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How Benghazi will unravel on Romney and the GOP

From the moment the Egyptian embassy was threatened by an unruly crowd, the Romney camp was chomping at the bit to beat the President to the microphone. Mitt got it wrong, but doubled down on his story, even claiming up through the last debate that President Obama got the events wrong as well.

Here is my take on this.

By the way Mitt tried to cross-examine Obama court-room style at the last debate, it is clear that his thinking is very linear. Event A leads to event B which leads to event C which produces result D. This kind of thinking is very common in business. In fact, there is little tolerance for any other kind of thinking.

The emergence of Big Data is slowly changing the way companies look at how human beings make decisions, but Mitt is rooted in the business world of the ’80-90s, another reason to believe his “business experience” may be more than just a little dated.

But I digress.

The truth is the chain of events that lead to things like the attack on the consulate at Benghazi is almost never a “chain;” they are more like a “web.” Intelligence officers know that — as does the President — but the challenge is to pack up the story into a narrative that contains all the web nodes without any loose ends.

Within hours.

And then deliver it to the American people like Linus at a Charlie Brown Christmas special. When Team Obama delivers the story at the debate on Monday, Benghazi will unravel for Mitt.

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7 thoughts on “How Benghazi will unravel on Romney and the GOP

  1. “The truth is the chain of events that lead to things like the attack on the consulate at Benghazi is almost never a “chain;” they are more like a “web.” Intelligence officers know that — as does the President — but the challenge is to pack up the story into a narrative that contains all the web nodes without any loose ends.”

    – Yes. Thing is, the only people who really care about how “swiftly” and “confidently” the US reacted are…. some people in the US. Hasty, grandstanding, self-important reactions are not going to really ‘trend well’ outside of America. Such only furthers the reputation of being self centered, rash, and even imperial – see the tweet below.

    It’s better for the US to take their time and be cautious – that’s what the state department understands. But, IMO, the GOP are winning the domestic image battle, because Obama and Co is defending against their claims about ‘values’ (playing their game), rather than confidently saying – here is the way to diplomatically, and effectively handle the situation – caution, concern, practicality. (I’m writing a longer piece on this, to be ready before Monday…)

    As Arabs begin to tell their leaders & the world what they want will the US accept a new role in the region? | aje.me/RMEzj4— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) October 21, 2012

  2. Learn to spell current, for heaven’s sake! Embarrassing when your blog name in HUGE letters isn’t even spelled right.

  3. We can’t forget that, during the infamous “47%” fundraising event, Romney indicated that he was looking to pin the “failed Jimmy Carter” label on the President: “If something of that nature presents itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.”

    What little we knew about the events was enough for Romney to try to seize Benghazi as an opportunity to frame the narrative his way. Like you, I believe the facts on the ground will get in the way of the tale Romney’s been trying to tell.

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