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Morning Examiner: Romney hits Obama on Benghazi

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

Today in Lexington, Virginia, at the Virginia Military Institute, Mitt Romney will deliver a major foreign policy address that will increase the pressure on President Obama to come clean on his administration’s cover up of the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. From Romney’s prepared remarks:

The attacks on America last month should not be seen as random acts. They are expressions of a larger struggle that is playing out across the broader Middle East—a region that is now in the midst of the most profound upheaval in a century. And the fault lines of this struggle can be seen clearly in Benghazi itself.

The attack on our Consulate in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012 was likely the work of the same forces that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001. This latest assault cannot be blamed on a reprehensible video insulting Islam, despite the Administration’s attempts to convince us of that for so long. No, as the Administration has finally conceded, these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others, especially women and girls; who are fighting to control much of the Middle East today; and who seek to wage perpetual war on the West.

There are still so many unanswered questions about the Benghazi attack. Why wasn’t the facility better guarded? Why did the Obama administration deny requests for extra security? Why were so many sensitive intelligence materials left vulnerable for so long? Why did Obama administration officials mislead Americans about the cause of the attack?

Obama has never answered any of these questions. Questions that are sure to come up at the next presidential debate, which will be on foreign policy. Can Obama really not hold a press conference to address the Benghazi debacle before the next debate?

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