The video? A complete irrelevance.
It was a coordinated, sophisticated terror attack, encouraged, if anything, by Osama bin Laden's successor, giving orders from Pakistan to avenge the death of a Libyan jihadist.
Not wishing to admit that we had just been attacked by al-Qaeda affiliates, perhaps answering to the successor of a man on whose grave Obama and the Democrats have been dancing for months, the administration relentlessly advanced the mob/video tale to distract from the truth.
And it wasn't just his minions who misled the nation. A week after the attack, the president himself, asked by David Letterman about the ambassador's murder, said it started with a video.
Romney will be ready Monday.
You are offended by this accusation, Mr. President? The country is offended that your press secretary, your U.N. ambassador and you yourself have repeatedly misled the nation about the origin and nature of the Benghazi attack.
The problem wasn't the video, the problem was policies for which you say you now accept responsibility. Then accept it, Mr. President.
You were asked in the last debate why more security was denied our people in Libya despite the fact that they begged for it.
You never answered that question, Mr. President. Or will you blame your Secretary of State?
Esprit d'escalier ("wit of the staircase") is the French term for the devastating riposte that one should have given at dinner, but comes up with only on the way out at the bottom of the staircase.
It's Romney's fortune that he's invited to one more dinner. If he gets it right this time, Obama's narrow victory in debate No. 2, salvaged by the mock umbrage that anyone could accuse him of misleading, will cost him dearly.
It was a huge gaffe. It is indelibly on the record. It will prove a very expensive expedient.
Krauthammer may be reached by email at lett...@charles