Conservative says Benghazi was "a fortunate event"

Columnist Diana West said Benghazi helped Romney

By Prachi Gupta

Published October 26, 2012 7:48PM (EDT)

Conservative columnist Diana West, who has said before that Obama's birth certificate is likely a forgery, told Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy that last month's Benghazi attacks could "in a sense" be perceived as a "fortunate event" for the Republican party:

As you and I have discussed, I strongly feel that Benghazi is almost in a strange way a fortunate event. Not obviously having to do with any of the actual killing and destruction and harm it’s done to our country, but in the sense of grabbing people’s attention so that we can understand what’s wrong with the American "Arab Spring" policy that Obama has been executing. In a sense that’s what I would have wanted in a Republican nominee to use Benghazi as a teaching school, taking it down the line, whether it’s presidential lies, administration lies, whether it’s security failure and whether it’s sort of the über-theme, the failure of supporting jihad, Muslim Brotherhood actors across the Middle East and how it comes back to bite you every time.

Gaffney agrees with West, saying "Yes, you have written brilliantly about this."

h/t Right Wing Watch

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