.

According to Kirkpatrick’s account of the assault against the US installations in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, the administration’s description of the assaults was a fabrication. Far from spontaneous political protests spurred by rage at a YouTube video, the attack was premeditated.

US officials spotted Libyans conducting surveillance of the consulate nearly 15 hours before the attack began.

Libyan militia warned US officials “of rising threats against Americans from extremists in Benghazi,” two days before the attack.

From his account, the initial attack – in which the consulate was first stormed – was carried out not by a mob, but by a few dozen fighters. They were armed with assault rifles. They acted in a coordinated, professional manner with apparent awareness of US security procedures.

During the initial assault, the attackers shot down the lights around the compound, stormed the gates, and swarmed around the security personnel who ran to get their weapons, making it impossible for them to defend the ambassador and other personnel trapped inside.

According to Kirkpatrick, after the initial attack, the organizers spurred popular rage and incited a mob assault on the consulate by spreading the rumor that the Americans had killed a local. Others members of the secondary mob, Kirkpatrick claimed, were motivated by reports of the video.

This mob assault, which followed the initial attack and apparent takeover of the consulate, was part of the predetermined plan. The organizers wanted to produce chaos.

As Kirkpatrick explained, “The attackers had posted sentries at Venezia Road, adjacent to the [consulate] compound, to guard their rear flank, but they let pass anyone trying to join the mayhem.”

According to Kirkpatrick, the attack was perpetrated by local terrorist groups that were part of the US-backed anti-Gaddafi coalition. The people who were conducting the surveillance of the consulate 15 hours before the attack were uniformed security forces who escaped in an official car. Members of the militia tasked with defending the compound participated in the attack.

Ambassador Stevens, who had served as the administration’s emissary to the rebels during the insurrection against Gaddafi, knew personally many of the terrorists who orchestrated the attack. And until the very end, he was taken in by the administration’s core belief that it was possible to appease al-Qaida-sympathizing Islamic jihadists who were not directly affiliated with Zawahiri.

As Kirkpatrick noted, Stevens “helped shape the Obama administration’s conviction that it could work with the rebels, even those previously hostile to the West, to build a friendly, democratic government.”

The entire US view that local militias, regardless of their anti-American, jihadist ideologies, could become US allies was predicated not merely on the belief that they could be appeased, but that they weren’t terrorists because they weren’t al-Qaida proper.

As Kirkpatrick notes, “American intelligence efforts in Libya concentrated on the agendas of the biggest militia leaders and the handful of Libyans with suspected ties to al-Qaida. The fixation on al-Qaida might have distracted experts from more imminent threats.”

But again, the only reason that the intelligence failed to notice the threats emanating from local US-supported terrorists is because the US counterterrorist strategy, like its overall Middle East strategy, is to seek to appease all US enemies other than the parts of al-Qaida directly commanded by Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Distressingly, most of the discussion spurred by Kirkpatrick’s article has ignored the devastating blow he visited on the intellectual foundations of Obama’s foreign policy. Instead, the discussion has focused on his claim that there is “no evidence that al-Qaida or other international terrorist group had any role in the assault,” and on his assertion that the YouTube video did spur to action some of the participants in the assault.

Kirkpatrick’s claim that al-Qaida played no role in the attack was refuted by the Times’ own reporting six weeks after the attack. It has also been refuted by congressional and State Department investigations, by the UN and by a raft of other reporting.

His claim that the YouTube video did spur some of the attackers to action was categorically rejected last spring in sworn congressional testimony by then-deputy chief of the US mission to Libya Gregory Hicks.

Last May Hicks stated, “The YouTube video was a non-event in Libya. The video was not instigative of anything that was going on in Libya. We saw no demonstrators related to the video anywhere in Libya.”

Kirkpatrick’s larger message – that the reasoning behind Obama’s entire counterterrorist strategy and his overall Middle East policy is totally wrong, and deeply destructive – has been missed because his article was written and published to whitewash the administration’s deliberate mischaracterization of the events in Benghazi, not to discredit the rationale behind its Middle East policy and counterterrorism strategy. This is why he claimed that al-Qaida wasn’t involved in the attack. And this is why he claimed that the YouTube video was a cause for the attack.

This much was made clear in a blog post by editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal, who alleged that the entire discourse on Benghazi is promoted by the Republicans to harm the Democrats, and Kirkpatrick’s story served to weaken the Republican arguments. In Rosenthal’s words, “The Republicans hope to tarnish Democratic candidates by making it seem as though Mr. Obama doesn’t take al-Qaida seriously.”

So pathetically, in a bid to defend Obama and Clinton and the rest of the Democrats, the Times published a report that showed that Obama’s laser-like focus on the Zawahiri-controlled faction of al-Qaida has endangered the US.

