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Opinion

October 14, 2012

Editorial:

We wish members of the Obama administration would take some time to get their story straight on the Libya consulate attack. As it is, the constantly shifting official company line makes about as much sense as Vice President Joe Biden’s inane cackling during Thursday night’s debate.

First, the story was that the attack on the Benghazi consulate that resulted in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans was a disorganized protest by some devout Muslims over a crackpot’s film clip that insulted Islam. The administration stuck to this story, despite mounting evidence that the attack involved a large number of assailants, armed with heavy weapons including mortars and engaged in reasonably sophisticated tactics. Not until nearly a month after the attack, which came on the Sept. 11 anniversary, did the administration finally and conclusively acknowledge that this was a terrorist assault.

That the Obama administration tried to pass off a preplanned, coordinated terrorist attack on an American consulate that left four Americans dead as nothing more than an expected expression of Muslim street rage is despicable and insulting to the American people.

But the administration’s foreign policy fiasco in Benghazi does not end with mere matters of motive. The administration handed the terrorists the means to achieve their success as well.

The Obama administration and its State Department ignored repeated warnings from the ambassador and his staff that security there was inadequate.

Eric Nordstrom, the top U.S. regional security official in Libya, testified before the House Oversight Committee that requests for additional security were denied by the State Department to assuage Libyan political sensitivity.

“All of us at post were in sync that we wanted these resources,” Nordstrom testified, as reported in Foreign Policy magazine.

“For me, the Taliban is on the inside of the building,” he said.

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