Diplomatic sources: State Department had credible intel 48 hours before attacks that U.S. embassies might be targeted; Update: White House denies

posted at 9:03 pm on September 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

I’m looking forward to having it explained to me on the news tomorrow why this is all a misunderstanding and not a very big deal at all.

Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.

According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted

According to security sources the consulate had been given a “health check” in preparation for any violence connected to the 9/11 anniversary. In the event, the perimeter was breached within 15 minutes of an angry crowd starting to attack it at around 10pm on Tuesday night. There was, according to witnesses, little defence put up by the 30 or more local guards meant to protect the staff. Ali Fetori, a 59-year-old accountant who lives near by, said: “The security people just all ran away and the people in charge were the young men with guns and bombs.”

I’m awfully curious to hear how thorough that “health check” was given how quickly consulate security crumbled. Two thoughts here. One: While the bit about credible information is new and important, you don’t need that detail to know that Obama and his team dropped the ball on protecting the consulate. We already know there were no Marines stationed there; even the locals couldn’t believe how lightly guarded the building was. There’s no earthly reason for security to be that thin on 9/11, especially when jihadis had targeted the consulate and other western diplomats in Benghazi before. Two: I wonder if the “credible information” described in the piece has something to do with the Zawahiri video eulogizing Abu Yahya al-Libi, a top AQ chieftain from Libya. The video appeared on jihadi websites on Tuesday to coincide with 9/11, but intel experts who watch those sites sometimes see new material show up on their servers in advance. If they knew that a new Zawahiri video was coming on 9/11, that alone might have been reason to think Al Qaeda was out for revenge and eager to make a splash against U.S. interests somewhere on the anniversary. Is that the sort of intel we’re dealing with here or do they mean something more concrete and specific about a planned attack?

While we’re on the subject of Obama’s foreign-policy failures, here’s a blast from the past for longtime HA readers:

An Iraqi militia that carried out some of the most prominent attacks on foreigners during the Iraq war on Thursday threatened U.S. interests in the country over a film that has triggered protests in Libya, Egypt and Yemen.

“The offence caused to the messenger (Prophet Mohammad) will put all American interests in danger and we will not forgive them for that,” said Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib al-Haq militia.

That’s the same Qais Khazali who led Iran’s “Special Groups” in Iraq, and who allegedly masterminded the famous 2007 operation in Karbala in which five U.S. servicemen were captured and executed. He was captured by American troops two months later. So why’s he back on the streets now and threatening to kill people over the Mohammed movie, you ask? Because, silly: We let him go as part of a prisoner exchange in 2009, over the strenuous objections of some military officers. Remember that, because Khazali’s expertly trained and sufficiently ruthless that he’s capable of following through on his threats in spectacular fashion. You might be seeing his name in the news again soon.

Exit question: Any word from the White House on whether Obama regrets not attending a daily intel briefing since September 5? I know he supposedly reads his briefing instead, but he’s been super busy lately doing interviews with morning-show DJs and scheduling appearances on Letterman, so maybe he hasn’t had time.

Update: It’s a big ol’ lie, says the White House.

The Obama administration is flatly denying a blaring British newspaper report that the U.S. diplomats in Libya were killed as a result of a “continuing security breach,” and that “credible information” about possible attacks had been ignored.

A U.S. official told POLITICO: “There’s no intelligence indicating that the attack in Benghazi was premeditated.”…

Shawn Turner, spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, emailed: “This is absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”

The Independent didn’t claim that the intelligence said there’d be an attack on the Benghazi consulate specifically. It claimed that American missions generally, including the one in Benghazi, could be targeted. The point is, security should have been ramped up at U.S. missions worldwide. Why didn’t that happen in Benghazi?


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uh-oh…..Cher and Bette Midler are on the warpath…..

GhoulAid on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I call them protestors.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I tell you what, bilefuct…since you find these protesters so innocuous and obviously sympathize with their cause of American hatred, I will personally start a fundraiser to send you to Cairo so you can join their protest. The only condition is that I want you to live blog right in the middle of these innocent jihadist protest and you have to let them know that you are a great liberal American. OK? Are you game?

texgal on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

So the chemical weapons that were found and disposed of aren’t classified as wmd? I know, you only consider Nuclear Weapons as wmd biological and chemical weapons don’t count.

chemman on September 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Oh wow, you mean the remnants of the Iran/Iraq war that were dug up and found to be well beyond their use?

