Thursday, June 20, 2013

Photo image(s) of the day

Entrance question: how is it that foreign news outlets, particularly the Daily Mail (England), provide far superior photo-journalism content than their American counterparts on American news stories?

From the Daily Mail Online:

A set of seven stunning photographs emerged Thursday, showing the first official glimpse of the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya that left US. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.

The grainy, scanned pictures, released by the advocacy group Judicial Watch, were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request lodged with the U.S. Department of State. They are the first images of the Benghazi attack released by the State Department.

Three of them show Arabic-language spray paint graffiti. According to translations provided to MailOnline by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, they likely read 'Thrones of HamzaIn'; 'Allah-u Akbar'; and 'Unity of ranks.' The group's translator emphasized that his analysis was preliminary.

'Allah-u-Akbar' is a familiar rallying cry among Islamist radicals, meaning 'God is great.'

Click on the link for more pictures.

You know, it's weird. After looking at the pictures and reading the accompanying narrative we didn't see hide nor hair of any evidence of anyone protesting a crappy allegedly anti-Muslim Youtube video. You remember that video, don't you? You don't? Well, the administration sure does as they spent weeks blaming the attack on the Benghazi consulate and which resulted in the deaths of four Americans on that video. It was a spontaneous protest, y'all.

You'd be pleased to know that outside of those four dead Americans, the only person who is suffering any consequences for this whole sorry affair is that very crappy YouTube video maker who is languishing in jail for parole violations related to the making of that crappy YouTube video. You would not be guilty of hyperbole if you wondered whether the administration's fall guy who was very publicly hustled off to jail after the incident could be considered a political prisoner.

Meanwhile, then-Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, the stoolie who pedaled the-video-made-them-do-it narrative on the Sunday talk shows in the aftermath of the consulate attack has been named National Security Adviser. No, really. That just happened. We suppose that's what loyalty looks like when you make a complete ass of yourself on national television taking bullets for Team O.

But when elections need to be won, what difference does it make if you cover-up your own incompetence and negligence after leaving your own citizens to hang out to dry? Rest in peace, Ambassador Stevens, it was all for a good cause.

Go here for a nice wrap-up of the Benghazi cover-up.

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