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Benghazi: The October Mirage

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For the life of me, I can’t understand why the Republicans are harping so hard on the Benghazi security debacle–except, maybe, you know…politics. There is no reason, or evidence, that the request of a consulate–or even an embassy–for beefed up security would ever get anywhere near the President’s desk. It may have reached the lower echelons of the national security council, as part as a larger complaint from the State Department about the need for more money for security across the region (especially after the Ryan budget cut funding for State Department security by $300 billion). But it may not have even gotten that far. And the Obama Administration is doing the appropriate thing, as Hillary Clinton emphasized today:  the State Department is investigating. And let’s put this in the proper context:

The deaths of Chris Stephens and the others was a preventable tragedy. That it happened is outrageous. But these sort of incidents have been exceedingly rare since 2001, and the Obama Administration has attacked and decimated Al Qaeda in a more efficient and effective way than either of its predecessors, Bush or Clinton. (To be fair, Clinton didn’t have the drone technology–but he did have special forces who might have taken out Bin Laden after the two attacks on US Embassies in 1997 and the USS Cole in 2000.)

The Benghazi incident was a failure that blemishes, but does not diminish the Obama Administration’s tremendous success in the war against Al Qaeda. In fact, the more we see Ryan and Romney flailing around, trying to find something to criticize the President about in the foreign policy realm, the more impressive the Obama record seems. It is not sufficient to repeat, robotically, that the “Obama foreign policy is unraveling,” as Ryan did last night. The constant tide of criticism without substantive policy alternatives has become foolish and insulting to the American people.

There are no points to be scored here–and it would be nice, and even patriotic, if Romney would support the President where he agrees with him. That used to be the general rule when it came to foreign policy; in 1940, Wendell Willkie agreed with Franklin Roosevelt on lend-lease and other programs to support our British allies–and he refused to use it as an issue in the campaign. But that was before political consultants and the absolute need to oppose your opponent on every single issue. (By the way, kudos to Ryan for agreeing with the 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan–but that only made his criticisms of the President’s current drawdown that much more incomprehensible.)

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markyramonego
markyramonego

The Connection between secret White House files recently declassified and the Benghazi attack, brought out in the open by an Obama administration insider: http://shar.es/cCOO9

DavidDeBlois
DavidDeBlois

(especially after the Ryan budget cut funding for State Department security by $300 billion)

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Huh?  What "Ryan Budget"?  There is no Ryan Budget that has done anything yet....in fact...THERE HAS BEEN NO BUDGET FOR 4 YEARS!!!!

And also...you're freaking delusional Joe...The US supported, and took an active role, in the toppling of Libya's regime...it's a major event in Obama's foreign policy resume...and this attack shows the level of instability and the strength and boldness of Al Queda in that region.   It's EXTREMELY relevant...

"What's a couple hostages in Iran got to do with the elections"

~ Joe Klien, 1979

Adam Smith
Adam Smith

"especially after the Ryan budget cut funding for State Department security by $300 billion"

That would make the State Department security budget -$298.8 billion.

Perhaps Klein meant $300 million.

Steve Rodriguez
Steve Rodriguez

I like readnig Klein's stuff, but he is wrong as usual.  It is a SCANDAL that a sitting US President goes on Letterman and to Vegas to party with fundraisers when a US Ambassador has been killed.  It is a SCANDAL when a sitting US President has his staff AFTER the event (not the request for security before) but AFTER the event, sends out his UN Ambassador to claim this was all because of a goofy youtube video.  It is a SCANDAL when the President calls terrorists man-made disasters and fighting terrorists "over-seas contingency operations."  It is a scandal when the US President reduces the US nuclear stockpile witout commensurate reductions form our enemies, and in point of fact, they are now withdrawing from their INF agreement and building MORE!  I could go on, but you get the drift - there are many more examples.  Yes, thanks to Bush interrogations, US Special Forces directed by President Obama were able to eliminate Bin Laden.  So what???  That victory has been lost amidest a resurgent al qaeda, specifically in Egypt and Libya, with a President who refuses to call the enemy what they are - the enemy!

fmarc
fmarc

and the Democrats voted for the war, Clinton, Biden, Kerry etc....

