I know Jonah Goldberg's column is an opinion piece, but his most recent article makes The Times look bad. Either he's right and The Times isn't reporting the Obama administration's dereliction of duty in the deaths of four Americans in Libya, or he's wrong and The Times is providing an outlet for reckless accusations. Which is it?
I am skeptical of government, but in this case, I'm more skeptical of Goldberg because his accusations against President Obama originated with Fox News. Goldberg also doesn't mention that Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush's secretary of State, doesn't support the accusations, or that the mother of Tyrone Woods, one of the former SEALs killed in the attack, has an opposite view from Woods' father, whose comments are helping to drive the story.
So why should I believe Goldberg?
The only instinct that explains the media's response to Benghazi is preservation of the tribe. President Obama's fables about the Middle East are unraveling at the worst possible moment. It turns out that Al Qaeda is not defeated despite Osama bin Laden's death, and that Arab countries still loathe America despite the absence of George W. Bush.