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TIME's Joe Klein: Libya Controversy 'Really Isn't an Issue

"An October mirage"

TIME's Joe Klein weighed in over the weekend on the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, seemingly dismissing the entire situation in an effort to downplay the controversial aftermath.

"This business about the...Libya consulate has been like the October mirage -- it really isn't an issue," he remarked on "Meet the Press."

Klein was likely trying to exclusively reference the Republican claims that the administration has been misleading the country, but is coming under heavy fire for being so dismissive about an event that resulted in the gruesome deaths of four Americans.

Klein also said that President Obama and Mitt Romney have "essentially the same positions on foreign policy," so Monday's debate will be "fascinating."

He added:

And so, once again...Obama is going to have a very strong position because his foreign policy has been largely successful in terms of substance, but in terms of style, he still has to climb -- re-climb the mountain and make a convincing case to the American people that they will be more comfortable with him in their living rooms the next four years.

President Obama cites the killing of Osama bin Laden as one of the cornerstones of his foreign policy achievements and-- until recently-- credited the so-called "Arab Spring" for bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East.  After the attack in Libya, though officials have confirmed that the White House knew within 24 hours what really happened, the administration spent more than a week saying a YouTube video caused a spontaneous protest that killed four Americans.

Newsbusters' Noel Sheppard wrote: "Honestly, have you ever in your life seen so many so-called journalists dismiss the importance of American officials being killed by terrorists?"

Watch a clip of his statements, via MRC-TV, below:

(H/T: Newsbusters)

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