It’s like a bad episode from House of Cards. Only this time, instead of finding out Kevin Spacey is the bad guy–it’s actually Barack Obama.
In the same way Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, attempted to win the presidential election by playing up the fear of terrorism, Barack Obama controlled the media’s narrative about Al Qaeda in the run-up and during the 2012 election by minimizing the terrorist network.
According to The Blaze:
Rukmini Callimachi, one of the leading terrorism reporters in the U.S., said at a conference on Friday the Obama administration controlled the media’s narrative about Al Qaeda…
…“The overall narrative that I think was being pushed to the press, and if you look back at the editorials that were done when that trove came out, was an image of bin Laden isolated, he had lost control of this group,” Callimachi said, according to the Weekly Standard. She was referring to a hand-picked packet of 17 documents the Obama administration released in May 2012 about Al Qaeda.
And, in her own words, Callimachi added:
Think back to when bin Laden was killed. It was 2011, it was right before a major campaign season. I don’t want to underplay the role that the killing of Osama bin Laden had. But I think that that was theorized into something much bigger.
The head of the organization has been killed, and now — these are literally quotes that I would get: the organization has been “decimated,” the organization is in “disarray,” the organization is “on the run.” At the same time that we were preparing to pull out troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, I think that it was important to portray this as a problem that no longer existed.
Just to be clear–Obama was able to control the media and, with that power, have the American media lie to the public so that he could get re-elected.
If that doesn’t sound like a neo-fascist leader, I’m not sure what does.
Controlling radio and press?
Manipulating stories during election time?
Personal benefit over safety and security of country?
No wonder Democrats developed the narrative they did to attack President Trump. They had a perfect example before them already!
Callimachi even provided a specific example:
Callimachi went on to tell a story about her time in West Africa, when she covered Al Qaeda-linked groups there. She said that in 2011, the Obama administration told her Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an organization in Mali, wasn’t connected to Al Qaeda and was merely a band of criminals.
However, she discovered on her own, by scouring through documents left by AQIM in Timbuktu, that the group was actually being “micromanaged” by top Al Qaeda commanders.
“Suddenly, my worldview, which had been informed by [Obama’s] officials…started to fall apart. Suddenly, I was seeing that this group that I was told really had no ties, with no connection…was in fact being micromanaged by al Qaeda central,” she explained.
When the Trump administration released Navy SEALs documents, Callimachi’s thesis was confirmed.
The documents, according to The Blaze, “which include very personal items of bin Laden’s like his journal and the movies he watched, have helped paint a more complete picture of the global terrorist and the organization he ran, including the fact that he was very active in its day-to-day operations.”
Now, my question for you is — are you really all that surprised?