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ICYMI: Chairman Priebus: "Why Won't Obama Call it Terrorism?"

- September 27, 2012

By: Chairman Reince Priebus

September 27, 2012

"The U.N. General Assembly convened this week in New York, but America's commander-in-chief avoided meetings with foreign leaders to hold multilateral talks...on the set of ABC's 'The View.'

"On the show, President Obama offered his puzzling view of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. He yet again failed to call it what was: a terrorist attack on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

"How can President Obama address a crisis if he can't be honest about its causes? How can he fight terrorism if he won't identify terrorist acts?...

"Secretary of State Clinton said last week: 'What happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack...'

"The president of Libya, Mohammed Magarief, told NBC News, 'It's a pre-planned act of terrorism.'

"Carney, speaking Wednesday, said the president believes it was a 'terrorist attack.' But why hasn't the president himself said so in the last 15 days? He has wasted lots of breath condemning the video that some in the Middle East were protesting. But not a single word condemning terror.

"Appearing on '60 Minutes' Sunday, the president offered another troubling take on the violence across the Middle East. He referred to it simply as 'bumps in the road.' But that's no way to describe terrorist attacks on Americans.

"Why is President Obama downplaying these serious attacks?...

"No one on the 'View' couch asked these follow-up questions, but the American people must. For the safety of our citizens, the security of our country, and the strength of democracy in the world, we must keep asking: 'Why?'"

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