Yes, Saddam was very threatening indeed with all those old rusted out weapons.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM


cause Bush was smart enough to know that killing bin Laden would not end the threat or in any way complete the mission in Afghanistan…..

….unlike liberals who have declared “mission accomplished” while al-qaeda and the Taliban take Afghanistan back over……

…..great work genius…..nothing shouts “smart power” like leaving Afghanistan more powerful than when we came in…

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Ouch ….I thinks bilgeduct just got spanked hardddd.

CW on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Wow, it’s like old home week… God, they are crawling out of the woodwork.

uncommon sense on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

…there’s A$$ everywhere!

KOOLAID2 on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I am happy that they are not Republicans, yes.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Then you are happy that Utopia is just around the corner…

Take a look around….

Your Utopia is being threatened by terrorists..

Electrongod on September 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM

We’re all under the strange impression that Obama can read….I mean there’s gotta be a reason why he won’y release those college records.

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

So would leftist regressives in America. Yet here we are.

Lanceman on September 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Yup.

“Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”

sharrukin on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

“One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”
–President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

“If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
–President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

“Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
–Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

“He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
–Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

“[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
Letter to President Clinton, signed by:
– Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

“Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
-Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

“Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
– Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

“There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”
Letter to President Bush, Signed by:
– Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

“We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them.”
– Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

“We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
– Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

“Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
– Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

“We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
– Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

“The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
– Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

“I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”
– Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

“There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years … We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.”
– Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

“He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do”
– Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

“In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members … It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
– Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

“We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.”
– Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

“Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real…”
– Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

CW on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

“Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
– Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

And this guy invented the internet.

CW on September 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Yes, Saddam was very threatening indeed with all those old rusted out weapons.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Liberals could care less about the 100,000 Kurds that were gassed.

faraway on September 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

y’all are way too eager to present every international event as

another

obama failure.

sesquipedalian on September 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Your implication in that sentence is that you know he’s had failures.

Even in your douchebaggery, you have Freudian slips.

Lanceman on September 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Just wondering, why do people here feed the trolls?

The lefties are terrified because if this news gets out it will cost Obama the election, so they’re lashing out.

Why bother with them?

blue13326 on September 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

So, you are happy with this administration over the last 4 years? yes, or no?

uncommon sense on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

A nightmare.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

And he hasn’t said who uploaded the Arabic version of the trailer onto YouTube in July. The Muslim world has known about this movie for several months.

de rigueur on September 13, 2012 at 9:51 PM

So very interesting. I think a lot of prep went into this M.E. uproar. All planned well in advance. The “excuse” (14 min trailer)
prepared as well.

Bolton said tonight on Greta when she tried to use the “movie” as a “reason”, that it had nothing to do with it and was just a pretext.

bluefox on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Is that why Ronnie Reagan was arming the Iranians in the 1980s? Because they weren’t your enemy?

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

No…that’s why your boy Carter was arming the Taliban and other jihadist groups on his watch…….because super smart democrats thought they weren’t the enemy….
…………….now go tell the victims family’s on 9/11 that the “Taliban” is not the enemy because last I saw that’s who we were at war against….

………..Iran is the country Obama sends love letters to and considers a “tiny country”…..that’s some real deep foreign policy there genius.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Is that why Ronnie Reagan was arming the Iranians in the 1980s? Because they weren’t your enemy?

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

.
Not then, they weren’t. Half of them didn’t become our enemies afterward, either. (Northern Alliance)

listens2glenn on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I tell you what, bilefuct…since you find these protesters so innocuous and obviously sympathize with their cause of American hatred, I will personally start a fundraiser to send you to Cairo so you can join their protest. The only condition is that I want you to live blog right in the middle of these innocent jihadist protest and you have to let them know that you are a great liberal American. OK? Are you game?

texgal on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

You are asking me to tell lies, so my answer is no.

Not a surprise that a Hot Air reich winger would be happy with someone else telling lies, though.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I call them protestors.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I tell you what, bilefuct…since you find these protesters so innocuous and obviously sympathize with their cause of American hatred, I will personally start a fundraiser to send you to Cairo so you can join their protest. The only condition is that I want you to live blog right in the middle of these innocent jihadist protest and you have to let them know that you are a great liberal American. OK? Are you game?

texgal on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

And he should also kiss his boyfriend in front of this friendly mob, oups, I meant group of protesters….

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

What will an Obama reelection bring? Will the US split into a Blue half and Red half? Two separate countries? Obama isn’t fit to lead anything or anyone.

