For the last couple of weeks, the Romney campaign and its surrogates have slammed President Obama for the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his staff.
Romney foreign policy adviser Rich Williamson told the Washington Post: “There’s a pretty compelling story that if you had a President Romney, you’d be in a different situation. “ [President Obama] can’t even keep track of who’s our ally or not. This is amateur hour, it’s amateur hour.”
Rep. Paul Ryan said during his debate with Vice President Biden last week: "This Benghazi issue would be a tragedy in and of itself, but unfortunately it’s indicative of a broader problem. And that is what we are watching on our TV screens is the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy, which is making the world more chaotic, us less safe."
However, during a 2004 National Press Club luncheon, Romney tried to shield President Bush from the 9/11 Commission’s report of intelligence failures, reports ThinkProgress.org (video below).
Romney said: "It’s very easy, it is extraordinarily easy to point fingers and say, ‘Why, this part of government knew this and it didn’t tell that part.’ And, ‘These people here haven’t learned that.’ Well, the reason those barriers exist is for legitimate purpose in a world that was pre-September 11th. And judging our intelligence by post- September 11th conditions is something we have to do carefully."
"We do that to help us get better, and to the extent we find criticism in the kind of work that I’ve had to do and others are doing, it should be focused on how we can make ourselves more effective in the post-9/11 world. But trying to judge what happened pre-9/11 by post-9/11 knowledge is probably not terribly fruitful."