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October 28, 2012

Column: Romney missed chance to hit Obama on Libya

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Romney should have pointed out that what is really offensive is to try to conflate “act of terror” with “premeditated terrorist attack.” They both have “terror” in there, but they are not the same – not even close.

Then, at the start of the third debate, Romney completely ignored the substance of the question moderator Bob Schieffer asked about Libya.

But if this had happened under Bush, for the media it would be the second coming of Watergate. Instead, it is now almost as though the whole thing never happened.

It doesn’t even take major investigative work to know that this is a more aggressive whitewashing of reality than any of Mitt Romney’s so called “Etch-a-Sketch” moments.

While Obama and his surrogates attacked Romney for speaking out about the attack “before all the facts are known,” they were speaking out contrary to the facts that were known. As even lefties have been forced to acknowledge, the administration tried for the better part of two weeks to claim that the attack grew out of a spontaneous demonstration against a movie trailer, when they knew otherwise.

This should be held up to the same level of ridicule Obama tried to heap on Romney at last Monday’s debate for allegedly misunderstanding how technology has changed the needs of the military.

When Romney noted that the number of ships has dropped below the level that the Navy said it needs to fulfill its mission, the president mockingly suggested that ships are as obsolete as “horses and bayonets.” Then he went on to talk as though aircraft carriers and submarines are newfangled weapons, even though they were major factors 70 years ago in World War II.

When Obama declared that it was impossible to say for weeks afterward what had happened in Benghazi, Romney should have reminded him that there is this cool thing called the Internet, which allows for instant communication worldwide.

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