Afterseven
Afterseven

I love it when Lib stenographers feign being obtuse.  The issue is not failures in security, the issue is 4 weeks of a cover up and deliberate mis-information campaign by Time, NYT, Obama, Clinton, Rice et al.   Surely even Mr. Klein can grasp such a simple thing. Heck, Clinton received articles of impeachment for a lie that pales in comparison with the whoppers that have been doled out re: Benghazi.  lol Youtube?  Did you stupid libs really believe that would fly?  Now that is hubris!  You gambled one to many times that the American public is dumb, now it looks like you libs will lose the Presidency and several Senate seats over a brazen and deliberate narrative of lies.

 

fmarc
fmarc

Well Bush didn't say that the planes crashed in the tower because they were watching a video.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 No he just ignored months of warning about the impending attack and then invaded a country that had nothing to do with it.

fmarc
fmarc

If you cannot understand that, just try this: Imagine that the Romney administration is in place instead of the Obama administration.... Now, you are revolted, aren't you? These Republican, lying about the death of our ambassador!...

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 Seeing as no one went after Bush immediately after 9/11 I seriously doubt Democrats would attempt to politicize this either.

Abraham Yeshuratnam
Abraham Yeshuratnam

It is not a mirage. It is a reality. .  President Magarief  of

Libya  has confirmed  that  deadly attack on US Consulate was

'pre-planned act of terrorism,' not reaction over film. Islamist protesters

stormed the U.S. Embassy in Egypt’s capital Tuesday, destroyed the American

flag, and replaced it with a black Islamist flag similar to the one used

byAl-Qaeda — all on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In

Cairo, mobs of angry protesters invaded the U.S. Embassy compound, and at the

U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, attackers killed four Americans, including

the ambassador.The Cairo mob lowered U.S. flags and hoisted a black Islamic

flag instead.  How did the U.S. embassy respond? By apologizing to the rioters

for hurting “their religious feelings“:The Embassy of the United States in

Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the

religious feelings of Muslims.” And again, it was only after the speech of

Obama at the UN,“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of

Islam” that Nakola, the film maker was arrested.   So, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, rioting

Egyptians stormed the American embassy, destroyed American flag, and hoisted

the Islamist flag — and Obama administration’s U.S.

embassy apologizes for hurting their feelings? If this shocks you,

you are not alone. Many Americans expressed their outrage on

Twitter and other social mediums

Bill Schlosser
Bill Schlosser

Excuse me... but your quote "(especially after the Ryan budget cut funding for State Department security by $300 billion)" is FALSE as NO budget has been passed in the last 3 years. Also- Why the hell would our Embassy in the paradise of BARBADOS have a full Marine contingent on 9/11 and Benghazi had none? But as usual, your left bias is showing... Nov 6th we turn things around and take this country back.

Silver Goal
Silver Goal

Boy....I think you (Klein) need to sit down and watch (with unbiased eyes, if you're able) the hearing held last week.  Then,  if you still can't comprehend the facts and the repercussions of what went wrong in Lybia, then by all means, go vote early!

tma_sierrahills
tma_sierrahills like.author.displayName 1 Like

"For the life of me, I can’t understand why the Republicans are harping so hard on the Benghazi security debacle"

Well, although I'm not a Republican, I would  have thought your last word here would have provided you with a clue.

Carol Robinson
Carol Robinson

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before." by the Don,  Rahm Emanuel 

http://www.brainyquote.com/quo...

yep, another machiavellian strategy created, started, developed, and promoted by the corrupt Democrats.

ahandout
ahandout

This mother wants answers from Obama.  I guess Democrats think she is politicizing the issue.

