Ben Shapiro

During the second presidential debate, moderator-turned-Obama-advocate Candy Crowley helped President Obama make the case for why he'd been a true leader on the murder of our ambassador and three other brave Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Obama was asked a simple question: "We were sitting around, talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed four Americans. Who was it that denied enhanced security and why?"

President Obama jumped into a memorized sermon about how much he cared about our ambassadorial staff, how the buck stopped with him, and most of all, how Mitt Romney had turned "national security into a political issue." Nowhere did he explain why our ambassador was given no real security in Benghazi; nowhere did he explain why, for weeks on end, spokespeople for the administration, including Obama, insisted that the attacks in Libya had been caused by a YouTube video.

"[W]hen it comes to this issue," our cowardly president sniffed, "when I say that we are going to find out exactly what happened, everybody will be held accountable. And I am ultimately responsible for what's taking place there because these are my folks, and I'm the one who has to greet those coffins when they come home. You know that I mean what I say."

This was sheer rhetorical junk. But Crowley said nothing.

Then Romney had the temerity to point out that the Obama administration treated the Benghazi attack as a spontaneous uprising about a video, rather than a planned and executed terrorist attack. "The president's policies throughout the Middle East began with an apology tour and - and -- and pursue a strategy of leading from behind, and this strategy is unraveling before our very eyes," said Romney. Then Romney, quite correctly, pointed out that "it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror."

And Crowley, earning her check from the Obama administration, jumped in. She called Romney a liar. Then she reiterated her perspective when called upon to do so by Obama.

She was wrong, as she later admitted. Romney was right. Obama never specifically called the attacks in Benghazi a terrorist attack. In fact, asked on "The View" a full two weeks later about those attacks, he refused point blank to call them a terrorist attack. Even CNN -- Crowley's own channel -- called her on her blatant pandering on behalf of the president.


Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
 
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