Libya, Oh Libya

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I was wondering how long it would take Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take the blame for the murder of Ambassador Stevens and the other three Americans at the Libyan consulate. After the ensuing brouhaha promised to hurt Obama’s chances in November, her only choice was to throw herself under the bus or wait to be thrown.

Normally, in spite of the four murders by Islamic jihadists, the American media would have glossed over the event. The New York Times, whose motto used to be “All the News That’s Fit to Print” but is now “All the News That Doesn’t Embarrass Barack Obama,” pretty much ignored the events in Benghazi until U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on a bunch of Sunday news shows and pretended the attack had everything to do with a video that had an even tinier viewership than The Chris Matthews Show. As it has proven since 2008, the MSM not only doesn’t object to this administration lying to the American people, but is eager to aid and abet in the deception.

However, once Team Obama started lying to the members of the media, a line was crossed and it proved to be a deal breaker. You can imagine Obama’s shock. After all, when it came to sitting up, heeling and rolling over, these spayed and neutered lap dogs had all proven themselves to be far more obedient than Bo.

On the other hand, one can readily understand the media’s heartbreak. After all, the unspoken arrangement had always been that they’d do everything within their power to prop up Obama even if it meant acting a lot more like pimps and flacks than like reporters, and, in return, he would not embarrass them any more than they were willing to embarrass themselves.

As you probably noticed, the media was anxious to attack Romney and Ryan for “politicizing Libya,” as if somehow it was traitorous to ask why the State Department had answered Stevens’ pleas for greater protection at the consulate by diminishing what little security he had, leaving him essentially unguarded in one of the most dangerous places on earth just prior to the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

The idea that David Axelrod and other members of Obama’s re-election gang would accuse Romney or anyone else of politicizing the situation would be laughable, were it not for the mutilated corpses of those four dedicated Americans. Talk about pots calling kettles black, there hasn’t been a single moment during the past four years, aside from when he was goofing off on some golf course that Obama hasn’t been politicking.

For the sake of having life in Libya appear to be terrorist-free, Obama needed to have the Benghazi consulate appear to be as safe and secure as if it were located in Branson, Missouri. After all, he had just given a major campaign address in which he boasted about his foreign policy by stating that Osama bin Laden was dead and al-Qaeda was on life support.

But, suddenly, thanks to a series of barbaric attacks that stretched from Egypt to Indonesia, Joe Biden was having to change his favorite mantra from “Osama bin Laden is dead and GM is alive” to “Osama bin Laden is dead…and, hey, how about those Atlanta Falcons!”

Speaking of Biden, whoever thought that it was a good idea for him to spend 90 minutes at the Vice-Presidential debate, sneering, sniping and giggling like a school girl, because that would be all that was required to fire up the Democratic base must have even greater contempt for the Democratic base than I do.

Is it just me or does everyone get the feeling that perhaps when Joe Biden got his hair transplant, the plugs were inserted with such force that they caused permanent brain damage? As for all those facial contortions he engaged in at the debate, the only rationale I could come up with was that he figured if he just kept flashing that Joker-like smirk, the IRS would finally allow him to deduct the teeth-whitening procedure as a legitimate business expense.

The takeaway from all this is that there isn’t a dumber group of people in America than politicians. In spite of the preponderance of evidence to the contrary, they continue to believe that they can carry on tawdry affairs, accept bribes and cover up various sins and misdemeanors, and get away with it. In spite of guys like Gary Hart, Mark Sanford, Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton, all caught with their pants down; in spite of any number of mayors, governors and congressmen, being discovered with their grubby mitts in the cookie jar; and in spite of Richard Nixon being driven from the Oval Office, not because of a minor kerfuffle, but because of a clumsy cover-up; politicians continue to believe they exist in a cocoon when it’s actually a glass house without curtains.

If Obama had simply fessed up to his self-serving mistake instead of pretending the Benghazi bloodbath was motivated by a video, which was what he told the U.N. General Assembly before jetting off to a fund-raiser in Las Vegas, the media would have been only too happy to cover his heinie, insisting, no doubt, that George Bush had done far worse things.

Moreover, if Obama had spent a tenth of the time he’s devoted to begging for campaign funds to working with Congress, “sequestration” would just be another hoity-toity word none of us had ever come across.

Finally, there is probably no truth to the rumor that between now and Election Day Joe Biden will feign a heart attack and be replaced on the ticket by Obama’s new best friend, Big Bird. On the other hand, Vegas bookmakers are offering 2-1 odds that Mr. Bird will be our next secretary of state, replacing Hillary Clinton, who will require months of recuperation after being accidentally run over eight or nine times by Obama’s bus.

