More evidence mounts that the attack on the US embassy in Lybia on Sept. 11, 2012, and assassination of the US ambassador and three other Americans was a deliberate terrorist attack. In response, Democratic National Committee Chair claimed on CNN with Piers Morgan yesterday that initial Obama administration statements citing a YouTube video as the cause of the violence were wrong, but not intentionally so, which means they were not technically false.
Even CNN’s Piers Morgan disagreed.
Watch or read Charles Krauthammer’s take here. Key graph: “They’re trying to sell extremism and they’re trying to sell all of this at a time when they know it isn’t true.” Via ABC News: “There was no mob….This is significantly different than what we were told.”
These revelations will change the face of an already-shifting US Presidential election, especially with the Vice-Presidential debate taking place tonight. If it doesn’t come up on it’s own, Paul Ryan would be negligent not to raise it. Either US intelligence was so discombobulated that the President really didn’t know that the event was a coordinated terrorist attack, or the Administration, including the President himself, knowingly misled the American people.
Words have meaning because God gave them meaning — and power. Wrong means false. I am wrong when I speak something that is false. Whether I intend to make wrong/false statements is a separate matter. The DNC — and President Obama — should just admit what seems now an obvious error and move forward. Otherwise, he’ll almost certainly hear those most dreaded words, “What did the President know and when did he know it?” repeatedly between now and Election Day.
If it turns out the President knew before jetting off to his Hollywood fundraiser that night or when he addressed the UN, he has more than a small problem. Maybe that’s what distracted him during the previous debate.
The Biblical call is to let our yes be yes and our no be no. When mistakes are made, the Biblical paradigm is confession and repentance (1 John 1:9), not cover-up and wordplay. Remember how deception worked out for Samson? Not good. A lot of people ended up hurt or worse. God rewards leaders who speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). For the good of the country, let’s hear the truth.
Truth matters. With people of low integrity, words are always the first things to go, but, unfortunately, never the last. Here’s hoping the DNC chair recognizes that and all involved speak truthfully going forward.