This would be funny if the subject wasn’t so serious. And, there is at least some concessions that the administration behaved badly, but Klein is offering some nice misdirection.
HuffPo picked this up from Time.
The Republicans, apparently with nothing better to do, are still chasing their tails over the tragic events in Benghazi on September 11.
Actually, no. That’s not true. They’re chasing their tails over what happened after the tragic events of September 11. They’re mostly concerned that the Obama Administration tried to cover up the fact that this was a terrorist attack by a local militia (translation: local street gang) which aspired toward bad-butt Al Qaeda status. This is a pretty hard sell since, the day after the attack, the President called it an “act of terror.”
Well, first of all, no, that’s not entirely true, Joe. We’re concerned about the “before, during, and after”. More specifically, why wasn’t any help coming? Why were these men left to die? Yes, the people are also interested in why the administration lied about it, and for the record, no, Zero did not specifically call Benghazi a terrorist attack the day after. Klein continues with his attempts to deflect for the administration….
It does seem that the Administration’s talking points were massaged a bit after the President’s candor. This may have been attributable to the presidential campaign and the Administration’s desire to low-ball the Al Qaeda threat. If so, this was a venial, not a mortal, sin. It affected not one life. More likely, though, the wording was scrubbed as a result of the nature of the investigation going on at the time–it may have been deemed premature to announce that it was a pre-meditated act of terror. …..
If it was deemed so, it would have been for pure political purposes. Anyone involved knew it was a terror attack, and this has come out by the statements of the whistle blowers who are testifying today. Klein then demonstrates his ignorance…..
….. Who’s to blame for the lax security? This is the real substance of the case. Could it have been the Secretary of State? Undoubtedly, no. This sort of question is well below her pay grade. Could it have been the person in charge of embassy security issues? More likely, and that person resigned after the subsequent investigations…and even that might have been unfair for two reasons. Security was up to the Ambassador and Chris Stevens was well known for erring on the side of greater public access to U.S. facilities. Or, more plausibly, reason number two…
Right, because when Hillary signs something, it doesn’t mean she saw it…. or something. And then Klein has the audacity to blame Stevens for the lax security. There’s got to be a special place in hell for this egregious bit of deflection. It is well known that the embassy had repeatedly asked/begged for more security. Even the administration doesn’t deny this fact. Indeed, that’s what Hillary signed. A statement saying the request for extra security was denied. But, Klein is going to lie to people about it. Fortunately, he’s writing for Time being picked up by HuffPo, so there’ll be slightly more people reading Klein than this post.
But, what good is a leftist smearing article without trying to lie about their political opponents?
Could it have been the Republicans who consistently voted against funds for increased embassy security? Hmmm…that makes their current carping seem awfully political, doesn’t it? Again, sins of politics are not mortal. But one does wonder why the Republicans tend to fix on issues like this, which are defined by their absence of substance. (I haven’t noticed the Republicans clamoring to spend more on embassy security–which would be a matter of substance, happily embraced by the Administration.But that would require a budget deal, which would give the President a win.)
So, now the question is …… Is Klein this oblivious and ignorant of the issues or is he simply being dishonest? This issue has already been asked and answered. There were $billions of unspent funds available for embassy security. The embassy personnel even begged for security from the military which the funds would not have come from the State dept. But, again, they were denied this request.
Of course, Joe Klein isn’t the only one assisting in circling the wagons for this administration. And given his flippant attitude towards this, one has to ask what the left deems news worthy anymore? Four Americans were left to die. The extra security denied the embassy certainly could have ensured the safety of all Americans. The help that never came certainly could have saved the last two men who died in the lengthy attack. The lies and cover-up destroys the moral of members of the State dept. as well as members of the military. The US looks entirely impotent in international affairs. We were promised that the people would be brought to justice, more than 7 months later and the leader of the group walks freely in Libya. The loved ones of the ones who died in unreciprocated service to this nation were lied to. The people of this nation were lied to.
We deserve better than that. At the very least dereliction of duty has occurred. And to this day, no one is held accountable. So, what exactly is worthy of proper attention? If it isn’t four Americans left to die in some God forsaken land by our government, then nothing is.