by Frank Williford - There has been seemingly endless blog and news media commentary about the vice presidential debate. I cannot say I have seen or heard all of the comments ( most have become pretty amateurish ) but I have come to the conclusion a vitally important point has been completely overlooked.
The Obama campaign has devoted a substantial amount of time to calling Mit Romney a liar. Nor was there much dignity apparent in the vice presidential debate with respect to the conduct of Joe Biden and the moderator. Biden did interrupt repeatedly and call Ryan’s comments milarky. No doubt fact check is able to find error in statements made by either candidate. This “spin factor” approach has become standard procedure for every candidate. The public now understands that a different point of view from your opponent does not rise to the status of an outright lie as the Obama administration would have us believe with respect to the Romney campaign.
However; a bald-faced lie, with grave national security implications, such as the one Biden told, and any observant person could see, should not go unchallenged in the media.
If I recall correctly Biden was quick to blame the State Department and the intelligence community for failure to notify him and the president that the Benghazi attack was by well armed and trained terorists. To be certain everyone understood what he was saying he repeated it three more times for all to see he and the president were without fault. Was this a lie? Who knows since both he and the president keep themselves out of the loop so often. If the Benghazi attack story was not a lie then what about Biden’s statement, repeated four more times, that he and the president have absolute and complete confidence in the intelligence community regarding the status of Iran’s nuclear weapon program?
Can Biden have it both ways? Is the intelligence community right when it serves the administration’s purposes, and wrong when it does not serve their political purposes? Was either statement a lie or were both statements lies? This issue rises far above the standard political spin. Based on the present administration’s record of honesy and integrity in several other issues of national importance I expect both statements are blatently untrue.
But at least he can’t have it both ways. No need to call Biden a liar, he has demonstrated it for all to see!!