The Washington Times - January 25, 2013, 12:17PM

It probably won’t come as a shocker to most Americans, but “Zero Dark Thirty” is banned in Pakistan. The Daily Mail reports that due to fears of a backlash from any number of Islamic radical groups within its borders, the big-screen depiction of Osama bin Laden’s capture and killing will not be shown.

What Americans should take note of what that after the Sept. 11 Benghazi terror attacks, the State Department spent more than $70,000 on Pakistani television ad buys disavowing a YouTube video, “Innocence of Muslims,” which almost no one had seen before it was spotlighted by the White House press. President Obama then gave a speech to the United Nations in which he repeatedly brought up the video. Ultimately, the amateur director was thrown in jail on a “probation violation” that never passed the Islamic radical capitulation sniff test.


In her testimony on Benghazi earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asked, “What does it matter at this point?” pertaining to the the Obama administration’s initial explanation for the attack that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead. Actually, it means all the difference in the world.

If the State Department was willing to spend $70,000 to apologize to Pakistanis for a YouTube movie that none of them saw, why is a movie with a $40 million budget — a box office smash that could not have been made without the high level access the Obama administration granted director Kathryn Bigelow and her creative team — completely ignored? The answer is because the video had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, the Obama administration got caught trying to mislead the American people in the run up to an election, and now they want the issue to go away. They are now attempting to “accept responsibility” … by not accepting responsibility.

If riots were to break out in the Muslim world because of the torture scenes depicted in “Zero Dark Thirty,” don’t expect a U.N. speech from President Obama admonishing Kathryn Bigelow. If such a scenario unfolded, a more likely scenario would involve another tried-and-true response: blame Bush.