I understand that our polity is generally ignorant……Obama has a second term, after all, and fed tabloid pablum by a media bought and paid for by both parties. But I don’t understand the strategy of claiming an intellectual preeminence by virtue of a superior ideology [at least some parts]….and then patronizing the lowest common denominator of that polity, by offering outright lies and obfuscation, in order to throw stones at the current Administration.
It’s a lack of integrity that has gone a long way in keeping me from every rejoining the GOP.
First, the usual subjects from 2002-2003 are in the media spotlight lying about the decision to withdraw forces from Iraq in 2011 [decision signed in 2008 of course]. Now throughout the media and blogosphere, we have public questioning of the ‘timing’ of the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, perpetrator of the Benghazi attack…..alleging that we knew where he was the entire time, but chose this moment to deflect from the VA, Bergdahl, ISIS, IRS e-mails, etc….
Now I don’t know the operational details of that mission, and wouldn’t speak of them if I did. But the fact that nobody in our media, or in the party that claims such an affinity for the military, is raising unclassified institutional reasons for why we wouldn’t roll him up right away. We don’t have a great picture of the Jihadist networks in Libya. To undertake that effort, we focus on key leaders and facilitators with the end state of kill/capture. But to do so we use the various intelligence source [signal, human, open, cyber, etc..] to establish a ‘pattern of life’. This pattern of life will also yield acquaintances, bed down locations, transit routes, accomplices, funding sources, etc.
A very good reason for why we might have known Khattallah’s whereabouts, was to use his pattern of life to illuminate more of the Ansar al-Shariah network, finally rolling him up when that discovery was as complete as we could hope for, or other time-sensitive matters made it practical.
I suppose it’s too much to ask for a media who’s business model is wholly built on the left-right divide, and a public who will know more about Honey Boo-Boo than foreign policy……but damn, it’s maddening to watch our society to devolve intellectually.