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  •  Not technically right. (2+ / 0-)
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    The statement puts Benghazi in a context as one of several acts of terror.

    However, it is worded in such a way (since it did not say explicitly, "Benghazi was an act of terror") that they could have used the technical wording to back away from the idea that they had in fact called it an act of terror, if it had turned out to be a spontaneous demonstration instead.

    I don't know if that was on purpose or not but it suited the situation very well.

    •  Yes, that's exactly right (2+ / 0-)

      He could have backed off of a decisive conclusion without having to recant a word of it.  That means that he did not say that it was terrorism.  What he did was to put Benghazi, until we had all the facts, into the context as one of several acts of international violence against Americans.  That was the proper context.

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      by Seneca Doane on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 11:34:27 AM PST

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      •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

        I still don't think that makes Mittens right though.

        •  He was narrowly right about whether Obama (0+ / 0-)

          called Benghazi an act of terror, which is what Romney said he hadn't done and what Crowley "corrected" him as saying that he had done.  It was the issue.  He was wrong about the 14 days, but for other reasons.

          I'd characterize Obama's position as "even if it is found to have been an act of terror," then XYZ.

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          by Seneca Doane on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 11:52:21 AM PST

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    •  exactly (4+ / 0-)

      The president chose his words carefully- as he should.

      We should applaud a man with the ability to do so and with such a precise command of the English Language.

      That is what we need in a president.  American exceptionalism does not result from choosing mediocre minds.

      This diary reminds me of arguing about the defintion of "is".

      Bear in mind that the Pakistanis view our drone attacks as terrorism.  And both the Palistinians and the Israelis view their own actions as defensive and the other's as terrorism.

      As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

      by BPARTR on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 11:42:05 AM PST

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      •  I don't know whether you realize that you are (0+ / 0-)

        agreeing with me, but you are.  By choosing words that allowed him to back away, though, he could no longer claim to have definitively "called Benghazi an act of terror" on 9/12.  You can't have it both ways.  The proper answer to that, though, would be: "so what?"

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        by Seneca Doane on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 11:53:58 AM PST

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        •   "You can't have it both ways." (1+ / 0-)
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          but he did.  that is the master politician.

          As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

          by BPARTR on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:11:11 PM PST

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          •  Whether he can remains to be seen (0+ / 0-)

            But if that's your reaction, then you can agree that Romney was technically right, but that it didn't matter -- and thus with my thesis here.

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            by Seneca Doane on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 02:45:49 PM PST

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