I have no time for excuses. In my mind, they are completely non productive. Face it, friends, when it comes to excuses, your friends don’t need them and your enemies won’t accept them anyway. Why bother?
I wondered last night, though, at the way in which Vice President Joe Biden excused away the administration’s pitiful handling of the Libyan murders of four American citizens including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Biden told us last night that the White House was not told that the people on the ground in that volatile country wanted more security personnel. He also told us that the intelligence which the White House disseminated to the American people….the big fib about the “spontaneous” demonstration over an obscure YouTube video…was the best intelligence available.
First of all, if you watched the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing earlier this week, you know that requests were, indeed, made. Not just one either. MANY requests for more security were made. Those requests were refused.
Secondly, since the president of Libya was saying the attack on the Benghazi consulate was a deliberate terrorist attack within 24 hours of the event, wouldn’t the Leader of the Free World and his side-kick question the “intelligence” they were given?
Perhaps the chain of information broke down somewhere along the way. Whether it did or did not, the point is this; the buck stops at the President’s desk. He is completely responsible for the actions of every last staffer in his administration.
It makes me sad to hear a man as important as the Vice President of the United States of America stumble over something as simple as the facts. That this administration thinks we are so gullible that we don’t see that fumbling, halting storyline as part of an effort to delude us until AFTER the election makes me want to slap somebody upside the head. (That somebody, of course, would be Joe Biden whose condescension last night I found to be insufferable. You can lead me anywhere, Joe, but don’t ever try to push me and never, EVER, lie to me.)
It comes to this. These men knew or should have known what was up in Libya BEFORE it came to violence. If they did not know, they are incompetent. If they did know and didn’t do anything to prevent the carnage, they are incompetent. If they lied to the American people in order to keep their political balloon from deflating, then they are both incompetent and they are criminals to boot.
The good news about last night’s debate is that it got me fired up again. I’m going to do some door knocking this afternoon and pass out a few Romney/Ryan pins. Even though Paul Ryan came off looking good last night, the Romney/Ryan ticket still needs all the help they can get.