Appearing Sunday’s on “Meet the Press,” Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward disappointed Republicans who very much want the attack on U.S. personnel in Libya to bring down President Barack Obama much like the Watergate scandal brought down President Richard Nixon, telling host David Gregory that what happened in Benghazi “is not Watergate” or even close.
“First of all, people are making comparisons to Watergate,” he said. “This is not Watergate. But there are some people in the administration who have acted as if they want to be Nixonian, and that’s a very big problem.”
He went on to say that information from the Central Intelligence Agency initially suggested the involvement of organized militants, thus reason for the surprise when the administration’s initial statements focused on protests across the region over an amateur anti-Islamic film.
“This is a business where you have to tell the truth and that did not happen here,” he said.
President Barack Obama has continually insisted that the attack on the embassy in Benghazi was an act of terrorism that will be fully investigated. Republicans, meanwhile, suggest there was some sort of scandal to cover-up the real version of events, which the government discussed in detail three days after the fact.
“Who executes some sort of cover-up or effort to tamp things down for three days?” Obama asked Monday. “So the whole thing defies logic. We’ve got a whole bunch of people in the State Department who consistently say, ‘You know what, I’m willing to step up, I’m willing to put myself in harm’s way because I think this mission is important in terms of serving the United States and advancing our interests around the globe.’ And so we dishonor them when we turn things like this into a political circus.”
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