Defense & National Security

Obama flack Stephanie Cutter: Benghazi’s only a big deal because of Romney and Ryan

Obama flack Stephanie Cutter: Benghazi's only a big deal because of Romney and Ryan
Stephanie Cutter. Photo credit: AP

If you’ve just watched the video of slain Benghazi consulate officer Sean Smith’s mother talking about how the Obama Administration has repeatedly lied to her face, and you want to see just how high your blood pressure can go, watch Obama flack Stephanie Cutter try to dismiss all the controversy over the Libyan attack as a cloud of political static whipped up by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on the campaign trail.

This is a slap in the face to the dead of Benghazi and their families.  It’s an outrageous insult to all of America.  And it’s another reminder of former U.N. ambassador John Bolton’s wisdom in warning that “these people cannot be left alone in the same room with our national security.”

Update: I’ve noticed several sources pointing out that Romney and Ryan have not actually discussed Benghazi very much during their campaign appearances.  That only adds insult to the injury of this emerging Democrat line that asking questions about the incident is fundamentally illegitimate.

In fact, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz actually said that challenging the Obama Administration on this matter is “un-American.”  It comes near the end of an eye-rolling performance in which she tries to tell Piers Morgan of CNN that the Administration never said anything untrue about Benghazi, and has handled the whole situation beautifully.  But then when Morgan asserts that security was inadequate at the time of the consulate attack, she says, “Absolutely.”  I guess that’s Mitt Romney’s fault, too.

Update: Cutter doubles down on Twitter: “Romney has politicized Libya w/no plans of his own. POTUS’ priorities are getting facts & bringing terrorists to justice.”  There are reports Cutter, or someone else in the Obama campaign, is trying to erase this message. [Updated again - looks like the Tweet is still there, and has probably already been screen captured a thousand times already anyway.]

Update: Statement from Romney press secretary Andrea Saul: “President Obama’s campaign today said that Libya is only an issue because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  They’re wrong.  The reason it is an issue is because, for the first time since 1979, an American ambassador was assassinated and President Obama’s foreign policy strategy of ‘leading from behind’ is failing.  This administration has continually misled the American public about what happened in Benghazi and, rather than be truthful about the sequence of events, has instead skirted responsibility and dodged questions.  The American people deserve straight answers about this tragic event and a president who can provide leadership, not excuses.”

Update: If you take Stephanie Cutter seriously, she’s just offered a powerful endorsement of the Romney presidential campaign, because only by keeping Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan around can we get any serious questions asked about deadly foreign policy disasters.

Update: Ace of Spades offers a terrific unpacking of the layers of soulless stupidity crammed into Cutter’s remarks.

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