2 Marines, the US Ambassador to Libya and a Foreign Service Employee Killed

All the White House could see fit to condemn yesterday was Mitt Romney’s statement of outrage over the attacks.  The first statement I blogged from Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech was the following:

[L]et me speak as clearly and plainly as I can about some specific issues that I believe we must finally confront together. The first issue that we have to confront is violent extremism in all of its forms. In Ankara, I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam. We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security. Because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children. And it is my first duty as President to protect the American people.

Only 24 hours later do we get a statement from the White House on the attacks that mirror Romney’s words of outrage on the attack:

I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi.

The rest of the statement expresses appropriate sympathies for the families of loved ones lost during the attacks.  Absent anywhere in that statement is any mention of redress for the attackers.

Mr. President, you are failing your first duty as you rightly outlined above.

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