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What’s the big deal about Benghazi, anyway?

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Come on, you guys. It’s only an American ambassador and three other Americans who served their country, murdered by Islamic terrorists on the anniversary of 9/11. In a country our president invaded unilaterally and, arguably, illegally.

And our government only ignored the copious warnings of an impending terrorist attack on the consulate in Benghazi, and actually reduced security there, despite the since-murdered ambassador’s entreaties.

And our president has only been lying about it for over a month because it reflects very badly on his self-evidently disastrous foreign policy.

It’s not like it was a hotel break-in.

Don’t worry, though. Justice is being served. NYT:

Suspect in Libya Attack, in Plain Sight, Scoffs at U.S.

BENGHAZI, Libya — Witnesses and the authorities have called Ahmed Abu Khattala one of the ringleaders of the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission here. But just days after President Obama reasserted his vow to bring those responsible to justice, Mr. Abu Khattala spent two leisurely hours on Thursday evening at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments.

Libya’s fledgling national army is a “national chicken,” Mr. Abu Khattala said, using an Arabic rhyme. Asked who should take responsibility for apprehending the mission’s attackers, he smirked at the idea that the weak Libyan government could possibly do it. And he accused the leaders of the United States of “playing with the emotions of the American people” and “using the consulate attack just to gather votes for their elections…”

Although Mr. Abu Khattala said he was not a member of Al Qaeda, he declared he would be proud to be associated with Al Qaeda’s puritanical zeal for Islamic law. And he said that the United States had its own foreign policy to blame for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “Why is the United States always trying to impose its ideology on everyone else?” he asked. “Why is it always trying to use force to implement its agendas?”

I blame George Bush.

Hey, did you hear Obama killed Bin Laden?

Update: “Here’s what I’ll say: If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.”

Update: I believe that children are our future. Unfortunately.

You can’t really blame them for their ignorance, though. The news has been doing its best to keep the truth from them. After all, how does it help Obama?

Update: CIA linked Benghazi attack to “militants” in first 24 hours. Which is why Obama blamed it on a YouTube video made by a guy who has since been thrown in jail.

Update: Not only did Obama talk to Jon Stewart yesterday, but he also chatted with Colby Colb from Z107.9 in Cleveland. They talked about his friendship with Jay-Z and all the other reasons Obama is awesome. So he’s not afraid of hard-hitting interviews with the press.

Update: As Bryan Preston points out, the NYT is leaving no stone unturned in its search for the truth.

Correction: October 19, 2012

An earlier version of this article described incorrectly a beverage that Ahmed Abu Khattala was drinking at a hotel in Benghazi, Libya. It was a strawberry frappe, not mango juice, which is what he had ordered.

Update: According to Charles Krauthammer, the most important moment of Tuesday’s debate was when Obama feigned outrage that Romney would point out his lies about Benghazi to his face.

Jim Treacher