Friday, October 26, 2012

Local reporter commits act of journalism - The Blaze: "Obama refuses to answer repeated questions on whether requests for help in Benghazi were denied."  Wow, it's been almost two months since the 9/11 attack and somebody managed to ask the Commander-in-Chief an actual question which was, of course, filibustered.

Extra - From Nice Deb and the Right Scoop.  He wants to be super-careful about the Benghazi investigation after trotting Susan King out to mislead on the Sunday news shows.

More - From Q&O.


Anonymous said...

Condoleeza Rice on Fox News, Wednesday:

"When things are unfolding very, very quickly, it’s not always easy to know what is really going on on the ground. And to my mind, the really important questions here are about how information was collected. Did the various agencies really coordinate and share intelligence in the way that we had hoped, with the reforms that were made after 9/11? So there’s a big picture to be examined here.

But we don’t have all of the pieces, and I think it’s easy to try and jump to conclusions about what might have happened here. It’s probably better to let the relevant bodies do their work."

"The problem is, when there is a fog of war like this, there are a lot of competing stories coming in, there's a lot of competing information coming in, and it takes a little while to know precisely what has happened."

"There are protocols in place. I have no reason to believe they weren't followed. But it is not very easy in circumstances like this to know precisely what's going on as it's unfolding."

Take these comments for what they're worth; after all, Condi Rice doesn't have the credibility or experience of The Blaze, or The Right Scoop.

Eric said...

Very true: in a dynamic and dangerous environment it's impossible to know what happened.

That said, can Obama answer one question on what happened? Does the Commander-in-Chief know if a request for help was turned down? Surely he knows.

The inverse of this is: if we don't know what happened, why was Susan Rice pushed out onto the stage to say it was the web video? Why did Obama and Clinton cut that apology video, if they didn't know the real cause of the attack in the "fog of war"? Some cynics may believe it's to protect the illusion that Al Qaeda is "on their heels".