We might be facing the most embarrassing moment in the history of human civilization. A couple of decades from now, some history book might appear with the following entry: “World War III Sparked by YouTube Video.” It’s a silly pretext that could easily be a story line for a “South Park” episode, but in this case, truth is stranger than fiction. If you buy into the ridiculous media reports, you’re supposed to believe that angry Muslims in Egypt, Libya, and throughout the Middle East exploded into deadly violence on Sept. 11 in reaction to a YouTube video they found insulting. Incredible but true.
Not only is the media sticking to this ludicrous story, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney remains firm that the violence “is in response not to United States policy…but it is in response to a video.” Incredible but true. If that’s not enough to stretch your credulity beyond the limits of reality, consider that Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN is promoting her version of this fiction of the absurd which she described as a “spontaneous response” to a “very offensive video.” Incredible but true.
It’s sad to think that the Obama Administration and the media have taken us for witless dupes gullible enough to swallow such a poorly conceived political fabrication. It’s more than just 180 degrees opposed to anything remotely plausible. Even in the Bizarro World they’d be scratching their heads saying “this too far out to be true.”
Here in the age of viral videos and pop culture memes, you might nevertheless assume that no thinking person could possibly believe that international relations are driven by YouTube videos and fringe-cult bloggers. Yet the Obama administration seems to have reduced US foreign policy to a social networks flame war. God help us if we’ve gotten that stupid.