Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Benghazi "Ringleader" Capture Diversion


In a very conveniently timed announcement the story was launched that US Special Forces troops have captured a man named Ahmed Abu Khattala, described as the “ringleader” of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the Benghazi embassy compound that resulted in the death of four Americans including US Ambassador Christopher Stephens and millions of dollars burned in political partisan witch hunts. The news of the capture of Khattala brings back memories of how all of those al Qaeda number three men were either caught or killed whenever the Bush administration needed media cover or to score cheap political points and this comes at a rather nice time for President Barack Obama who has just sent troops back into Iraq despite his having said only days prior that it was not an option. Score another one for Team America World Police, after that World Cup beat down of international powerhouse Ghana by the USA!, USA!, USA! the exceptionalism oozes from patriotic pores this morning.
The political elite are desperate to reboot the days of the aftermath of 9/11 to get Americans back onboard with the latest involvement in Iraq and the fearmongering is ratcheting up. US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, the wife of the slimy authoritarian Cass Sunstein has claimed that Khatalla aka "the ringleader" had been planning attacks on Americans in presenting her case for the incursion into Libya to rendition him. In more strident rhetoric than what Power was engaged in the neocons in The Homeland have spent the last several days since the mysterious emergency of the perfect new bogeyman ISIS making the case for a return to the Mesopotamian meat grinder and widespread US military involvement across the Middle East by claiming that the "new caliphate" in Iraq and Syria would be the birthplace of the next 9/11. Leading the charge of course is the Palmetto state princess Senator Lindsey Graham who appeared on the Sunday morning propaganda circuit to claim that:
"I think it's inevitable. The seeds of 9/11 are being planted all over Iraq and Syria. You don't have to believe me, this is what they're telling you they're gonna do. They're not hiding their agenda. They want an Islamic caliphate….They plan to drive us out of the Mideast by attacking us here at home" 
Just more of the same garbage from one of the nation's preeminent demagogues and liars, the ongoing trotting out of Senator Graham as some sort of great authority on the geopolitics of the era of the phony war on terror shows the  deep  and endemic rot of the domestic state-corporate media in that he is never once called on any of his bullshit. The media is nothing more than a fully functional propaganda arm of the Deep State and nothing that they say should be believed - for information go to selected foreign press outlets and only use the US stuff for context on the daily government spin.
Libertarian Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com is his usual ass-kicking self in today's column entitled  "Iraq: Will the Neocons Get Away With It Again?", subtitled "They lied us into war, and now they're back on television" from which I excerpt:
The "BS" in CBS is well-earned by this CBS News story speculating on the alleged near certainty of a terrorist attack launched by ISIS – the Islamist group now rampaging across Iraq – against the continental US. Headlined "Will ISIS Plan a 9/11-style Terror Plot Against the US?", it is filled with the opinions of various "experts" and habitual warmongers whose exhalation of hot air is no doubt contributing to global warming.
The usual suspects are cited: Sen. Lindsey Graham, the War Party’s answer to Richard Simmons, shrieks "the seeds of 9/11s are being planted all over Iraq and Syria," while Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Oceania), who is giving up his seat in Congress for the right-wing radio talk show circuit, is honing his demagogy by declaring "I guarantee you: this is a problem that we will have to face, and we’re either going to have to face it in New York City or we’re going to face it here."
The same neocons who succeeded in lying the nation into the war in Iraq to begin with are still being allowed to do exactly what with total impunity armed with updated versions of the same stale talking points. That CBS is leading point in pushing the next 9/11 narrative should not be surprising given the network's role in the Benghazi hoax that was pushed later last year on the embassy attack by their ace 'journalist' Lara Logan (who is the wife of a former military psyops expert involved in Iraq) and then using 60 Minutes, their flagship program to air a story that provided cover for unconstitutional NSA mass surveillance and data-mining programs that was an insider delivered infomercial. As Raimondo puts it there is no doubt as exactly what the "BS" stands for in CBS.
While Obama enjoys some political cover for the rendition of "ringleader" Khatalla and a temporary feel good hit of the potent narcotic of  exceptionalism it will only be hours until torture loving Republicans are swarming the usual state-corporate media outlets to decry the plans to try him in the US Court system. While our now fully decimated judicial system is nothing more than a franchise of kangaroo courts where the state and the police who serve it are the winners of a rigged game even that is too good for the more overtly fascist of our two party crime syndicate. It is already being demanded that Khatalla be sent to our offshore torture/concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay, so desperate are they to keep that heinous blight on our squandered moral standing long enough to take advantage of the day when the constantly morphing definition of "terrorist" is expanded to include their political foes and critics of the warfare state.
You would think that rank and file Americans would have wised up by now but they are still the biggest suckers on the planet, mesmerized by snake oil salesmen like Obama and Graham, terrified of their own shadows and incapable of critical thinking having long ago been electronically lobotomized by the bullshit that comes from their televisions.