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March 29, 2011


Benghazi and Charlotte

If you watched President Obama's address to the nation on the military intervention in Libya, you might have noticed one line in particular that stood out.

Said Obama, "We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi -- a city nearly the size of Charlotte -- could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world."

Bill Kristol explains: "When American presidents want to justify foreign interventions, and are worried the American people aren't quite with them, they often reach for a strained analogy or comparison that will bring the situation abroad home to their fellow Americans watching on the tube. Obama's awkward interjection explaining that Benghazi is 'a city nearly the size of Charlotte' is a classic of the genre. As Obama said it, I recalled Reagan explaining Nicaragua was as near to Texas as Texas to Washington, D.C., or some such thing."














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