Benghazi-gate: The president reveals a disturbing callousness toward our war dead on yet another talk show. When will he tell jihadists to stop clinging to their guns and religion and fearing people not like them?
During the second presidential debate President Obama told challenger Mitt Romney that he found suggestions that he and his administration were covering up the truth about the terrorist attack on Benghazi for political reasons "offensive." He said he was the one who had to greet the coffins when they came home.
Then they deserve more honor, respect and protection than they were given by their president in remarks made on yet another TV talk show. Appearing on "The Daily Show" Comedy Central, Obama told host Jon Stewart that the killing of our Libyan ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans was "not optimal."
Speaking of the administration's response to the assault, which, except for an oblique reference to "terrorist attacks" in the Rose Garden, with no specific reference to Benghazi, consisted of spending two weeks blaming a little-seen Internet movie trailer, Stewart said, "I would say and even you would admit it was not the optimal response — at least to the American people as far as all of us being on the same page."
Obama's appalling retort was to pick up on Stewart's choice of words to say, "Here is what I will say — if four Americans get killed, it is not optimal. And we are going to fix it." Not optimal? The time to "fix it," Mr. President, was during the period before the attack when your administration turned down requests for enhanced security from our Libyan diplomats because it didn't fit your political narrative of al-Qaida on the run, Osama bin Laden dead and GM alive, and an "Arab Spring" blooming everywhere.
This is the president who once described the Fort Hood massacre by a chanting Islamist as "workplace violence, " who refuses to admit the war on terror is ongoing. This is the president who referred to the rolling Islamist violence in the Middle East, including the deaths of two former Navy SEALs employed as private security in Benghazi, as "bumps in the road."
As Montana state Sen. Ryan Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, observes: "The president refuses to admit that his policy of appeasement and apology has failed. The murder of our ambassador and two former Navy SEALs is more than a 'bump in the road'; it is a global catastrophe where America is seen as being weak and vulnerable by our enemies."
The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told the Associated Press.
It was not an "optimal" response to this terrorist attack to have U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice go on five Sunday news shows on Sept. 16 to say, "We do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned." They were lying.
As Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., noted on Sept. 25, two weeks after the terrorist attack: "In his speech today to the United Nations, President Obama stated six times that the attacks across the Islamic world are attributed to a silly video." Obama was lying, too.
All the president's weenie words have been part of a callous and calculated plan to lie to the American people, put the truth in a can and kick that can down the road past the Nov. 6 election.
Barack Obama's presidency is the one not "optimal" and should end that day.