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This morning, we woke up to the news from CBS that the Obama administration knew within 2 hours of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi that it was not sparked by a video, but was a confirmed terror attack.
Flashback to Monday’s debate: Bob Schieffer of CBS news asks the first question of the final Presidential debate on Benghazi.
The first segment is the challenge of a changing Middle East and the new face of terrorism. I’m going to put this into two segments, so you’ll have two topic questions within this one segment on that subject. The first question, and it concerns Libya, the controversy over what happened there continues. Four Americans are dead, including an American ambassador. Questions remain. What happened? What caused it? Was it spontaneous?
Was it an intelligence failure? Was it a policy failure? Was there an attempt to mislead people about what really happened?
The President’s response, emphasis added:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, my first job as commander in chief, Bob, is to keep the American people safe, and that’s what we’ve done over the last four years. We ended the war in Iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11. And as a consequence, al-Qaida’s core leadership has been decimated.
In addition, we’re now able to transition out of Afghanistan in a responsible way, making sure that Afghans take responsibility for their own security, and that allows us also to rebuild alliances and make friends around the world to combat future threats. Now, with respect to Libya, as I indicated in the last debate, when we received that phone call, I immediately made sure that, number one, we did everything we could to secure those Americans who were still in harm’s way; number two, that we would investigate exactly what happened; and number three, most importantly, that we would go after those who killed Americans, and we would bring them to justice, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
But I think it’s important to step back and think about what happened in Libya. Now, keep in mind that I and Americans took leadership in organizing an international coalition that made sure that we were able to — without putting troops on the ground, at the cost of less than what we spent in two weeks in Iraq — liberate a country that had been under the yoke of dictatorship for 40 years, got rid of a despot who had killed Americans.
And as a consequence, despite this tragedy, you had tens of thousands of Libyans after the events in Benghazi marching and saying, America’s our friend. We stand with them. Now that represents the opportunity we have to take advantage of. And you know, Governor Romney, I’m glad that you agree that we have been successful in going after al-Qaida, but I have to tell you that, you know, your strategy previously has been one that has been all over the map and is not designed to keep Americans safe or to build on the opportunities that exist in the Middle East.
He doesn’t answer the question. Re-read the whole exchange.
Flashback to debate #2, where an audience member asks a similar question. Candy Crowley ends up defending Obama as he tried to lie AGAIN.
Q: This question actually comes from a brain trust of my friends at Global Telecom Supply in Mineola yesterday. We were sitting around talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed four Americans. Who was it that denied enhanced security and why?
The President’s answer, emphasis added:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, let me, first of all, talk about our diplomats, because they serve all around the world and do an incredible job in a very dangerous situation. And these aren’t just representatives of the United States; they’re my representatives. I send them there, oftentimes into harm’s way. I know these folks, and I know their families. So nobody’s more concerned about their safety and security than I am.
So as soon as we found out that the Benghazi consulate was being overrun, I was on the phone with my national security team, and I gave them three instructions. Number one, beef up our security and — and — and procedures not just in Libya but every embassy and consulate in the region. Number two, investigate exactly what happened, regardless of where the facts lead us, to make sure that folks are held accountable and it doesn’t happen again. And number three, we are going to find out who did this, and we are going to hunt them down, because one of the things that I’ve said throughout my presidency is when folks mess with Americans, we go after them.
Now, Governor Romney had a very different response. While we were still dealing with our diplomats being threatened, Governor Romney put out a press release trying to make political points. And that’s not how a commander in chief operates. You don’t turn national security into a political issue, certainly not right when it’s happening.
And people — not everybody agrees with some of the decisions I’ve made. But when it comes to our national security, I mean what I say. I said I’d end the war in Libya — in Iraq, and I did. I said that we’d go after al-Qaida and bin Laden. We have. I said we’d transition out of Afghanistan and start making sure that Afghans are responsible for their own security. That’s what I’m doing.
And when it comes to this issue, when I say that we are going to find out exactly what happened, everybody will be held accountable, and I am ultimately responsible for what’s taking place there, because these are my folks, and I’m the one who has to greet those coffins when they come home, you know that I mean what I say. Continue reading
The NY Times attempts to revive a narrative that just isn’t there and even if it was, it does not absolve anyone of their responsibility in the murders of 4 Americans. This scandal has had enough scapegoating and shirking of duty to last 10 Presidencies. The buck stops here, right Mr. President? You’ve made that promise a few times.
Obama in 2008 on National Security: The Buck Will Stop With Me
Obama in 2010 on National Security: The buck stops with me
Via FOX, emphasis added:
The State Department has not ruled out the possibility that the deadly terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were motivated by an anti-Islamic video, despite a growing chorus of criticism over the Obama administration’s initial claims that the violence was a “spontaneous” outgrowth of a protest over the video.
