It’s a very short clip, and of course it’s not in English.
We can’t confirm that this is video of Chris Stevens, our ambassador to Libya, being dragged out of the consulate in Benghazi. But it purports to be, and we can’t see anything in the video that we can say is inconsistent with such a claim. The clothing on the victim in the video is the same as that in the photos from the scene we’ve seen before.
Watch it and then let’s make a conclusion or two under the assumption that it is what it says it is…
Now – the official U.S. party line is that it was Libyans who carried Stevens through the streets to the hospital, where doctors attempted to revive him.
If that’s the case, why are there people on this video – assuming that it’s of the Libyans carrying Stevens out of the consulate – celebrating? Because while we’re not completely conversant with the local customs in Benghazi, most folks would think that somebody pumping his fists above his head and yelling “Allahu Akbar!” isn’t exactly getting ready for a wake. Which is what’s on that video.
This video, assuming it shows what it purports to show, is a lot more consistent with the mob dragging Stevens through the streets than carrying him to the hospital. And it’s one more piece of (potential) evidence that not only did our State Department drop the ball on security in Benghazi in the face of warnings that an attack was coming, it’s attempting to whitewash a jihadist attack on America for partisan political purposes.
Because, after all, jihadist attacks on America are not part of the Obama narrative. The Obama narrative is that his mere presence on the scene tamps down jihadist rage, because he, er, lived in a Muslim country…
Would this constitute further evidence of a whitewash? From the New York Times…
The video emerged as a new disagreement broke out between the recently named president of the Libyan Parliament and American officials over whether the attack was planned and whether Al Qaeda had a role.
Labeled the work of Fahd al-Bakkosh, the video centers on what appears to be the same tall, narrow window that witnesses have described as Mr. Stevens’s last exit. The witnesses said residents drawn to the scene had forced open the window and found Mr. Stevens behind a locked iron gate, pulled him out and taken him to the hospital. In the video, none say anything that shows ill will.
“I swear, he’s dead,” one Libyan says, peering in.
“Bring him out, man! Bring him out,” another says.
“The man is alive. Move out of the way,” others shout. “Just bring him out, man.”
“Move, move, he is still alive!”
“Alive, Alive! God is great,” the crowd erupts, while someone calls to bring Mr. Stevens to a car.
Mr. Stevens was taken to a hospital, where a doctor tried to revive him, but said he was all but dead on arrival.
We’re dubious about this, obviously. After all, why were those people at the embassy in the first place?
CNN’s article about the aftermath of the Benghazi attack states the obvious – they were looters. Friendly looters, obviously – they double as an ambulance service.
And does it really pass the smell test that when somebody you think is probably dead turns out to be allegedly alive, you’re going to stand over him and shout? Who does that? It feels more like a whitewash.
Speaking of whitewash, we bring you Susan Rice, our ambassador to the UN…
And again, this time on ABC’s This Week…
Yes, she actually does claim that the Benghazi massacre was a spontaneous thing. Spontaneous, not premeditated.
With rocket-propelled grenades.
Because of a YouTube video which has been out since July.
And because of that video, we have to do as Mohammed Morsi demands and send the authorities to pick up the filmmaker who put out that YouTube – they didn’t arrest him, mind you; he just got to have a ride in a squad car down to the police station with the media shooting perp-walk pictures.
Because we can’t do things the Muslims might riot over; that constitutes the limit of our free speech in Obama’s America.