Comedy Central's Jon Stewart ridiculed the Obama administration's handling of the September 11th attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya Monday, offering a step-by-step overview of what various government mouthpieces have said at different times over the past few weeks.
"Transparency, openness, clear lines of communication-- they're not just phrases you vaguely hear your wife saying while you're trying to watch the Giants game," Stewart began. "They're also important hallmarks of a successful administration, and they're the subject of tonight's installment of our new series, 'You Guys Ever Talk to Each Other...?'"
Stewart began with Carney's September 14th assertion that the government is still gathering all the facts, and would therefore not comment on whether U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack.
He noted, however, that the administration did not hesitate to establish a narrative based on what he referred to as their "hunch" that an anti-Islam YouTube video was responsible.
"That thing's like [the movie] The Ring," Stewart lamented sarcastically. "Three days after you watch it, embassies just burst into flames!"
Unfortunately, he noted, roughly a week later the director of the National Counterterrorism Center told Congress the attack was the work of terrorists. Jay Carney soon reversed course a well, saying it was "self-evident" that "what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack," despite denying that very claim a week before.
"Oh-ho! How bad does it suck to be the White House press secretary?" Stewart asked rhetorically.
Then, just three hours later, Stewart added, President Obama started once again blaming the YouTube video.
"So, you guys talk to each other, or...?" Stewart asked.
After watching another clip of Obama saying they are still establishing what transpired, Stewart wondered how many possibilities there could be. Was it Libyan St. Patrick's Day? A quinceañera that got out of hand?
Playing a few more contradictory clips, Stewart concluded: "Two things, apparently, have become clear. The attack on our embassy was planned and coordinated. The response to it-- eh, not so much."
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