NB: The Huffington Post, for whom I have written for the past few years, rejected this post. “It’s just not right for us,” they told me. This is the second straight post they’ve rejected, and both lean to the right. So much for the free exchange of ideas, HuffPost. –AA
The timeline of events which occurred in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including an ambassador of the United States, has made it unambiguous that a third-rate YouTube video was not the impetus of the attacks on the American embassy. We now know, without any doubt, that there was no protest by Libyan Muslims whose feelings were hurt (as if that would have been an excuse to riot in the first place). No, this was a terrorist attack against Americans on the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11. And this isn’t just the opining of some right-wing groups: even CBS is reporting this.
With such a scandal upon us, I’ve been eagerly awaiting an announcement from documentarian Michael Moore that a new film is in the works. By choosing September 11 to strike, the terrorists even did Moore a favor and set him up with the obvious title: Fahrenheit 9/11: The Sequel. Remember Moore’s famous scene of President George W. Bush sitting in the Florida classroom as an on-screen timer ticked away until Bush made a move? The Sequel could show the calendar flipping as President Obama and his most senior staff continue to blame the insipid video for days on end. There’s plenty of video from which Moore can choose: the Secretary of State at the transfer of the remains ceremony; the ambassador to the United Nations on the Sunday morning shows saying that it was not a pre-planned attack; and of course, the president himself before the United Nations. There’s even horrific footage of Ambassador Stevens being dragged in the streets. To cap it off, he could interview the father of one of the dead Navy SEALs who gave his life for his country in Benghazi (though he might not like what he hears). He could wrap up the film by showing the viewer that by perpetuating the falsehood that the video The Real Life of Mohammad was at the root of the murders, millions more people saw it, leading to more violence in the streets near U.S. embassies in the Middle East.
But oddly, Michael Moore has been silent about any plans for another expose on a terrorism-related scandal. Instead, he seems emboldened to throw his formidable weight behind the president in the face of the death of Americans, including two Navy SEALs. Rather, he’s produced an odd commercial so NSFW that it could never air on television. It appears only on the web, and features elderly people threatening violence–using the most vulgar expletives–should Mitt Romney win the election.
The video is plainly exploitative as it seems to be an attempt to derive humor from seeing old people curse, as if people of their age wouldn’t normally know dirty language. In fact, I wonder why the AARP hasn’t condemned it. And its threats are geared towards those who might “steal” the election away from Obama through voter suppression. That’s truly perplexing, because national polls show Romney either leading or tied in the race, and I’ve heard no credible claims of pollster suppression. One wonders how Moore and his nonagenarians could believe that Romney can only win by keeping people away from the polls when in fact there’s every indication that he’s ahead.
It seems evident that the real suppression that is occurring involves not voters, but the story of the Benghazi cover-up. Fortunately for the president, there’s little time between now and November 6th for an inquiry to expose the bumbling plan to keep the American people from knowing what really happened in Libya on 9/11/12. One day, though, one of President Obama’s favorite quotes will come back to haunt him, as sunlight serves as a disinfectant on the events in Benghazi.