Conservatives are making a banquet out of the deaths of Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. For them, this is perhaps the best SCANDAL they’ve had in the Obama years. They’ve got Muslims, dead bodies, terrorism and the same old boring administration acting like its same old self. You throw in a presidential election and that’s a feast, garbage politics-wise. Marc Thiessen in WaPo:
In the weeks since, Washington has been gripped by the unfolding scandals over the Obama administration’s failure to heed warnings of a growing terrorist danger in eastern Libya; its failure to provide additional security requested by U.S. personnel on the ground; and its failure to acknowledge that what happened in Libya was in fact a terrorist attack.
The security was bad, and we’ll soon know how it lapsed. Here come the investigations and such, which is to say reasonable people want to know why and to prevent successful attacks like this in future. But Obama called it terrorism the next day, and the whole administration has been saying it for a while. What a SCANDAL.
Anyway, Thiessen’s apparently drawn the Benghazi straw where he goes full bore at the administration from this angle:
But all this has obscured the more serious scandal: the Obama administration’s utter failure to respond.
It’s today’s grounds (we’re in the dozens by now) for impeaching the President.
It took less than four weeks after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, for the Bush administration to gather intelligence, plan the full-scale invasion of Afghanistan and begin executing Operation Enduring Freedom . .
By contrast, it is now Oct. 11 — four weeks after the attack of Sept. 11, 2012 — and the Obama administration has barely gotten a criminal investigation off the ground.
What crap. I have to point reality out apparently. Nine-Eleven happened on American soil. Within hours, investigators had the names of the individuals involved and knew Al Qaeda sponsored the operation. Afghanistan was their base and the Taliban their supporters, these weren’t mysteries.
Libya though happens to be a non-American country. The particular militia or militias involved aren’t immediately obvious. The relationships between a fledgling Libyan government and the armed groups complicates the ability of American investigators to gather evidence and assemble an analysis.
But Marc is furious we haven’t blown a few compounds sky high by now. If Muslims aren’t dead within a month, something has gone scandalously wrong.
I remember a certain loopy president from the eighties whose poor security practices got 241 American military personnel blown up in Beirut. When did he retaliate? Did it take a day more than 4 weeks? It took forever. Reagan never did hold anyone accountable, legally or otherwise. Unless you count another militia’s bombing of the suspected group’s cleric/advisor, which is hardly the sort of official act Thiessen so badly needs to call off the “scandal.” Abandoning its previously vital national security interests, Ronnie’s America turned tail and fled from Lebanon after the tragic mass killing 29 years ago next week. Without so much as a ‘ptew’ from a single American. But by all means do impeach Obama after waiting through September.