Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Most Amazing Thing About Benghazi

Mark Steyn thinks that Benghazi is just one example of why the Obama administration deserves to be sent packing:

"We're going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video," said Hillary Clinton. No, not the person who made the video saying that voting for Barack Obama is like losing your virginity to a really cool guy. I'll get to that in a moment. But Secretary Clinton was talking about the fellow who made the supposedly Islamophobic video that supposedly set off the sacking of the Benghazi consulate. And, indeed, she did "have that person arrested." By happy coincidence, his bail hearing has been set for three days after the election, by which time he will have served his purpose. These two videos – the Islamophobic one and the Obamosexual one – bookend the remarkable but wholly deserved collapse of the president's re-election campaign.

Unless you think that it was quite the coincidence that someone associated with the video was picked up on unrelated probation (or was it parole?) violations, our response to the attack really was directed at free speech. Amazing.

What is really amazing is that the Benghazi 9/11 attack was a crisis begging for the Obama administration not to waste it. I expected a counter-strike by our military within days.

Really, we didn't need to have the degree of knowledge to know who to pick up in the dead of night (I mean other than the video maker). We had the excuse to go after any group of affiliated jihadis in an area that under normal circumstance we'd catch grief for attacking. Retaliation--if done within the window of opportunity--is a generally accepted action.

We wasted that crisis to help our war effort. And most amazingly of all, the Obama administration wasted an opportunity to look like it gave a damn about winning the war with the jihadis that we are clearly still fighting.

So that young lady in the infamous "first time" video likens voting for Obama to losing her virginity with a decent guy?

Perhaps the president is a decent guy. But with the clumsiness of the whole Benghazi incident, the most amazing thing about our president is that it seems like it is his first time, too.

After all, it isn't the size of the American military that matters. It's what you do with it.