Worse than disbursing Ambassador Rice to raise the red herring of the YouTube video, nine days later the president spent much of his time in his annual U.N. address denouncing the YouTube video while never blaming terrorists for killing our ambassador and three others. Here is what he said:
"In every country, there are those who find different religious beliefs threatening; in every culture, those who love freedom for themselves must ask how much they are willing to tolerate freedom for others.
That is what we saw play out the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity. It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well ...
When conservatives complain that the president is always apologizing to America's critics, words like these are what they mean. Instead of blaming our enemies when they attack and kill us, the president looks for what might have provoked such acts.
Gov. Romney was not given time in the last debate to respond adequately to the president's misleading claims on Benghazi. Indeed Crowley interrupted Romney 28 times during the debate and allotted him three fewer minutes to make his case, denying him the opportunity to rebut when she extended that courtesy to the president. But he'll have plenty of opportunity to revisit the issue on Monday. If Romney makes good use of the opportunity, the president could well lose the advantage holds now in the polls on his handling of foreign policy -- and with it the election.
The administration badly bungled the Benghazi story -- and the buck for misleading the people on what happened lands squarely on the president's desk.
Linda Chavez is chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and author of Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics .
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