Noonan: Benghazi Was All About Politicization for White House

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Friday, 10 May 2013 01:40 PM

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The crux of the Benghazi scandal is political, says Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan.

"The Obama White House sees every event as a political event," she writes. "Really, every event, even an attack on a consulate and the killing of an ambassador. Because of that, it could not tolerate the idea that the armed assault on the Benghazi consulate was a premeditated act of Islamist terrorism."

An act of terrorism would carry negative implications for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and perhaps require military action. "They wanted this problem to go away, or at least to bleed the meaning from it," Noonan says.

"Because the White House could not tolerate the idea of Benghazi as a planned and deliberate terrorist assault, it had to be made into something else. So they said it was a spontaneous street demonstration over an anti-Muhammad YouTube video made by a nutty California con man."

This gave the Obama administration an out on military action. "If what happened in Benghazi was not a planned and prolonged terrorist assault, if it was merely a street demonstration gone bad, the administration could not take military action to protect Americans there," Noonan writes in The Wall Street Journal.

And then there was the election campaign. "Why couldn't the administration tolerate the idea that Benghazi was a planned terrorist event? Because they didn't want this attack dominating the headline with an election coming."

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