Foreign Policy

Libya, a big deal?

Yesterday, Obama campaign Deputy Manager, Stephanie Cutter made the comment that, “the entire reason the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya was because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.”    The attack that took place against the American consulate in Libya and claimed the lives of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans was a despicable terrorist attack.  The attack has also caused a firestorm of questions and investigations to determine who is at fault, how did this happen, and what can we do now to keep acts like this from happening again.  These have even prompted Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to launch an investigation into the attacks and the administrations handling of it in the days following.

Spokeswoman Cutter’s comment highlights the Administrations inability to handle the situation in Libya in a proper manner.  By targeting Romney and Ryan as the cause for Libya being an issue, Cutter is trying to unsuccessfully shift the focus from the Administration.  Officials have flip flopped their characterization of the attack numerous times over the previous weeks.   The Administration characterized the attack as a protest against a Youtube video that was exploited by certain individuals that wanted to attack the embassy.  As time went on and more was learned about the attack itself and the environment leading up to it, it became apparent that this was much more than an exploited protest but instead an organized terrorist attack.  It took President Obama over two weeks to eventually refer to the attack as a terrorist attack.

The fact is that this is a very serious matter that concerns the well being and lives of Americans and our allies that are working overseas.  It is the duty of the media and our elected officials to find out what actually happened and how we can keep it from happening again.  This issue points out serious weaknesses in President Obama’s foreign policy plans, and his campaign would like nothing more than to have it be forgotten or pass the blame over to Romney.  Instead of redirecting criticism of the Administrations handling of the Libya attack, Cutter’s comment backfired on her in the worst way.