Cutter: No, Benghazi was not a foreign-policy failure

posted at 11:21 am on October 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Stephanie Cutter insisted this morning on NBC that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was not a “foreign policy failure,” and that the only reason people might think it was is because Republicans are “politicizing” a tragedy that could have happened anywhere in the world American diplomats serve.  That’s true only if one considers the Benghazi attack completely without the context of the last two years of Barack Obama’s foreign policy, in general dealing with the so-called “Arab Spring” and specifically in Libya.  In truth, we created the conditions for this attack, and then ignored the risks:

It’s true that American diplomatic missions are always under threat; the twin embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998 was a reminder of that, as was the sacking of our Tehran embassy in 1979.  All of these, by the way, have a common thread: radical Islam.  The two 1998 embassy bombings have an even closer tie to the Benghazi attack: all three were committed by terrorist networks, quite possibly al-Qaeda in all three instances.

The threat in eastern Libya, however, came from the direct action launched by Obama against the previous Qaddafi regime.  Terrorist networks have operated in eastern Libya for years, perhaps decades, although the Qaddafi regime kept a lid on them as best it could, seeing them as a threat to power.  Obama decided to decapitate the Qaddafi regime in the spring of 2011 in order to accelerate the “Arab Spring” and demonstrate solidarity with the Arab “street.”  He decided to limit this involvement to merely an air war against Qaddafi’s air and ground forces, and induced NATO to join us and eventually take over for us.  When Qaddafi fell, the Obama administration hailed it as the proper model for intervention, taking a victory lap for not having boots on the ground for years afterward as we did in Iraq.

Well, this is what happens when one decapitates a tyrannous regime in the Arab world without any boots on the ground.  In doing so, we provided a massive opportunity for the very terrorist networks we have fought for the last eleven years. Obama’s foreign policy decision opened a huge vacuum of power in eastern Libya, which has been filled by the radical Islamist terror networks that can now operate freely.  The central government has little effective control in the Benghazi region.  That’s why all of the other Western nations closed their diplomatic missions in Benghazi months before the attack, and even the Red Cross left before we did.  Rather than take a lesson from that exodus, or at least beef up security in Benghazi in response to the growing threats, we ignored the threats entirely and shrugged it off as business as usual — much as Cutter does in this response here.

This is most certainly a foreign policy failure, as well as a stunning display of incompetence.

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It was a leadership failure.

trapeze on October 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Rook!

What a twit…Keep talking, Cutter.

Battlecruiser-operational on October 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM

This was BO’s “war of choice”…his Iraq.

BO lied and our people died.

And then BO lied some more.

trapeze on October 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Oh, I see what you did now. ; )

Bmore on October 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

This is most certainly a foreign policy failure, as well as a stunning display of incompetence.

How is it that a lying whore like Stephanie Cutter can keep her job. She has no credibility and after Nov. 6th she will have no job.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Any post whose title begins with “Cutter:” is sure to entertain!

KS Rex on October 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I’d hate to see what a failure looks like then.

jamesjtyler on October 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I’d hate to see their example of a failure then.

Flange on October 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Cutter makes Baghdad Bob look truthful.

portlandon on October 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

How is losing four American diplomats, destroying campaign optics, getting even the re-elect-Obama-at-all-costs media to turn against you, and inducing the Islamist world to proclaim “Obama, we are ALL Osama”, a foreign policy failure?

Freelancer on October 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

jamesjtyler on October 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

:-)

Flange on October 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

How is it that a lying whore like Stephanie Cutter can keep her job. She has no credibility and after Nov. 6th she will have no job.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Her and DWS will long be remebered for the lies they tell. Heck throw in that Ptaski or whatever her name is as well.

D-fusit on October 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Baghdad Bob speaks again.

Tater Salad on October 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Our latest intelligence was that this was not a foreign policy failure, or anything to do with AQ. It was a spontaneous demonstration by Tea Party Express in the Maghreb.

CorporatePiggy on October 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Un-poof as my friend Axe would say. Lol!

Bmore on October 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

The threat in eastern Libya, however, came from the direct Lead From Behind action launched by Obama against the previous Qaddafi regime.

There. Fixed it.

How I miss AP.

antisocial on October 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

…that Rutter…is a Runt!

KOOLAID2 on October 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I couldn’t even bring myself to watch the video. What’s the point? She’s as obnoxious as her boss, and she lies just as much, too, so who cares what she has to say?

Dopenstrange on October 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Unless she goes on to claim that ‘failure’ not a strong enough word…

Washington Nearsider on October 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I’m trying to care, but I don’t.

She is trying to cover up for a lying administration by lying.

