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Shameful: Obama's Benghazi dishonesty
President Obama took the low road on Monday and tried to use U.S. diplomats serving overseas as human shields in what is becoming an intense barrage of questions about how his administration handled the Benghazi attacks of last year and their aftermath.
At a press conference, he deployed his long-standing three-part system for deflecting criticism. Part 1: All criticism of me is a distraction: "The whole issue of talking points, frankly, throughout this process has been a sideshow."
Part 2: All criticism of me is rooted in partisanship: "The fact that this keeps on getting churned out frankly has a lot to do with political motivations."
Part 3: Shame them into changing the subject: "We are making sure we do everything we can to prevent it, in part because there are still diplomats around the world who are in very dangerous, difficult situations. And we don't have time to be playing these kinds of political games here in Washington. We should be focused on what are we doing to protect them.... We dishonor them when we turn things like these into a political circus."
This is shameful. We owe it to the four American victims in Benghazi and all Americans serving overseas to discover the truth about those fatal attacks and why the administration willfully and methodically misled the people about them. The administration dishonored them by not telling the truth from the outset, and it dishonors them further by using them and their fellow public servants in a dishonest attempt to prevent the media and Congress from revealing the truth.
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