Darrell Issa is one of the more buffoonish members of the House (which is saying a lot). He’s never met an issue he couldn’t demagogue and he’s really pushing the Benghazi story in an attempt to damage Obama. Listen to his latest argument about this:
In the day following the Benghazi attacks, Obama appeared at the White House Rose Garden alongside then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In his remarks, Obama referred to the incident as an “act of terror” and used the phrase again at a campaign rally the day after in Denver, CO. “I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished,” he said.
But Issa claimed that Obama relied on the “act of terror” formulation to dissuade Americans from thinking it was a terror attack, thus improving his chances of re-election.
“The president sent a letter to the President of Libya where he didn’t call it a terrorist attack even when at the time the President of Libya was calling it pre-planned Sept. 11 terrorist attack,” Issa told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. “The words that are being used carefully — like you just said, ‘act of terror’ — an ‘act of terror’ is different than a ‘terrorist attack.’ The truth is, this was a terrorist attack, this had Al Qaeda at it.”
Really? That’s all you’ve got? Then you’ve got nothing. There are legitimate questions about what happened in Benghazi, I think, including why the request for more security was not granted. Given the location of that facility, it should have been given heightened security over other facilities. But this is just pure demagoguery.
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