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We can believe the president on Libya, right? page 2


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DEAN ROHRER
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Date published: 12/5/2012

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The president claims he told security people to do whatever it takes to assist the embassy and consulate workers in Benghazi after he received messages of the attack and watched the attack unfold from the drone video. We should take Obama at his word, right? Especially since our Defense Department was so inept that its forces were not able to get on the scene until well after the 7-hour attack was over.

We absolutely should believe that the administration is doing everything it can to determine what went wrong at Benghazi, even though it the FBI waited four weeks before they went to Benghazi to examine the "crime scene." Of course, we can't blame the FBI for being concerned about their safety, even though journalists had already been to the site of the attack and recovered things like Ambassador Chris Stevens' diary documenting his concerns over the inadequacy of security in Libya.

Gen. David Petraeus, director of the CIA, said at first that the Benghazi attack was due to a spontaneous uprising over a video. Then he testified before Congress, saying that he always believed it to be because of terrorism. Of course, there's no reason to believe the second version since Petraeus was forced to leave his job after he cheated on his wife, potentially jeopardizing the security of the United States.

Finally, the American public shouldn't be concerned about holding anyone accountable for the Benghazi incident, right? It just happened to be that it was the first time in 33 years that an American ambassador had been killed overseas in the line of duty.

And if we leave it to the media to cover the truth, we won't need to worry about applying any more common sense to unravel the mystery of Benghazi, right? The entire Benghazi mishap will just have been a "bump in the road," one that the media thinks is not worthy of coverage.

Roman J. Marciniak Jr. lives in Spotsylvania and is retired from the General Services Administration.


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