At first, the administration risibly claimed that the assaults were inspired by a You Tube trailer for an apparently nonexistent film, “The Innocence of Muslims,” which lampooned the origins of Islam. The White House sent stooges like Press Secretary Jay Carney and, worse, UN ambassador Susan Rice, before the public to blame the carnage on understandable Muslim “outrage.”
More chillingly, its response was to the blame the filmmaker, an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian living in the Los Angeles area. An ever-obliging news media promptly hunted down the man, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, and — after Obama went to the United Nations and solemnly proclaimed that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” — the feds threw him in jail on the pretext of a parole violation.
Finally, to complete this tragic farce, hapless Director of National Intelligence James Clapper emerged late last week to fall on his sword and admit the inconvenient truth: Yes, contrary to the administration’s repeated claims, the Benghazi attack (which involved military-grade weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades) was indeed “a deliberate and organized terror attack.”