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Published: Monday, Dec. 3 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Durham, NC

"Look at how many posters blindly accept whatever the administration says."

could just as easily read

"Look at how many posters blindly attack whatever the administration says."

Good grief.... it hours after the attack that those who wish to play politics jumped on this as some kind of coverup. There is no doubt Rice's information was wrong. That is not in debate. Someone then claimed this was just like Bush's blunder -- where Colin Powell made false claims. The difference, one resulted in the deaths of over 100,000 people and over a Trillion dollars of debt - the other - some momentary misinformation, embossment, and then a correction.

Hardly the same scale or results. Most sane Republicans have moved on, acknowledging mistakes were made, but kept in perspective. A handful of media craving and almost irrelevant senators on the other hand are trying to us this to keep their names in the headlines - to the point of missing their own committee meetings on the incident.

Lets keep this in perspective.

Sandy, UT

@One of a Few

"I think Faux News has been providing extensive coverage in favor of the GOP, on this topic."

Lol. ANY coverage of Benghazi makes the Obama Administration look bad. I guess that favors the GOP, indirectly. However, there is absolutely no way to spin the Benghazi incident positively for President Obama and his staff. Perhaps that is why only Fox News is reporting on it. The other media outlets do not want The President to look bad, and Benghazi makes The President look really, really bad. So, they don't talk about it.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO


".....there is absolutely no way to spin the Benghazi incident positively for President Obama and his staff....."

Just about everyone agrees that the aftermath was mismanaged by the Administration. I just believe that overall it's been blown out of proportion by the President's critics to gain some partisan advantage. That's where I disagree with Bennett. He thinks the press is not doing its job and I think the press is being more responsible than the President's GOP critics.


David Ignatius has several well-written articles regarding the Benghazi attack. From his Oct 19 article:

“Talking points” prepared by the CIA on Sept. 15, the same day that Rice taped three television appearances, support her description of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate as a reaction to Arab anger about an anti-Muslim video prepared in the United States. According to the CIA account, “The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. Consulate and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations."

The CIA document went on: “This assessment may change as additional information is collected and analyzed and as currently available information continues to be evaluated.” This may sound like self-protective boilerplate, but it reflects the analysts’ genuine problem interpreting fragments of intercepted conversation, video surveillance and source reports."

Ignatius' recent column about Susan Rice, in the Washington Post, is also worth reading.

Salt Lake City, UT

Pat says "I think Dr Rice is one of the detractions being thrown out there to take our minds off of what really happened during the Benghazi attacks"
That statement is good comedy. "being thrown out there" Too funny.
Dr Rice is being dragged out there by the Republicans. THEY decided to make Dr Rice a target of baseless attacks. John McCain trying to stay relevant. Nothing more.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

It is truly fascinating how far myopic Obama supporters are willing to go to blind themselves to reality. The more obvious it becomes that the administration knew that Benghazi was a terrorist attack at the time that it happened (even watching on video drone) - the more the apologists squirm to deny.

Obama had relied on taking out Bin Laden as evidence of his foreign policy prowess - the prospect of a persistent Al Qaeda were politically toxic and required doing ANYTHING to obfuscate the truth. The reality of terrorism and the non-event of the video protests was apparently well known by the administration by the time Rice went on the Sunday show tour (which Hillary declined to do) therefore one can only conclude that Rice was lying, uniformed or merely a tool. Efforts to portray criticisms of that behavior as being racist or sexist are consistent with the Obama administration/campaign's general reliance on race, gender and class warfare as a basis of their passive/aggressive power. It merely proves the level of this administrations viciousness and lack of a moral floor.

Sandy, UT

@Craig Clark

I agree that much of the criticism is partisan. And I'll admit that I am a staunch opponent of Barack Obama. I think he is a horrible President otherwise. However, I also don't think that diminishes just how horrible the Benghazi incident really is. Two Navy SEALs and an ambassador are dead. When that happens, I don't think you can blow things out of proportion. The seriousness of such an incident cannot be overstated.

Riverside, CA

I think it's possible to look at Benghazi without a partisan lens. I've spoken out when I've disagreed with the GOP. I've spoken out on the rare occasion I've admired the way Obama has handled something.

I don't see how you justify, excuse or sweep under the rug this Benghazi travesty. Ignoring danger signs before the incident, ignoring pleas for more security beforehand and pleas for help during the incident, lying about the incident, lying about lying about the incident. If the brave navy seals hadn't disregarded orders to stand down there would have likely been many more dead. Utterly shameful. And it IS shameful the mainstream media so uninterested.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Conter Intelligence,

"....Efforts to portray criticisms of that behavior as being racist or sexist are consistent with the Obama administration/campaign's general reliance on race, gender and class warfare as a basis of their passive/aggressive power....."

