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article imageObama criticism 'offensive,' but Benghazi is not Paris

By Michael Krebs     May 19, 2013 in Politics
Washington - Making the Sunday morning press circuits, White House insider Dan Pfeiffer condemned GOP criticisms of President Obama as "offensive" and "absurd," while Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) insisted on a need for greater embassy security.
The Washington DC spin machine went into full froth on the Sunday morning television circuit, with a tale of two narratives spread by Obama insider Dan Pfeiffer and by likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).
Pfeiffer insisted that Republican criticisms on the Internal Revenue Service's insistence on targeting conservative groups, on the Benghazi terrorist strike, and on the Department of Justice's seizure of Associated Press telephone records are "offensive" and "absurd," according to the New York Times.
“There is no question Republicans are trying to make political hay here,” Pfeiffer explained on the matter concerning the Internal Revenue Service. Additionally, on Benghazi, Pfeiffer told Fox News, “There’s a series of conspiracy theories the Republicans have been spinning about this since the night it happened.”
But are these conspiracy theories or shortcomings of an administration spread thin and unwilling to admit its shortcomings?
When asked about whether or not he believed the White House deliberately misled Americans on Benghazi, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) shared his perspectives with CNN, saying, "Well, you know what I think is more important than either that I believe that or that the polls show that is that somebody be held accountable and not so much for the talking points afterwards - I think there was some misdirection and some political nature to the talking points - but I think that's always missed the point that what's most important is somebody made the decision to put an embassy and a consulate in a war-torn country with no host country to guard that embassy or consulate, leaving the guarding and the security up to a militia. That decision alone was a terrible and tragic error and that's what needs to change."
The issue, in Paul's eyes, is one of negligence.
"We shouldn't treat Tripoli and Benghazi like Paris," Paul insisted. "We need to treat it more like Baghdad."
The week ahead is certain to bring more scrutiny, with GOP strategists moving forward with an aggressive press on the White House and the Obama administration and its allies playing defense.
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