Columbus Dispatch editorial rips Obama administration “incompetence or dishonesty” on Benghazi

posted at 4:01 pm on October 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Perhaps this won’t come as a big surprise, since this major newspaper in the key swing state of Ohio endorsed John McCain in 2008, and will probably endorse Mitt Romney this time around.  Actually, that seems pretty certain after reading this broadside from their editorial board over the White House’s “incompetence or dishonesty” in their handling of security in Libya and the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate.  Calling the deaths of four Americans in the attack a “preventable tragedy” — in fact, that’s the title of the editorial — the editors blast Obama and his team for its ridiculous cover story in the days following the terrorist attack:

For at least a week, State Department officials blamed the attack on a spontaneous demonstration against a rogue video, made in the U.S., that mocks Islam. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said onMeet the Press on Sept. 16, “What happened in Benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo, prompted by the video.”

That explanation came under withering scrutiny, with pundits mocking the notion of “spontaneous” demonstrators showing up armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

Even as military and intelligence officials flatly stated the obvious as early as Sept. 13 — that the attack was a planned terrorist operation — the statements of those closest to the president, including Press Secretary Jay Carney, vacillated. On Sept. 18, Carney said, “Our belief … is it was the video that caused the unrest in Cairo… and that precipitated some of the unrest in Benghazi and elsewhere.”

And they give equal treatment to the “demoralizing and infuriating” inattention to security — especially on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks:

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb, who helps oversee diplomatic security, acknowledged in the hearing that she had told security officials at the U.S. Embassy in the capital city of Tripoli not to bother asking for more security help after the assignment of a supplemental security team ended in August.

Security officer Eric A. Nordstrom told Congress members he took Lamb’s refusal to mean “there was going to be too much political cost.”

In March and July, Nordstrom cabled his superiors in the State Department asking for more security at Benghazi, which had much less protection than the embassy in Tripoli. He got no reply.

His further comment at Wednesday’s hearing is damning: “The takeaway from that, for me and my staff: It was abundantly clear we were not going to get resources until the aftermath of an incident. And the question that we would ask is, again, ‘How thin does the ice have to get before someone falls through?’ ”

Their conclusion?

What is equally evident is that, despite repeated concerns by diplomats working in Libya, the administration shortchanged security. And when the worst happened, it wasn’t willing to tell the truth to the American people.

It’s not as if the Dispatch’s editors didn’t warn their readers about the risks of voting for someone with no executive or diplomatic experience for President.  These passages from their 2008 editorial seems especially prescient:

A resume containing so little evidence of leadership and accomplishment leaves in question Obama’s ability to handle the most responsible and difficult job in the world, especially at a time when the nation faces a combination of problems so large and complex that they would challenge even the most seasoned leader. ….

At a time when the nation faces serious problems, including international economic turmoil, immigration, health care, war in Afghanistan, nation-building in Iraq and foreign-policy challenges from the Middle East, Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela, the president should have an extensive resume and long experience in grappling with tough decisions. Few new presidents have faced an assignment as tough as the one facing the winner of the November election.

Obviously, though, the Dispatch endorsement didn’t carry enough weight with Ohio voters in 2008 to swing the state for McCain.  It’s also debatable whether newspaper endorsements have any impact at all these days, although campaigns certainly like to brag about them.  In a bygone era, people put more trust in newspapers (deservedly or not); these days, they can get commentary wherever they desire.

Still, this is noteworthy for its still-lonely example in the mainstream media for calling out the Obama administration on its cover-up on Benghazi, and its lack of attention to security in one of the most dangerous corners of the world.  That may well have some impact on voters in a state that Romney must win, and that Obama would dearly love to keep in his column as a defense against the surging Republican.

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I said that on a previous thread. Thieves!

29Victor on October 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

These are not innocent incompetents. They want to hand the US influence from the ME and N. Africa to the muzzie brotherhood.

Wake up America.

