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Michael Gerson: Handling of Benghazi helped politically but had real-world costs

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  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 10, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    The entire purpose behind the Benghazi witch hunt is to damage Hilary Clinton so she'll be a weak presidential candidate in 2016. This is the first volley in the next presidential contest.

    Just for reference, let me point out some of the embassy attacks that occurred under President Bush II:

    In 2002, the US Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, was bombed; 12 were killed
    In 2004, the US embassy in Uzbekistan was attacked; 2 were killed
    In 2004, the US Consulate in Saudi Arabia was stormed, killing 5 employees
    In 2006, armed men attacked the US Embassy in Syria; one was murdered
    In 2007 a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the US Embassy in Athens
    In 2008, the US Embassy in Serbia was set on fire
    In 2008, bombings in the US Embassy in Yemen killed 19

    In these attacks, those killed were not American citizens. Nevertheless, the attacks were met with calls for solidarity and were used by no one to further their political ambitions. Why is that not the case now? The Republicans see an opportunity to make hay out of a tragedy, just as Romney did in the 2nd debate. It won't work, but please proceed.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    53% of the US and none of the rest of the world believe Jay Carney's account.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 10, 2013 3:16 p.m.

    @The Skeptical Chymist

    Our ambassador was killed, and the president lied to us about who did it, and why. That's the difference.

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    May 11, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    The previous poster Skeptical Chymist hits the nail on the head. Whether Obama lied, Spoke before he had all the fact, or was given incorrect information, all a possibility, the truth is this is going to be a 3 year witch hunt to weaken Hillary but to no avail. In 2016 53% plus will vote her in and again in 2020! Keep digging Pubs. keep digging, the hole isn't deep enough yet!

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 11, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    Gerson:

    "Martha Raddatz asked Joe Biden why the White House had attributed the death of Stevens to the video. He responded: "Because that was exactly what we were told by the intelligence community."

    ABC posted the 12 revisions of the talking points. From the very first draft to the last draft the first paragraph refers to the attack as being inspired by the protests in Cairo. Eric Nordstrom testified to Congress he first suspected the attack was similar to one that happened earlier as a result of a video. NYTimes reported people at the scene of the attack attributed it to a video. The extremist group-An Al Sharia--believed to have played a role in the attack, while denying culpability, made reference to the perceived attack on Islam.

    The email by senior State Dept official, Beth Jones, uses the word "extremists," not terrorists as reported in Gerson's column and by others.

  • DougS Oakley, UT
    May 11, 2013 9:54 a.m.

    Having seen the time line on events leading up to and following the attack on the embassy, I am convinced that Hillary lied to ongress and Obama lied to the public. That he also left on a campaign trip the following morning is also indicitave o his concern for american lives.

    There should be impeachment an criminal charges. Any prior events by republicans does not excuse this one.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    Except that Obama called it an act of terror within a few days, and the Administration got it straightened out in 2 weeks (late september is still over a month before the election).

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    @DougS
    If lying to the public were an impeachable crime we'd have no Presidents make it through a first term. Besides, there's a difference between lying and being wrong. You're just upset your candidate lost. Get over it.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2013 12:48 p.m.

    By "handling Benghazi" do you mean repeatedly lying to the public just before an election? The Obama apologists have been saying too many "Well, but...." in an effort to deflect and change the subject. The issue is not Kennedy, Reagan, Bush, Bill Clinton or Romney, it's an Obama orchestrated lie to the public that has now been exposed. Is this the change we can believe in?