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Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:28 PM

Two Sides Trade Criticism in Rancor Over Libya Attack

Source: NYT

Caught in the uneasy nexus between politics and foreign policy, the debate over the violence in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed four American lives turned angry on Sunday as Republicans said it reflected a dangerous failure by the Obama administration to protect Americans across the region. Democrats, meanwhile, accused the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, of “cravenly” trying to exploit the episode in a political “witch hunt.”

A Romney supporter, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi called into question a fundamental claim of the Obama administration: that with the death of Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda has been gravely weakened and Americans are safer.

“The truth is, we’re not safer; Al Qaeda is alive and counterattacking,” Mr. Graham said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.” He added, “This whole region is about to explode; Al Qaeda is on the march.”

David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the Obama campaign, pushed back hard at the criticism from those supporting Mr. Romney. “From the beginning of this issue, before any facts were known, he was cravenly trying to exploit it,” Mr. Axelrod said of Mr. Romney on “Fox News Sunday.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/us/politics/bengazi-episode-takes-on-political-overtones.html

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alp227 Oct 2012 OP
PatrynXX Oct 2012 #1
BumRushDaShow Oct 2012 #2
DallasNE Oct 2012 #3
honeymaid4 Oct 2012 #4
uppityperson Oct 2012 #5

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 07:20 PM

1. well sure it's gonna explode

Obama was handed a ticking time bomb from Bush. Who unlike some people in war who silently kill those on the edges dodged right in the middle and we lost the war before it started..

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Sun Oct 14, 2012, 08:08 PM

2. The area has been "exploding"

for over a thousand years. It's only recently that the U.S. has existed long enough to stick its nose in there.

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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 12:16 AM

3. Lindsey Graham Is Insane To Be Pro Al Qaeda

"we're not safer; Al Qaeda is alive and counterattacking ... Al Qaeda is on the march". Joseph McCarthy would be pleased because Graham, like McCarthy before him, has no shame.

Besides, why all of the huffing and puffing about Benghazi? Yes, 4 Americans were killed which is tragic but in the scope of things this was really a small scale attack. Compare and contrast that attack with the embassy attacks in Nairobi and Tanzania, the attack on the Cole, the marine barracks in Lebanon or 9/11 itself. For that matter compare it against the theater massacre in Aurora, CO. So it is time to get real on things like this and keep the eye on the ball. In Florida the Log Cabin Republican organization has an ad out showing the dead Ambassador's body being dragged around Libya. It shows a brain disease on the part of the Republicans to be attempting to make such hay on a minor unfortunate incident.

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Response to honeymaid4 (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:07 PM

5. I have a couple for you, how abut these for disrespectful, ignorant and arrogant things?

"You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror."

"Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." --discussing the Iraq war with Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson in 2003, as quoted by Robertson

"This is an impressive crowd -- the haves and the have mores. Some people call you the elite -- I call you my base."

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."

"Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter." --in parting words to world leaders at his final G-8 Summit, punching the air and grinning widely as those present looked on in shock, Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."

"You work three jobs? ... Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." -

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

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