First, dear God, please make Obama/Hillary lose ALL, over Benghazi.

That w/b just, decent, ironic and beyond schadenfreudig.

Schadenfreude on October 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

when the worst happened, it wasn’t willing to tell the truth to the American people.

oh my.

Tim_CA on October 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Ohio

faraway on October 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Barack and Hillary. Hillary and Barack. Going down together. The 3 a.m. call came, and neither one of them was ready to pick up the phone. Dumb and dumber. The irony is just too, too delicious.

Rational Thought on October 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

“incompetence or dishonesty”

Not incompetence…their malicious plan was thwarted, at the worst time, ahead of the election.

Dishonesty follow, out of desperation and being nakedly exposed, at the most inopportune time.

Schadenfreude on October 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Why was Stevens in Benghazi on 9/11?

Schadenfreude on October 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

See Rudy Guiliani’s observation that Libya is a “teachable moment for Obama …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-msB7FltkmA

… because this time next year, he’ll be teaching somewhere.”

PolAgnostic on October 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Where is the ‘journal’?

faraway on October 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

That ought to put the last coffin nail in Ohio for the Obamunists.

rayra on October 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I guess this means they’ll not be endorsing Obama/Biden in 2012.

kerrhome on October 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

The Columbus Dispatch is a small potatoes newspaper that only has a few garage sale ads.

Jay Carney

docflash on October 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Yeah, tons of people will read about this when it gets printed in the New York Times. On page A-27.

I’m sure there will be outrage on the streets./

iurockhead on October 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

“incompetence or dishonesty”

OR ?
They still don’t get it

burrata on October 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

How do we rid ourselves of the propagandist national legacy media?

d1carter on October 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

You watch…they will be punished.

Either that or this was their see we are fair article.

tomas on October 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

So I’m guessing that the jailed filmmaker will now be released with apologies?

Thought not.

Mommynator on October 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

The Columbus Dispatch is a small potatoes newspaper that only has a few garage sale ads.

Jay Carney

docflash on October 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I read 3 papers named The Columbus Dispatch

faraway on October 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Romney at the next debate: As the Columbus Post-Dispatch asked last week, Mr. President, was this incompetence or dishonesty on your part?

Rational Thought on October 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Vote the regime out in 25 days and then start impeachment proceedings. Get in gear, Congress!

freedomfirst on October 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Yeah, tons of people will read about this when it gets printed in the New York Times. On page A-27.

I’m sure there will be outrage on the streets./

iurockhead on October 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

NYT does not think Libya is print worthy. Libyans don’t place ads.
Something about Big Bird.

Jabberwock on October 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

The Administration of Nonresponsibility.

Hey, they even blame Biden’s crazy uncle smirks on Ryan.

See Drudge. He’s decimating Biden and his.

Schadenfreude on October 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Ohio
faraway on October 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Jihadis with rifles coming,
We’re finally on our own.
Our Libyan guards are running,
Four dead in the Muslim zone.

Gotta get down to it,
Muslims are gunning us down.
Hillary’s warned long ago.
What if you asked her and,
She said to go it alone?
At the White house, nobody’s home.

Akzed on October 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM

with the leftists sneer across the nation and the jubilation in the left wing precincts I hope that people really see that leftists are emotionally unable to lead a county such as this.

leftists are not fit for leadership…sure, leftists can be dictators of small countries here and there…but honestly, i hope that the world continues to progress away from Kings and Tyrants who hate their subjects

r keller on October 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Vote the regime out in 25 days and then start impeachment proceedings. Get in gear, Congress!

freedomfirst on October 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Serious question. What does happen with the Benghazi investigation when Obama loses in 3 1/2 weeks(assuming it doesn’t get resolved before then)? I hope the GOP doesn’t drop it because Obama must answer for this regardless of how the election turns out.

Doughboy on October 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Hey, they even blame Biden’s crazy uncle smirks on Ryan.

