Barack Obama as quoted in the transcript of Tuesday’s debate:
So as soon as we found out that the Benghazi consulate was being overrun, I was on the phone with my national security team and I gave them three instructions.
Number one, beef up our security and procedures, not just in Libya, but at every embassy and consulate in the region.
Number two, investigate exactly what happened, regardless of where the facts lead us, to make sure folks are held accountable and it doesn’t happen again.
And number three, we are going to find out who did this and we’re going to hunt them down, because one of the things that I’ve said throughout my presidency is when folks mess with Americans, we go after them.
Allegedly, the Obama administration is committed to finding the people who sacked our embassy and killed our ambassador. I have my doubts as actually doing something would be a lot like work and there is no evidence Obama has any affinity for that particular four-letter word.
Were the actual failing leading to the attack not bad enough, the follow up has been a disaster.
The consulate and the “safe house” were not secured in the aftermath of the attack. Rather our departure seems to have resembled something from Monty Python and the Holy Grail more than the actions of a superpower that would be shortly seeking vengeance. We now know that sensitive documents, including our ambassador’s personal journal, were left in those sites.
Witnesses who wished to provide information to American investigators were not contacted.
The failure to secure the areas was not a temporary lapse. The tapes that recorded the attack on the consulate and safe house were not retrieved until three weeks after the attack.
This is a pattern of behavior by the most un-serious administration in American history. Rather than scouring the earth to bring these killers to justice, I expect the issue will be allowed to quietly die as a sop to the radical islamist regimes Obama has helped install in the region. In a worst case scenario, an empty aspirin factory will receive a cruise missile attack. If Mitt Romney is elected, bringing these people to account should be a top foreign policy priority.