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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Frank Bruni, "America the Clueless": Not As Clueless As Obama Thinks

In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "America the Clueless" (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/opinion/sunday/bruni-america-the-clueless.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0), Frank Bruni bewails the desipience of Americans. Bruni concludes:

"Into the vacuum of substantive knowledge rush the unprincipled advertisements, the unctuous hucksters, the “super PACs,” the Swift boating, the Sunday-morning-talk-show spin. A clueless electorate is a corruptible one, and one that seems ill poised to make the smartest, best call about something as sweeping as Obamacare and how it gets tweaked or not down the line. Maybe we’ll blink our way to the right decisions. Or maybe we’ll just stumble around with our eyes closed."

Sunday-morning-talk-show-spin? Hmm. I suppose that's why Susan Rice appeared on a series of Sunday morning talk shows following the Benghazi assault and let it be known that the attack was the result of a "demonstration" provoked by a crude Internet video.

But why just blame poor Susan?

Hillary stated one day after the assault, "we are working to determine the precise motivations and methods of those who carried out this assault" and linked the attack to "inflammatory material posted on the Internet." At the time, Hillary knew that Ansar al Sharia, which is linked to al-Qaeda, was intimately involved in the attack on the Benghazi consulate and that the attack was unrelated to the Internet video. This baloney, of course, was followed four months later by her infamous January 23 tirade:

"With all due respect, the fact is we have four dead Americans. Whether it was because of a protest or because guys outside for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans. What difference at this point does it make?"

But why just blame poor Hillary?

In an appearance on the "Daily Show" with Jon Stewart on October 18, 2012, Obama declared:

"When a tragic event like this happens on the other side of the world, immediately a whole bunch of intelligence starts coming in and people try to piece together exactly what happened. And what I have always tried to do is to make sure we just get all the facts, figure out what went wrong, and make sure it doesn’t happen again. And we’re still in that process now. But everything we get, every piece of information we get — as we got it — we laid it out for the American people."

Needless to say, "every piece of information" was not laid out for the American people. Quite the contrary.

But why just blame poor Obama?

Frank Bruni and his fellow New York Times columnists have yet to comment upon this past week's Benghazi hearing or the Obama administration's frighteningly redacted and distorted talking points concerning the assault (http://abcnews.go.com/images/Politics/Benghazi%20Talking%20Points%20Timeline.pdf). Let's pretend none of it happened, right?

Sorry, Frank, but Americans are not as dumb as the Obama administration thinks, and ultimately they will "get it."


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