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In our opinion: Political questions arise after United States consulate attack in Libya

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  • Densely Palo Alto, CA
    Oct. 23, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    Does the Deseret News really think that foreign policy should be conducted through intant press releases rather than through diplomacy? The video was a liability that had to be handled whether or not it led to the events in Benghazi, and US diplomats began to deal with its impact before the Benghazi attack.

    Continued investigation of the attack has uncovered evidence that it was not a long-planned raid but rather an opportunistic attack by an organized group, that took advantage of street protests against the video. In other words, if the State Department and the President had issued prompt statements that this had been a planned terrorist attack they would have been wrong.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    I really appreciate the civil dialogue and thoughtful comments encouraged by this DN Editorial.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 6:04 p.m.

    In my opinion: Making political hay out of this right now is a bit of a cheap shot. We know which Mitt this paper is going to support already.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    Are you questioning the gross incompetence and confused dishonesty of the president and his acolytes? Even his spin doctors are having trouble.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    Warnings of the attack were in Egyptian newspapers on September 10

    Efforts to blame Romney (by Obama's staff or his myopic supporters) for Obama's complete and utter failure, merely highlights just how completely amoral, pathetic and malicious this administration is

    As hearings move froward; it is obvious that the administration knew more than they claimed to know, they were lying to divert attention and the ambassador had repeatedly asked for more security because he knew there were issues. Most damning of all: the local security people the ambassador was forced to hire, because Hillary was trying to play politics, ended up leading the terrorists to the ambassador to kill him

    Those who blame Romney for this incredible Obama failure are completely insulting in their partisan hate

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Oct. 12, 2012 8:47 a.m.

    While I agree with the editorial's conclusion that we need to get to the bottom of what happened, this DN editorial is slanted to make it appear that the Obama Adminstration was part of some kind of politically motivated cover up. But then, why is there no mention of the fact that Romney was first out of the gate in politisizing and seeking political advantage from the death of those good men? Why did the DN editorial ignore that important fact? Seems to me that "your opinion" Deseret News, is slanted to politically help the Republicans in general and Romney in particular. And while you do mention the budget cuts that have compromised the State Department's ability to provide Security, you seem to down play that fact as a possible factor. Are you certain that your journalistic integrity has not been compromised by your political bias?

    Personally, I think it has.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    The President and administration knew, and the State Department's Secretary admitted it was a terrorist attack within three days after the killings to the US Congress. Still, the President continued to suggest it was a result of the video. Biden even suggested as much in the debate last night. This is not about political opportunism as much as is about lying and getting caught. The only real question is why is it so important to the administration to build the false story

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Oct. 12, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    Joe Biden last night clearly said..the administration was told by the intelligence community that it was the result of the video, and neither Ryan or Romney have offered any evidence to the contrary. That a security or intelligence officer knew early on it was a terrorist attack is no evidence the administration knew this. Remember the intelligence community is the same group that claimed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Remember the Pat Tillman story. It was a year before the military brass admitted he was killed in friendly fire.

    Agreed, we need to find out why the failures..but the failures are once again in the intelligence community and it's ability to assess and communicate risk. Blaming the President is only sweeping the problem under the political rug.