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Libya questioner not buying Obama’s ‘acts of terror’ defense

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Kerry Ladka, the man who questioned President Obama about Libya during the last debate, thinks that the White House had Ambassador Susan Rice blame the Benghazi attack on the video even though they knew it was a terrorist attack.

“To have the Ambassador to the United Nations going around for the following seven to 10 days and still sticking with this story about some kind of spontaneous demonstration that got out of hand or whatever, I think, was an untruth that they were already aware of,” Ladka said to The Washington Examiner.

“The point is, biding your time before you make a decision is one thing,” he added. “Letting the ambassador to the UN go out and tell a story to the rest of the world that I believe they knew was untrue is another thing.”

Ladka said that Mitt Romney’s charge that Obama was “playing politics” with the attack bears considering, although he stopped short of making the charge himself.

“I will never be quoted as saying I know absolutely that the President was playing politics,” Ladka said to the Examiner. “All I can say is that I think you have to give serious consideration to Mr. Romney’s comments about that, I think he makes a valid point.”

Earlier in the interview, Ladka had said, “I really don’t think politics was being played on either side.” He said that Romney’s point was worth thinking about while discussing the issue of whether the Obama administration was honest with the American people regarding what they knew about the attack.

Obama rebutted Romney’s charge by referring to his September 12 speech at the White House. “I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror,” Obama reminded Romney during the debate.

That speech doesn’t get Obama off the hook, Ladka said. “It was a generic statement,” he explained. “It was just a general ‘acts of terror.’ Well, was this an act of terror? Are you referring to other acts of terror? What specific act of terror are you referring to when you make that statement? I think it was a generic statement made to fit all situations.”

Ladka, who is appearing on Fox News with Great van Susteren after the upcoming Monday debate on foreign policy, said that he’s still undecided.

“The president has a lot of questions to answer on his foreign policy issues, especially where it comes to Israel,” Ladka explained. “There are people out there who perceive the president [as] less appreciative of the Israeli democracy in the Middle East than other presidents are. I think he leans a little bit too much toward the Palestinian side than he does with the Israeli side, and the Israelis have been our friends for a very long time.”

“The president is the first president I’ve known in a long time who seems to equivocate a little bit with his support of the Israeli government,” Ladka added. “And I think that’s an important question that should come up during the debate too: what side does the president really come down on when it comes to the Israelis and their sense of peace and security in the Middle East. So, I think the governor is a bigger supporter of Israel than I think the president seems to be. But, again, we’ll have to hear it from them Monday night.”

 

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