I’m usually not big on conspiracy theories, at least not the liberal kind. Progressives, Democrats, or whatever else they are calling themselves these days are very much into individualism, so much so that I don’t think most of them have the stamina or desire to cooperate with at least one other person. You need that for a conspiracy.
However, this week I’m coming around to the idea that they might be turning over a new leaf. In fact, I’m pretty sure that all of this focus on Big Bird and his impending pink slip is a diversionary tactic to take the nation’s attention away from something else, something that smells of death and smoke and deception.
I’m talking about the scandal in Benghazi.
By now, the idea that the riot in Libya was caused by a YouTube video has been shown to be completely false. I myself bought that initial interpretation, one that was promoted by the administration in the person of Hillary Clinton. The Secretary of State was all over the place talking about tolerance this and bigotry that and making the rest of America feel as if Muslims were the actual victims of the attack.
Five days later we had UN Ambassador Susan Rice repeating the line that the attack was a “spontaneous reaction” to the online video, adding an echo to that chamber surrounding President Obama.
But the charade started unraveling fairly quickly, as news emerged that the White House knew within 24 hours that the incident was most probably a pre-planned terrorist attack to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11.
And then we heard about how the embassy officials in Libya had repeatedly asked for heightened security, and were rebuffed by the administration.
So now we have a dead ambassador, three other murdered Americans and an awful lot of questions that need to be answered. Congressional hearings are being conducted, but do they make the front page of our local papers?
No. Nor do they headline the nightly news, even though Big Bird and his feathery ennui becomes a national crisis.
Could it be that with less than a month to go until the election, the White House and its friends in the media might very well have an interest in shifting the focus from the Arab Street to Sesame Street?