Schadenfreude on October 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Nah….that was me doing that. I found, on the intertubes, the plans for a Jewish-designed mind control beam, most notably used in Honduras a few years ago.

It’s got a joystick on it, and I smeared that with bacon fat and handed it to my dog.

Lick…SMILE…..lick…GROAN….lick….MALARKEY…..lick lick lick….

BobMbx on October 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The bigger & more dangerous scandal is still that, for the most part, the press showed absolutely no intellectual curiosity about what actually happened. Obama even kept raising money while our embassies were burning and you didn’t hear a peep from the MSM.

Obama campaigned, no one complained.

29Victor on October 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

How do we rid ourselves of the propagandist national legacy media?

d1carter

Let’s start with future debate moderaters are evenly divided between nationally known Conservative voices as well as Commie babes & dudes.

Same with the debate terms and how/where it is held.

Obozo going to the wedding of the moderator is okay?
Why do we lie down like this and take it?

Typicalwhitewoman on October 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM

…what?….what?…you know Ryans budget that was not passed…had cuts for security at embassy’s…Uncle Joe told us so!
Oh wait!…Biteme didn’t tell us about buying Chevy Volts for embassy’s…what’s this headine?…………

Obama administration “incompetence or dishonesty” on Benghazi

…that’s “just stuff”!

KOOLAID2 on October 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I read 3 papers named The Columbus Dispatch

faraway on October 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

lmao….perfect.

Tim_CA on October 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

29Victor…

and that is the biggest outrage aside from the deaths of our 4 Americans.

CoffeeLover on October 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

It’s also debatable whether newspaper endorsements have any impact at all these days, although campaigns certainly like to brag about them. In a bygone era, people put more trust in newspapers (deservedly or not); these days, they can get commentary wherever they desire.

True. But while a city paper’s endorsement may not carry much weight with voters, it still has the capacity to drive opinion within the local news community, most notably within the local TV market. You can bet local TV anchors and political reporters read those editorials every day, and take them seriously.

JohnGalt23 on October 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Serious question. What does happen with the Benghazi investigation when Obama loses in 3 1/2 weeks(assuming it doesn’t get resolved before then)? I hope the GOP doesn’t drop it because Obama must answer for this regardless of how the election turns out.

Doughboy on October 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Probably nuttin’ Honey…but history will show how completely, totally incompetent and morally bankrupt this gang that can’t shoot straight is. As the saying goes, Karma, she are a female of the canine species.

Chewy the Lab on October 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

“And by the way, at the time we were told exactly — we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. That was the assessment. And as the intelligence community changed their view, we made it clear they changed their view.”

- Joe Biden, at the debate

On the morning of the 12th of September — that would be the morning after the evening President Obama had been briefed that there was an ongoing assault on the Benghazi consulate and the Ambassador was missing and went to bed to get his beauty sleep – the President was told that Stevens and 3 others were dead…evidently, he did not answer the 3 AM phone call or his staff didn’t think it was important enough to tell him…he canceled his PDB and made a statement in the Rose Garden.

The significance of his statement is that, standing next to him, was one Hillary Clinton – THE SECRETARY OF STATE.

Now, why is this important?

The Deputy Assistant of State, Charlene Lamb, has already testified that she was able to follow what happened “in almost real time” from a command centre in Washington. She KNEW what had happened.

Do they really think that we are stupid enough to believe that the Deputy Assistant of State did not tell the Secretary of State what she witnessed “in almost real time” from a command centre in DC and the Secretary of State didn’t tell the President of the United States before she joined him in the Rose Garden for his address to the nation?

Really?

Resist We Much on October 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Jihadis with rifles coming,
We’re finally on our own.
Our Libyan guards are running,
Four dead in the Muslim zone.

Gotta get down to it,
Muslims are gunning us down.
Hillary’s warned long ago.
What if you asked her and,
She said to go it alone?
At the White house, nobody’s home.

Akzed on October 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM

ROFLMAO!!! That is so funny. I am a big Neil Young fan, despite his leftism. Dude can rock!