Charlemagne on September 13, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Texas will survive, we’ve been through worse than Obama, but don’t know about the rest of the country. We’re the only state that was its own nation before joining the USA, a real mistake in my judgement. But, it is what it is, and if we have to go it alone again, I will fight to my death for our freedom. Too many Texans before me gave their lives for our Republic and for the USA for me to allow either to be captured by the enemy.

TXUS on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Why bother with them?

blue13326 on September 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

boredom.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

“Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
– Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

Karl Rove made him say that…or something.

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Really! You know this how?

chemman on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Violent anarchists would work better.

listens2glenn on September 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

I’d go with Fascists.

Axe on September 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

BILE must be like Rip Van Winkle. Just woke up and still thinks it’s 2008. I guess he didn’t get Zero’s campaign slogan, FORWARD! Bush-blaming time has long since passed. Your boy OWNS this whole f’in mess. ALL OF IT!

Sasha List on September 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

CW on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I’d forgotten about ‘Sloppy’ Sandy Burglar.

Lanceman on September 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

sesquipedalian on September 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Squid! you are so full of… well ink. It is Ok for the prezy to demagogue, but not a poster at HA? Were is you free speech spirit?

uncommon sense on September 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

“Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
– Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

Karl Rove made him say that…or something.

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Excuse me? I was swimming in circles, causing hurricanes with my sizable girth.

RovesChins on September 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Blah blah. The trolls are now recycling 10 year old memes. Night all.

CW on September 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM

WretchedHive denies–well, isn’t da’ Nile in Egypt?

stukinIL4now on September 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Why bother with them?

blue13326 on September 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Non-communication pacts have been attempted. They never work.

Lanceman on September 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Yes, Saddam was very threatening indeed with all those old rusted out weapons.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Yes …because Saddam being responsible for over 1 million deaths…..genocide…..hundreds of thousands killed with WMD…..and starting two wars is no big deal right genius…..

Thank God stopped Libya….the country with no standing army run by a coke head
who couldn’t even talk straight.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Not a surprise that a Hot Air reich winger would be happy with someone else telling lies, though.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Going to play the NAZI card now.

What lies might that be?

1. You are not a liberal
2. You don’t sympathize with them

chemman on September 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Shawn Turner, spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, emailed: “This is absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”

So they are saying they didn’t know the Grand Mufti of Egypt had condemned the video that is the focus of this whole problem?

On Sunday, Egyptian Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa denounced “the actions undertaken by some extremist Copts who made a film offensive to the Prophet.”

He said the offence “affects millions of Muslims around the world” and that the making of such a film could not be justified on the basis of freedom of expression.

“The attack on religious sanctities does not fall under this freedom,” said Gomaa.

and

On Sunday, the Grand Mufti of Egypt Ali Gomaa denounced “actions by Coptic extremists who produced a film offensive to the Prophet,” saying it hurts “millions of Muslims around the world.” “The attack on the sanctity of religion is not freedom” of expression, he added.

Maybe “Washington” doesn’t monitor the pronouncements of the Grand Mufti of Egypt, but I find it unlikely that the Embassy in Cairo doesn’t. They would have known about actionable information 48 hours or so in advance of the attacks. Even if the action is more eyebrow raising rather than back-of-the-neck, hair-raising, it’s not a stretch of the imagination to connect a Mufti condemnation of blasphemy and subsequent mob action.

Why was Ambassador Anne Patterson in Washington when this inevitable attack took place after the Grand Mufti publicly condemned the video? When had she left for Washington? Where is Anne Patterson now and why hasn’t anyone asked for her to explain her views on how this happened and what she knew?

Dusty on September 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Look at Obama shaking hands with muderous dictator Khadaffi…so cute together.

http://www.leblogfinance.com/files/2012/07/obama-khadafi.jpg

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Didn’t I read yesterday that Obama had the CIA brief State that there was no intelligence in advance of the attack? (Not sure if it specifically said CIA or State, but I’m pretty sure I read something about the Intelligence community denying there was any intel. Almost like an “It wasn’t me” claim.)

BKeyser on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

bileduct…I think you missed my response..here is a repost:

I can remember Bill Clinton on TV telling America that Saddam Hussein not only had weapons of mass destruction..Mark my words he will use them. That is what Clinton said with Tom Daschle standing right next to him.It was Bill that ordered the bombing of Baghdad after the weapons inspectors were kicked out..it was Bill that made the removal from power of Saddam Hussein our national policy.

That is what Bush inherited..along with AlQaida and Bin Laden.

