Excuses or Admissions?
I have been reading about the Congressional hearings investigating the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
Some of the excuses for not protecting the ambassador and three others who were murdered in the terrorist attack seem to me to be admissions of fault.
For example, we are told that it would take something like nine hours for U.S. military planes to come to the rescue. Really?
Why? Was the State Department under the impression that Libya is not a high risk assignment for the ambassador despite the presence of terrorists there?
Why? Was the U.S. military under the impression that the ambassador to Germany was more in need of protection?
If the attack came from a spontaneous mob rather than terrorists who planned it for September 11th, is that somehow more excusable? Isn’t it still a terrorist attack on an embassy located in a country known to be dangerous for Americans?
If you say that your dog ate your homework, does that excuse you from doing it or does it mean you were not careful with your papers when you knew they were due to be turned in on that day?
Teacher: “Son, are you saying that you did not know your homework was due to be turned in today?”
Student: “No. I knew it was due, but my dog ate it.”
Teacher: “Did you not know that you had a dog?”
Student: “Well, I thought my baby sister ate it at first, but then I found out it was my dog that ate it.”
Teacher: “Huh? Did you think that if your sister ate your homework that is somehow more surprising and more acceptable and makes you less accountable than if your dog ate it?”
Isn’t it as embarrassing for the administration to feign surprise as its excuse as it would be to admit the vulnerable situation in which it placed Americans in Libya? Does it matter if a mob attacked or terrorists attacked? Isn’t either a terrorist attack?
To me, it is a Catch 22 situation. The excuses are as bad as admissions, but at least admissions accept responsibility. Accountability is important for government leaders or they lose credibility.
God help America.
Student: “I did not do my homework. I threw my assignment notebook to the dog and he buried it. Without the notebook, I don’t even know what the assignment for today was. I will accept the failing grade for the paper not turned in.”
Government: “We did not protect the embassy. We knew it was endangered by terrorists. Military protection was either not available or just not implemented. We regret that this was handled so poorly and apologize to the families of those who were murdered in Benghazi.”