I see no reason they can’t be both, but if this is the line they’re taking, fine.
Obama administration officials who were in key positions on Sept. 11, 2012 acknowledge that a range of mistakes were made the night of the attacks on the U.S. missions in Benghazi, and in messaging to Congress and the public in the aftermath.
The officials spoke to CBS News in a series of interviews and communications under the condition of anonymity so that they could be more frank in their assessments. They do not all agree on the list of mistakes and it’s important to note that they universally claim that any errors or missteps did not cost lives and reflect “incompetence rather than malice or cover up.” Nonetheless, in the eight months since the attacks, this is the most sweeping and detailed discussion by key players of what might have been done differently.
“We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”
It might be a sign that you’re in trouble when your best line of defense is, “Derrrrrrrrrrrr, we don’ know nuttin’!” This, from the administration that promised to cure all our ills (literally), bring peace to the world after the harrowing nightmare of The Evil George Bush, and generally hand out free lollipops to everybody as they ride by on their unicorns.
Not only did they leave our ambassador to die, after ignoring his warnings, but then they told ridiculous lies about it over his casket. And then lied about those lies. And now they’re lying about the lies about the lies, etc. Eight months later, we still don’t know the whole truth about what happened that night, and why, and who’s responsible. That goes beyond incompetence. That’s a cover-up.
P.S. In sum:
@jtlol “We only used malice to cover up our incompetence.”
— LBroussard (@LBroussard3) May 17, 2013