I know the Prez is doing a press conference next Wednesday, but he really needs to do a speech about Benghazi. It needs to be an air-tight, comprehensive speech that will stand up a month, six months, a year from now. No drip, drip, drip. He needs to explain exactly what happened, what went wrong, and what’s being done to fix it. The White House should release documentation to supplement and back up the speech.
He will never have more good will from the American people than he has right now.
Having executed a brilliant campaign, I worry that his people will drift back into their first-term crappy communicating.
He needs to explain why the Africa Command (Africom), established in 2007 under Bush 43, was the only command not to have its own Commanders’ In-Extremis Force (CIF) and had to rely on help from the European Command, which meant forces that were on a mission to Croatia.
As for the members of the GOP who have been critical of Benghazi, like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, they had to have known that Africom didn’t have a CIF. I’ve heard John Bolton rant about a lot of things on Fox News — why wasn’t he complaining about this?
Patraeus ought to take the hot seat and not let anyone else sub in. This could be his last official act and he should give Obama his best service.