BTW, they never did figure out what happened to those weapons that Bill Clinton swore Saddam had. Makes you wonder.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM

And btw, Bush worked harder on his vacations than that bum Obama has ever worked in his life..just because you bought Obama’s line of crap do not expect the rest of us to.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

You are asking me to tell lies, so my answer is no.

Not a surprise that a Hot Air reich winger would be happy with someone else telling lies, though.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

So, please explain what the lie is? are you not a liberal American? you don’t know how to blog? or you don’t find the ME protesters innocuous?

uncommon sense on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

So is Obama going to give another historic speech in Egypt?????

…cause the first one has worked out just as well as his economic policies….
absolute fail……

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

You are asking me to tell lies, so my answer is no.

Not a surprise that a Hot Air reich winger would be happy with someone else telling lies, though.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Nice comeback D#*khead.

Reich Winger…ohnoes!! Are you from KOS or DU??

BigWyo on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

So the chemical weapons that were found and disposed of aren’t classified as wmd? I know, you only consider Nuclear Weapons as wmd biological and chemical weapons don’t count.

chemman on September 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Oh wow, you mean the remnants of the Iran/Iraq war that were dug up and found to be well beyond their use?

Yes, Saddam was very threatening indeed with all those old rusted out weapons.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

And moammar, who the fluke was he threatening? Other than he had better hair than obongo ;)

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Didn’t I read yesterday that Obama had the CIA brief State that there was no intelligence in advance of the attack? (Not sure if it specifically said CIA or State, but I’m pretty sure I read something about the Intelligence community denying there was any intel. Almost like an “It wasn’t me” claim.)

BKeyser on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

I am not sure this came from the CIA.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:10 PM

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

How does it feel to support your chickenhawk Obama that launches wars against oil rich countries that did not attack us and posed no imminent threat….

………..you liberals lose all your “war is not the answer signs????

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Not a surprise that a Hot Air reich winger would be happy with someone else telling lies, though.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

ROFL

Definitely old home week at HotGas. I haven’t read “reich winger” in a looooooong time, since about Captains Quarters.

Ah, the good ol’ days.

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

BREAKING: Congressional Investigations of Obama Intelligence Failures to begin this Monday, 9/17

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

You are asking me to tell lies, so my answer is no.

Not a surprise that a Hot Air reich winger would be happy with someone else telling lies, though.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I call Bu))Sh!t! Why wouldn’t you go???? Coward!

texgal on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

So is Obama going to give another historic speech in Egypt?????

…cause the first one has worked out just as well as his economic policies….
absolute fail……

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Well he is a transformational figure doncha know.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

The Obama administration is flatly denying a blaring British newspaper report that the U.S. diplomats in Libya were killed as a result of a “continuing security breach,” and that “credible information” about possible attacks had been ignored.

A U.S. official told POLITICO: “There’s no intelligence indicating that the attack in Benghazi was premeditated.”…

Got stuck on another thread, so forgive my tardiness..

This is such complete and utter BS! It’s proven that there was intelligence about this event. For Christs sake it was on 9/11…how would anyone not know to beef up security on this day.

God bless those who were lost.

I’d be interested in hearing what communication Ambassador Stephens gave before he was systematically raped and killed.

I will NOT believe there wasn’t any.

ccrosby on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

BREAKING: Congressional Investigations of Obama Intelligence Failures to begin this Monday, 9/17

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Really? Well the tongue lashing from Romney might be the least of dear leaders problems.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM

this is demagoguery and we both know that.

sesquipedalian on September 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Nope, just the truth. Obama has made it clear where his priorities lie. If you actually think he cares one whit about these dead Americans except to use as a tool for re-election, then I applaud your naivete.

Good Solid B-Plus on September 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I call Bu))Sh!t! Why wouldn’t you go???? Coward!

texgal on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Because you placed a condition on me going there that would require me to say something that isn’t true.

I am not going to lie for you.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Come on genius….
…….explain the fantastic logic and intelligence of your chickenhawk Obama that he would send American dignitaries to a previous war zone in Libya….in a well known al-qaeda hot bed…..with no security…..after repeated warnings from his own State Department of attacks……and just after an IED attack in June…..

……………..How is this “smart power???”

…come on genius….defend your boy king.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

I call Bu))Sh!t! Why wouldn’t you go???? Coward!

texgal on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Well, there it is….

BigWyo on September 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Remember how the election of Obama was going to make the world like America again?

Yeah, me neither.

