The Obama administration is crowing about the "capture" of alleged mastermind of the Benghazi terrorist attack of September 11, 2012, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, like a child bragging about catching a goldfish in a 2 gallon fish bowl. My question is, "What took them so long?" A valid question since they have known where Khatallah was almost immediately following the attacks. And although it may have been difficult for the Obama administration to capture Ahmed immediately after the incident, having already put the filmmaker in jail who they were saying was responsible for the attack, it was not difficult for them to keep an eye on him as he sipped coffee in some of Libya's finest cafes.
In fact, Obama's Department of State issued official permissions to journalists who traveled to Libya to sip coffee as well while they discussed the price of the fava bean with Khatallah. Khatallah would have been captured by any other administration within a week of the attacks, because most other presidents would have saw him as an enemy combatant responsible for the deaths of an Ambassador and three other Americans. But Barack Obama saw Khatallah as a get out of political jail free card. Just as he saw Osama Bin Laden, and how he tought the Bergdahl exchange would be viewed by the American public, had they not been too obtuse to see the brilliance of his clever negotiating skills. In each situation, action was delayed until such a time that it would provide the greatest political advantage to the Obama administration.
The pressures on President Obama were mounting in the days and weeks leading up to Ahmed Abu Khatallah's "capture." There was the Veterans Administration scandal, Trey Goudy's committee investigating the Benghazi attacks, Louis Lerner's emails floating around in the ether before a hard drive crash fortuitously removed them from the face of the earth, and of course the backlash of the Bowe Bergdahl trade for the world's top five terrorists. Mr. Obama was feeling political pressure, and then he remembered Khatallah sipping coffee and chewing the fat with American journalists.
But just when poor Barack was getting ready to pop the cork on the champagne to celebrate an end to Khatallah's café-sitting days, those pesky terrorists in Iraq threw another road block in his path of freedom from political jail. The Islamist States of Iraq and Syria, ISIS for short, completely buried the president's latest accomplishment of "capturing" the mastermind of the Benghazi attacks. Just as the Bin Laden killing was soon buried by Obama's fiscal malpractice in August 2011 when the United States suffered its first downgrade of its credit rating in history. And just like any political benefit from the Bergdahl trade was buried by the fact that he was a deserter at best, and a traitor at worst.
It is hard to say how many more get out of political jail free cards President Obama has in his bottomless bag of political gimmickry. But the mess he has made of Iraq is surely in need of something more than the tired old escape clause of, "It is Bush's fault." Maybe he has D. B. Cooper on ice in the White House basement being saved for just such an occasion.