Mitt Romney and Lie'n Ryan are trying to make a case that the Obama administration and the vast military and intelligence organization Republicans love has somehow failed miserably because the killing of an ambassador in Libya was not predicted and prevented.
How many miserable desert tribal states are there all with insane religious zealolts? How many of these have a finger of our government stuck in them?
How many cars are on desert highways in Utah? How many semi-trucks on those highways? Can Mitt, or Lie'n Ryan predict exactly when some flaming crash there will wipe out a dozen Mormans? Even if they know that somewhere, sometime, it will happen, they still can't stop it on any particular day, or particular time of day..
Which reminds me, Condoleeza Rice said something after 9-11 tragedies that was a very interesting escape phrase in these situations, but was not appropriate in her and Bush's case. With great specificity, Condoleeza said something like: " Who would have (or could have?) predicted that on September 11, 2001, that 3 planes would be hijacked to kill Americans and destroy the twin towers and damage the Pentagon?" Well, probably nobody could have predicted that or for that matter the minute or the second of the attacks.
The Bush Administration had warnings from the previous administration on the specific dangers and Bush was busy ignoring one from his own administration as he strutted around in his cowboy boots on his Texas "ranch". Condoleeza took advantage of the very specificity of her statement to prevent it from being completely untruthful evasion. It was not really appropriate however.
But, in a region of lawlessness and religious fanatacism with easy cross-border movement, flaming attacks on embassies, etc. are as specifically unprdictable as a US drone blowing the hell out of some crazy fanatic intent on being a suicidal tool of his god or simple insane hatred of Western values.
Romney and Ryan are irrelevant and their whole campaign is based on nonsense and outright lies...or rewriting of their own past nutty statements and positions..or conversion of past sensible statements into campaign nuttiness. Let Mitt tell us when the next full carload or busload of Mormons will die in a Utah flaming desert crash.
*** Stay tuned even if you aren't in the 47% of the US population Mitt holds in utter contempt.--- Doug Wiken