New administration defense on #Benghazi: “We’re not evil, just idiots.”

Posted by: Phineas on May 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

**Posted by Phineas

US Consulate, Benghazi

“Oops! Our bad.”

You know it’s bad when pleading stupidity is the best you can come up with.

Via Sharyl Attkisson at CBS:

Obama administration officials who were in key positions on Sept. 11, 2012 acknowledge that a range of mistakes were made the night of the attacks on the U.S. missions in Benghazi, and in messaging to Congress and the public in the aftermath.

The officials spoke to CBS News in a series of interviews and communications under the condition of anonymity so that they could be more frank in their assessments. They do not all agree on the list of mistakes and it’s important to note that they universally claim that any errors or missteps did not cost lives and reflect “incompetence rather than malice or cover up.” Nonetheless, in the eight months since the attacks, this is the most sweeping and detailed discussion by key players of what might have been done differently.

“We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”

My first observation is that “lying” and “idiots” are not mutually exclusive terms. In fact I suspect the former came about trying to cover for the latter.

The article addresses several questions, among them: Why wasn’t the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST) activated? Why was the Counterterrorism Security Group, described as…

an interagency task force (…) to be convened when emergency terrorist events are suspected. According to a public military document, it’s part of a plan to “synchronize the efforts of all the government agencies that have a role to play in the Global War on Terrorism.” 

…not convened? Where was the “in extremis” (emergency rescue) force?

The answers are, well, “special.” Things along the lines of (paraphrasing) “we didn’t think that was their mission” (FEST); they had been made “lower level” (CSG) and senior people were dealing with it; and “they were off on a training mission (because we didn’t notice the significance of the 9/11 anniversary) and they couldn’t be recalled in time.” Like I said, pleading incompetence.

Read the whole thing, it’s worth your time. You’ll notice that not really touched on is the issue of security for Benghazi prior to the attack on the consulate. I suppose they got tired of saying “We’re idiots” over and over.

Like I said above, one can be both a liar and incompetent at the same time, when the lying is used to cover the incompetence, particularly Hillary Clinton’s and Barack Obama’s; she had screwed up our Libya policy big-time, and the commander in chief needed his beauty sleep to be ready for his big fundraiser in Vegas the next day. These underlings weren’t just furiously trading emails and holding meetings to fight a blame war between State and the CIA, they were figuring out how best to cover their bosses’ arses and not damage his reelection campaign and her 2016 run.

And, in the process, lying to the American people, Congress, and the families of the victims.

There is “malicious”, and there is “idiot.”

And then there are “malicious idiots.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “New administration defense on #Benghazi: “We’re not evil, just idiots.””


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    Here’s some perspective: Under the confusion and distraction provided by Fast & Furious, the IRS began its politicized abuse of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, eighteen months before Benghazi. Within eighteen hours of the attack, while the building was still smoldering and before four corpses had grown cold, a public lie was formulated to sell to the public.

    The incompetence dwells in the individuals in each position of responsibility, from Obhammud on down. It is obvious why he never so much as ran a candy store until he became president. A fish rots from the head down. To say the response team could not have made it on-scene in time would require advance knowledge of how long the attack was going to last, an impossibility.

    Those who ask “What difference does it make?” are grim reminders of how those who are uncaring or not directly affected can be so airily dismissive of the pain, loss, and suffering of others.

  2. Lorica says:

    “We’re not evil, just idiots.”

    Well Yeah, We knew that already!! LOL But you are still evil, and the sooner you’re gone the happier everyone will be. – Lorica

  3. Carlos says:

    Not only are “lying” and “idiots” not mutually exclusive, but added into that mix can be “vindictive,” “blind ideologues,” and “arrogant elitists who believe the rabble out there won’t ever know the difference.”

    The elitist arrogance, especially, has come through glaringly in both the IRS probe (by Miller’s testimony) and the AP probe (by Holder’s testimony). But do not let Fast and Furious die, either, because the arrogance of dismissing a border agent’s death and the deaths of at least hundreds of Mexicans cannot be left unanswered. Nor can the arrogance of extorting for the government (Sebelius) and believing oneself impervious to the repercussions.

    If “stupid” is the basis for all of this, how stupid do they think we all are to even offer that as the excuse? And what are they doing in charge of ANYTHING, if “stupid” is the reason?