Thursday, October 18, 2012

The President Said " Acts of Terror" in a Lawyerly Weasel Kind of Way

I waited a day for the dust to settle so to speak before I decided to write on the Libya debate question kerfuffle.  

This is the statement that President Obama said in the Rose Garden the day after the Benghazi attack: 

"No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for."

At the beginning of his speech the President condemns the attack calling it "outrageous" and "shocking".  Then a few lines later he goes on to call the attack "senseless" and "brutal".  Then later on his speech Obama talks about the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  It is after this part of the speech when he states "acts of terror".  Nowhere in his speech did he specifically label the attack on Benghazi as an act of terror.  It is not far off that one make an inference and conclude that when he stated "acts of terror" he was including the attack on Benghazi in that generalized statement since in his speech he was talking about the attack on Benghazi.  But Obama did not specifically call out the Benghazi attack as "terrorism" or "an act of terror".  Obama used the words "acts of terror" in a lawyerly weasel kind of way giving himself wiggle room so later on he could either claim yes I did call the Benghazi attack an act of terror if it did turn out to be a terrorist attack or deny it if the attack didn't turn out to be an act of terrorism.  I would call this political CYA. 

Here are some other opinions on the tenuously heated exchange: 

Politico's Dylan Byers: "After the debate, even Crowley seemed to acknowledge that she had erred."
Even Politico's Mike Allen is questioning Crowley's call.
 Even Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler says Crowley got it wrong: Obama "did not say terrorism."

Candy Crowley did admit both during the debate and in an interview with Anderson Cooper afterward that Mitt Romney 's main point was correct.  The Obama administration went around for almost two weeks claiming that the attacks happened because of some obscure movie trailer on Islam which was posted on YouTube when it was in fact a planned attack which happened on the anniversary of 9/11.  Obama and the rest of his team consistently blamed the YouTube video for causing a spontanious uprising and it wasn't until about two weeks after the attack on Benghazi that the Obama administration admitted that the killing of our U.S. ambassador in Libya along with three other Americans was in fact an act of terrorism. 

In the context of a debate a moderator's job is to monitor the minutes a candidate speaks, tell them time's up, keep the debate moving, to ask the questions, and could be to try and make sure the candidates actually answer the question that was asked.  But it is not in the moderator's purview to make declarative statements as to what is true or false during the debate. She is not supposed to be a "fact checker".  But after listening to her explanation yesterday as to why she reacted the way she did I can sympathize with her feeling like she was dealing with two children who demanded to know who was right. But I still think the correct response would have been to say we will look up the transcript to see who is right and post it on our website later on. 


Randy-g said...

Obama is a weasel, Candy is a weasel, most of the media are weasels...I feel sorry for weasels after that debate.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Of course Mitt was right.

Bunkerville said...

You lost me on this one. But you made a good effort!

cube said...

Why did Candy have a transcript of the Rose Garden speech at the ready and how in the world did Obama know it so he could ask her to check the transcript?

Bunkerville said...

It is confirmed that candy and her staff selected the questions. Her staff? How's many knew and who told Obama.

Opinionated Me said...

I think that we’ve beaten that Dead Horse Candy what’s her face enough and more than enough has been written about her improper and inaccurate “fact-checking” of answers regarding Libya during the debate. But now we have to get down and wirk hard to help defeat that CLOWN in the Oval Office. Crowley helped us indeed, by her stupidity and her placating to the Liar in Chief. Now we have to get behind Mitt Romney and put that final nail in the coffin.
My prediction is Romney 55% to Obama's 45%, Lets make it happen!
But lets remember, these lying Liberal bastards are capable of anything.

Right Wing Theocrat said...

obama is lying on this and anyone with even a bit of brain power would see it.

candy can weasel around anyway she wants to, i don't feel sorry for her or anyone in the media because every time they're pushed or have to make a tough call, they always fall on the left.

She can shove the tripe about dealing with two children, at the end of the day, the country is at stake, the future of your nation and your children is at stake and these people in the media always further the left's agenda.

6 years from now after another couple of trillion has been added to your children's debt, you see how much sympathy you have for these leftist cretins in the media.

The Way I See It said...

How can anyone ignore this?

On September 11, 2012 – the day Stevens and three other Americans were killed – the ambassador signed a three-page cable, labeled “sensitive,” in which he noted “growing problems with security” in Benghazi and “growing frustration” on the part of local residents with Libyan police and security forces. These forces the ambassador characterized as “too weak to keep the country secure.”

In the document, Stevens also cited a meeting he had held two days earlier with local militia commanders. These men boasted to Stevens of exercising “control” over the Libyan Armed Forces, and threatened that if the U.S.-backed candidate for prime minister were to prevail in Libya’s internal political jockeying, “they would not continue to guarantee security in Benghazi.”

Leticia said...

Mitt was interrupted 28 times by Candy and there was a time when Obama knew he was drowning, called out to Candy for help and she interceded.

Not to mention that witch told Romney to sit down, I wonder how that got lost.

rosey said...

Keffufle! Love that opening word. Of course we can all now yell LIAR just like he heard in his address to the Joint Session of Congress.

He will be defeated and big.

Always On Watch said...

Of course Obama said those words like a weasel. Obama is a sh*t weasel. Google the term. I actually exists!