Take a situation with dubious circumstances. Throw in a large measure of distrust of the gov’t. Add some dead Americans. Top it with lies & obfuscation. Et voila, théorie du complot.
Let us quickly examine the recipe above:
Dubious circumstances? Check.
Distrust of gov’t? You betcha.
Dead Americans? 4. Check.
Lies & obfuscation? Check.
It’s even worse than we previously thought. A retired four-star admiral is now claiming that Barack Obama intentionally conspired with America’s enemies to stage a bogus attack and the kidnapping of an American ambassador so he could “negotiate” the release of a “hostage” and bolster his mediocre approval ratings just prior to the election?
The Washington Examiner, quoting retired Four-Star Admiral James Lyons, writes: “the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi… was the result of a bungled abduction attempt…. the first stage of an international prisoner exchange… that would have ensured the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, the ‘Blind Sheik’…“
Take this story as written and you have a full-blown conspiracy involving the President of the United States of America. To bolster their plot lines, they are quoting an actual Admiral with a very respected reputation. It must be true, right?
Notice, first, the lead-in. They begin by establishing the “fact” that what they are reporting is actually what the good Admiral said. Then, they proceed to selectively quote the Admiral… mixing his words… and only quoting the ones… which seem to corroborate the plot they are spinning.
Now, that we have seen their method. Let’s quickly look at what the Admiral actually meant with his words. Since they haven’t provided a link to either a)the original article or b)the actual quote, we can infer that these story-tellers don’t want you to find the information for yourself.
Well, we here at The Real Revo, always want our readers to be as knowledgeable as humanly possible, to be spreading only the truth. What the good Admiral actually said in my closest estimation would sound more like this(I’m going to paraphrase since I don’t have source material to quote):
“What seems to have occurred during the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi we believe, was the result of a bungled abduction attempt by AQ. This would have been the first stage of an international prisoner exchange. AQ believes that would have ensured the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, the ‘Blind Sheik’…”
Result? Debunked. Nothing to see here. Carry on.