I feel sorry for those who died. And if there is any consolation this woman will be looking for a job in two weeks.

cozmo on October 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

If this isn’t a “failure”, I’d sure as hell don’t want to see what a “success” would look like!

GarandFan on October 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Hey, look on the bight side.

Traitor, coward, liar John F. Kerry if not for the swiftboat blog would have been Pres. and he would have cut and run worse than this rather hapless commie Democrat Obama.

Once we vote this one out, curtins on the commmie Democrat party for a long time in my not so humble opinion.

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APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Cutter: No, Benghazi was not a foreign-policy failure

…because Obama WANTED an Al Quaeda takeover of Libya.

/sarc>

landlines on October 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

“Let’s not politicize this.” is verminspeak for “Let’s not discuss this- especially before the election.”

justltl on October 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Umm if the dear leader and cronies would have shut their trap and not lied from the beginning

cmsinaz on October 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Anything that weakens America is a success for Obama…..

redguy on October 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Meanwhile, at Politico……they are claiming that tonight’s debate is well suited for “the one” since foreign policy is his strong suit.

Had to wipe the coffee off the computer screen after reading that one.

Animal60 on October 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Hey, Steph. Anytime a US ambassador is murdered, it’s a foreign policy failure. We can argue over the level of responsibility shared by Obama, but to call it anything but a failure is an insult to the memory of those who died in Benghazi.

Doughboy on October 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I don’t know whether to feel sorry for this woman or be scared of her. Is she just a hopeless tool or a sociopath?

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

“um, Well Willie, you know I’m on the campaign, so – I can tell you what I read….. The President has been clear…….look, we live in a dangerous world
.
Really Stephanie??????

It has come to this……..
Pathetic

FlaMurph on October 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The president “acted quickly”? Well yeah, because closing the barn door after the horse bolted is so effective.

These people make me sick with all their lies.

It was HOURS after the initial attack before our citizens lost their lives. The president didn’t do anything.

ButterflyDragon on October 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Cutter: No, Benghazi was not a foreign-policy failure

Oh for the love of God… Why is this woman allowed to speak in public?

SWalker on October 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

In two weeeks, nobody will know who Stephanie Cutter is… and that IS A GOOD THING!

Khun Joe on October 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Of course she’s not going to say it was a failure, but when 4 Americans are dead as a result most people (normal ones) won’t see that as a roaring success.

The most scandalous part of this whole clusterfark, imo, is the fact they denied additional security for the consulate. Romney needs to go after Obama on that. Biden tried to spin his way out of it in the vp debate by saying the WH didn’t know about the request, but his admin did. Stevens was warning about an attack, and the Obama admin didn’t help him out at all. THAT’S a failure on many levels.

changer1701 on October 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This is why I don’t watch ANY of the talking head news shows anymore. It’s nothing but a neverending line of people trying to tell me the sky is green and the grass is blue and I’m a bigot if I don’t go along with that.

tommyboy on October 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I don’t know whether to feel sorry for this woman or be scared of her. Is she just a hopeless tool or a sociopath?

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Any reason she couldn’t be both?

Bmore on October 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Barry needs better liars for his administration and campaign.

bayview on October 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Cutter need to put the crack pipe down.

Axion on October 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Any post whose title begins with “Cutter:” is sure to entertain!

[KS Rex on October 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM]

I can’t bear to watch these any more. These people aren’t fit morally, much less in terms of competence, to hold any office of public trust in the US.

Dusty on October 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Barry needs better liars for his administration and campaign.

bayview on October 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Don’t give him any ideas. I am satisfied this group is doing a fine job for him. ; )

Bmore on October 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

So it was a success, right?
LOL…

albill on October 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Bmore on October 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

No, I guess not. She seems overqualified in both areas.

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Isn’t it amazing how anything critical of this administration is either racist or politically driven. It’s always either one or the other. It’s never ever their fault.

Like the song by Shaggy “It wasn’t me”

bsinc1962 on October 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM

albill on October 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

No, no, it was a not optimal bump in the road.

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Got a sparkly little naughty girl gleam in her eye when she talks.

a capella on October 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Actually staying on topic because we are discussing the dishonest Barry campaign,
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/10/22/obamas_bogus_zip_code_fundraising_problem

-During calendar year 2012, the Obama campaign received at least $2,983,854.78 from donors who did not submit a zip code, or submitted one that do not exist.

Iran and Venezuela do not have zip codes.

bayview on October 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I am sure there is a Man with a lesser position in the administration than her but making more money who could say this better, ……… right?

RandallinHerndon on October 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

…that Rutter…is a Runt!