 

SMITH: Right. Right. Officially yes. I told them, please don't give

me any baloney that comes through with this political stuff. I don't

want political stuff. You can keep your political, just tell me the

truth. What happened. And I still don't know. In fact, today I just

heard something more that he died of smoke inhalation.

COOPER: So you don't even know the cause of death?

SMITH: I don't even know if that's true or not. No, I don't. I don't

know where. I look at TV and I see bloody hand prints on walls,

thinking, my god, is that my son's? I don't know if he was shot. I don't

know -- I don't know. They haven't told me anything. They are still

studying it. And the things that they are telling me are just outright

lies.

That Susan Rise, what -- she talked to me personally and she said,

she said, this is the way it was. It was -- it was because of this film

that came out.

COOPER: So she told you personally that she thought it was a result of that video of the protest?

SMITH: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. In fact all of them did. All of

them did. Leon Panetta actually took my face in his hands like this and

he said, trust me. I will tell you what happened. And so far, he's told

me nothing. Nothing at all. And I want to know.

COOPER: It's important for you to know all the details no matter how horrible.

SMITH: Yes.

http://nation.foxnews.com/beng...

Ven Konuru
Ven Konuru

It's sometimes sickening to see your sycophancy towards Obama and how intellectuals like you don't even pretend to be unbiased. Don't you see one good thing in Romney's career to say he can be problem solver?  Though I am still undecided I not shamelessly one-sided as your intellectual brain is ! I read many of your articles and everyone one of them is totally biased. As a journalist why can't you call spade a spade and for once criticize the inadequacies of how this terrorist attack was handled by the President? For once look into the mirror and ask yourself if Romney did this evasion of truth for more than two weeks, would you write the same article? I am increasingly beginning to see that Obama is a good man but very incompetent President. You don't see through your glasses. In one of the articles you wrote that there was a racist angle to someone saying his mediocrity was exposed in the last debate. That means you can't call anyone incompetent if he is black! Sickening!

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 Enough already.

Enough of Republicans trying to politicize the death of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Libya.

Yet again, today, Republicans are trying to use those deaths to help

Mitt Romney, now by accusing – incredibly – Obama’s deputy campaign

manager, Stephanie Cutter, of being the one who’s politicizing the debate.  And why?  Because Cutter, correctly, said that the Republicans have been politicizing the debate on this issue.

Before I get to all the examples of how Mitt Romney and the GOP

congress have politicized the deaths in Libya, note the beauty of what

the Republicans are doing here to Cutter.  Not only are they criticizing

her for doing what they are actually doing, but they’re using her public call for them to stop politicizing the tragedy as proof that she is the one politicizing it.

It’s brilliant in its dishonesty.

Fortunately, we have the Internet as an objective fact-checker.  So

let’s walk through just how calloused Republicans have been in taking

advantage of the death of our ambassador and other government officials.

1. It was the Romney campaign that told AP that they saw the death of the US ambassador as an “opportunity.”

2. It was Mitt Romney himself who said on the infamous 47% tape that he would keep his eye out for another “opportunity” like the Iran hostage crisis, that he could milk to his electoral advantage.

3. It was Mitt Romney himself, who embarrassingly, in his best Al

“I’m in charge” Haig, had the audacity to issue a statement blasting the

administration in the middle of the Libya crisis, before we even knew

who was killed, or how many. As you’ll recall, Romney was roundly criticized for politicizing the death of the US ambassador and others through his statement and poorly-timed press conference, and he was even criticized by Republicans.

To show you just how cavalier Romney was about the deaths, note how, purely by chance I’m sure,

Romney’s backdrop for his press conference, below left, looked a lot

like the White House briefing room, below right.  Blue background, the

flag, the podium, the dais. The setting was clearly meant to evoke the

White House Briefing Room, and thus use Romney’s speech as an – let’s

say it all together now – “opportunity” to make Romney look

“presidential.”

