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November 24, 2014

I hope no one considers this too much of a spoiler but if you watched “Homeland” last night then probably you are thinking about themes related to zombie Benghazi.

These themes are very timely with the release of the House Intelligence Final Report: Investigative Report on the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012 [PDF]

Some people think that report should be the end of the story. Senator Lindsey Graham disagrees calling it “garbage” and “full of crap”. See CNN: “Sen. Lindsey Graham: GOP-led Benghazi report is ‘full of crap’” by Sara Fischer. Meanwhile at Mother Jones: “Benghazi Is Over, But the Mainstream Media Just Yawns” by Kevin Drum argues that the report didn’t get enough attention.

At Raw Story: “#Benghazi is dead, long live #Benghazi because zombie #Benghazi will never die” by Tom Boggioni (though the zombie is only in the headline (and graphic) so it might be from an editor at Raw Story and not Boggioni).

The bottom line is that if people think it’s a government conspiracy, then a government report is not going to convince them otherwise. Additionally it doesn’t help that the report uses so much political doublespeak. For example, it

finds that there was no intelligence failure prior to the attacks.

because the Intelligence Community:

did not have specific, tactical warning of the September 11 attacks.


the intelligence was and remains conflicting about the identities, affiliations, and motivations of the attackers.

So, I know I am not trained in intelligence, but that sounds like an intelligence failure to me. I understand that what they mean is that there was no failure because they didn’t have the information so they didn’t fail in communicating known intel. But it’s still a failure with regards to the intelligence system’s ability to gather intel before (and after) the attack.

Also in regards to Ambassador Rice’s public misstatements:

mistakes were made in the process of how those talking points were developed.

They “found no evidence that any officer was intimidated” and “found no evidence that CIA conducted unauthorized activities in Benghazi and no evidence that the IC shipped arms to Syria.” Let’s repeat the keywords there:

found no evidence

Which is, of course, not conclusive proof of anything.

Finally, let’s note the sentence:

Relevant documents confirm that the IC did not posses intelligence indicating planning or intentions for attacks on the Benghazi facility on or about September 11, 2012.

The next sentence begins:

And thus the IC did not fail to provide such a warning.

But of course, they did fail to provide a warning, it’s just that the failure was not internal to their communication, it was a failure to gather the intelligence. And to highlight that particular doublespeak let’s also notice that between those two sentence is a footnote. Which footnote, well, number 66, of course. Not quite the mark of the beast, but awfully close. Footnote 66 notes that ODNI provided “429 intelligence cables, reports and assessments ranging from February to October 2012”. So I guess if there was no intel in that package then no one knew anything, right? By the way, 429 is equal to 3 x 11 x 13. Do those numbers matter? I don’t know, a conspiracy theorist can’t overlook anything.

For a different kind of crazy, see Renew America: “Our new Congress must impeach Obama–Attacks will happen anyway” by Laurie Roth:

Obama wants the GOP to impeach him, sue him, and attack him in the media. He and his progressive traitors believe this response will land them the 2016 election, especially with the “obedient zombie,” illegal alien vote. So…do we do the opposite of what Obama expects and let him write and implement the game board plans for our country? No, and no. We do what is courageous and right. We get ahead of the message and throw Obama’s game right off the table. We tell the American people the truth of his breaches, law breaking, and assaults on our national security. We not only impeach him in the HOUSE, but we boldly campaign in the SENATE and find our voices on the DEMOCRAT side who may wax a little liberal but love their country and see what has happened.

Hmm, is that even remotely possible? Actually, yes I think maybe it is. Many in the GOP’ers would love to impeach President Obama, and then there is always groups like LaRouche that want to impeach every president. President Obama knows that there will be calls for his impeachment, which is partly why it was a good time for executive action on immigration. Either they are going to impeach him or not, it’s not going to be about what he actually does, so he may as well do stuff that he thinks is good. Obviously President Obama doesn’t really “want” Congress to impeach him, but he is daring them to do it because he knows it would most likely hurt them most. No one likes to watch Congress waste time. They need to get back to passing legislation. Then the President can veto if he wants, and we can debate actual proposed ideas instead of political puffery and Congressional inaction.

Meanwhile, closer to reality, in Ohio, Cleveland Leader: “ Let’s all watch Hillary Clinton lose Ohio in 2016” by Tim Russo:

Hillary has a choice, which Ohio is putting before her, right now, in this ODP Chair mess. Hillary can continue along the rigged path, send the message that in fact Hillary supports rigged primaries, like the ones ODP has institutionalized for decades, that she does not feel it’s necessary to go through her own primary, and let the Ohio Democratic Party continue its zombie walk into irrelevance. Or….Hillary can try to salvage those 2016 empty campaign offices in 2014, try to fill them with activists who don’t feel played for fools.

We are all being played for fools, but that doesn’t mean we can stop being activists. Political organization is always a type of conspiracy. The lack of evidence is insufficient reason to stop sharing ideas.


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