Why Didn’t You Just Pick Up The Telephone And Call, John? – PLEASE SHARE

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After the Republican Party failed miserably in its cynical attempt to make the tragic deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, in Benhazi, Lybia, into a “September Surprise,” the GOP persists in its efforts to personally blame either President Obama or Secretary of State Clinton for those deaths.  The central question is the classic “what did you know” and “when did you know it” ruse.

The State Department went through a thorough investigation of the events leading to the deaths of the four Americans in the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  The results of that investigation have been published and appear to be universally accepted as the true account of the events.

However, this has not prevented the GOP from continuing to make a spectacle of this horrible loss of Americans for political purposes.  The main theme  of their attack is that it wasn’t a Muslim mob incensed by a “crudely” made, but incendiary, video called, Innocence of Muslims, that precipitated the attack on the consulate, but that it was a concerted and planned attack by terrorists, possibly al Qaeda  inspired if not directed.

Speaking about the Innocence of Muslims, this blogger remains unconvinced that it was the work of a single ex-con albeit with some help from others.  I still believe that the Innocence of Muslims has all the hallmarks of a political dirty trick that went horribly awry.  Though “crudely” made, the elements that went into its production such as splicing words into the video, translating it into Arabic, and distributing it world-wide are not the stuff a relatively nudnik ex-con would know how to do.

Despite the final report by the independent investigation on Benghazi, the Republicans in the Senate and the House of Representatives chafed at their inability to directly question the Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.  They had their chance yesterday.

The remarkable thing about this formalistic excoriation of Clinton, is the admission by Senator John McCain (R, Arizona) that he had prior knowledge of security inadequacies at the Benghazi compound.  (see his comments starting at time mark :31 in the following video).

Ahem.   John.

You are a United States Senator who professes to be especially imbued with a unique perspective on security matters.  When you received those messages warning about security failings at the Benghazi compound from Ambassador Stevens, what did you do?  Incidentally was it just one message or was it as you inferred in your comments numerous messages.  How many messages would it have taken for you to take action?

There is something called a telephone, something that you are surely familiar with.  Did you pick up that telephone and call the President or the Secretary?

By your own account, you may have been the first senior elected official in the United States to be directly appraised of the security lapses at this outpost — and yet, you did nothing.

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How Did This Movie Unfold

There is more that has been learned about “Sam Bacile” and his anti-Islamic movie “trailer.”  It appears that it was made in 2011 using a script about a desert adventure set in the past.  According to CNN this was how it was sold to cast and crew, who have gone on the record as saying that the film was not shot as an anti-Islamic film.  After the initial filming, the movie was dubbed or “looped” according to one actor who was interviewed by CNN.  The actor said that she was asked to come back and do some more lines for the movie, but says that even at that time, it was still a desert adventure movie with no mention of the prophet Mohammed.

Between the filming and its first showing last year, the film had morphed into something called, “The Innocence of Bin Laden” and opened to puny crowds.

In July of this year it surfaced on YouTube as a movie trailer, and was translated into Arabic sometime thereafter.  “Sam Bacile” was identified as the uploader and producer.  It appears that “Sam Bacile” may be a fictional character, himself.

The questions that need to be asked are:

1.  Who is “Sam Bacile.”

2.  Who is the financial backer of this film.

3.  Who financed the alterations to this film to make it anti-Islamic.

4.  Why was this film uploaded to YouTube in July of this year.  What was the significance of this timing.

5.  Who financed the translation of the dialogue in this film into Arabic.

6.  Do we know the staffer in the American embassy in Egypt who issued the first message that was picked up and commented on by Mitt Romney.

This shabby episode has the trappings of a political dirty trick that went horribly wrong.   The United States needs to have answers to these questions.  To recall a famous quote from Watergate: “Follow the money.”

 

Political Trick Gone Awry?

Politics in America has a long history of dirty tricks or stunts that are pulled off to cast opponents in either harsh or unflattering light.  Many times, the political tricks are actually funny and entertaining.  However, there are times that the trickery takes on dark and ominous tones, such as the smear campaign against John McCain in 2004 in which the trickster mounted a campaign alleging, amongst other things that McCain’s adopted Bangladeshi daughter was actually the result of an adulterous liaison with an African-American woman. That hurtful and untrue claim is credited in part with McCain losing the South Carolina primary to George W. Bush.

We are finding out that “Sam Bacile” the supposed film maker of the crude anti-Islamic film that inflamed Egyptians and Libyans to riot against U.S. interests resulting in the tragic death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three of his aides may not even be a real person.  Apparently, a lot of mystery surrounds who this person really is.  If “Sam Bacile” is not the real name of the film’s producer, the American public needs to know who the real person is and what was the motivation behind producing the infamous film trailer.

Could it be possible that “Sam Bacile” is a political trickster?  Taking the last name “Bacile” for instance, is it a handy disguise for “bacillus” or germ?  Was this clue left in that name to let people know that the film was meant as a political trick to inflame the passions of Islamic people in Egypt and Libya to somehow disparage the Obama Administration?

Did the tricksters think all that would happen is some flag burning and unruly mobs in front of American embassies?  Did they not intend that other parties might use this inflammatory rhetoric to launch a deadly attack on our consulate in Benghazi?

Was this a political dirty trick that went horribly awry?

I truly hope that the government investigates who this “Sam Bacile” really is and prosecute him and his political/financial backers, if any, to the fullest extent of the law for fomenting the riots that directly resulted in the death of Ambassador Stevens and his colleagues.

Free speech is one thing, but instigating terroristic attacks on our consulate is punishable by law.

Do We Really Want This Man

conducting foreign policy?  Apparently, Governor Romney thinks that the Obama Administration was complicit in causing the rocket attack that killed J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.  He jumped the gun on the news, referring to Ambassador Stevens as a “consulate worker” in launching a political attack that the Obama Administration, rather than condemning the attack, had sided with the attackers.  This is, of course, is a blatant misstatement and a calculated falsehood.  It is also a grave insult to the brave Americans, including Ambassador Stevens, who lost their lives in Benghazi in the defense of freedom.

Is Mitt Romney connected in any way to reality?