Maureen Dowd or Rich Lowry? “[Susan] Rice should have been wary of a White House staff with a tendency to gild the lily, with her pal Valerie Jarrett and other staffers zealous about casting the president in a more flattering light, like national security officials filigreeing the story of the raid on Osama to say Bin Laden fought back. Did administration officials foolishly assume that if affiliates of Al Qaeda were to blame, it would dilute the credit the president got for decimating Al Qaeda? Were aides overeager to keep Mitt Romney, who had stumbled after the Benghazi attack by accusing the president of appeasing Islamic extremists, on the defensive?”
The Weekly Standard or the Nation? “Advice to the GOP: Fold.”
The New York Times or the New York Post? “Mr. Obama’s reluctance to put American forces on the ground during the fight, and his decision to keep America’s diplomatic and C.I.A. presence minimal in post-Qaddafi Libya, may have helped lead the United States to miss signals and get caught unaware in the attack on the American mission in Benghazi. Military forces were too far from Libya’s shores during the Sept. 11 attack to intervene.”
Henry Kissinger or Paul Wolfowitz? “The time available for a diplomatic outcome shrinks in direct proportion as the Iranian enrichment capacity grows and a military nuclear capacity approaches. The diplomatic process must therefore be brought to a point of decision. The P5+1 or the United States unilaterally must put forward a precise program to curtail Iranian enrichment with specific time limits.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker or Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)? In response to question whether the GOP needs “to rethink” its views on the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S.: “Oh, I think we need to find a way to move forward on this. I think we want more people who want to live the American dream. I mean, this country is based on immigrants. We’ve got to find a way to welcome all of our immigrants in, all those who want to live that piece of the American dream.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) or Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)? “As of mid-August, we know that Ambassador Stevens was very unhappy with the level of security. And we’ve seen that testimony. We also know that some improvements were made to the annex. I believe that the security aspect of this is one of the biggest things. I went through hundreds of threat warnings, threat warning, after threat warning, after threat warning over the last six months. And also the prior events that had taken place. There is no question that Benghazi was one of the most difficult places. It should have had much better security, and no one should believe that these militias who were unarmed, who were stationed in front of his security are going do anything other than run when they see people approaching them with guns.”
Reporters Without Borders or the Muslim Brotherhood? “Even though the outlets targeted are linked to Hamas, it does not legitimize the attacks. Attacks against civilian targets constitute war crimes.” (And they are wrong on the international law, by the way.)