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Bob Somerby has been noting the month-long right-wing attacks on Susan Rice (over many columns). It seems that both Fox & CNN keep distorting and cherry-picking what Rice said and that her original next-day comments contained the bulk of what we know now:
The consulate was attacked on 9/11. Information was incomplete, so hard to draw conclusions, but seemed a protest similar to Egypt's was co-opted by a Libyan militant group, that may or may not have ties with Al Qaeda.
("Al Qaeda" being a rather nebulous over the last 10 years.)
But where's the Democratic Defense team? Why is Chris Hayes helping the Republicans, Rachel Maddow silent, everyone else piling on? Where are Democrats on Sunday morning clarifying the obvious. (No, it wasn't just the abstract boilerplate Obama comment - it's been the bulk of press releases and 3rd party reporting.)
I'm no big Obama supporter, but this narrative has been pretty known since 9/12, and Susan Rice hasn't changed her story.
But it's similar to the "Obama cut $716 billion from Medicare" lie -- there's no one in the Democratic camp who can defend and counter-attack on these issues. Why not? How did we let ACORN get killed off? How come we can't justify the existence of PBS aside from a big sad picture of Big Bird?
In the case of Libya, the surrounding story should actually help Obama. Again, I didn't fully support the invasion of Libya because I didn't see an actual plan or precedent. But the Libyan reactions in the last 1 1/2 months make it pretty clear Libya's no Afghanistan, that there is a pretty sane and settled populace, that there is a reasonable chance for democracy without overbearing Sharia law. And that the militants aren't likely to take over and run things.
So why do we let the hyperbolic right control the messaging? How is Obama's foreign policy suddenly reduced to the picayune issue of whether he called the consulate incident a "terrorist attack"? Why do we let the right get away with murder, and what can we do about it? (practically, effectively, consistently)