The news report, by a New York Times reporter based in Cairo, cites interviews with people in Libya who said the attackers suggested shortly after the attack that they “did it in retaliation for the video.”
The Times also noted a news conference held the day after the attack by a spokesman for Ansar al-Shariah, the militant group suspected of being responsible for the killings. “We are saluting our people for this zeal in protecting their religion, to grant victory to the Prophet,” the spokesman said. The Prophet Muhammad was the focus of the offensive video.
And the story suggests that the group, though perhaps in contact with elements of Al Qaeda, had a predominantly local focus.
Such details seem to lends credence to at least part of the explanation given by Rice, who has said she was basing her assessment on the intelligence at hand. Even so, the Times article underscores other evidence that the attack was planned in advance and that there was no protest outside the consulate before the strike, contrary to the picture Rice and other administration officials were painting early on.
The NY Times desperately wants to have their cake and eat it too. The claim by NY Times that the locals say it had something to do with the video is in direct contradiction with that of the position of Libyan officials.
A senior Libyan official says the attack was organized and planned by foreigners – some with links to al Qaida – involved a local Islamic militia, and was timed for the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Moreover, the Libyan official appeared to question whether there was a protest beforehand.
“The way these perpetrators acted and moved, and their choosing a specific date for this so-called demonstration, I think that this leaves us with no doubt that this was pre-planned, pre-determined,” Mohammad Magarief, the head of the Libyan National Congress, the recently elected interim government, said Sunday. – Source: The State
The NY Times is barking up the wrong tree. Meanwhile, Nakoula is still locked up in isolation for ‘probation violations’ and is therefore effectively silenced. Convenient.
The fact remains that the attack on the consulate in Benghazi had nothing to do with a YouTube video, yet this administration has lied about the incident repeatedly and continues to do so.
Libya was already unstable. There had been multiple attacks in the 6 months leading up to 9/11. The timeline is damning.
There was no protest at the consulate beforehand. The State Department insisted, on the night before the Benghazi Oversight hearings, they never concluded the attack was related to the video. The statements from the State Department days after the attack suggest otherwise. One such attack was a near miss for the British Ambassador.
This administration was warned in advance.
Security that was there was woefully unprepared and untrained.
Lack of security was not due to lack of funding, but willful ignorance of the requests for more and better defenses. On top of that, this administration withdrew what trained forced there were there and told the consulate to stop asking for anything more.
This President decided to go to bed instead of finding out the fate of an embassy he knew was under attack. It then took 17 days for the President to acknowledge Benghazi had been a planned terrorist attack. A lie he just repeated last night in a national debate and also spun by his Vice President in the VP debate. Coincidentally, or not, it took DNI 17 days to acknowledge it was an organized terrorist attack as well. Continue reading
So, instead of getting under the Obama Bus, last night Hillary Clinton chose to fall on her sword. Clinton made this move the night before the second presidential debate where foreign policy will be part of the debate, no less. Not a coincidence.
Read: Clinton: I’m responsible for diplomats’ security – CNN.com
“I take responsibility,” Clinton said during a visit to Peru. “I’m in charge of the State Department’s 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts. The president and the vice president wouldn’t be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They’re the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision.”
But she said an investigation now under way will ultimately determine what happened at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed on September 11.
“I take this very personally,” Clinton said. “So we’re going to get to the bottom of it, and then we’re going to do everything we can to work to prevent it from happening again, and then we’re going to work to bring whoever did this to us to justice.”
That’s great, Hillary. You ‘investigate’. Too late though – Benghazi is not going away. The White House has already tried blaming a YouTube video, am obscure filmmaker, the CIA and lack of funding before finally turning their sites on you as the next excuse in its series of scapegoats. Oddly enough, the media has been doing its job a bit on this one and it seems like the public knows more than you do at this point. Besides, your heart isn’t really in it, we know what side your on. (Related: Clinton says U.S. must embrace Arab Spring despite dangers | Reuters Also: The PJ Tatler » Great News: Arms to Syrian Rebels Going Mainly to Jihadists)
Now we know why the Obama administration blew off sending a spokesperson to talk about Benghazi on Face the Nation. They didn’t need to because Hillary was going to fall on her sword for them.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw2itbJuFMs&feature=share]
This is just another distraction; another form of stonewalling. It still doesn’t change the fact that Obama lied. Biden lied. Rice lied. Cutter lied. Clinton lied.
This administration LIED, repeatedly.
Four Americans are still dead. Whether or not Clinton stands up and says she accepts responsibility is moot. If she truly is accepting the blame, she can resign. We won’t see that happen right now though, but perhaps it will in time for the last presidential debate.
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And here’s another YouTube clip that should anger Muslims. Continue reading