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Hillary: Ansar al Sharia Emails? Oh, Those Silly Things…

Whenever I blog on Islamic extremists I keep getting these spams from this Arab guy in Farsi or whatever. My language translator program isn’t too good but I’ve narrowed it down to either ‘Get your red-hot sheep testicle kebabs here,’ or ‘Death to the Great Satan,’ I’m not sure which.

I want to be clear to this fellow. I was a little wild back in the day, but even my ex girlfriends didn’t think of me as either ‘great’ or ‘Satan.’ And I’ll just settle for a cheeseburger and fries, thank you.

I am nonetheless fair and balance and unafraid.

All right, I’m going to sum it up for all those numbskulls out there who simply don’t get it about Benghazi. The reporting was FLUID. F-L-U-I-D Some people out there — we won’t say who — are just spreading bull… er, lies.

Anti-American postings on Twitter and FaceBook are not evidence, in and of themselves… like anti-Muslim postings are on YouTube. May the Prophet be praised.

Videos on YouTube are concrete evidence of disgusting, abhorrent, reprehensible bigotry against Muslims, which the United States had nothing to do with, and can cause the more excitable Muslims to resort to perfectly normal instincts and pick up their mortars and RPGs from home to vent their anger. Over the reprehensible video. People who may or may not be terrorists might even join in, we just don’t know. But Jay Carney told you this instantaneously.

WASHINGTON (Reuters)U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday a Facebook post in which an Islamic militant group claimed credit for a recent attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya did not constitute hard evidence of who was responsible.

“Posting something on Facebook is not in and of itself evidence. I think it just underscores how fluid the reporting was at the time and continued for some time to be,” Clinton said during an appearance with the Brazilian foreign minister at the State Department.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that an official email showed officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit.

The email, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mentioned that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.

That and two other emails also made available showed how U.S. diplomats described the attack, even as it was still under way, to Washington. Clinton, responding to a reporter’s question about the emails, noted that a State Department investigation was under way.

Actually, to correct the record, Reuters was watching Greta Van Susteren on Fox News who obtained the emails exclusively, and then somebody in the managing editor’s office said, ‘Damn it! Now we have to cover this stupid story.’ So they decided to write a couple of pieces. Good effort, though. NBC News didn’t even pick it up.

Anyway, the situation there in Benghazi was fluid and that’s why you are just now hearing about emails and FaceBook posts and things weeks and weeks after the event. Which may or may not have been a terrorist attack.

Because President Obama didn’t know anything at all period and Hillary Clinton wasn’t sure these silly emails meant a thing. And we are still not really really sure beyond a reasonable doubt. We’re still investigating. Should take at least 11 or 12 more days.

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