By failing to view as enemies any other terror groups – even if they have participated in attacks against the US – and indeed, in perceiving them as potential allies, Obama has failed to defend against them. Indeed, by wooing them as future allies, Obama has empowered forces as committed as al-Qaida to defeating the US.

Again, it is not at all apparent that the Times realized what it was doing. But from Israel to Egypt, to Iran to Libya to Lebanon, it is absolutely clear that Obama and his colleagues continue to implement the same dangerous, destructive agenda that defeated the US in Benghazi and will continue to cause US defeat after US defeat.

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. 

 

49 Comments

  1. Guest

    Jan 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    According to information obtained from drives taken from the Bin Laden Compound, Bin LAden himself ordered that al-Qaida should become known as Ayman al-Zawahiri.

    • Kelsey Davis

      Jan 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Golley Gee , So what else is new. All of you who posted are all Gutless Cowards who whimper and whine about things, but are much too Cowardly to Revolt, so I have to do it for all of you do nothings all by myself, and I dont want your help when I activate because I wont have time to pack Tissues for you

      • psychosally

        Jan 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm

        kelsey you horses ass you are nothing but a mouth,lol-no one pays attention to a mouth-roflmao-probably dont even own a weapon

      • Scott

        Jan 3, 2014 at 8:03 pm

        Then take the shot Big Man! You berate everyone else on here! You think your so bad that you will go it alone? Go for it Big Mouth! We will all read about you and see your body bag being dragged away! F’N PATHETIC! People like you belong in a rubber room!

      • Mozart

        Jan 3, 2014 at 8:07 pm

        Kelsey, you’re just a bit of a cunt, aren’t you?!

      • tootie123

        Jan 4, 2014 at 1:47 am

        You need to crawl out of your mothers basement because the black mold is eating what little brain you had. Idiot.

  2. Rupert J. Cahill

    Jan 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    According to information obtained from drives taken from the Bin Laden
    Compound, Bin Laden himself ordered that al-Qaida should become known as Ansar Al-Sharia

    • Obooger Eater

      Jan 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Bin Laden was dead long before that compound

      • Andy E.

        Jan 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

        Or so we are led to believe. How convenient that they should dump him into the sea after supposedly killing him. Don’t the people in charge expect that the U.S. citizenry would like a tiny bit of proof that this actually happened. Anyone here see any proof?

        • Kelsey Davis

          Jan 3, 2014 at 6:51 pm

          Not me, My eyes were filled with Socialist Bullshit so I couldnt see.

      • Sally Gardner

        Jan 4, 2014 at 6:48 am

        You are the only other person, besides me, that I have ever seen reveal this truth. The US Killed him years before they publicized it. That was probably what Bush left in The Owords secret envelope to let him know that Osama bin laden and Obama Biden are too close to the same words for Bush to walk out without letting him know that he, Bush, already killed the bastard and wanted him, Oword, to know it from that day forward. Hence, no way to martyr him by Oword’s deepest wish. Bravo, Obooger.

  3. eholifeld

    Jan 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    One day the POS prez will pay for his transgressions….. I hope I am alive to see it!!!

    • Kelsey Davis

      Jan 3, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      No he wont dreamer, not in this Pre Tribulation World. Good luck staying alive if your half the man as me when these Femma Camps activate and they begin hauling away people like me.

      • Roger

        Jan 3, 2014 at 11:44 pm

        Anyone that says if you are half the man as me is most likely a punk and you know what real men do to punks. Hope you have a lot of vaseline you WPoS!

      • eholifeld

        Jan 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm

        So what is your point? That you are half a man, or we won’t make it because they are taking you away? Wow you must be something! I will do fine, thanks for the concern.

  4. Eric Grimsic

    Jan 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Has obama ever had a clue???

    • Kelsey Davis

      Jan 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      More than you do nothing Gutless Cowards who failed our Constitution by not Revolting before 2012

      • tootie123

        Jan 4, 2014 at 1:44 am

        You are very good at calling other people gutless cowards for not revolting but I don’t recall hearing anything about a Kelsey Davis leading any kind of revolt other than the armchair revolt carried out from in front of his computer. How about some action instead of insulting comments while hiding behind your computer.

      • rob combs

        Jan 4, 2014 at 5:45 am

        Please ask your mom for permission before you try to talk to the adults. Be sure to tighten up your helmet.

  5. James Birchfield

    Jan 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Would somebody end this lying jackwagon before he destroys the balance of the world???

    • Kelsey Davis

      Jan 3, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Do something you whinning Gutless Coward, dont make me be the Lone Ranger

      • Roger

        Jan 3, 2014 at 11:52 pm

        We all need to do something and we need to do it now. Obama must go and he must go now!

    • mrsindependent

      Jan 4, 2014 at 9:46 am

      too late!