Nicole Coulter on October 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Colonel David Hunt on Howie Carr show now saying at least a dozen security agencies knew in real time what was happening in Benghazi, and that it was a leadership failure, and Biden lied last night.

birdwatcher on October 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

To me, I don’t care about the f’ing excuses!

Obama, Joe Biden (expert on foreign affairs LOL), Secretary of State and her staff ALL failed in exhibiting the most basic common sense and concern for our Ambassadors, etc. in the
Middle East on an anniversary of the 9.11 attacks after receiving
intel that there would be “trouble”.

May I state that they just didn’t give a rat’s a$$?

Amjean on October 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Do they really think that we are stupid enough to believe that the Deputy Assistant of State did not tell the Secretary of State what she witnessed “in almost real time” from a command centre in DC and the Secretary of State didn’t tell the President of the United States before she joined him in the Rose Garden for his address to the nation?

Really?

Resist We Much on October 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Well that’s simple: he didn’t ASK, Silly! (only 1/2 of a /)

Chewy the Lab on October 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

“incompetence or dishonesty”
OR ?
They still don’t get it

burrata on October 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Indeed. It is both.

And a failed attempt to misdirect the American public from the fact that Islamist terrorist groups were behind the event. This doesn’t play well with their “al-Qaeda has been decimated” narrative.

They wanted us to think, “Oh well, it’s just those crazy Muslims and their fatwas.”

Epic failure; and an insult to brave military and civil service folks and their families, and to the country as a whole.

Droopy on October 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Dems=Hindenberg

williampeck1958 on October 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Colonel David Hunt on Howie Carr show now saying at least a dozen security agencies knew in real time what was happening in Benghazi, and that it was a leadership failure, and Biden lied last night.

birdwatcher on October 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

where’s that picture of Obama in the Situation Room watching the Bin Laden raid…

His staff could’ve called him in and they could’ve also watched in real time too what was going on. Alas, no situation room, no kill TV show, no popcorn, no end zone dance…..just a glass of warm milk and sweet ni-nites….

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

and that is the biggest outrage aside from the deaths of our 4 Americans.

CoffeeLover on October 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I would argue that it’s an even bigger outrage. How many American have fought and died to ensure that we don’t have a Pravda or a Ministry of Information? But now the American Press acting as nothing more than mouthpiece for the Administration. They’re doing voluntarily what Chavez had to force his country’s media to do.

29Victor on October 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Our government listened to our consulate being attacked for 6 hours and did not respond. Then our government lied for weeks afterward, to keep the truth from the American people. The press was not interested in what happened.

birdwatcher on October 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

That’s a shame…. Hopey was just in Columbus spreading his message of hope to adoring Ohio State students. They better have school grief counselors ready.

Maybe not ALL OF THE METRO MEDIA are willing to sell their journalistic souls.

(The Cleveland Plain Dealer- Cuyahoga County – sold theirs, a long time ago)

FlaMurph on October 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The attack on our Consulate and killing of our Ambassador and some of his staff was an “Act of War!” This administration can’t or won’t even recognize that very obvious event……they want to quibble about a rowdy protest that went awry because of a video no one saw! So, their response further demonstrates their adequacy to occupy the positions they hold! Which is to say, they should resign. They are a danger to our survival as a country and too ignorant to remain in charge.

tomshup on October 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

“And by the way, at the time we were told exactly — we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. That was the assessment. And as the intelligence community changed their view, we made it clear they changed their view.”

- Joe Biden, at the debate

So how on earth the intelligence community told hem that the attacks were prompted by the video, when the next day after the Benghazi attack Billary was holding a press conference calling the whole thing a terrorist attack. Is she a psychic??? ..(and more likely Biden a psycho)

jimver on October 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Bill thought that he and Obama were on friendly terms after the convention,” one source told me. “He couldn’t believe that the White House didn’t even extend him the courtesy of a return phone call. He concluded that Obama’s arrogance knows no bounds.”

