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article imageOp-Ed: Conspiracy theory or reality, choose one

By Gar Swaffar     Oct 21, 2012 in Politics
In a political season, all theories seem to take on an extra layer of improbability. The best theories often need a kernel of truth though. Was the Benghazi attack orchestrated by the White House?
Having recently run across a video of a very different explanation for the attack on the United States embassy in Benghazi, Libya I was struck by the far-reaching nature of what seems a very skewed conspiracy theory.
The video posits that the entire Benghazi attack was orchestrated by the White House. Ambassador Stevens was to have been kidnapped by the Muslim Brotherhood, and held for ransom. The ransom price would be the blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who had been the object of a NY Post article last month.
The video clip appears to be part of a news report on CBN since the CBN logo is on the screen behind the two reporters. The video however, is posted on a Impeach Obama blog, and at the CBN website, a thorough search of the archives turns up zero results for the relevant broadcast.
I have to admit to a perverse pleasure in finding a really good conspiracy theory, and this one is a winner on multiple levels.
First, the concept that President Obama, who I have no particular fondness for, is supposed to have orchestrated the attack on the consulate so as to be able to offer an 'October Surprise' to the gullible American Voters.
With an ambassador kidnapped and then returned, by every Liberal's Superhero and Savior President Obama, mere days before Nov. 6, the election would have, in theory, been a forgone conclusion.
That would be a good conspiracy theory, but the plot thickens even more! In tracking down just which network CBN happens to be (with the clue being the bit of a squiggle in the "C") I found the Christian Broadcasting Network. I then performed a search for the same broadcast shown in the video in this article.
No luck there, searching for Benghazi, Muslim Brotherhood, Blind Sheik, Libya attack, there are no results which lead to the video clip featured here.
That in turn offers the possibility that there is a reverse conspiracy theory at work. Is there an agent of the current Administration attempting to showcase the conspiracy theorists as over the edge paranoid?
Is CBN guilty of erasing all mention of the video clip from their archives? Was the video never real in the first place?
And the answer is - it nearly doesn't matter. Any good conspiracy theory needs an unquantifiable dose of mystery to shroud the intangible inconsistencies which are nearly always present.
If it was a] A real attempt to set up an October Surprise to assure Obama's re-election, and was simply spoiled by two former SEAL team members taking on a task beyond the scope of their job, or if it is simply a red herring being tossed out by; b] The Obama administration operatives, or c] persons unknown trying to plant the idea that Obama would sacrifice American lives to ensure his November victory, this plot has all the makings of a really great Tom Clancy novel.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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