The Dysfunctional Obama Administration
This administration is so dysfunctional that the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Monday night, during the debate, which excuse is President Obama going to use about the Libyan fiasco? It was the video's fault; it was the lack of intelligence; I wanted to wait until I had all the information; or all of the above?
It should be a no brainer for Governor Romney to point out to the President that this administration has made conflicting comments over the last five weeks about the cause of the Libyan attack. The President claimed, as he told the questioner at the Town Hall debate, that he waited two weeks to announce it as an act of terror because he wanted to be deliberate and did not want to provide misinformation.
Romney needs to throw the President's own words back at him. Even the President's right hand does not know what his left hand is doing. Assuming for a moment that the President was correct when he announced to the world in the Rose Garden that the Libyan incident "that this was an act of terror," then why did he later tell the questioner that he waited two weeks to make the announcement?
Looking at this administration's comments, Americans should be able to see the disparities between blaming the video and the terrorists. A few examples: On September 19th Jay Carney, the White House spokesman blamed the attack on the video and said that it was not premeditated. He obviously did not consult with the Director of National Intelligence, Matthew Olson who bluntly said, on that same day, that the four Americans "were killed in the course of a terrorist attack...we are looking at indications that individuals involved in the attack may have had connections to Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda affiliates."
On September 25th the President during his UN speech cited six times "... the video that sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world." Amazingly, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta must not have heard these remarks because he said two days later, "As we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place, it became clear that there were terrorists who planned that attack..."
At the Vice Presidential debate on October 11th Biden blamed the intelligence community because they were the ones who came up with the faulty narrative. Not true, said the CIA station chief in Libya, on October 19th, when he reported to Washington, that within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate, there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob. Unfortunately, the President's own intelligence community could not even agree. Speaking of dysfunctional, on that very same day, October 19th, Clapper and his agency returned to the claim that the attack was due in part to the video, "No one is ruling out the idea that some of the attackers may have aspired to attack the U.S. in Benghazi. However, right now, there isn't any intelligence that the attackers pre-planned their assault days or weeks in advance," the official said. "The bulk of available information supports the early assessment that the attackers launched their assault opportunistically after they learned about the violence at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo."
So which excuse is it today President Obama and who in your administration should the American people believe? If nothing else, the President and his administration should have heeded the words of former Secretary of Defense Gates, to "Shut the f--- up," until they knew the real cause or at least decided on a single excuse. The conclusions to be drawn is that this administration is trying to mislead and confuse the American public, is completely incompetent, and/or is very disorganized and cannot work together. In any case the blame falls squarely on President Obama and this attack shows if nothing else that the President does not know how to be a leader and that he is the head of a very dysfunctional administration.