Get your checklist out for tonight. The first presidential debate will take place tonight, in Colorado, and as usual, we can play BINGO with buzzwords:
(insert foreign country)
(Insert foreign leader)
leading from behind
(insert random US cabinet department)
Obamacare/Affordable Care Act/Romneycare
99% and/or 47%
“you didn’t build that”
Fast and Furious
(insert swing state)
I would be shocked – hell, I might drop dead – if 90% of those don’t show up tonight.
So on the Sunday shows, Susan Rice says the Benghazi attack was not pre-planned, but a spontaneous response to the Mohammad video.
Libyan and Egyptian officials claim the attacks were pre-planned, falling on the 11th anniversary of 9/11…in Egypt, the brother of an AQ leader was in the attack on the Egyptian embassy and they replaced the American flag with an AQ banner.
In Egypt, rampagers chanted “Obama! Obama! We are all Osama!” and in Afghanistan “Death to America!”
And yet, according to Susan Rice, we are loved in the Middle East and this was just a spontaneous protest to the video.
The Obama administration knew attacks were planned before 9/11/12 and did nothing about them. There was minimal security in Benghazi and in Tripoli, meaning no Marines and an unarmed British security firm, which was okay-ed by Secretary Clinton.
Obama Press Sec. Jay Carney last week: protest, not the work of extremists. Today: okay, maybe it could have been pre-planned.
Heads should roll for putting our Foreign Service operatives at risk and especially for the death of our Ambassador to Libya.
So once again…Democratic President, election year…and a Middle East country whose “democratic process” we supported storms our embassy, but instead of hostages this time, they kill our ambassador.
History tends to repeat itself.
The U.S. Ambassador to Libya was killed yesterday in the eastern portion of Libya attempting to rescue consulate staff after Libyan protestors attacked the consulate. A US DIPLOMAT WAS KILLED IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY. Rule 1: take away all foreign aid to Libya. Rule #2: de-associate with them diplomatically.
Just awful. Rest in peace, Ambassador Chris Stevens, a foreign service vet who was well-respected, is now dead. And the best President Obama can do is a half-hearted “condemnation” of the attack.
Leading from behind, indeed.