The fact is, these two proud and egocentric men have a long and acrimonious history. Four years ago, after Obama’s South Carolina primary victory over Hillary Clinton, Bill called Obama’s campaign “a fairy tale.” Not to be outdone, Obama referred to the Clinton presidency as a “psychodrama.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/12/the-clinton-obama-rift/#ixzz297Rv8BHy

Billy Jeff is right. Obama’s entire campaign/presidency is a fairy tale….

Wait, did someone say fairy tail? /Kevin Jennings.

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

You know what is really disgusting? The only reason this lying and incompetence is coming to light is because it happens to be the height of election season.

If it weren’t for the debates, where the GOP can directly question the Dems in front of a national audience, the MSM would have continued to obfuscate and cover up (see: Fast and Furious). Obama doesn’t do press conferences and even if when he does the MSM won’t ask anything other than safe (for Obama) questions.

The debates happen once every 4 years in October. If the Benghazi catastrophe happened any other time, it would just be another scandal swept under the rug.

Mayday on October 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Some points since I live in Columbus Ohio…

The Columbus Dispatch has been a left-leaning paper for a while in its day-to-day coverage of events. And while it is certainly not as brazen in its leanings as say the NYT, it does still lean left. It is the major paper for the Columbus market and boasts a long history. I considered the 2008 endorsement of McCain an attempt to maintain the appearance of objectivity in a heated election year. Now however, there may be more to it. I think the frequency of false claims and spin coming from the White House has the paper genuinely concerned over the future leadership of the country, especially if in exercising their bias they open themselves up to being proven as lacking integrity by conservatives who are watching events unfold. They have a tenuous hold in a digital age and know it. But I will still not expect them to endorse Romney (even considering they endorsed McCain last time). All their other leaning tends to leave me in a wait-and-see mood. But, I am still encouraged that they are at least honest enough to be concerned about the lack of integrity demonstrated by the White House.

dominigan on October 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Why the “or” when it is clearly an “and” that belongs in the statement:

Incompetence AND Dishonesty.

They failed to see the obvious coming AND they lied repeatedly about it.

ProfShadow on October 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Do they really think that we are stupid enough to believe that the Deputy Assistant of State did not tell the Secretary of State what she witnessed “in almost real time” from a command centre in DC and the Secretary of State didn’t tell the President of the United States before she joined him in the Rose Garden for his address to the nation?

Really?

Resist We Much on October 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

And then, Rice Dream Sunday — a full five days after the attack — our Ambassador to the UN was still going on national TV and peddling the same lie about the attack was caused by the video. And then President Obama repeated it at the United Nations. How does the Administration explain that?

29Victor on October 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Do they really think that we are stupid enough to believe that the Deputy Assistant of State did not tell the Secretary of State what she witnessed “in almost real time” from a command centre in DC and the Secretary of State didn’t tell the President of the United States before she joined him in the Rose Garden for his address to the nation?

Really?

Resist We Much on October 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

well, no…they don’t think WE are that stupid…but they do think Their Voters are that stupid/don’t care (i need some more of barry’s stash).

and they know the lickspittles in the press will mush it up so bad, that their voters will have forgotten about (if they care) by Nov

r keller on October 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I see the Hand of Providence in all of this.

mitchellvii on October 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

While i don’t think the newspaper will have huge impact for the editorial, i do wonder if it might precipitate MORE editorials and bring it to the main stream and move votes that way.

WashingtonsWake on October 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

As Barry Obama would say, “Elections have consequences!”

GarandFan on October 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I’d like to know if Obama ever (even once) asked ANYONE, in the lead up to Sept 11, if our people around the globe were prepared.

It didn’t even have to be a very specific question, just did he care enough to ask even a cursory question about the safety of Americans as a significant date approached where security threats could easily be foreseen.

Mayday on October 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Notice how in the first segment, Biden projected Mitt Romney’s statement on the Cairo embassy’s apology to cover Libya.