4. It was Mitt Romney who was blasted yesterday by the mother of one of the victims in Libya, an American Navy SEAL, for politicizing the death of her son.

5. And then yesterday, the House Republicans, led by GOP Reps. Issa and Chaffetz, again politicized the deaths in Libya by holding a partisan hearing in order to embarrass the Obama administration,

and as a result Issa and Chaffetz compromised national security by

exposing the existence of a classified CIA base at the site of the

attack in Benghazi, Libya, potentially putting even more lives at risk.

So spare us the Republicans’ crocodile tears about Stephanie Cutter.

 The only reason that Republicans are attacking Cutter is because – yet

again – they smell an “opportunity,” as Mitt Romney so callously put it,

to use a national security crisis, and a human tragedy, to their own

partisan advantage.

If anything, the Republican attacks on Cutter are further proof that she’s right.

Silver Goal
Silver Goal

Did you happen to stop and think some of us may have loved ones currently serving in Embassies in that region, extremely concerned for their safety....and our need to know the truth about what went wrong in Benghazi has nothing...I repeat...NOTHING...to do with the election schedule/time table?   

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 And do you believe for a second that this is the primary concern of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan?

ahandout
ahandout

Three weeks after the attack REPORTERS find sensitive document laying around the Benghazi embassy.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2...

At least one of the documents found in the wrecked consulate, the daily writes, “indicates that Americans at the mission were discussing the possibility of an attack in early September, just two days before the assault took place.”

Silver Goal
Silver Goal

I'm sure the anniversary of 9/11 crossed their minds many times, and they had no doubt, that night who it was that came to murder them.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 Bra-vo.

While attempting to use the death of American government officials in

Libya to help Mitt Romney’s election bid, fellow Utah Republican Jason

Chaffetz, and his House Republican colleagues on the House Oversight and

Government Reform Committee, outed a classified CIA operation, on C-SPAN no less, endangering American national security.

Oops.

Oh but, as the saying goes, it gets better.

Chaffetz and company were using the death of the US ambassador to

Libya, and others, to try to smear the President for “security lapses,”

and as the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank points out in a great scoop, Chaffetz and company managed to create their own massive security lapse.

It would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous.

In a nutshell, the State Department was briefing the congressional

Republicans, at an open hearing that the Republicans called, and were

showing commercially-available satellite images of the area of the

attack.  Suddenly, Republican Chaffetz and GOP Committee chair Darrell

Issa (another piece of work)

both suggested that the images showed classified information that could

endanger current ongoing operations in the area.  As Milbank points

out, this confirmed two things – one, that the picture was apparently of

a CIA base, and two, that the base might still be in operation even

after the attack that killed our ambassador.

Chaffetz’s and Issa’s outbursts ensured that every terrorist in the

world would now be checking C-SPAN to find out what the CIA was hiding

in Benghazi, and that the base in Benghazi would become a high-priority

target, as the CIA is frowned upon by Al Qaeda terrorists and others.

Heckuva job, boys.

But you can’t fault, Chaffetz and Issa, they and their fellow House

Republicans were simply doing the bidding of their mentor in

“opportunism,” Mitt Romney.  You’ll recall that it was Team Romney that found the murder of a US ambasador in Benghazi to be “an opportunity.”

 And it was Mitt Romney himself who said he was waiting for another

Iran hostage type crisis, or any national security crisis really, to take advantage of the “opportunity”

to help his campaign for president.  Chaffetz and the House GOP were

simply doing what any good Republican would do in their place – they

were taking advantage of what they saw as a great “opportunity,” the

murder of American government officials.

And as a result of their loose lips, we may now have even more “opportunities” for Romney, Chaffetz and Issa in the near future.

It’s ironic, you know.  Chaffetz, especially, loves to get on his moral high horse to bash the gays.

