A Guest Post — May 20, 2013
Note from Dan: The Irishman who wears a Panama hat writes for his blog, Wednesdays Wars. Below is his latest entry.
By Tom Callaghan
Our Republican friends think they have President Obama between a rock and a hard place on the issues of Benghazi, the IRS, and the Justice Department review of some phone records of a number of Associated Press reporters. In my opinion, there is less there than meets the eye.
Let’s look at these issues one at a time.
Benghazi. On September 11, 2012, the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked. The US ambassador and three other Americans were killed. The next day, President Obama referred to what had happened as “acts of terror.”
UN Ambassador Susan Rice described the situation on the Sunday talk shows four days after the event. She referred to a 14 minute video ridiculing Islam that had just recently been translated into Arabic. The video caused an outbreak of violence in Cairo, and her preliminary assessment was it had contributed to a volatile situation in Benghazi that “heavily armed extremist elements” exploited.
Anyone who was in Washington DC when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968 could relate to how an event could cause a spontaneous reaction, which is then exacerbated and prolonged by heavily armed extremists with an agenda. I was there, and saw it happen. Ambassador Rice’s description of events in Benghazi, which she clearly described as “preliminary” made sense to me.
The Right goes nuts if something happens and is not called “Islamic terrorism” immediately. Obama likes to gather facts, and proceed based on what is known. The country prefers that approach. If they wanted impulsive bluster, they would have taken McCain-Palin. If they wanted someone who would do what Sheldon Adelson wanted, they would have taken Romney and the Marathon Man.
Read the rest here.