Now, all of this may seem mere semantics to some. Why does it matter whether the president called Benghazi a terrorist attack? And why would Obama lie about it? As Obama said, "the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the Secretary of State, our U.N. Ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we've lost four of our own, Governor, is offensive."
The answer is simple: President Obama and his team did lie about the causes of the attack in Libya. And they lied for a very simple reason: they didn't want the American people to ask serious questions about our "low profile" policy in Libya, which led our ambassador to go into Benghazi without a serious security team. If the attacks in Libya were about a YouTube video -- as the Obama administration still seems to imply from time to time -- then Obama and his cronies can tell the American people that nobody could have expected such an assault. If this was a well-planned, well-timed terrorist attack in one of the most terror-ridden areas on earth, Obama has no defense.
Here's the fact: Obama has no defense.
Ask any sane person in America whether it would be a good idea to send our ambassador in Libya to Benghazi without a security team. They'd tell you immediately that we need security around our ambassador in a hellhole like Benghazi. Obama knew that. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew that.
But they didn't care. They thought it was far more important to make nice with the native population than to keep our ambassador safe. They thought that the Arab Spring was a nice, happy little uprising, complete with gay bodyguards to apply to protect the ambassador. Really. An ad placed in Libya -- Libya! -- for the ambassador's security team made it clear that members of a same-sex marriage would be accepted.
No gay men applied. But the Libyan security team did tell the terrorist mob just where to find the ambassador. And now he's dead.
The Obama administration treats the Middle East as though it's "It's a Small World" writ large. Everyone just wears funny clothes, but shares our values. And if they don't share our values -- no big deal, since values don't really matter anyway. First Amendment, Shariah law. Potato, potahto.
That's why Libya matters. It matters because this administration is not merely incompetent in their foreign policy. They're deeply unprincipled. And that's why Candy Crowley should be ashamed of herself for not holding President Obama accountable, and instead helping Obama obfuscate the degrading truth about his responsibility in Libya.
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