 He’s a devout Mormon, and never misses an opportunity to legislatively

jam his religious beliefs down the throats of gay-Americans who don’t even live in his district, let alone his state.  I’ve often though it downright queer the way the cherubic Chaffetz spends so much time obsessing over the whole “gay” thing.

(Chaffetz also reportedly gave an interview suggesting he’s a 9/11-truther, to add to the weirdness factor.)

But say what you will about gay marriage, Mr. Chaffetz, it never put

the national security of the United States at risk.  Can’t say the same

about you.

Here’s a bit from Milbanks piece:

That the Benghazi compound had included a large CIA

presence had been reported but not confirmed. The New York Times, for

example, had reported that among those evacuated were “about a dozen CIA

operatives and contractors.” The paper, like The Washington Post,

withheld locations and details of the facilities at the administration’s

request.

But on Wednesday, the withholding was on hold.

The Republican lawmakers, in their outbursts, alternated between

scolding the State Department officials for hiding behind classified

material and blaming them for disclosing information that should have

been classified. But the lawmakers created the situation by ordering a

public hearing on a matter that belonged behind closed doors.

Republicans were aiming to embarrass the Obama administration over

State Department security lapses. But they inadvertently caused a

different picture to emerge than the one that has been publicly known:

that the victims may have been let down not by the State Department but

by the CIA. If the CIA was playing such a major role in these events,

which was the unmistakable impression left by Wednesday’s hearing,

having a televised probe of the matter was absurd.

Another point. The question of how much obvious security there was at

the compound becomes rather interesting now that Chaffetz has informed

us that this was actually a CIA station. I could imagine that the CIA

might not have wanted a massive contingent of Marines based at the

“consulate and ‘annex’,” lest it signal to the bad guys that this was

not simply a backwater “consulate and ‘annex’.” But the administration

couldn’t give that response while Mitt Romney and the House Republicans

were berating them for supposedly not having more security at the

station, they couldn’t explain that maybe we didn’t want the extra

security because it might have signaled that there was actually a CIA

operation underway.

Sounds like it’s time for a hearing about the hearing.

Silver Goal
Silver Goal

mantisdragon91.....How many relatives and loved ones do you currently have serving in Embassies in that region?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 As many as all the brave patriotic Republicans now trying to score political points from this combined.

ahandout
ahandout

 Your source is a blogger?  You are so desperate that you cut and paste from some random blogger online.

You must be really scared.

http://americablog.com/2012/10...

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 You mean as opposed to your sources of the rightscoop, legalinsurrection and weaselzippers?

ahandout
ahandout

 Where are you coping and pasting from MD?  the voices in your head?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Ahh I see so you and Paule can paste stuff all day long but when I post relevant information your adult diaper gets in a bunch.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 Poor troll. Perhaps when you and Paule start following that protocol consistently I'll do the same.

ahandout
ahandout

 When you refer to an article, or in your case copy and paste it, it's expected to post the link to the page.  You know the address bar? 

That way you are giving credit to the author of the BS that you are posting. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

This is what the mother of the navy seal who died in Benghazi had to say about Mitt's attempt to claim he knew her son: 

“I don’t trust Romney. He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his

political agenda. It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted

freedom for all, to degrade Obama,” said Barbara Doherty, Glen’s mother.

Silver Goal
Silver Goal

Would you like to know what the mother of a son STILL posted in Lybia has to say?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 I'd like to know why Romney would try and profit from the death of American soldiers, who as the 47%  he referred to in his video tape he clearly could care less about.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 The only who politicized this issue was Mittens. In fact he broke his promise not to campaign on 9/11 to do so.

ahandout
ahandout

 Politicizing the issue MD.  Bad form.

Silver Goal
Silver Goal

Again....from my standpoint, the Benghazi issue has nothing to do with whether Romney thinks 47% of the poplulation would  or wouldn't ever vote for him.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

The father of slain US ambassador to Libya, Christophers, is calling

for politicians to stop making the death of his son into a campaign

issue.

