…and the plot thickens: Rep. King: “Petraeus said CIA’s Talking Points Were Edited to Play Down Terrorism”
http://m.weeklystandard.com/blogs/romney-passed-test_657193.html Check out Fred Barnes analysis of the debate. I believe it captures the core of not only Romney’s strategy, but demonstrates how desperate Obama has become.
In her blog addressing the status of the race, Jennifer Rubin discusses how the remarkable debate performance has swung the race’s momentum decisively in Romney’s direction.
The reasons for this are twofold, and given the current and developing mess in Lybia, Obama’s perceived strength in foreign policy may be under attack as well.
First: the debate showed that Gov. Romney wasn’t the scary, heartless capitalist that Obama’s campaign had painted him as. Rather, he looked like a rational, clear eyed alternative. This lit a fire within the base and defused the negative attacks that had been the centerpiece of Obama’s ad campaign throughout the summer.
Second, (and this may prove a festering problem for the Obama as the campaign rolls on) is that the intelligence community was thrown under the proverbial bus by Joe Biden at the last debate. There is a distinct probability that there starts to be a drip, drip, drip of damaging information for the administration in the coming weeks. Don’t be surprised if something especially damaging the days leading up to the final debate on foreign policy. In fact, this might be within one of these leaks that we find the true October surprise. (This is of course leaks shouldn’t happen, as it is bad for the country, but they do happen nonetheless.)
Obama's story on Lybia continues to unravel. Here's a key part of the grilling:
I would like to have another hearing where we can ask Ambassador Rice under oath who told you what, when. If you’re going to blame the intelligence community, you come before this committee and you tell us who told you it was a video! Who in the intelligence community said it? Who in the diplomatic community blamed this on a video?
Mr. Chairman, the American people are reasonable. People understand investigations take time. People don’t expect you to speculate until you have all the facts. What they will not forgive, Mr. Chairman, is being misled. We want our questions answered and I want them answered by the people that went before the American people and sought to mislead them by blaming this on a video when there is no evidence, concrete or otherwise, to support the assertions made by this administration.
According to ABC news , there were no protests outside the embassy in Benghazi, Libya. The administration reported on the outset of this tragedy, that there was a crescendo of protests, stemming from a video posted on YouTube by an obscure filmmaker in the United States. These protests built up, and eventually spilled over into violence, which resulted in the death of the ambassador. Clearly, that is a fiction.
Washington Free Beacon follows this up, as does CBS:
Krauthammer: Obama Is Uncomfortable With The Presence, Rightness And Justice Of American Preeminence
See video of speech here: