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Updated on October 13, 2012

It was being done even in the U.S. Congress.

The reasoning of Mitt Romney and many Republicans is different from that of a large number of people in the nation, with respect to the attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Although, the State Department has finally admitted that the incident was a terrorist attack by a splinter group affiliated to al Qaeda, the notorious terror organization, which had Bin Laden as its leader before he was killed by U.S. Navy Seals in a compound in Pakistan last year.

Yet, the news of the attack in Benghazi came at the same time as that of the demonstration on the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, which had started spontaneously by Muslim extremists reacting to a video desecrating Mohammad on the Internet. Therefore, there was no way for even the Intelligence community to separate the two incidents.

In other words, it was hard to tell, whether the attack on the Benghazi consulate was part of the demonstration at first, as they both had Muslim extremists involvement, and to think that one was waged separately from the other was rather impossible.

The Benghazi attack was later on discovered as being a terror attack by itself, after reports that assault weapons had been used and that the compound was on fire.

It was then that another report came out that some U.S. embassy personnel have been killed; which eventually turned out to be Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador in Libya, plus three other diplomatic employees.

Now, this tragic incident of the loss of four excellent Americans, has become politicized by Romney and the Republicans, and saying categorically that the attack was not "spontaneous", or that it was not connected to any kind of demonstration.

Nevertheless, let us assume that it was true as Romney and his friends were claiming, but it also could not have been very clear to anyone that the two (incidents) were not the same type of action, when both the Benghazi attack and the demonstration in Cairo were happening almost simultaneously. The news about them were mixed and therefore confusing.

It would take some time and a preliminary investigation by both the U.S. and the Libyan authorities in the first few days to know exactly what really took place. Therefore, any delay in putting out the right information on the assault and the demonstration was due to the initial investigation that has to be conducted and nothing else.

Even the media focused on the Mohammad video as the cause of the Benghazi attack for a while, with all the demonstrations that were going on around the world, by Muslims showing their outrage for the disrespect that has been shown to their leader, as well as to their faith.

It was, therefore, not surprising that Ms. Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, went on a tour of several TV stations in New York, the Sunday after the incidents, and said that the "attack" has been initiated by the video, and that it has been part of the numerous demonstrations going on in the Muslim world. She said so, owing to the fact that an investigation by the intelligence community and other entities was still in progress.

That was the information she had at that time, and so, she could not have said that the Benghazi incident was a coordinated or a planned attack by al Qaeda or a branch of that or indeed any other terror group, to be exact.

Romney would not have it any other way, but to insist that the Obama administration knew about what was going on from the very start, that the Benghazi attack was not "spontaneous" and from the initial report, it was done by terrorists; and therefore, the administration was "hiding something from the American people." However the "how" and "why" the administration would do so was missing from the theory he and other Republicans were pushing on their fellow Americans.

Though, they wanted others to swallow their way of thinking, "line, hook and sinker", they did not have any evidence to back it up; but just because as their candidate, Romney, was running against President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, to inject such a hot foreign policy controversy into the ongoing political campaign would help his candidacy.

That was how selfish and depraved some politicians were; and that they would put their personal interests before that of the U.S., for reasons best known to themselves. They were anxious to shove aside the "video" issue for their own "story" to take center stage in the news; making the demonstrations that were going on around the world to look as if they never happened; though, many Muslims had also died in those demonstrations.

If that was not an asinine and an unscrupulous attitude on their part, nothing else could be characterized as such. More so, they were only showing no other than contempt toward the "political system", and, particularly, the forth coming U.S. election, as well as toward their fellow citizens, as nobody would ever understand why they were turning a straight forward matter about the demise of four young Americans in a foreign land into something so complicating for political gains.

That was how many people saw it; and the real shame of it all was that Rep. Darrell Issa's U.S. House Oversight Committee was participating in it; however, it was something that could turn into a big scandal for his party, the Republican Party.

The Obama administration, nonetheless, has vowed to bring the perpetrators of the Benghazi attack to justice, with the cooperation of the Libyan authorities, of course.

That was a better piece of news than the unnecessary wrangling going on in the country right now.


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      6 years ago

      Hi Jean Bakula,

      Thank you so much. You hit the nail right on the head; Mitt Romney's head.

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      Jean Bakula 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      It was still not wise for Romney to possibly jeapordize more lives by calling a press conference to bash the President, while the facts were still not either figured our or released to the public. He overstepped his bounds, endangering people with no concerns for them, to give himself a boost in the ratings. He only looked like a fool.

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      6 years ago

      Hi American View,

      I saw Ms. Lamb giving her testimony; but she did not pass the information to anyone of the Benghazi attack being separate from the demonstration in Cairo, Egypt.

      Demonstrations were going on all over the Muslim world, due to the Mohammad movie, and all the news reports coming out of the affected areas were blurred or overlapped.

      In other words, she could not decipher one occurrence from another; and for that reason, her testimony was not wholly welcomed by the lawmakers.

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      American View 

      6 years ago from Plano, Texas

      A few facts corrections, the protest in Cairo started 5 hours before the attack in Benghazi. It was all part of an overall plan. Also, you need to go to and watch the testimony that was given. It appears Ms. Lamb, Assistant director in the State Department was working when it all started. She followed it "in real time". It is painfully obvious that the State Department knew and did not need to rely on the Intelligence community for information.

    • FitnezzJim profile image


      6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Folks who are part of the government knew, and tried to relay the information. As usual, the information did not get relayed in a timely fashion to the folks who would be asked to speak on the topic. My opinion is that it is an effect of campaign season combined with the size of the Bureaucracy. Chain of Command in an actively Campaigning Bureaucracy remains an ineffective methodology for timely communications. That will always be that way no matter which partisan group is in power.

      We have an Internet, the Bureaucracy is choosing not to use it.


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