September 11th news (Photo credit: Ann Althouse)
On September 11, four American diplomats were murdered.
Since then we have been treated to an astonishing amount of misinformation - outright lies and an attempt to place blame on a video that is so obscure one cannot find it anywhere.
This is disrespectful of those we lost and of their grieving family members. One has to ask "Why have the multiple sources of this misinformation (the President, the Secretary of State and the Ambassador to the United Nations among others) not been held to account by the media?
Democracy requires an inquiring media. Regarding this incident, much of the US media has failed in its obligation.
Further, the optic regarding the video that is supposedly at fault is one of the alleged producer being arrested - taken away in the dark of night, surrounded by uniformed police, wrapped in coat and scarf to hide his identity. Photographs in the international deny completely our value of free speech. The international community has good reason to question our values. This endangers our peopole in the foreign service as it furthers the impression of US weakness abroad.
Now we learn that the situation rooms at the White House and the State Department both received emails in real time detailing what was happening. Situation rooms receive and disseminate information.....an event of the magnitude of an attack on a consulate and the murder of an American Ambassador could not have been withheld.
Notwithstanding these murders, the President went to bed that night without public comment, got up the next morning and flew to Las Vegas to raise campaign funds, then flew to New York to raise more money at a party sponsored by celebrities.
Our Ambassador to the United Nations appeared on five national television shows on Sunday morning saying this was not a terrorist attack, it was simply a protest of the obscure video that got out of hand. That same morning the interim President of Libya was saying publicly it was a well organized, planned attack....
I may not have in depth diplomatic experience, but everything I was taught and learned from my experience makes this unbelievable....and everything I know about diplomatic service says these four Americans deserve far better than this. Clear security warnings were ignored. Every messenger that tried to bring the facts forward met with angry attacks.
Make no mistake, this was a stunning and deadly attack on on the United States of America. Four Americans lost their lives. As yet, the "spin" says we are going to get to the bottom of this. Really? When? After the election?
Where is the real story? When will the questions be asked and answered? What would be the outcry if this were any other Commander in Chief?