It's Day 20 for the Benghazi CSI-team hostage crisis. That's how long an
It is perhaps not accidental that the State Department cites the need to complete the investigation as an excuse to stay silent on the whole matter. "You're not going to hear anything from here unless my guidance changes…," explained Victoria Nuland, the State Department spokeswoman. "When we open a criminal investigation in the United States, generally, we don't brief out in pieces until the investigation is complete so we don't prejudice the outcome. I have to respect their process, obviously."
That's helpful for an administration that doesn't want to say anything about terrorism or the Middle East other than "
"There's a chance we never make it in there," a source described as "a senior law enforcement official" told
"Never" may be unacceptable even to this
Unfortunately, the rest of the administration's PR operation isn't going nearly as well. It is not clear whether U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice lied or made a fool of herself — and the administration — when she blamed a
On a slew of Sunday shows on Sept. 16, Rice said the two former Navy SEALs who were also killed were providing security. Former Navy SEAL bodyguards do not die in safe houses far from those they're protecting, just as spontaneous mobs do not orchestrate a sophisticated ground assault complete with rocket-propelled grenades.
The Libya follies are merely the most visible flashpoint of the larger unraveling of the Obama administration's foreign policy. The U.S.-Israel relationship has become a bad soap opera. Afghanistan is slipping away, as our troops are being killed by the men they're supposed to be training for the handover. Egypt is now run by the Muslim Brotherhood. Russia casually mocks and defies us. China is rapidly replacing us as an Asian hegemon and rattling sabers at our ally Japan.
Most troubling, as Fred and Kimberly Kagan document in the current issue of National Review,
Meanwhile, note the Kagans (who helped craft the Iraq "surge" strategy), Iraqi airspace has become a "critical lifeline for the vicious regime of
They also note that Iraq has become an essential pathway for
There's a dark irony to all of this. At least until the
The quiet yet massive increase in drone-strike killings, the reluctance to support democratic regime-change in Iran, saying yes to the Afghan surge while insisting on an expiration date, his unwillingness to push for a continued presence in Iraq, his capitulation to Bush policies on
But making problems easy to ignore isn't the same as solving them. How fitting then that the game of kick-the-can faltered just five weeks from election day.