Oct 22, 2012 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from Beltway Confidential: President Obama’s deputy campaign manager denied today that the September 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, during which the U.S. Ambassador to Libya was killed, amounted to a ‘foreign policy failure’ for her boss.
“Will the president concede this was a foreign policy failure?” NBC’s Willie Geist asked Stephanie Cutter this morning in anticipation of the debate tonight.
“No,” Cutter replied. “We live in a dangerous world. Any time American lives are lost, it’s a terrible tragedy. And the president acted quickly to make sure that every other embassy was protected, we’re getting to the bottom of it, and we need to work this investigation through. It’s really important that we not politicize this process.”The investigation to which Cutter alluded — especially the State Department’s Accountability Review Board — will not be completed until after the election.
Cutter’s attempt to distance the attack from Obama’s foreign policy comports with Obama’s public commentary on the attack since it took place.
The day after the assault, the president suggested that Stevens and the three other murdered Americans died because of a protest against an anti-Islam Youtube video that, his story suggested, had turned violent.