Didn’t we hear that there was no MSM coverage of Libya because they had been so busy bashing Romney for his Cairo statements ?

But now, “Mitt jumped the gun before he knew about the deaths in Libya”, when that’s not what Romney even talked about.

Clearly, the “misunderstanding” about Benghazi was a political stunt to use the Cairo incident, and the MSM bashing of Mitt Romney, to shield this Administration from further scrutiny by linking it to Romney’s earlier statements on Cairo.

J_Crater on October 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

…four people died…let’s put people under oathe…and then let them lie!

KOOLAID2 on October 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Not only is the Obama administration perfectly willing to lie to the American public about this incident, they’re also willing to have an innocent man arrested and jailed indefinately to appease the very people who murdered our ambassador. This is beyond incompetent. It’s evil.

RobertE on October 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Is it just me? I am sensing a giant, macabre game of “chicken” between the White House and the State Department…and the SOS is “on top” so to speak:

WH to State: “If you don’t back us up, we won’t endorse you in 2016.” State to WH: “If you don’t cover our back, we’ll tell the press how often we begged you for more security,” (Or the alternate),”How we told you it was a bad idea to send a known GAY Embassador to a Muslim country that was in turmoil without any competent security detail.”

I know it’s repulsive to think, but I just can’t come to any other conclusion that this is a cover-up for criminal activity of epic proportions. It just does not make sense that they pushed the video meme…a third grader could have told you that was Bee-Ess!

Chewy the Lab on October 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

**** Alert ******

EyeCandyMan Striketh Again,maybe Hopey will have an entirely new Libya spiel!!

President Obama to visit ‘The Daily Show’ on Oct. 18, Comedy Central announces – @washingtonpost

8 mins ago from http://www.washingtonpost.com by editor

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/tv-column/post/president-obama-will-visit-the-daily-show-on-oct-18/2012/10/12/ef5b07cc-14a7-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_blog.html

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Obozo going to the wedding of the moderator is okay?

That’s not the half of it – as the media will tell you, that’s excusable because it was in 1994. Now, as I posted on another thread, anyone aware that the moderator VISITED Joe Biden’s personal residence in March 2012? Raddatz was also at the White House in 2009 for an unknown reason.

Now, I see Libya as a disaster and certainly something that should prevent Obama from being President again, but then it hits me with full force, Libya is more than a political and foreign disaster for a failed president, four real human beings were MURDERED. Four Americans were murdered because of a very false political belief that if America just acts nice (some might call it “wimpy”), no one will hurt us. All of America is on line when a political philosophy of appeasement pretends as Obama said the other day,

I said we’d refocus on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11, and today, al Qaeda is on its heels and Osama bin Laden is no more.”

Whether Owe wants to believe it or not, there IS a boogie man and right now its name is al Qaeda and they are NOT on their heels.

katablog.com on October 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Colonel David Hunt on Howie Carr show now saying at least a dozen security agencies knew in real time what was happening in Benghazi, and that it was a leadership failure, and Biden lied last night. birdwatcher on October 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Weren’t over 30 people rescued that night? Where are they now and what do they have to say? Everything is still so murky about what happened that night and there is no (good) reason for it to remain so obscured. There are people who know things. Why aren’t they talking? Are they being intimidated? What is the O administration still hiding?

Here we are over a month later there has been no response to the attacks. Why not? It is insanely, outrageously unacceptable that Obama has not addressed the American people to address this situation. Nor has Hillary. I don’t have words to express my contempt for them.

Since no one else will take this to the American people, PACs PLEASE politicize this via ads because it’s the only way to apply pressure to get these criminally incompetent and unethical people to do their jobs.

(Ryan and Romney can bring it up, but not as direct and bitingly as needed. We should have had PAC ads to apply pressure over Fast & Furious since the enemedia is useless.)

Mayday on October 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

In unrelated news: Obama campaign running new ad blitz in Rhode Island.

