But that's not what made me so angry that I thought about rewriting my column so I could make this point. For now I'm just going to make it here.
It started with this article in which Obama said the criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is uncalled for and the anger should be directed at him. Then Lindsey Graham, a senator from South Carolina, released a statement that included this:
“Mr. President, don’t think for one minute I don’t hold you ultimately responsible for Benghazi. I think you failed as Commander in Chief before, during and after the attack.Um, what the hell?
The fact that this discussion has been going on for months makes me just irate. There's still a lot of discussion left to have on the attacks in Benghazi, and how much U.S. leaders knew beforehand, what they could have done prior to the attack and what was shared afterward, and I very much think we should have those conversations.
But the blame for the four deaths in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, belongs squarely on the shoulders of the men who pulled the trigger and lit off the bombs. Absolutely no question mark. That attack was not Obama's fault any more than the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were Bush's fault or a murder is the fault of a police department or the murderer's parents.
And I, frankly, am offended that the leaders of this country, motivated by partisanship, will get up and say that a terrorist attack is the responsibility of someone other than the terrorist. I am offended that people belonging to a party that claims it believes in personal responsibility — runs campaigns based almost entirely on personal responsibility — refuses to acknowledge the personal responsibility of the terrorists.
But I don't know why I would expect anything different about people who refuse to allow women personal responsibility over their bodies or teachers personal responsibility about how to factually answer questions or citizens personal responsibility on when to shop.