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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

13 Hours

I had the opportunity to see the movie, 13 Hours, the other night. It left me with a combination of admiration for the heroics of the military contractors (ex-special ops soldiers) who, outnumbered 10 to 1 by heavily armed Islamic terrorists (absolutely not a spontaneous protest to a video), undoubtedly saved the lives of dozens of Americans in the CIA annex in Benghazi Libya, contempt for the military brass who hesitated in providing military assets (air support, quick reaction teams) that were readily available (the big question, as yet unanswered is why, who gave the order to stand down?), anger at the Obama administration (including Hillary Clinton), who, although they never were mentioned in the film, appear to have orchestrated a "stand down" order, and seething at a media that has refused to fully investigate a story that is far bigger and more important than Watergate.

Ex-CBS reporter, Sharyll Attkisson, one of the only true journalists who has been following this story from the beginning, provides two excellent video segments, here (part 1) and here (part 2).  Both are compelling rebukes to the gaslighting narrative espoused by the Democrats.

For those unfamiliar with the term, gaslighting is a psychological technique used to obfuscate the truth by telling a counter-story that has no basis in fact, but nonetheless, sounds believable. In the context of Benghazi, gaslighting obfuscates the lies, incompetence, and culpability of the Obama administration following the terrorist attack that we all know as Benghazi. Wikipedia defines gaslighting in the following manner:
Gaslighting or gas-lighting is a form of mental abuse in which information is twisted or spun, selectively omitted to favor the abuser, or false information is presented with the intent of making victims doubt their own memory, perception, and sanity.
The abusers in this case are the president and his secretary of state and their respective Teams of 2s, along with their training hamsters in the media. The victims are low information voters and true believers who have been gaslighted for so long they honestly think "what difference does it make."

In many other posts, I've outlined the key issues that swirl around the Benghazi incident, the many lies that have been offered to protect the Obama administration, and the key questions that to this day remain unanswered. See here, here, here, and here.

Early on I described Benghazi thusly: "The entire Benghazi affair stinks to high heaven. It began with a tragedy that morphed into a lie, that transitioned into a full-blown cover-up."

The cover-up continues. Nothing much has changed.