  6. rangerbanger

    Jan 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    The individual in the white house, the oword, is an ideologue as well as a demagogue–he was indoctrinated by the progressive savants of the era, who had an agenda of essentially transforming US society into their ideological ideal–the oword being a brown-nosing (not racist, sucking up) follower became a devoted follower, attempting through his “community (organizer) service, to implement his mentors’ agenda. This modus operandi (MO) has been his obsession since taking over–he has used his race-“credentials” to insure that he cannot be criticized by his devotees–Critics of Bush’s policies blush when the oword increases the ante along the same guidelines and policies–

    As he is totally inept in foreign experience (despite his questionable origins), and intellectually lacking (other than as a follower), rather than establishing policies based on circumstances and experts’ analyses in the different area, he comes to the equation as the puerile emperor who “knows” through ideology what SHOULD work according to the theories of his mentors–as he considers the US as a society steeped in racism and white privilege NEEDING to be transformed into his ideals, he, the ruling potentate, will establish HIS WILL through revealing to the world the brilliance of how, through HIS agenda, the US will become more a member of the “international community” of DIVERSE NATIONS and DIVERSE POLITICS. He ignored the various conditions in the different nations because HIS AGENDA REQUIRED their bending to HIS DICTATE. Those who AGREED with him, individuals who saw political gain in siding with the emperor, were directed to deal with “potential friends” who would foster HIS VISION of the world according to the oword.

    His debacle with ACA and his viciousness against enemies and total deception of the American public, (because he knows better what THEY need) are manifesting domestically while his foreign policy is as imbecilic as is his domestic agenda.

    He still BELIEVES the idiocy of his receiving the Nobel award was merited and his due, despite the fact that the intellectual sophists who chose him on faith alone (as he had done NOTHING to justify the award other than read a few speeches prepared by his subordinates), and he believes HE WILL SHOW THE WORLD HIS WISDOM. The man is a megalomaniac of the first order.

    • lovemycountry

      Jan 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      very good rangerbanger…can i quote you? you nailed it…

    • Kelsey Davis

      Jan 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Almost, he is an Infiltrator who Infiltrated our Highest Level and he is alot more clever than our Clueless Lawmakers. This UNITED STATES became extinct 2010 and you Cowards sealed the deal by not Revolting after Cyberpriest begged all of you for it.

      • Roger

        Jan 3, 2014 at 11:51 pm

        We the people are the government and we the people must act and we must act now. Obama must be impeached, removed from office and prosecuted for treason!

    • Roger

      Jan 3, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      In the words of Judge Jeanine Pirro. Mr. President GIVE IT BACK!

    • ms willy nilly

      Jan 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Very well said!

  7. rob combs

    Jan 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Outside of Israel all those middle east bastards are our enemy!

    • Kelsey Davis

      Jan 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Always have been since W.W.2 so what else is new Professor

      • rob combs

        Jan 4, 2014 at 5:43 am

        Much longer than WW2 dumbass. Why don’t you crawl back into your bomb shelter instead of pretending to be a badass? Friggin nut job!!

  8. Keith Rathai

    Jan 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Of course Obama has a clue, he’s part of it! he’s giving all this “aid” to the muslims, more like a payoff for services rendered! Obama is muslim too, they”re his brothers! why do you think that now tsa cannot touch or search a muslim woman, but granny who’s missing a leg gets the royal grope? Obama ordered them not to! He & bitch Clinton are in it together, she knew as well as he did, the ambassador was a pain in their ass & was going to be an embarrassment so Obama called his bros to take him out, Why do you think they wont fork over any reports or information? why is he invoking executive power or some bullshit like that! They are traitors & need to be impeached & brought to justice!

    • Vernon Keller

      Jan 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      only ifit includdes the death penalty..for all the high treason and i mean for his whole admin hitlary included

    • Kay Briskey

      Jan 4, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Publicly hanged.

    • Edmund Long

      Jan 4, 2014 at 2:05 am

      There is no such thing as an EX MARINE ! SEMPER FI…………..

  9. Kelsey Davis

    Jan 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    unfortunantly. nothing will come of this because no COWARD had the Guts to Rebel against our KING OBAMA and you Cowards still dont. Is this KING OBAMA the Anti-Christ or something who has you Cowards quaking all in your House Shoes ?? Im not like the rest of you Chickenshits and unlike the rest of you, I will proudly fight and will probably die for my Freedom. Im just waiting for the UNITED NATIONS TO ARRIVE. Dont worry Cowards, I wont ask any of you for anything when it come that time

    • psychosally

      Jan 3, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      hey dip shit youre calling everyone a coward but I dont remember seeing your name in the paper for doing anything about it-youre just like the rest of us-we all want him gone but we need a leader-well with all your big talk dipshit you be our leader-do something to show us all youre not a coward and we’ll all follow you-but Im guessing youre a bigger coward and all you can do is call names to others-show me Im wrong dipshit-do something or shut the freaking name calling up

      • Scott

        Jan 3, 2014 at 8:41 pm

        I wouldn’t follow this whack job anywhere! He is un-hinged and would get everybody with him killed! He wouldn’t last a minute in any conflict and especially not from his mom’s basement computer!