If you know who’s doing this, by all means please identify them by name. Robert Bennett didn’t bother to do that in his article but he sure has stirred up some readers in here with wild broadsides fired at unnamed parties. If you know who on my side is making such charges of racism and sexism, please share the info with me. Otherwise, I’ll conclude that you and Robert Bennett are the ones who are making spurious charges.

Heber City, UT

SoCalChris: Ignoring danger signs before the incident, ignoring pleas for more security beforehand and pleas for help during the incident, lying about the incident, lying about lying about the incident.

Uh ...Where has all this outrage been for the last decade?
"Secretary Rice failed to take a July 2001 warning (Osama bin Laden intends to launch terrorist attacks inside the United States) seriously when it was delivered at a White House meeting by Tenet, Cofer Black, then the agency's chief of top counterterrorism, and a third CIA official ..."

Pure politics now.

Riverside, CA


If Bush had had 7 hours notice that planes were headed for the Twin Towers and just sat there and watched the planes crash into the buildings in real time and didn't lift a finger to stop it, yeah -- there would be outrage. I doubt a generic warning that Bin Laden was planning another attack was news to anybody at the time, but prior to 9-11 we didn't have the political will to do what needed to be done -- go after Al Qaeda, Patriot Act, etc.

After the earlier attacks in Benghazi we should have pulled out like the British or at least beefed up security as they had been begging for. It was a disaster waiting to happen and when it did happen it looks like little if anything was done to help Americans in distress.

But if you see the world as Obama - good, Bush - bad, I guess you just see outrage over Benghazi as all politics.

Durham, NC

SoCalChris... do you have any idea how many "possible threats" the government gets daily, most of which never come to anything. Point is Bush and his administration had weeks notice, not 7 hours. And exactly what response did you expect the administration to do in that time frame. Send troops into a foreign area, with no plan, no idea who these people were what their capabilities were? What, you just wanted a bigger body bag count so we can pretend we are John Wayne riding over the hill to save the day.

Fortunately the US military leaders have learned from these kind of unplanned and unprepared type of "rescues" in both Iran, Iraq and Somalia. You want to play loose with our militaries lives - have at it. But these generals take their jobs a tad more responsibly. Maybe in the books and movies you watch, there is a standby team of Seals ready to swoop in to any theater at anytime.... but in the real world.... that doesn't exist.

Sandy, UT

I think the questions are still quite simple. For me it is who knew what (specifically the President, Sec of State, Sec of Defense, CIA Director, UN Ambassador, etc) and more importantly, when did they know it? The answers thus far (if any there be) seem to me quite implausible. Deny and distract. The best this Administration can hope for is that the American people will get tired of all the denials and distractions and Benghazi will become old news. Deny and distract. It took several months for the truth regarding Watergate to be known.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Once again the DMN is taking its ideas from Fox News. Can't you people think for yourselves?

Riverside, CA

Well Utah Blue Devil, we have these things called airplanes now (taking a page out of Obama's debate book). I'm not a military expert, and I doubt you are either, but I have a feeling any kind of response would have made a difference. The seals lit up that mortar, that ultimately killed them, for a reason -- they thought.

How in the world did Bush have weeks notice of 9-11? (Maybe YOU'RE watching and reading the wrong things.)

I've seen your posts for a while and you seem like a thoughtful guy. I'm puzzled that you're not disturbed by the absolute baloney we were told for so long or about the fact that we didn't seem to pay as much attention to the safety of our citizens as the British did. Everything about Benghazi stinks.

a bit of reality
Shawnee Mission, KS

What an ironic editorial. If Bennett wants to criticize the media for being misleading, he shouldn't mislead the public by saying the U.S. embassy in Benghazi was attacked. *The U.S. does NOT have an embassy in Benghazi.* The embassy of the U.S. in Libya is in Tripoli, not Benghazi. It was the consulate office in Benghazi that was attacked.

Does Bennett not know this, or was he being intentionally misleading?

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

@Craig Clark

"If you know who’s doing this, by all means please identify them by name"

Nov.14: Obama states that the ONLY reason anyone could possibly have to question Rice is to "besmirch" her reputation

Nov. 16: Rep. Maria Fudge, D-Ohio, Rep Gwen Moore, D-Wis., Rep Elanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and NINE other House members hold news conference to claim that opposition to Rice was both racist and sexist

Nov. 21: Rep. Jame Clyburg D-S.C. states on national TV that criticisms of Rice are based on racism and sexism

Nov.19: Former top Newsweek journalist and current MSNBC.com editor Richard Wolffe claimed a "witch hunt going on the right about these people of color ... Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett, now Susan Rice."

Nov. 29: MSNBC Toure' Nesblett defined McCain as one of “old, white establishment folks” who only oppose Rice because he is "bitter" but excuses himself with "I'll leave it to you to decide how much of the tarring of Rice as incompetent and unqualified is about the myth of black inferiority and female inferiority,"

Anyone actually reading diverse news sources would find this and more

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