So When Does the Investigation Begin?

See, this is the difference in how the press covers Republicans and Democrats.

If George W. Bush were president, you’d be reading bracing articles and urgent commentary about HOW IN THE WORLD could our ambassador to Libya have possibly been killed by these thugs??

Instead of, you know, endless discussion about the timing of his opponent’s criticism.

The talk of course would center on whether on the anniversary of 9/11 there was sufficient security in place to protect our people. This would be supplemented by demands for Congressional investigations. And the press would conduct its very own investigation.

And finally, erudite Middle East scholars would be dragged out of their Ivy League offices to question whether it was such a hot idea in the first place to erase Qaddafi and remove the lid from this tribal hornet’s nest of a country.

That’s why the Obama administration is so insistent on the storyline that these people were protesting the movie that insulted Mohammed, not the the United States.

Because if they were after the United States, then September 11 would not be a coincidence, and someone might wonder if we were fully ready on the day an attack would be most likely to occur. Worse perhaps, a planned attack targeting the United States undermines the legitimacy of President Obama’s neo-appeasement program toward our enemies, who seem to hate us as much as ever despite being flattered by The One.

Is there really anybody that believes, even if this was spontaneous anger, that the fury didn’t contain a significant element of anti-Americanism. I mean, they did kill the American ambassador, not the ambassador from YouTube.

The administration’s storyline is being contradicted from Capitol Hill to Tripoli by suggestions that the military operation that killed our ambassador was in fact pre-planned.

So now the administration’s tale is changing a little bit, with UN Ambassador Susan Rice saying today that although better organized types may have joined the fray, they were spurred to so only after spontaneous protests had begun.

Even if somehow it is a coincidence that the attacks occurred on Sept. 11, beefed up security for that day might have serendipitously prevented the deaths.

Even if the killers meant to attack the French Consulate, someone needs to probe whether, in a hostile region in disarray, the United States was sufficiently on alert to danger.


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Award winning journalist Keith Koffler has 16 years of experience covering Washington. As a reporter for CongressDaily, National Journal magazine, and Roll Call, Keith wrote primarily from the White House, covering three presidents and learning as few have the intricacies of the West Wing and the behavior and motivations of its occupants. While mainly stationed at the White House, he also extensively covered Congress and Washington’s lobbyists. Keith has also written for a variety of other publications, including Politico, The Daily Caller, and The London Observer. He currently writes regular opinion columns for Politico. He blogs at

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