And there’s only one campaign, and one political party, that’s been

treating the murder of our ambassador as an “opportunity,” and that’s

Mitt Romney and the Republicans.

Silver Goal
Silver Goal

So....should the families of those still posted in that region wait until the election is over to know if their safety is compromised by the security decisions of some pencil pusher at a desk in Washington?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 Perhaps you should be more concerned by the Republicans exposing the location of a secret CIA based in the Benghazi are in their rush to try and score political points from this.

Silver Goal
Silver Goal

Correction:   It was the State Department who insisted upon having the map you're referencing displayed in "open session"  -- complete with our facilities outlined and labelled --  arguing that it was the SAME map they (State Department) had released to the press the night before. 

At the hearing it was  Republican  Chaffetz who immediately objected to  having the map displayed -- quickly followed by an objection from Democrat ranking member Cummings  - objecting to Chaffetz's objection -- with Cummings flippantly commenting and even asking the State Department to Confirm whether or not the map was accessible on Google.    Displaying the map was no big deal for Cummings....

So tell me again.....who's concerned for the safety of whom.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

1. It was the Romney campaign that told AP that they saw the death of the US ambassador as an “opportunity.”

2. It was Mitt Romney himself who said on the infamous 47% tape that he would keep his eye out for another “opportunity” like the Iran hostage crisis, that he could milk to his electoral advantage.

3. It was Mitt Romney himself, who embarrassingly, in his best Al

“I’m in charge” Haig, had the audacity to issue a statement blasting the

administration in the middle of the Libya crisis, before we even knew

who was killed, or how many. As you’ll recall, Romney was roundly criticized for politicizing the death of the US ambassador and others through his statement and poorly-timed press conference, and he was even criticized by Republicans.

To show you just how cavalier Romney was about the deaths, note how, purely by chance I’m sure,

Romney’s backdrop for his press conference, below left, looked a lot

like the White House briefing room, below right.  Blue background, the

flag, the podium, the dais. The setting was clearly meant to evoke the

White House Briefing Room, and thus use Romney’s speech as an – let’s

say it all together now – “opportunity” to make Romney look

“presidential.”

4. It was Mitt Romney who was blasted yesterday by the mother of one of the victims in Libya, an American Navy SEAL, for politicizing the death of her son.

5. And then yesterday, the House Republicans, led by GOP Reps. Issa and Chaffetz, again politicized the deaths in Libya by holding a partisan hearing in order to embarrass the Obama administration,

and as a result Issa and Chaffetz compromised national security by

exposing the existence of a classified CIA base at the site of the

attack in Benghazi, Libya, potentially putting even more lives at risk.

f_galton
f_galton

If the Benghazi attack is no big deal why all the deception? Biden even brazenly lied about it at the debate.

congressionalcompass
congressionalcompass

Jeez,  I do not get the support of governmental officials that are more concerned about the way they look than the facts.  Why even introduce that silliness of the video.  It never happened and it has been documented there were no protests to escalate.  The consulate was in contact with the state department prior to and during the attacks and their verified that there was no protest that escalated.  So, why would anyone go to the effort of fabricating a story unless they had something they did not want us to know about.  If they are going to cover up the death of an ambassador to what extremes might we expect from there?  Can we trust a government that lies about everything.  That sounds like North Korea and the way they keep their people in the dark.  We have fallen far.

Walter Libby
Walter Libby

Why is this race even close? When the housing bubble burst it collapsed residential construction that sent out an economic ripple that brought on the Great Recession.  Small businesses were losing customers and opportunity was lost to entrepreneurs; if that kept up where do you think we'd be? Obama knows how to create jobs and that's by increasing demand; tough to do when those that know how to create jobs took their expertise to China. And Romney's expertise lies in cutting government, and, bottom line, that destroys demand. The marketplace got us in this mess, and it's up to the government to get us out. It wouldn't take so long if the president had bi-partisan support. It seems all they want is power for sake of power; do you know how that story goes? I'll tell you this; it doesn't have a happy ending.

