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October 28, 2012

Column: Romney missed chance to hit Obama on Libya


He should be reminded that an unnamed senior official in his own State Department, in a conference call on Oct. 9, said the administration’s claim of a protest about a YouTube video was, “not our conclusion.”

Indeed, there was no protest. None. To claim that was, as many have said, was a fairy story. This was a military-style assault by Ansar al-Sharia, the branch of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, timed to coincide with the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

If Obama didn’t know it within hours – certainly by the day after, he didn’t want to know it.

It is pathetic that it takes Reuters, a news agency based in London and not the U.S., to report this past week on emails showing that two hours after the attack, Ansar al-Sharia had claimed responsibility for it, and that U.S. diplomats had described the attack, while it was under way, to Washington.

But the administration still claimed, for weeks, that its “best information” was that it was a protest of a video. There was no such evidence. If there was, let them produce it.

Ah, but there’s nothing to see here, really. All you really need to know is that Romney wants to cut funding for Big Bird.

Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at t.armerding@verizon.net

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