Christopher Stevens' dad: Libyan ambassador’s death should not be politicized


Mitt Romney and his gang have been going after President Obama for not providing enough security in Libya, trying to gin up anger at the administration to swing a few more votes their way.

Howard Dean assured MSNBC viewers that the Obama administration has been completely honest about Benghazi (he talked to officials "very high up"), and came down hard on Republicans who are using the attack for political gain.

"I am sick of Republicans trying to second guess the president of the United States!" said Dean emphatically to Alex Witt and former RNC chair Michael Steele just now, reminding everyone that when Bush was in office, criticism of President Mission Accomplished was verboten. Howard Dean called Obama's critics "congressional hacks." Gee, ya think?

Team Romney playing politics? Oh come now. When has Candidate Etch A Sketch ever resorted to that kind of thing?

If you answered, "Always," you were right.

And as that Moment of Righteous Dean Indignation was taking place on the Tee Vee Machine, this came to my attention from Bloomberg. Timing is everything:

The father of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed in the attack in Benghazi last month, said his son’s death shouldn’t be politicized in the presidential campaign.

It would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue,” Jan Stevens, 77, said in a telephone interview from his home in Loomis, California, as he prepares for a memorial service for his son next week. [...]

The ambassador’s father, a lawyer, said politicians should await the findings of a formal investigation before making accusations or judgments.

The security matters are being adequately investigated,” Stevens said. “We don’t pretend to be experts in security. It has to be objectively examined. That’s where it belongs. It does not belong in the campaign arena.” Stevens said he has been getting briefings from the State Department on the progress of the investigation.

Mitt Romney, you have an embarrassing history of jumping the gun. You and your surrogates would be wise to shut your pie holes until you have the whole story, not just the one that serves your purpose.


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