Or actually, it is a disaster, but not exactly in the way Gardiner meant.
Nile Gardiner is a Washington-based British conservative pundit with foreign policy advisor experience, and in an article in the Telegraph headlined “The White House’s Benghazi bungling is proving a disaster” he writes that the Obama “administration is already struggling with a huge credibility problem on the Benghazi front.” In line with this argument, he points out that White House press secretary Jay Carney said, in response to questioning by Major Garrett:
…that Obama “is not particularly concerned” whether Susan Rice misled the American people in a series of talk show interviews following the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other US personnel in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11…Carney’s response, as the president’s official spokesman is extraordinarily dismissive of the concerns of the American people as well as the United States Congress, and is representative of the administration’s shambolic handling of the Benghazi attack…
The lack of clarity from the White House on Benghazi is proving a disaster for the Obama administration, giving every impression that it is lacking in transparency, competence and accountability. During the second presidential election debate, Barack Obama promised to take responsibility for what happened. It is time for him to do so…
These words from Gardiner, which would make perfect sense in an ordinary world (or for any Republican president, or even many Democratic presidents in the past), simply do not apply to Obamaworld. The American people do not seem to be “concerned,” either, not at all. Major Garrett can ask all the questions he wants (and this one was actually pretty good, as you’ll see when you watch the video), but few people except us blogophiles on the right are listening, and Carney and Obama have learned that simply thumbing their noses at the American people is an excellent way to get the people to shrug:
I discovered this myself a few days after the election, when I had dinner with an old friend who is an intelligent, moderate, non-leftist Democrat with some conservative tendencies. This friend just didn’t care about Benghazi or the administration’s handling of it, didn’t know the details and was cynically dismissive of the topic because “all politicians lie.”
Well, they surely do—but not this brazenly, because most politicians at least have the fear of being called to account by the media and then the American people. I thought Mitt Romney should have pressed this much more in the third debate, but I also understood why he did not: it probably would have been perceived as beating a dead horse.
Actually, though, I’m surprised that Garrett asked the query at all. But will most members of the press ever get tired of prostituting themselves in the service of Obama? Is there anything about Benghazi that will finally get to them, including the fact that Carney’s answer insulted their intelligence?
So far I think the answer is a resounding “no,” but I would be exceedingly happy to be proven wrong.