        • psychosally

          Jan 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm

          amen-it just pissed me off after reading 4-5 comments from him where he calls everyone a coward and hes the mighty warrior-hes probably a 13 yr old with a big imagination,lol

  10. harlybikrdad

    Jan 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I don’t know why people armed with this information doesn’t impeach his azz and send him to jail or deport his butt along with Michelle and his family–the man is a traitor plain and simple!

  11. JLM

    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    .
    Not to be overly technical but when people are beheading your people, trust me, they are your enemies.

    JLM
    .

  12. Mike

    Jan 4, 2014 at 4:17 am

    I want to see the body…

  13. wolfen244

    Jan 4, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Steve and Caroline,

    Bravo.

    “Your logic was impeccable, Captain. We are in grave danger.”
    –Mr. Spock – Star Trek.

  14. American-By-Choice

    Jan 4, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Great article. From day one, I’ve said that Benghazi is the key to unlocking ‘who Obama is’ thus the best indicator to date, of what Obama stands for.

    Benghazi is an action, taken on the part of the Chief Executive of the United States, which promoted the interests of the enemies of the United States in a direct attack upon the United States… in a time of war.

    That the CinC simply decided to no consider the enemy, ‘the enemy’ is IRRELEVANT!

    Obama is just as guilty of treason by his actions in Benghazi as Roosevelt would have been had he sold the SS Tanks and Artillery, using the US assets and officials in Vici-France, rationalizing the move on the premise that the people in the SS were not “Hitler and Goehring”.

    The claim ,regarding “The VIdeo”, was MANUFACTURED by the US Chief Executive AS A MEANS TO CONCEAL THE ATTACK, IN WHICH HE WAS COMPLICIT, UPON THE US MISSION in Benghazi. There can be no doubt of this, as their entire rationalization depends WHOLLY UPON IT! This is demonstrated by the “Obama Administration’s” obtuse demand that “The VIDEO” was the case, despite overwhelming evidence that the video had absolutely NOTHING to do with it… beyond its purposeful use as a facade.

    Now, what’s more… is that ABSENT the Obama State Department having ADVERTISED THE VIDEO… NO ONE IN LYBIA would have ever HEARD of the video. Thus would have had NO REASON to have protested.

    Like the veil-thin skin of the Lunar Lander… the ‘integrity’ of “The Video” fraudulence is critical to the life of the Obama Presidency. Thus they return to it as ‘the reason’ each and every time, as a means to drive home the deceit that Benghazi is a false scandal.

    “Benghazi” is not a scandal… Benghazi is Treason, at least as such is SPECIFICALLY defined by Article 1, Section three of the US Constitution.

    I would ask any objective observer that does not know this section literally, to read it:

    “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

    The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.”

    To paraphrase GW, shortly after 9-11, ‘… they’re not with us…’.

  15. AnnaGraceS

    Jan 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Maybe someday the low information voters will wake up and help get this POS muslim out of our White House… barry soetoro is a LIAR golf playing, vacationing, hoops shooting, feet up on the desk, as if he had the right to do that to our furniture, queer, dangerous criminally insane interloper who usurped the oval office and a freaking thief who surrounds himself with thugs, tax evaders, criminals, muslims with close ties to the muslim brotherhood and progressive libturds who want a Socialist country!! ARREST the POS and get it over with!! This is the man in charge of the greatest nation in the world!!

    US officials spotted Libyans conducting surveillance of the consulate nearly 15 hours before the attack began. obozo knew this and still he spewed out lies about the loss of four Americans!! He needs to be in prison and he needs to answer for this crime!!

    Libyan militia warned US officials “of rising threats against Americans from extremists in Benghazi,” two days before the attack. “butch” Clinton ignored these warnings and threats and four lives were lost!! MURDERER!!! This lessbo needs to be in prison then shot!!

  16. X

    Jan 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I read this article then scan to the comments. And I see very little intelligence and a lot of mundane slandering. And this is why we are doomed. We the people are too busy mouthing off to ourselves to be of any use in any situation. I hear revolution spouting from a lot of you, but 20 of you can’t converse civilly on a message board. Shape up, or learn to enjoy being on the losing team.

  17. LST

    Jan 4, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    If only the piece of trash would be impeached and deported back to Kenya in a sinking boat.

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