The transcript of last night’s 60 Minutes program about the attack on the U. S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 makes for sobering reading. To my eye CBS’s account comports more closely with those of the administration’s opponents than with the one purveyed by the administration and enormously more than its dismissal by some as insignificant.
The broadcasting of this report comes at an uncomfortable time for the White House, following the furor of the bungled debut of Healthcare.gov, by just about any account an unforced error. As Abraham Lincoln pointed out 150 years ago, you can manage the politics of every issue perfectly but if you don’t handle the issues of governance it will eventually come back to haunt you.
This would be a very good time for the White House to put its head down and devote its energies to the business of governing. I’ll bet a shiny new dime that won’t be the strategy. “My center is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking.”