Friday, October 12, 2012
Libya: The Blame Game Between State and the White House
"Shame on you, Barack Obama."
It looks like we are hearkening back to those glory days of the Democratic campaign in 2008. Once again, it is shaping up as Obama vs Hillary Clinton as to who was at fault in the Libyan mess. Last night, Joe Biden opened the door when he said (we) didn't know that they had requested more security in Libya. Well, somebody knew as proven by this week's Congressional hearing when four people directly involved with sending the requests and receiving and denying the requests testified under oath.
Now comes White House press spokesman Jay Carney with today's daily briefing, in which Ed Henry grills him on Biden's statement and whether the White House ever was told about the requests for more security in Libya. Here Carney lays the whole mess right at the feet of the State Department (Hat tip Daily Caller) as he dances around the issue of White House knowledge.
The truth is both Clinton and Obama bear the ultimate responsibility for this fiasco, as well as the false statements that followed. In the lead up to this year's 9-11, it strains credulity that the President was never told in his daily intelligence briefings (the ones he attended) that there was a volatile situation in Benghazi. Even if Biden's statement were true, it would point to the conclusion that this whole administration is totally inept-both at State and the White House.