Skip to comments.NBC's Gregory: Obama Administration Libya Response 'Sluggish, Sloppy, and Incoherent'
Posted on 10/19/2012 9:34:16 AM PDT by Kaslin
In a rare moment of genuine criticism of President Obama's response to the Libya terrorist attack, on Friday's NBC Today, Meet the Press moderator David Gregory slammed government "confusion" after the event: "...the administration response on this was both sluggish, sloppy and incoherent at some times..." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
Gregory's criticism was prompted by co-host Savannah Guthrie asking about Monday's upcoming foreign policy debate. While Gregory briefly noted "missteps" on the issue by Mitt Romney in the second debate, he quickly pointed to Obama's controversial comments about the attack during a Thursday Daily Show appearance: "The President's being criticized for his – his talking points on this, on Jon Stewart saying when four Americans are killed it's 'not optimal'..."
NBC's Gregory: Obama Administration Libya Response 'Sluggish, Sloppy, and Incoherent'
Prior to Gregory's appearance, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd played a clip of the Daily Show exchange, but did not portray it as a gaffe for the President.
At the end of his report, Todd provided a supposed news flash about the attack that had already been known for weeks:
...there's an Associated Press report this morning that indicates that the CIA may have had some hints that this was not sparked by a protest just 24 hours after the attack itself, what's unclear and what my own reporting's been indicating for a while, did the CIA share that information with the White House? When did they finally share that information?
On ABC's September 27 World News, correspondent Jake Tapper reported: "Sources tell ABC News that intelligence officials on the ground immediately suspected the attack was not tied to the movie at all....Some administration sources tell ABC News they were concerned after the White House began pushing the line that they attack was spontaneous and not the work of terrorists."
Here is a transcript of Gregory's October 19 comments:
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: And then, real quickly, looking ahead to Monday, it's a debate all about foreign policy. Do you think either candidate holds the advantage there?
DAVID GREGORY: Well, right now there's still a lot on Benghazi. You know, there were some missteps by Romney in the last debate about that, but as Chuck was just reporting, still more questions about what was known and when, about whether this was a terrorist attack and whether the administration came clean about it. The President's being criticized for his his talking points on this, on Jon Stewart saying when four Americans are killed it's "not optimal," that was in Stewart's question. But nevertheless, this is not gonna be an issue that's gonna go away. There's still some confusion about how the administration response on this was both sluggish, sloppy and incoherent at some times, so I think this is gonna be a topic of conversation for sure.
damn straight the Benghazi story is not gonna go away.
damn straight the Benghazi story is not gonna go away.
‘Sluggish, Sloppy, and Incoherent’
That’s a functional definition of the entire “O” administration.
actually mitt romney knew the administration would take this long so he directed the attacks in libya as an october surprise.
any bets DUers believe this crap? we could call them tubers
Dear Mr Todd, it doesn't matter. If the CIA didn't tell the white house, even if they STILL haven't told the white house, then what it means is:
Obama has no control over his own administration.
So, which do you want: a. Obama lied or, b. Obama's an incompetent leader?
Romney has a ton of ammo, but he is facing two committed opponents, not one.
A and B are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Historically hussein's goon squad has proved themselves both.
I bet Little David Gregory got a call from the White Hut right after that aired too.
Romney needs to take it to Bob Schieffer — he should treat Obama the way he treated Rick Santorum, and treat Bob Schieffer the way he treated Rick Perry. There are three people on the stage — two of them are your opponents: knock them both off stage. Do not treat Bob as an impartial participant.
Two words: Community. Organizer.
Oh, how I’d love to send this to my BIL. He takes every word out of David Gregory’s mouth as gospel and you can show him the truth in black and white and he just won’t accept it. We haven’t talked politics since the days of Bill Clinton, but to see David Gregory finally speaking the truth after all these years is just too enticing. I may just have to do point this out and gloat (just a little).
Schieffer snarling and Romney calmly putting him in his place would come off as no-nonsense, presidential behavior.
After the Crowley idiocy, Romney can make hay with the partisanship and unreliability of the moderators.
I’m hoping this is a journalist trying to establish credibility in order to justify his opposition to a Romney administration: “Look all this talk that I’m biased against Republicans is propaganda. Roll the tape: I criticized Obama’s foreign policy while he was still President.”
Ruh-roh - if zero has lost supershill David Gregory, he’s lost!!
Had this attack occurred during the watch of a Republican President, Gregory and his network colleagues would be all over the facts of inadequate security, loss of lives, and same-day reactions which were, on their very face, dishonest and did not fit the facts Americans were seeing on television from both Cairo and Benghazi.
Gregory deserves no credit for this belated attempt to excuse the Administration's actions as simply "sluggish, sloppy, and incoherent."
Where were they on 9/11 when, after a days-before DNC Convention where both the VP and President, in high-fiving for a domestic audience of potential voters, used words and phrases which wise and judicious leaders might have perceived as being potentially provocative for enemies in the Middle East, then immediately acted to attribute the Cairo demonstrations on 9/11 to an obscure film few had seen until they gave it PR and promotion which may have exacerbated the problem?
A review of FOX's first reports on Cairo included reports of individuals chanting, "Obama, Obama, we're all Osama," and taking down the American flag, replacing it with their own flag, and then continuing their verbal attacks on the name of the President and America. Where was Gregory when the question might have been asked, "What may have attracted such a direct attack on the American President, when, only hours later, they were burning likenesses in effigy?"
Of course, the Cairo Embassy reaction was summarized in the following article posted on FR on that day:
"An Appalling Statement from the President" - Townhall.com | September 11, 2012 | Carol Platt Liebau
Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 9:08:55 PM by Kaslin
"On 9/11, a day devoted to remembering those killed at the hands of Islamofascist terrorists -- and this year, a day when a mob in Egypt attacks the US embassy and replaces the American flag with the Al Qaeda one -- here is the Obama administration's statement in full:
'The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.'"
The above statement is the reaction Mitt Romney responded to initially, and for which he received such MSM and Dem indignation.
Why is no one questioning whether this entire coverup might have begun as a result of an unwillingness to accept any responsibility for Cairo and a determination to disassociate the messages of that crowd from the previous week's words and boasts? All of which was made worse when the Benghazi attack transpired.