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We can believe the president on Libya, right?

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Date published: 12/5/2012

SOMETIMES current events seem so complicated that it is difficult to determine what is really going on. Maybe it's because we try too hard to follow the story line as it is reported rather than applying common sense to get at the truth. Consider the Benghazi situation.

When President Obama was asked why there wasn't more security at the Benghazi consulate on Sept. 11 and why there was no apparent effort to answer the ambassador's requests for help from an ongoing terrorist attack, the president said that his administration will not rest until the bad guys are caught. I guess Obama answered those questions satisfactorily, right? Or should we apply common sense?

When the question was being raised about why there was an attack, the administration sent U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to say, on Sept. 16 on five TV shows, that the attack was a spontaneous uprising due to an anti-Islamic video. I guess that makes sense, right?

And then the president said that it was unfair for Republicans to dispute Ms. Rice's account of the attack since she didn't have any familiarity with the subject. OK, sure

During the second presidential debate, Obama made it a matter of record that he said, shortly after the Benghazi assault, that it was a terrorist attack. That makes sense, right? Especially when you consider that the president blamed the video for the attack in his address to the United Nations two weeks after Sept. 11. Oh, and the State Department spent $70,000 to air an ad denouncing the video, "The Innocence of Muslims," that seemingly no one saw.

Vice President Joe Biden said he and the president acted on intelligence that they had received when they called the attack a spontaneous uprising. That seems plausible, right? Especially now that we know that both he and the president watched the uprising unfold real time from signals sent to the White House from a drone filming the Benghazi attack.

And it is all the more plausible considering the fact that the CIA leaked information to Republicans that countered Biden's remarks and said that their operatives in Libya reported the event as a terrorist attack and never said it was an unplanned uprising.

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