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   By William Boardman  Email address removed

   "I think this is a cover-up, I think this is more significant

   than Watergate -- no one died at Watergate." 

      Former Bush White House aide Ron Christie,

         on MSNBC's The Ed Show, October 18, 2012

News bubbles are essentially the same as housing bubbles, stock bubbles, or tulip bubbles -- the longer they last, the more detached they become from recognizable reality.  Like any other bubble, the current Benghazi news bubble started growing when a few people with a self-serving agenda decided to inflate the importance of something that does not have anything like the value that they claim it has. 

If the administration's handling is a cover-up more significant than Watergate, then what is being covered up?  Sean Hannity launched the cover-up meme on September 20 on Fox News, without explaining exactly what was being covered up or why, just that it would somehow help the President's re-election. 

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On June 17, 1972, the first day of Watergate, the issue was clear: burglars caught at Democratic headquarters were connected to the Nixon Administration, so inquiring minds wanted to know: what was the nature of that connection?   The unfolding of Watergate was fact-driven, slow, painstaking, and long.  But the crimes were real. 

By comparison, the Benghazi bubble is political fast food, all over-heated conclusion without any of the intellectual nutrition of logic, honesty, basic facts, or good faith arguments. 

1.  Mitt Romney Was Wrong From the Start

Mitt Romney said, in a prepared statement the night of the Benghazi attack: "It's disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks."  This is documentably wrong.  

Romney was wrong if the "first response" he meant was the Cairo embassy statement condemning attacks on "the religious feelings of Muslims," because that statement preceded any violence in Egypt or Libya. 

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Romney was wrong insofar as his statement implies that attacks on the religious freedoms of Muslims are appropriate national policy and should not be condemned. 

Romney was wrong insofar as he implied that all Muslims are enemies of America by claiming that the embassy statement had sympathized with "those who waged the attacks" (which hadn't happened when the embassy issued its statement, and were going to be in a different country). 

Romney was wrong if he was unable or unwilling to make the distinction between the routine communication of an Egyptian embassy seeking to head offdifficulty by responding locally to local conditions (before the attack in a different country) and the actual "administration's first response" by the Secretary of State (after the attack in Libya).

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Talk about short attention spans.Partisans (of all... by Joe Giambrone on Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 at 1:33:28 PM
Clearly you haven't read the whole piece -- the re... by William Boardman on Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 at 2:48:56 PM
At Fox News... by BFalcon on Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 at 8:58:27 PM
"Partisans (of all stripes) are beyond useless as ... by Lynne Kringler on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 4:11:01 AM
...and when you do not speak out against war crime... by Robert Wagner on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 6:05:47 AM
I speak out against war crimes (from all sides)If ... by Arend Rietkerk on Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 7:33:40 PM