Chuck Schick on October 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

But I will still not expect them to endorse Romney (even considering they endorsed McCain last time). All their other leaning tends to leave me in a wait-and-see mood. But, I am still encouraged that they are at least honest enough to be concerned about the lack of integrity demonstrated by the White House.

I respectfully disagree. The Dispatch will endorse Romney. They endorsed McCain, Bush in ’04, Kasich in ’10 and SB5 in ’11. Bank on it.

adurb44 on October 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

It’s also debatable whether newspaper endorsements have any impact at all these days, although campaigns certainly like to brag about them. In a bygone era, people put more trust in newspapers (deservedly or not); these days, they can get commentary wherever they desire.

True. But while a city paper’s endorsement may not carry much weight with voters, it still has the capacity to drive opinion within the local news community, most notably within the local TV market. You can bet local TV anchors and political reporters read those editorials every day, and take them seriously.

JohnGalt23 on October 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

And remember that several major city papers, most notably the NY Times and the Washington Post, engage in presidential election public opinion “polling” at the very same time that they are endorsing one of the two candidates, the Democrat. Those “polls” are also picked up nationally and used to shape public opinion.

Del Dolemonte on October 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

…that picture!…are Biteme and JugEars wiping feces off their faces?

KOOLAID2 on October 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

a. Benghazi-gate?
b. Movie-gate?
c. CIA-gate
d.Hillary did it-gate?
e. Media-gate?
all of the above?

Don L on October 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

when the worst happened, it wasn’t willing to tell the truth to the American people.

And to make things even worse, the administration ran ads in foreign countries APOLOGIZING for America once again.

xblade on October 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Still, this is noteworthy for its still-lonely example in the mainstream media for calling out the Obama administration on its cover-up on Benghazi, and its lack of attention to security in one of the most dangerous corners of the world.

Isn’t it sad that there isn’t more curiosity about what happened at Benghazi in the MSM?

Happy Nomad on October 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

dominigan on October 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Great input. Thanks for the perspective. Very insightful.

joejm65 on October 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Yep, turn on the lights and the roaches will scatter.

MJZZZ on October 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I love it, the obummer admin is either incompetent or a liar, which is it??? No good answer, but they will try and squirm like a worm on a hook to get around it. They are looking for a fall guy/gal and no one is willing to take the bullet.

TQM38a on October 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I also live on Columbus and I think the Dispatch will endorse Romney. It won’t matter because the Obama mouth breathers are a majority in Columbus. Stupid is strong in this town.

megthered on October 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

How many are too many pardons? Guinness?

sdbatboy on October 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Just like Fast and Furious. They are either liars or incompetent.

magicbeans on October 12, 2012 at 7:35 PM

“The State Department has a 50 billion dollar budget. Within that 50 billion dollar budget there was no money for reasonable consulate security in a city rife with Islamist militias who had already attacked the consulate and other diplomats in the city. But here’s what there was money for…

The 770 million dollar Middle East and North Africa Incentive Fund for the Arab Spring.

7.9 billion dollars for Obama’s Global Health Initiative.

2.9 billion for international debt relief.

2.2 billion to strengthen democratic institutions in Pakistan.

469 million for global climate change.

587 million for student exchange programs. ”

More about your State Dept. tax dollars at work for people who hate your filthy infidel guts:

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/state-department-had-no-for-consulate-security-but-it-did-have-for/

Chessplayer on October 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM

d1carter on October 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Hate to say it, but ‘Stalinesque Purge’. I fear we may have to violate the Constitution to defend it (paraphrasing somebody – cant remember who – one extra beer and all of that)…

affenhauer on October 12, 2012 at 8:58 PM

I’ll go with incompetently dishonest for $300, Alex.

Kissmygrits on October 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Whoops! That’s one newspaper that won’t be getting a bailout if 0 is reelected.

Ward Cleaver on October 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Obama is naive, at best, or a megalomaniac at worst, and now Americans are dead.

billrowe on October 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM