When conservative radio host Laura Ingraham invoked Benghazi during a discussion of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy on “Fox News Sunday,” she was met with laughter instead of shared outrage.
Panelists were discussing Obama’s West Point commencement address, in which he outlined his foreign policy vision. Host Chris Wallace asked Ingraham if she gleaned a sort of “Obama Doctrine” from the President’s speech, but beyond acknowledging that Obama tapped into Americans’ war-weariness, she panned it.
“The idea that the president goes to West Point and says ‘Look, we’ve never been stronger relative to the rest of the world’ — I’m sorry, that doesn’t even pass the straight-face test,” Ingraham said. “Just on an economic front, forget our declining influence across the globe. So I thought it was a very odd speech and it was not well received, and that didn’t surprise me at all given its tenor and its tone.”
Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward said Obama shouldn’t have bothered outlining a foreign policy vision, since “talk” wouldn’t solve any crises overseas.
“At the same time, there are two jobs the president has,” Woodward added. “And that is to protect the country, and to avoid unnecessary wars. And if you look at the record, you have to give Obama some credit. He’s protected the country and we have not had another war or unnecessary war.”
That’s when Ingraham worked Benghazi into the conversation.
“We didn’t protect the Benghazi diplomatic mission on 9/11/12. We kind of failed on that regard, don’t you think, Bob?” she said. “That is the country.”
“Well, you are underscoring my point that this will never go away, at least with you,” Woodward said, drawing laughter from the panelists.
“I actually don’t think it’s funny when an ambassador is murdered,” Ingraham replied.
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Correction: This post has been updated to reflect that Bob Woodward is an associate editor at the Washington Post.
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