KOOLAID2 on October 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Obviously you didn’t get the memo from Eva Longoria :)

Runt: out
T**t: in

jimver on October 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Bmore on October 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

No, I guess not. She seems overqualified in both areas.

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I’m torn as to who I am most smitten with. This one or Debbie. They are both so good.

Bmore on October 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

She must hate her job. Would you like trotting out to spin a lie to the masses and pretending to be indignant? She must get paid a lot for that, why else would she do it? I can’t believe she is this ignorant.

goflyers on October 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Or should that be whom?

Bmore on October 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Sure, Stephanie, just like 9/11, where one day later Bush went off to Las Vegas to campaign!!

She reminds me of Glenn Close in FAtal Attraction.

PattyJ on October 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Most of the Arab countries have been run with a strong regime and/or dictator that America may not agree with, but they have worked to some degree. Throwing out one regime and then expecting a democracy to take hold instantaneously without some other tyranny trying to take its place means that too many of our so called ‘leaders’ in Washington don’t spend enough time studying history.

ny59giants on October 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Iran and Venezuela do not have zip codes.

Neither do caves in Afghanistan

RandallinHerndon on October 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I think whom, Jackie will be so disappointed, maybe she won’t see this.

Bmore on October 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

a tragedy that could have happened anywhere in the world American diplomats serve

…under obama.

Ronnie on October 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Is there a compilation video of all the times the White House were claiming it was a spontaneous event?

mythicknight on October 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Umm, a major CIA outpost in Libya, tasked with tracking the connections between Al Qaeda and the Libyans, is now empty.

Maybe that’s not a failure. Instead, we should call it a defeat.

hawksruleva on October 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

If these bumps in the road are the cost of reestablishing the islamic caliphate, that’s a price I’m willing to make America pay. And you’re a racist for even thinking it’s a failure.

~ Barrack 0bama.

Rebar on October 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

albill on October 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

No, no, it was a not optimal bump in the road.

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM

More like a mound in the road, totally sub-optimal…

jimver on October 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Really, Steph?

So what was it, then?

By the way, what will you be doing for work after Nov. 6th?

The resume must look impressive: Will Be a Shameless Lying Whore for Food.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on October 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Really, Steph?

So what was it, then?

By the way, what will you be doing for work after Nov. 6th?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on October 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Dunno, will the food stamps still be there if Romney wins?

jimver on October 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

This is great. I love to watch these airheads set their reputation for pathological lying in terms of future employment. HAHA…..

buffyvs on October 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Benghazi wasn’t a failure, it was a sub-optimal success.

So, in the Presidential Olympics, let’s give Obama a SILVER medal.

As long as Romney gets the gold.

Steve Z on October 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I think Ambassador Stevens might tend to disagree with Ms. Cutter’s statement.

reddevil on October 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Do you ever think that Cutter and Carney know they will unemployable after their stints as “Mouths of Sauron”? Because they can’t honestly believe what they’re being paid to say.

Physics Geek on October 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Al Queda is really the true embodiment of mohammad’s vision.

There is no such thing as ‘radical’ islam.

Islam leads directly to Afganistan, Iran, Pakistan.

GardenGnome on October 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I would like to see Romney hit O like the junior rookie he is on the leadership issue and taking responsibility over Benghazi.

Romeny “Mr. President I know you have stated you take responsibility, but Sir in the real world leadership is more than words. As a CEO I on more than one occasion fired junior managers for errors that resulted in lost money, replaceable money. (pause for effect stare at O) Sir twice on your watch, Fast-Furious, and now Benghazi LIVES, US lives have been lost. I hear you talking but who have you fired, who has been forced to retire? I think Me and the American people deserve an answer.

The answer is no one but O cannot say that he will have to stutter and attempt to deflect which will just more show his irresponsibility.

C-Low on October 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Why can’t some serious report just start laughing in her face ? I’m being serious. I’m told humor is a perfectly legitimate way of dealing with the truth, or lack thereof.

How can one’s response to nonsense like this be to pretend like it’s a valid argument ? It’s like listening to a coach who’s QB just threw six interceptions – for touchdowns – and pretend like since he completed 1 pass we should all fall over at his magnificence.

And – how does Stephanie Cutter actually muster enough energy and her own seriousness to go out day after day and do this ? She makes Baghdad Bob look like Walter Cronkite.

williampeck1958 on October 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Memo to Obama on his choice of spokesbabes:

Eye candy is not necessarily ear candy.

Steve Z on October 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

This is a massive failure by the State Department, and the response to the attack, both at the time and now, is a failure by the White House.