Indy Might
Indy Might

Joe Klein, those four flag-draped coffins were no mirage.

You start out “For the

life of me, I can’t understand why the Republicans are harping so hard on the Benghazi security debacle–except, maybe, you know…politics.”

I looked up the meaning of debacle just to make sure that it hasn’t changed. According to Miriam Webster it is:  a complete failure – fiasco.

Why should we treat a complete failure – fiasco as a mirage? When is a complete

failure or fiasco when it relates to the security of Americans not a problem

for the President? Election year or not, why are you Joe Klein and Time

Magazine giving our current Commander-in-Chief a pass on this complete failure?

You even go so far as to blame the lack of security at the Benghazi U.S. Consulate on Paul Ryan’s budget? Guess what, Paul Ryan is not the Commander-in-Chief and his budget has not been passed by Congress so how could anything in his proposed

budget affect the current security of U.S. citizens in Benghazi? In fact no real budget was passed for FY2012, just a swath of continuing resolutions with a few caveats, which all followed the rejection of Ryan’s proposal.

Opinion pieces are fine and we all agree that politicians bend the truth, especially

when trying to get elected. But, wouldn’t it be nice for a change if major media outlets like Time Magazine hold some standard of truth-telling for their own editors, journalists and commentators.

More from Klein: The deaths of Chris Stephens and the others was a preventable tragedy. That it happened is outrageous. But these sort of incidents have been exceedingly rare since 2001, and the Obama Administration has attacked and decimated Al Qaeda in a more efficient and effective way than either of its predecessors, Bush or Clinton. (To be fair, Clinton didn’t have the drone technology–but he did have special forces who might have taken out

Bin Laden after the two attacks on US Embassies in 1997 and the USS Cole in

2000.)

This was a preventable tragedy. That it happened is outrageous! But let’s not harp on that. This was a debacle and a preventable tragedy but it is the Republicans fault for “harping” on it? President Obama is not subject to scrutiny for any failures or tragedies on his watch because he ordered Navy Seals to go get Bin Laden?

Klein: The Benghazi incident was a failure that blemishes, but does not diminish the Obama Administration’s tremendous success in the war against Al Qaeda.

So Klein has toned down this ‘failure’ for Obama from a debacle and preventable tragedy to a blemish. Obama himself toned it down to “bumps in the road.” - Birds of a feather.

Klein says that this criticism of this debacle and preventable tragedy is “foolish and insulting to the American people.” What really is foolish and insulting is when a respected journalist, who should be appalled at administration debacles and preventable tragedies which result in the loss of American lives, gives no more weight to their deaths than calling them mere blemishes on Obama’s record.

In his last paragraph Klein goes so far as to categorize this “harping” of Romney and Ryan on this preventable debacle as unpatriotic. Who is being unpatriotic here? Is it not unpatriotic to relegate four dead Americans whose deaths were

preventable by this administration to the lowly standard of blemishes or bumps

in the road?

Klein wants Romney to come out publicly and agree with Obama on this. “…

it would be nice, and even patriotic, if Romney would support the President …” Why would any American want to support the President on this?

This was a preventable tragedy on Obama’s watch, Time must have evidence of this if they stated it. President Obama has succeeded in turning a preventable tragedy into a full scale debacle by lying about it and blaming his failure on everyone but himself.

By Klein’s own standard this is 1) a debacle, 2) a preventable tragedy, and 3) a failure. Yet, Joe Klein and Time Magazine continue to blame Romney, Ryan and the Republicans for harping on it. Time Magazine and Joe Klein, why can’t you and your media cohorts raise this issue to the level of scrutiny it deserves? It would be nice and even patriotic to properly report the failures of President Obama to your readership.   

Those brave Americans are not mere blemishes. Those four coffins were no mirage.