Monday, November 4, 2013

When Truth Doesn't Propel The Narrative

Today's Republicans loves them some scandals, the more imaginary, the better. And where there are none, they'll make them up, because what's better than that? And when their made-up stories aren't getting traction, well, they find someone else who'll make stuff up, exactly to order. Now I'm in no way making light of the sadness that occurred in Benghazi. But I do find that the constant dredging up of it, like Ronald Reagan's befuddled corpse, finding sinister behaviors where there are none, is beginning to cross the line that separates them from sanity. (Is there one? Do I imply it's only just been crossed?)

‘60 Minutes’ broadcast helps propel new round of back-and-forth on Benghazi
In an explosive report on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday, the British supervisor of local security guards protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, provided a harrowing account of the extremist attack that killed four Americans.
The man whom CBS called Morgan Jones, a pseudonym, described racing to the Benghazi compound while the attack was underway, scaling a 12-foot wall and downing an extremist with the butt end of a rifle as he tried in vain to rescue the besieged Americans.... 
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) and other Republican lawmakers referred to it repeatedly during a Wednesday news conference. Graham said he would block confirmation of all of President Obama’s nominees... 
But in a written account that Jones, whose real name was confirmed as Dylan Davies ... provided to his employer three days after the attack, he told a different story of his experiences that night. 
In Davies’s 2 ½ page incident report ... he wrote that he spent most of that night at his Benghazi beach-side villa. Although he attempted to get to the compound, he wrote in the report, “we could not get anywhere near . . . as roadblocks had been set up.”

So, clearly, the guy is a liar, and the only question is to whom he lied. We may never know; but as we ponder it, we could do a thought experiment. Which story would you prefer people believed about your heroics: the one where you spent your time at the beach, or the one where you leapt a wall and pounded bad guys with the butt of your gun, like Rick Perry at the Alamo?

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