It also shows the back-sliding that our Middle East policy has suffered in the past 4 years. Libya was helping keep tabs on terrorists. Now it’s a haven and breeding ground for them. Egypt has gone from a strong, quiet ally to an uncertain status. Iraq’s moving closer to Russia and Iran.

Obama’s only “foreign policy” win is actually a small military victory. We killed Osama bin Laden. But killing terrorist leaders is basically whack-a-mole. And it’s not actually a policy.

hawksruleva on October 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Stephanie Cutter insisted this morning on NBC that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was not a “foreign policy failure,”

She also arranges her library with Alice in Wonderland on the nonfiction shelf.

If they told her to go in front of a camera and state the moon was made of fine aged white cheddar,…. she’d do it with a completely straight face..

where do they get these people?

mark81150 on October 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Ed you are missing a key point as to why this was a failure: in a known islamicist area they are completely unprepared on September 11th for any sort of attack from Al-Qaeda.

Mr. Bingley on October 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Hope that Romney reads the Foreign Policy article that came out recently.

Key quote:

If Obama wants to fix his broken foreign policy machine, he can do it — but conversations with numerous insiders, as well as my own government experiences, suggest that he needs to focus on strategy, structure, process, management, and personnel as much as on new policy initiatives.

So basically, the only problem with Obama’s foreign policy is… everything.

hawksruleva on October 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Yes, it was a failure on many fronts.

1. Foreign policy – Ambassador killed
2. Secuurity – Embassy security horrendous with State holding onto $2.2 Billion so as not to have an increased security posture
3. US Response to a Terrorist Attack – No Marines or SEALs sent in to assist during fighting, or after attack to secure consulate; FBI access denied for weeks resulting in evidence being stolen/destroyed
4. Integrity – Has proven that anyting that goes wrong isn’t his fault, and all that goes right is his alone

We need someone who will not bow to anyone

Patriot Vet on October 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I am starting to see how the proggies would have handled 9/11 had Fat Al been president.

I can see the terrorist act labeled ‘a structural failure’, and the architects and engineers that designed the original WTC on trial for negligence in not foreseeing a collision with a commercial airliner.

slickwillie2001 on October 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

There is no such thing as ‘radical’ islam.

Nor is there such a thing as ‘moderate’ islam. Islam is simply islam, and those acting ‘moderately’ do so only as long as they are in the minority. Once islam gains the majority, nothing else but islam rules to the detriment of any other religion.

hawkeye54 on October 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Ed: are you saying that we should have done nothing to help topple Khadaffi in Libya? And would we be better off with Khadaffi still alive and holding power in Libya? My recollection is that Khadaffi’s army had Benghazi circled with tanks and artillery and that they were hours away from closing in and possibly killing thousands of civilians.

If we don’t intervene with our air power, then what? Are we prepared to accept the grizzly consequences for doing nothing? I’m not saying that there is a right answer or a wrong answer to this conundrum, only a difficult choice to make. My recollection is that the majority of readers around here were in favor of the NATO air strikes that evened the playing field for the Rebels versus the Kaddaffi forces.

I like having my cake and eating it too, but really, it is hard for the Republicans to criticize Obama for intervening in Libya and creating the conditions for more terrorism based in the same country. I don’t think that many Americans were willing to follow up Khadaffi’s ouster by placing several divisions of American infantry on the ground in the aftermath of Khaddaffi’s death.

The same situation now exists in Syria. What do we do? Do we help to topple Assad or stay out of it on the assumption that what follows Assad will be worse, from a terrorism point of view?

I kind of think that when in doubt, topple the dictator first and then sort out the snakes afterwords. There often are no easy answers in foreign policy.

Old Fritz on October 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM

There is a company that sells insect repellent, called “Cutters” Now it is clear, Cutter IS repellent!

birdwatcher on October 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Terrorist networks have operated in eastern Libya for years, perhaps decades, although the Qaddafi regime kept a lid on them as best it could (*sob*), seeing them as a threat to power.

^ That is breathtakingly absurd historical revisionism.

FLASHBACK: Kaddafi is busy arming al-Qaeda

It is rhetorical over-reach to use the vicious murders of American citizens in Libya by Qaeda-sympathizers as a pretext to micterate on the brave sacrifices of our heroic NATO airmen and their Libyan-Contra allies.

Libyan leader Mohammed Magarief has apologized to the United States for their botched defense of our Benghazi consulate.

Recall over the past decade, Taliban sympathizers have murdered NATO peacekeepers (repeatedly and with virtual impunity) by infiltrating Afghan security forces. Yet nobody complains that at least the Taliban regime “kept a lid” on al-Qaeda.

Get a grip.

