White House Knew Benghazi A Terrorist Attack Within Two Hours
October 24, 2012 2 Comments
Romney’s base was driven into a state of panic on Monday night when he failed to attack President Obama’s response to the Benghazi attack. We wanted to hear Romney call Obama a politicizer, we wanted to hear him attack Obama for calling the death’s “not optimal.” Instead Romney let Benghazi slide and shifted topics. He may turn out to be right in doing so. By not going on the attack, he didn’t allow Obama to act incredulous. We can’t forget that Obama and his team are disciples of Saul Alinsky, they’ll outright lie if it gets them to their end. If Obama lied, the media likely wouldn’t report it and Romney will have looked bad for attacking the President unjustly.
Romney likely decided that debates aren’t really the place to attack specific actions. We’ve all heard the President’s explanation for Benghazi, we all remember the UN speech. Romney is banking on the truth coming out, preferably before the election. Reuters reports that the White House had emails which said the Benghazi attack was being claimed by a Jihadi group two hours after it began. Keep in mind it took the White House nearly two weeks to admit the attack was a terrorist act. UN Ambassador Rice went on 5 Sunday talk shows claiming the attack was a riot caused by a You Tube video, Obama said the same thing at his UN speech.
The truth is slowly trickling out on Benghazi, Romney clearly wants Obama to hang himself on his own words and explanations. Romney didn’t need to do it on Monday and arguably couldn’t do it without facing the snearing scorn of Obama directly. This isn’t a foreign policy election, it’s a domestic policy election. People aren’t going to vote for Romney because Obama screwed up in Libya. But Benghazi could be the minor background issue that tips the scales for voters, it may be the last straw for an electorate that is 95% focused on the economy.
If Romney wins, this is the genius of his decision not to attack Obama on Benghazi during the last debate. (of course if Romney loses then he’s a complete idiot, such is politics) He didn’t allow Obama to go on national television, not answer the question yet again and point the finger at his opponent with indignant outrage. As such, he has no opportunity to go before the country and amend his story, he has no opportunity to make excuses and perhaps more importantly he can’t blame the Republicans before a captive audience of 60 million voters. As such, the last two weeks of the election will be driven by news stories on Benghazi and we’ve already seen they aren’t positive for Obama. Obama won’t be able to respond with such a large audience of voters watching. He might even have to waste money on ads. If this works, it’s pure genius by Romney.
Make no mistake, the issue of Benghazi isn’t going to bring down President Obama. As outrageous as the situation is, as evident to Republicans that Benghazi is an example of Obama’s foreign policy failure this issue isn’t important to the American voter. Voters care about the economy, they care about the national debt. Foreign policy is a minor side issue this election. But with the economy not going Obama’s way and $5 trillion in new debt, voters who are on the fence might look at Benghazi and think to themselves ‘even his foreign policy hasn’t worked’ and vote Romney. The more news coming out of Benghazi the worse it is for Obama, they clearly spun a tall tale about what the attack was. The more we learn about Benghazi before the election the more likely it is that Obama loses.