Opinion: How Obama Can Turn the Libya Conversation Around

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 09:25 AM

A vehicle sits smoldering in flames after being set on fire inside the American consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. (Getty)

After the recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghanzi, Libya, Democrats are looking like a bunch of political incompetents. The big political issue - which quickly arose in the aftermath of the tragedy - posed why the Obama administration had not provided robust security of the facility.

The Republicans have cornered Obama and the State Department on this issue. The only response has been a couple of cowed bureaucrats giving lame testimony to Congress and VP Biden saying, “We didn’t know.” What would be a robust coordinated push back by the Democrats, for example at the next Presidential debate? 

I say go on the offense and stop playing defense. What’s the offense on this issue? If you're President Obama, saying something like this:

 “The Republicans in Congress have blood on their hands. Daryll Issa and the other extremists in the House cut funding for diplomatic security. If they hadn’t cut funding in the zeal to shrink the government our consulate would have been protected and our four brave diplomats would still be alive.”

That’s how you push back!

It’s hard to understand how the Democrats can essentially huddle and try to throw up a defensive line which is filled with weak players such as UN Ambassador Susan Rice who went on all the TV shows and pretended that the U.S. did not know the attack against the U.S. facility in Bengasi had been a terrorist attack

That brings me to the issue of how any administration should treat deadly and violent attacks against American assets. I say it’s ALWAYS a terrorist attack. That’s all there is in 2012 - terrorists. That’s all this is politically realistic in this brutal political environment.

When a mob burns American flags and throws firebombs against U.S. property, especially an embassy or consulate, it is terrorism. Period. Academic analysis can come later when historians write the story.  

“But surely,” you ask, ”that’s not telling the truth. Lot’s of demonstrations are nationalist, not terrorist acts. Our politicians and leaders should not exaggerate.” Well, most of what politicians tell unsuspecting voters is the truth stretched beyond recognition.

By not changing the narrative of the attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi the Democrats have shown remarkable political naïveté and disorganization. If they continue down this path the Republicans will win the White House and may take the Senate to boot. Unless Obama can turn the conversation around in the next debate.






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Comments [5]


Is this what you are teaching your students . Your job is to teach truth and tell the truth not to give advice to a failed administration on how it should cover up a travesty . I weep for this country !

Oct. 16 2012 12:48 AM

I thought this was a misprint . Are you suggesting that this debacle was because of budget cuts . We know you are in the tank for this president but could you at least do us the courtesy of being somewhat objective .Your job is watchdog not Pavlov dog .

Oct. 16 2012 12:43 AM

So the wise and righteous priority is to put demagogic politics over a diplomatic security investigation?

If Congress doesn't investigate an administration that lies and dissembles about a major terrorist attack then who does?

If Congress does not put the brakes on an administration that spends five trillion dollars irresponsibility in almost four years than who does?

What sort of Congress would be more to the author's liking? One that is timid and silent when the Constitution is violated during wartime, silent when trillions are squandered without a budget and silent when our national security is botched by the administration?
That is not a constitutional Republic anymore; it is something else.

This administration violated the War Powers Act and ignored Congress on the Libya bombing and then provided more security to the consulate in Barbados than Benghanzi despite warnings.

The defenders of this President seem to be getting more shrill, ridiculous and desperate as the election approaches.

Oct. 15 2012 11:23 PM
Herb from NYC

Opinion: How Obama Can Turn the Libya Conversation Around

Not without telling un truths.

President Obama armed enemies of the USA. Then they killed USA citizens.

Turn that around.

Oct. 15 2012 02:25 PM
Casey Stewart from OKALHOMA

The only problem with that - Mr. Schmidt - is that it is ANOTHER LIE and THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THIS ADMINISTRATION'S LIES! Number one, their budget increased 128% in the last year; number two, they have a 2 million dollar surplus; and number three, when asked if the lack of security was a result of budget cuts, Hillary's Deputy Secretary, "NO, IT WAS NOT".

Oct. 15 2012 12:36 PM

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