Terp Mole on October 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Another Baghdad Barbie bucket of B.S.!

Why even waste time interviewing her? She is a chronic liar!

pilamaye on October 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Hey, look on the bight side.

Traitor, coward, liar John F. Kerry if not for the swiftboat blog would have been Pres. and he would have cut and run worse than this rather hapless commie Democrat Obama.

Once we vote this one out, curtins on the commmie Democrat party for a long time in my not so humble opinion.

VOTE
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APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Yep, the spaghetti-spines on our side that think GWB is no better than the democratics seem to forget that he saved us from Fat Al and John F’n Kerry.

slickwillie2001 on October 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

So the assassination of a US Ambassador is a success? I’d hate to see any more of this regime’s “successes.” Will Dear Liar be flexible enough to hand over our launch codes to Vladimir?

rbj on October 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Edit:

it is hard for the Republicans to criticize Obama for intervening in Libya and creating the conditions for more terrorism based in the same country

It is actually easy to make the criticism, but we look like hypocrites if we do.

Where Obama’s administration is open to criticism is (1) in not protecting the Benghazi mission property or heeding the warning signs of an impending terror attack; and (2) covering up the incident with the videotape red herring. These items are different from criticizing the American intervention in Libya.

Old Fritz on October 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

How dare you criticize one of the great foreign policy figures in our lifetime. What . . . Huh? Stephanie Cutter? Oh, the political hack, Stephanie Cutter. Never mind.

TheStatistQuo on October 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

In fact – it was of obama’s greatest foreign policy achievements: U.S. Embassy gutted – four Americans dead – It simply doesn’t get much better than that – obama is thrilled with the outcome, because he is a sworn enemy of the United States.

Pork-Chop on October 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Any attack such as what happened in Benghazi should be considered a security failure, no matter where it took place in the world.

But this is not just a security failure, it is a security failure compounded by a reaction failure, a communications failure, an investigation failure, an honesty with the public failure, a response failure and an ongoing closure failure.

Heck, it’s even a ‘protect the malignant narcissist President’ failure.

Dusty on October 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Her laugh is really quite sinister.

ctmom on October 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Really, Steph?

So what was it, then?

By the way, what will you be doing for work after Nov. 6th?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on October 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Dunno, will the food stamps still be there if Romney wins?

jimver on October 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Of course… but..

will she get a free trac phone like my sis in law did?

oh the perks the mighty drop like crumbs from their table on the peasants.

Gotta tell ya though.. anyone who’d sell their dignity for a 50 dollar throw away cell.. ain’t the brightest bulb on the porch.

so she’ll probably ask for two.

mark81150 on October 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Cutter is such a joke, just like her lying boss.

jqc1970 on October 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

…he needs to focus on strategy, structure, process, management, and personnel as much as on new policy initiatives.

So basically, the only problem with Obama’s foreign policy is… everything.

hawksruleva on October 22, 2012 at 11:52

That was too much work – interferred with face time on talk shows, parties, golf and vaycays.

tru2tx on October 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Stephanie Gutter.

birdwatcher on October 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

The consulate attack might have been preventable if the warnings and requests were acted on ahead of time but the cover-up afterwards is absolutely unforgivable.

If this administration is so thin-skinned and insecure that they cannot be honest and say a mistake was made and we won’t let it happen ever again, they are doomed to repeat history.

JetBlast on October 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Well she told us the strategy, and Obama played the card the last debate…don’t make it political, politicizing honorable men’s death is repugnant, and Obama’s faux indignation was on full alert.

Romney needs to say:

“You can’t sweep this under the rug with campaign slogan”s…it is political because it’s a political mess over in the Middle East, and that is what we are talking about tonight, because of political decisions, men were killed. So be as indignant and arrogant as you want, what is more important than your feelings is what happened, who failed, who takes the blame, and removing those people who take responsibility and blame. Taking responsibility without blame is political…someone need to man up.”

right2bright on October 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM

** rubbing temples with fingers **

lib-logic gives me a headache.

Tim_CA on October 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Ed you are missing a key point as to why this was a failure: in a known islamicist area they are completely unprepared on September 11th for any sort of attack from Al-Qaeda.

Mr. Bingley on October 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Come on now, why do you think anyone would suggest increased security at US installations in the Middle East and North Africa on a random date like September 11th?

slickwillie2001 on October 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Cutter is a child pretending to be a mature, serious adult.

Christien on October 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Stephanie Cutter is going to have to file for unemployment in 2 weeks.

paulsur on October 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Baghdad Betty Bob speaks again.

Tater Salad on October 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

FIFY

Mallard T. Drake on October 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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