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Bryan Preston


October 26, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Wrap your mind around this comment, which President Obama offered in a radio interview with a supporter today:

President Obama today said that he had not been aware of the requests for additional security made by security officials in Libya before the deadly attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Benghazi.

“I was not personally aware of any request,” the president told radio host Michael Smerconish. ”We have an infrastructure set up to manage requests like that but we’re going to find out what happened. Ultimately though any time there is a death of an American overseas I want to find out what happened because my most important job as President is to keep the American people safe.”

Obama wasn’t aware of specific requests, fine. How about beefing up security at a consulate in a war zone proactively? Did that ever occur to him.

Then there’s this: “Ultimately though any time there is a death of an American overseas I want to find out what happened…”

What about Americans killed here at home? Nidal Hassan killed 13 Americans at Ft. Hood. President Obama’s government labeled that terrorist attack an incidence of “workplace violence” rather than admit that it was an act of terrorism committed on a huge military base on US soil.

And then there’s this:

The president said that his preference for the killers of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the other three Americans would be to “bring them to justice” rather than to kill them. ” My efforts will be to see if we can roll up these networks who do harm to Americans anywhere in the world,” he said.

This is a welcome change of attitude from the president best known for killing terrorist suspects with drone strikes. While killing them eventually is fine, capturing them first leads to gathering information that they know or have in their possession. However, capturing them opens Obama up to having to keep them somewhere. Would he place them in Gitmo, the terrorist prison he declared he would close years ago, but which is still open? Or would he keep them in those black CIA sites that his base rails against? Or would he bring them into the United States and hold them in civilian prisons, where civilian judges have jurisdiction and can even release them?

After that, Obama said this, regarding why his administration blamed a movie when it had evidence in hand that it was a terrorist attack.

“What’s true is that the intelligence was coming in and evolving as more information came up,” the president replied. “And what is true, and this is something that the American people can take to the bank -is that my administration plays this stuff straight; we don’t play politics when it comes to American national security.”

He continued, saying that what “we have recently done throughout my presidency and what we did in this circumstance is as information came in we gave it to the American people and as we got new information we gave that to the American people. And that includes by the way members of American Congress, so one of the things that always frustrates me about this town is when people go out there and try to politicize issues despite knowing that we have given them all this information.”

Surely he doesn’t even believe that. It’s about a million miles from what actually happened.

President Obama then went on to criticize Mitt Romney for his 9-11-12 statement (while Obama was silent), and call Romney a liar.

Really. The president who is currently holding an American citizen as a political prisoner and who has yet to tell the truth about Romney’s alleged $5 trillion tax cut, sequestration, and just about everything else, called Mitt Romney a liar.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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