Foreign and Defense Policy, Terrorism

Between Benghazi and Ankara, Team Obama learns the definition of ‘an act of terror’

Photo Credit: The White House/Flickr

Photo Credit: The White House/Flickr

They may be slow learners at the White House, but at least they learn. The Wall Street Journal report on the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, which killed a Turkish security guard and wounded several others, included this note:

The White House immediately declared the attack the work of a terrorist, extending condolences to the family of the guard who was killed and to those injured. “A suicide bombing on the perimeter of an embassy is by definition an act of terror,” said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary. “It is a terrorist attack.”

Of course, so is a coordinated assault on a U.S. diplomatic compound using RPGs. Apparently, the “definition” of “an act of terror” has become clearer for the White House in the wake of the Benghazi debacle. Or maybe they just could not find a YouTube video to blame for this attack.

As the Journal reports, the Benghazi assault was far more obvious from the start as a well-organized terrorist attack than the bombing in Ankara:

Analysts said early evidence suggested the [Ankara] attack bears little resemblance to the Libya assault. “This attack looks amateurish and not very well organized. It seems very different from the Benghazi operation,” said Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat in Istanbul, now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Imagine the grief the Obama administration would have avoided if they had handled the Benghazi attack this way, instead of spending a week blaming it on imaginary protests.

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