Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A reputation based on pure hype
Basically, I think the whole performance was scripted. To the extent the fit of pique was genuine, I think the animating factor was as indicated in the image above.
But to answer your question, Cankles: it doesn't make any difference to those who are dead. But to people who are living, and may find themselves on a perilous mission for their country in a dangerous part of the world at some time in the future, it matters a great deal whether or not their higher-ups are competent enough to understand the risk and prepare for it. And if it doesn't make any difference whether these Americans - your employees - died as a result of a spontaneous violent protest, or as the result of a carefully designed plan carried out by well-trained terrorists, then why did you and your boss and various other government talking heads spend nearly a week promoting the fiction that it was all because of a riot by random hot-heads who didn't like an anti-Islamic film trailer that probably none of them had ever seen? If it really doesn't matter, why did you and the president lie about it?
By the way, I continue to find Senator Rand Paul increasingly impressive.