Maybe I’m paranoid, but the douchebag who made the video that sparked the protests in Libya is hiding out from the media about an hour from my house, and I just read this article in The Independent, and it got me thinking that Republicans may be trying to “Carterize” President Obama:
“There’s a pretty compelling story that if you had a President Romney, you’d be in a different situation,” Romney adviser Richard Williamson told the Washington Post. “For the first time since Jimmy Carter, we’ve had an American ambassador assassinated.”
Moreover, the comments for the article from The Independent — and, indeed, the article itself — are telling:
American officials believe the attack was planned, but Chris Stevens had been back in the country only a short while and the details of his visit to Benghazi, where he and his staff died, were meant to be confidential.
The US administration is now facing a crisis in Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the “safe house” in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed “safe”.
Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.
I think the narrative is going to go something like this: President Obama knew about the Libya attacks and did nothing because he’s a seekrit Muslim and something something death to whitey.
And now that I think about it, Christian Whiton, the former State Department senior adviser to George W. Bush whom I debated yesterday morning on HuffPost Live was pretty forceful about pushing the narrative of President Obama wrongfully claiming that the tides of war are receding, and that Obama is apologizing for terrorists and went on an apology tour in 2009. (I wrote about it here.)
At one point, Whiton said, “Wake up and smell the jihad.”
Odd, don’t you think?
Maybe it’s just me.
[cross-posted at ABLC]