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write

After you’ve read this article, Burt hopes you’ll also enjoy The Geek Chorus.

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • terry



    • BurtPrelutsky

       Terry:  Everything O’Reilly does is for ratings.  If Fox gave Bret Baier O’Reilly’s time slot, he would have the top ratings there, which he would deserve.


  • cmacrider

    Burt:  What is Hillary taking responsibility for ????  After all, according to the Administration’s line … they were first told it was a video/spontaneous demonstration that got out of control …. it took over a week to discern that this was a terror attack .. and they informed the public of every piece of information as it came to their attention and they didn’t know that the embassy was asking for extra security.   If the foregoing is true … why does Hillary have to “take responsibility.”  I thought that only occurred when there was a screw up.  According to their story line they did everything right.   

  • Bruce A.

    To be successful, to need to surround yourself with capable successful people.
    Pres. Obama picked people like Joe Biden, Geithner & Holder.   The results speak for themself.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Bruce: The real sin is that over 70 million Americans voted for this racist/Marxist, thus giving him license to place people like Biden, Geithner and Holder, in positions of authority.


      • Wheels55

        I have it on good authority that Obama picked Biden so that the late night TV guys would have someone to make fun of. They couldn’t make fun of Obama because that would make them racists.

  • JohnInMA

    The anger from Obama’s paid AND unpaid minions about how the Benghazi attacks are unfolding in the public is palpable.  No doubt they want everyone to believe that the ‘fog of war’ prevents anyone who is pushing/telling a story of planned attacks to be credible, because ‘the facts are not fully known’ after almost two months.  The entire debacle reminds me of the WMD situation of nearly a decade ago.  Then, it was perfectly acceptable for the media to almost daily highlight the failure of that assertion while the Bush administration (and the select few of their unpaid minions) pushed a ‘wait and see’ defense, as they ‘hadn’t potentially searched and found all the stockpiles’ yet.  Now we have certain ‘journalists’ telling us this is much ado about nothing – a fabricated controversy for election reasons.    Even though some media outlets finally showed a little spine when they were publicly outed as fools, they are still very willingly carrying the campaign’s……….I mean administration’s water to prove it an Intelligence failure.  And after all, Obama’s hands are clean.  He know nothing of the specific requests and was clearly on target with assessing it as terror from day two.   Right?!!??

    On a side note, I really don’t think politicians have any corner of the world of sins and tawdry affairs.  It seems more fitting to go with positions of power, etc.  I personally know a few senior corporate types who are far, far from Romney-esque in their lives.  After all, I doubt the success of high end ‘professional’ escorts is due primarily due to the elected class, just for example.  But it is a better bet that if you arbitrarily pick any elected class person and turn over just a few stones, you will find some unethical if not illegal slime.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       John: The problem is that it is simply easier to spot hypocrisy among the rich and famous, not that the poor and anonymous are morally superior.


  • GlenFS

    Hillary did herself a large when she took responsibility.  As you noted, she was hours away from becoming the fall girl, and when she stood up, Obama had to as well.  Very smart move.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Glen: She stood up only long enough to take responsibility by placing the blame on the intelligence community.


  • Wheels55

    It’s interesting how Hillary fell on her sword and Holder, with the Fast and Furious deal, refused to do so and ended up need Obama’s executive privilege. Hillary is a much stronger person than Holder and can take it. Holder was probably expected to pull a Hillary and just wouldn’t do so.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Wheels: Let’s not give Hillary too much credit.  She basically laid the blame on the intelligence community after “taking responsibility”.  She and Bill are two of a kind.


      • Wheels55

        True. They both like women

  • brendan horn

    Burt, you have hit on one of the most annoying parts about Obama and his campaign. I hate it when he accuses his opponents of “playing politics”. He basically uses this expression when his opponents have defeated him on an issue, which is quite frequently. The sad thing about Obama is that I think he will continue campaigning even after he is no longer president. His main talent is playing politics.

    There should be bumper stickers out there changing  Biden’s “Bin Laden’s dead, and GM is alive” to “Bin Laden is dead, and the American economy is on life support”.

    • BurtPrelutsky

      Brendan: Very true.


  • Chas Holman

    I already voted for the President (it felt great).. 

    Look folks, no matter who you plan on voting.. hedge your bets and VOTE BEFORE DEADLINE>>. 

    Bring a registered friend who needs a ride. Ask your family if they have got theirs in yet. Be part of this great American experience, you will tell your grand kids about it some day. 

    No intimidation, no rush, no hurry, just organized entry.. get your votes in, do it now. If you can’t vote early, you may want to ask your Representative how they let that happen to your state?