This is your conservative media at work, ABC, The Weekly Standard, The Daily Mail Townhall, The American Thinker, Hot Air, and Breitbart All Misrepresented White House Benghazi Email. This is yet another inconvenient truth in the bag of conservative myths about Benghazi, Ambassador Stevens twice said no to military offers of more security, U.S. officials say. So some conservative operative doctors an e-mail and that “news” report is echoed far and wide. Just an odd coincidence this are the same people that helped lie over 4,000 Americans to their death in Iraq. Than tried to blame their bungling of the economy on Barny Frank and liberals. People that have trouble finding anything resembling a moral conscience most days, that have a well documented track record of strangling the truth and leaving it for dead in an alley. These are the people America is supposed to go to for the truth. Note much has changed, it just seems we’re have a peak in the news cycle where conservatives are especially hell bent on honking their horn as they drive around drunk in the clown car. Give a conservative a clown car, a full bottle and apparently a dictionary, and you have a recipe for comedy gold, Benghazi Was Neither a Terrorist Attack Nor an Act of Terror
I am hereby declaring 99 Pinocchios on Barack Obama, all the people who work for him, everyone in the Republican party, and most everyone in the press who has reported on Benghazi.
This is about what has to be one of the most inane disagreements in the history of American politics, the argument about whether Obama called the Benghazi attack an “act of terror” or a “terrorist attack.” Incredibly, people are still bickering over this. The other day Darrell Issa expressed his outrage that Obama had, in his diabolical attempt to cover up the incident, used the phrase “act of terror,” which, let’s be honest, is almost like saying, “Way to go, al Qaeda!”, instead of using the far, far, far more condemnatory phrase “terrorist attack.” It’s like the difference between saying “steaming pile of bullshit” when you ought to say “steaming bullshit pile”—anyone who can’t tell the difference between the two obviously can’t be trusted to run the country. Then the ordinarily reasonable Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post’s fact-checker, sternly judged Obama to be guilty of a Four Pinnochio whopper, because at his last press conference he said, “The day after it happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism,” when in fact he didn’t say “act of terrorism but just “act of terror.” Facts? Checked.
But here’s what nobody seems to get: Benghazi was not a terrorist act. Or an act of terror. Or an act of terrorism.
Before my Republican friends start getting red in the face, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t awful. Many awful things are not terrorism. Pearl Harbor wasn’t terrorism. Jeffrey Dahmer’s murders weren’t terrorism. Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill wasn’t terrorism. Terrorism is something quite specific: the intentional killing of civilians in order to achieve a political end.
Before anyone tries to describe something, define something and consult your watch about the time that you described or defined anything call The Conservative Orwellian Office of Language Framing. make sure your nouns follow your verbs or vice versa, because otherwise you might say something like blue sky instead of the sky is blue. Paul goes on to recite the law defining terrorism, U.S. law, section 2656f(d) of Title 22 of the United States Code, which reads, “the term ‘terrorism’ means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” Of the personnel in that Benghazi compound seven worked for the State Department, and probably all of the remaining 23 worked for the CIA. That does not mean, as Paul also states that Benghazi was not a terrible tragedy, only that conservatives have taken the framing of what constitutes terrorism, with Democrats in tow, to ridiculous extremes. Conservatives seem to want to have it both ways. Whether you say act of terror or terrorist act is supposedly as different as night and day, yet every violent act is terrorism. If you don’t say terrorism at one AM and wait until after sunrise, the space-time continuum is also warped, so make sure you say what you’re supposed to say on time after you check in with Pravda or the conservative word slayers.