November 5, 2012
The Malignant Narcissist and the Benghazi 'Snuff Film'By Fay Voshell
Credible sources indicate that the president of the United States watched in real time what might well be called the Benghazi snuff film.
Among those sources is retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer. At the time of the assault, Shaffer relates, two U.S. drones were hovering to the consulate and recorded the final hours of the attack, which killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other brave Americans.
"This was in the middle of the business day in Washington, so everybody at the White House, CIA, Pentagon, everybody was watching this go down," Shaffer said on Fox News. "According to my sources, yes, [Obama] was one of those in the White House Situation Room in real-time watching this."
Frankly, I have found myself wondering what sort of president could sit through a viewing of what was essentially a snuff film.
What sort of man could watch Americans fighting and dying while his administration gave the order for rescuers to "stand down?"
The same sort of president who would demand that he and he alone be the final arbiter of the fate of the persons assigned to his "kill list"? And, yes, there really is a "kill list."
According to the New York Times, a paper known to be a shill for the president, there is a ritual for figuring out who is next to be snuffed:
The Times article goes on to ask: "Could he [Obama] order the targeted killing of an American citizen, in a country with which the United States was not at war, in secret and without the benefit of a trial?" Since the Benghazi debacle, we certainly can hazard a guess that the answer is "Yes."
Back to the original question -- namely, what sort of person could coldly organize killings and take in snuff films without a normal reaction? I believe that Erich Fromm, author of The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness can help us understand just what we are dealing with in president Obama. His analysis of malignant narcissism fits Barack Obama's profile to a tee.
Fromm goes farther in his profile, writing that such a person lacks love, tenderness, or empathy for anybody. He is cold and pitiless. He deceives by exhibiting apparent warmth, but in fact the warmth is only superficial. He might show "courtesy, charm, tranquility, correctness, amiability and self-control," but the dominant traits of coldness and lack of empathy remain deep within.
He may have a talent for influencing, impressing, and persuading, Fromm continues. He may have personal magnetism so strong that he mesmerizes those who meet him or hear him speak.
These virtues, combined with absolute certainty about his generally simplistic ideas, mean he is implacably opposed to those who might question his authority. Because of his egotistical self-centeredness, he feels uneasy with people who are his equals or superiors, wishing to be always in the position of the Infallible One. He covers up his inadequacies with a veneer characterized by amiability, kindness, consideration, and courtesy. But he actually has two faces: a friendly one and a horrifying one. Both are genuine.
If he is in a position of leadership, he often pursues his goals with unwavering determination and an iron will to win regardless of consequences. Therefore, human lives and their destruction are immaterial to his goals and may even be his desire.
Fromm concludes his analysis of the malignant narcissist with the following observations:
C.S. Lewis, the great twentieth-century theologian, makes a similar point:
No one should suggest that Obama is a Hitler. However, narcissism, including malignant narcissism, does not appear just in the person of a Hitler, a Stalin, or a Mao Tse-Tung. It appears in a number of human beings on a graduated scale from bad to very, very bad to horrendous.
The narcissism a pretty twelve-year-old exhibits when she can't tear herself away from the mirror is also bad. The self-love of an adolescent kissing his biceps is not good. Both are attributable mostly to overgrown vanity. The difference, of course, between the run-of the-mill narcissist and the malignant narcissist is apparent in everyday life.
We know of many examples: the kindly grandfather who comes bearing a lollipop and a doll in order to seduce his granddaughter; the guy who is a hard worker at the office, gives the shirt off his back to the neighbor, but who comes home to kick the dog and slap his wife; the mother-in-law who appears a goody-two-shoes in church but who domineers her daughter-in-law, making her life miserable.
The chief difference between the malignancy of the aforementioned mother-in-law and Catherine the Great or Valerie Jarrett of "After We Win This Election, It's Our Turn -- Payback Time" fame is opportunity and power. The force that increases the malignancy of narcissism is power and plenty of it. The power to imprint his narcissistic image on society has been handed to Obama. By means of the military, a bloated bureaucracy, and a sycophantic press, the president has been able to impress his image on American society and the world as surely as Emperor Tiberius stamped his visage on a coin or Napoleon carved the names of his successful battles on the Arc de Triomphe.
Of course, as noted, the ultimate malignancy of the extreme narcissist lies in the power to decide who lives and who dies. President Obama has that power and has used it.
We presently have reason to believe that the president allowed and watched the deaths of our ambassador to Libya and the heroic men who tried to rescue Chris Stevens on live video. That probability, coupled with what can properly be termed our commander-in-chief's obsessive interest in his "kill list," should send shivers up the spine of every American. The "kill list" and the possible Benghazi "snuff film" should be enough to send every voter to the booths to roust out the malignant narcissist presently residing in the White House.
Fay Voshell, a contributor to American Thinker and National Review Online, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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