Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski snagged an interview with President Obama over the weekend, and they asked him about the Benghazi debacle. Two things are notable about this exchange.
First, Joe and Mika only asked two questions, and they were both softballs. Here they are:
Mika: Why has it been so easy for critics to say the administration does not have its story straight on Benghazi?
Joe: Was it the intel community giving you bad information early? The stories keep changing.
The first question focuses not on Benghazi but on critics. It’s a setup for the President to dismiss his critics as merely trying to politicize the issue. The second question is a setup for the President to blame someone else for the failures. Neither of these questions really gets to the real issue. Did you refuse the requests for military support during the attack? Were you in the situation room? What did you know and when did you know it?
Second, the President asserted for a second time that he is offended by those who question his handling on the attacks. In his own words,
But I do take offense, as I’ve said during one of the debates, with some suggestion that, you know, in any way we haven’t tried to make sure that the American people knew as information was coming in what we believed happened.
This is really astonishing. He’s offended that people have questioned his account of what happened in Benghazi? He first blamed the attack on a video, and then nearly a month later acknowledged that it was a terrorist attack. Since then, it has come out that requests for security were denied before the attack and requests for help during the attack were also denied. There are four dead Americans and a bungled response from the Obama administration.
I think the last thing anyone needs to worry about is whether or not the President is offended. The president needs to give an account of his part in what happened that day, and he still hasn’t done it.