An American Ambassador and three American security guards were butchered, anti-American riots broke out across the Middle East, a U.S. Embassy both before and after being stormed issued apologies for the exercise of our constitutional rights, our Secretary of State practically prostrated herself, the President had a good night’s sleep through it all and then went to Vegas for a fundraiser, and Mitt Romney commented intelligently on the absurdity of it all.
So on whom did the media collectively and in unison lash out? Mitt Romney.
Kirsten Powers had it 100% correct, the media went insane, stark raving lunatic mad (via Gateway Pundit):
With each passing hour the correctness of Romney’s statements, and dereliction of duty of our media, becomes more clear.
Via Drudge, this story from The Independent, Exclusive: America ‘was warned of embassy attack but did nothing’:
The killings of the US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were likely to have been the result of a serious and continuing security breach, The Independent can reveal….
The US administration is now facing a crisis in Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the “safe house” in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed “safe”.
Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.
According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.
The U.S. media should be all over the failure to protect our diplomats in the Middle East on September 11 of all days. Yet all we received was collusion at Romney’s press conference and snide high-fiving at how successful they were at keeping the focus off of Obama’s failures.
Our position in the Middle East never has been as bad as it is today, at least not in my lifetime. The threat to Israel never has been greater.
And our media never has been as complicit as it is now.
Update: The Obama administration has offered a Clintonian denial that it had “actional intelligence,” which is a non-denial in reality, as pointed out by John Hinderaker:
Of course, the Independent story didn’t say that the Obama administration had “actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.” It said that “the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted,” but did nothing to step up security. The administration’s denial does not contradict the Independent’s statement, and the fact that the denial is phrased so narrowly suggests that the Independent’s report is, in fact, accurate.
Remember how the media has treated non-specific warnings of an attack in the months leading up to 9/11? Bush should have figured it out, they demanded in hindsight. Let’s see if that standard is applied to Obama.