The Politics (Ugh, Yes, the Politics) of the Attacks on the US Diplomatic Posts in Benghazi and Cairo* - ABC NewsBut GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will likely face questions of his own today, not only about his foreign policy views (Romney had at least five different positions on Libya as of last October) but about his statesmanship.
Before news spread that four Americans had been killed in Benghazi, Romney yesterday issued a statement saying in part: “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
This is an attack that does not stand up to simple chronology.
Asked what Romney was referring to, his campaign Tuesday pointed to a statement from the US Embassy in Cairo issued a statement “condemn(ing) the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims” — referring to the anti-Muslim movie allegedly inflaming the demonstrators, rioters, and attackers — but that statement was issued before the attacks on the diplomatic missions.
In your dreams Huckleberry Hound.
Assuming they are real: Those were sent a journalist (who used to work for Bill C) -- as in someone outside the administration -- to Hillary. That hardly qualifies as an Administration consensus on the nature of the attacks by September 12th.
I realize this is hard to grasp, but it takes more than 30 seconds to figure out why an isolated diplomatic mission, in a volatile nation, got attacked.
Nor are the consequences of the kerfuffle particularly dire. As a result of the attack, the US hasn't declared war on Libya. The nation's security was not compromised. It is not realistic to turn every consulate and diplomatic mission into a miniature fortress. The deaths of the diplomatic staff could not be reversed based on the Administration's subsequent public statements.
So, forgive me if I toss a little salt over my shoulder when I see all the haters in a high moral dudgeon over this.
"It's always reassuring to find you've made the right enemies." -- William J. Donovan
The investigate we have today is a partisan one.