Then yesterday, as more details came to light pointing to the conclusion that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was planned and coordinated, serious questions were raised about Obama’s competence in protecting American missions abroad. In response to a London newspaper report claiming that the U.S. had “credible information” about possible attacks, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence told Politico: “This is absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.” But as Power Line‘s John Hinderaker points out, this a classic Washington non-denial denial. “Credible information” and “actionable intelligence” or two different terms of art.
The Romney campaign is not letting these facts go by without comment. Richard Williamson, a top Romney foreign policy adviser, told The Washington Post, “For the first time since Jimmy Carter, we’ve had an American ambassador assassinated. The president can’t even keep track of who’s our ally or not. This is amateur hour — it’s amateur hour,” said Williamson, a former assistant secretary of state and ambassador.”