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Veni, Vidi, Vietor

2:41 PM, May 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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An excerpt from Bill Kristol's weekly newsletter:

Former White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor agreed to come on Fox News's Special Report with Bret Baier Thursday night to answer questions about Benghazi. Either unprepared or unwilling to answer perfectly reasonable and predictable questions, Vietor got exasperated and said, “Dude, that was like two years ago.”

Four people died in Benghazi. Even defenders of the Obama administration acknowledge errors of omission in the run-up to that day and on that day, and errors of commission in the days that followed. Yet Vietor thought it appropriate to laugh off Bret's question. And the next night, on MSNBC, Vietor didn't apologize: “Bret was asking me to remember what––if I changed a word on September 14th, 2012, and my frustration came through. I guess you’re only supposed to use the Queen’s English on Fox." Ho ho. But then Vietor added, in a pathetic attempt to re-establish some modicum of gravitas, "But obviously what happened that day was an absolute tragedy."

Obviously.

And one obviously speaks about tragedies by saying, "Dude, that was like two years ago."

Vietor was just a press flack, and is no longer part of the administration. His comment is, in a way, no big deal. But it does reveal a level of flippancy and vulgarity rare even for Washington, and even for this day and age.

So, a new phrase: "Veni, Vidi, Vietor"—I came, I saw, and I made a fool of myself.

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