Christian Science Monitor:
“What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm US interests,” Obama said. “We don’t know yet,” he added, “and so we are going to continue to investigate this.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Department have mounted investigations into the Benghazi attack.
The administration’s explanation of what happened in Benghazi marks a shift in its earlier assertions that the attack was spontaneous and showed no signs of preplanning. That position came under stiff criticism from a number of Republican leaders, including Sen. John McCain, who cast doubt on the “spontaneous” characterization because of the intensity of the attack and the heavy weaponry employed in it.
If only Mitt Romney hadn’t kept the media from reporting on this story they might have known sooner what some of us figured out right away. Most “spontaneous protests” don’t involve automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. There are several reports that there never was a “protest” in Benghazi, it was a military-style assault from the beginning.
Some of you may recall that I was leery of the “Arab Spring” when it first happened. That region of the world hasn’t know peace and stability since the beginning of history. There are a lot of people over there who hate us. It is really naïve to think we could toss out a couple dictators and democracy and fluffy bunnies would magically appear.
It is unclear how much, if any, this will affect the election. What is obvious is that this was a screw-up. Exactly who is to blame has yet to be determined. At this point I’m not blaming Hillary Clinton but she’s not off the hook either. That’s what accountability is all about. But I don’t want her to be the fallguy for someone else either.
One thing I’m sure of – If Obama is reelected we will never know the truth. We may never find out the truth anyway.