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Benghazi Assault Was a Moral Atrocity, Not a “Sideshow”

On September 11, 2012—the anniversary of the Islamist assault on the World Trade Center and other American targets—Islamists assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, murdering four people, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

The response of the Obama administration to this attack has been first to lie about the assault by pretending it was precipitated by an obscure video critical of Islam, second to lie about what the administration first claimed about the attack, and third to dismiss the well-justified concerns about the administration’s handling of security prior to the attack and about its reports following the attack.

Just this morning Obama referred to controversy over the attack as a “sideshow,” adding, “there’s no there there.”

But Stevens’s fate deserves more than to be treated as a “sideshow”—it deserves to be answered with real action to destroy those responsible for the atrocity. The true place where “there’s no there there” is Obama’s ability to tell the truth about what happened in Benghazi or to respond appropriately.

Americans should be outraged and should hold this administration’s feet to the fire until the truth comes out.

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Comments are welcome so long as they are civil.
  • Anonymous

    I truly believe most Americans lack the moral integrity to hold the administration’s feet to the fire. However, it takes only a small number of Americans of integrity to do it and to raise a ruckus about it, with appropriate consequences. Mike Kevitt

  • http://twitter.com/HVV_com Het Vrije Volk .com

    There’s no president there.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerberg/ Nerberg

    Isn’t the guy that was thrown in jail for that movie still imprisoned?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Moody/100000517756570 Tom Moody

    only a puppit.

  • Anonymous

    We can’t say too much about the integrity of a president that can win two elections with a birth certificate produced on Adobe Photoshop.