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

I will NOT believe there wasn’t any.

ccrosby on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Baxter Greene found and posted info from the state department stating that Americans were to steer clear of the area due to fears of attacks coming.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Look at Obama shaking hands with muderous dictator Khadaffi…so cute together.

http://www.leblogfinance.com/files/2012/07/obama-khadafi.jpg

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

http://www.flyingsnail.com/Dahbud/images/sadrum.jpg

Those two would make a cute couple too!

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM

It is fun to watch the wheels fall of the bus called the Obama Administration.

Just as enjoyable is watching the media and other commentators attempt to defend what they know is a foreign policy disaster of election loosing proportions.

Rndguy on September 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM

A U.S. official told POLITICO: “There’s no intelligence indicating that the attack in Benghazi was premeditated.”…

maybe it will wind up being a coverup…….

and besides that doesn’t jibe with the earlier report from LIVELEAK that implicated Morsi himself (his troops) in the raid on the compound.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Nope, just the truth. Obama has made it clear where his priorities lie. If you actually think he cares one whit about these dead Americans except to use as a tool for re-election, then I applaud your naivete.

Good Solid B-Plus on September 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM

He will care if it affects his reelection campaign.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Well he is a transformational figure doncha know.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

…Yea….according to Newsweek Magazine….he’s like God looking down on us.

Watching the massive failures of Obama’s domestic and foreign policies….what you want to bet they would like to take that one back.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

and besides that doesn’t jibe with the earlier report from LIVELEAK that implicated Morsi himself (his troops) in the raid on the compound.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

I heard that too.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

ROFL

Definitely old home week at HotGas. I haven’t read “reich winger” in a looooooong time, since about Captains Quarters.

Ah, the good ol’ days.

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

I am truly honored to have revived the label and will wear the “reich winger” moniker with great pride!

texgal on September 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

This was obviously planned well ahead of time. The opening of the American “cultural center” was scheduled, they had advance knowledge the Ambassador would certainly be there.

The came from State Department employees angry their colleagues were hung out to dry. It won’t go away, no matter how much Chuck Todd, Mark Halperin, and Politico try to focus on Romney to cover up for Obama.

It’s not the end of Romney, it’s the end of Obama as “soft power” and “smart diplomacy” blow up in his face. Cover THAT up for two months, Chomsky!

Isn’t it about time HotAir quit linking the propaganda site Politico?

Adjoran on September 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Watching the massive failures of Obama’s domestic and foreign policies….what you want to bet they would like to take that one back.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Maybe they did in a way when they put out that Newsweek a few weeks ago with the cover story saying it was time for Obama to go.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Baxter Greene found and posted info from the state department stating that Americans were to steer clear of the area due to fears of attacks coming.

[Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM]

Can you point to that info, please? I’d like to read about it.

Dusty on September 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM

I am truly honored to have revived the label and will wear the “reich winger” moniker with great pride!

texgal on September 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

As well you should.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Those two would make a cute couple too!

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Not as cute as these two….lovebirds.

http://therealrevo.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/jeremiah-wright-barack-obama.jpg

I think there’s one of Obummer and Larry Sinclair…should be on the Internet by November 1.

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM

The Independent didn’t claim that the intelligence said there’d be an attack on the Benghazi consulate specifically. It claimed that American missions generally, including the one in Benghazi, could be targeted. The point is, security should have been ramped up at U.S. missions worldwide. Why didn’t that happen in Benghazi?

And why in Sam Hill is the U.S. Press only talking about it after the Administration denies it?

JeffWeimer on September 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Your implication in that sentence is that you know he’s had failures.

Even in your douchebaggery, you have Freudian slips.

Lanceman on September 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

The only success bileduct can come up with in four freaking years is killing Bin Laden, which involved saying “go ahead”. That is one hard working guy.

Night Owl on September 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I remember one of the big complaints about Reagan was he was a “WARMONGER”.

Romney is in good company if he has the stones to not back down now.


Mitt has offended the disciples of the Progressive Messiah and no he must be taken out in the public square and be humiliated.

Just like they did Sarah Palin ever since the moment she walked on that stage in Dayton.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Can you point to that info, please? I’d like to read about it.

Dusty on September 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Baxter put that up in a post yesterday I think. I am not sure I can find it again. I will see if I can.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:20 PM

…come on genius….defend your boy king.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

You scared him off…

Electrongod on September 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM

I remember one of the big complaints about Reagan was he was a “WARMONGER”.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Are you sure it wasn’t selling arms to terrorists?

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Even Ayn Rand thought Ronald Reagan was a nut.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Really when you think about it the left has their own JIHAD against Conservatives or Christians.

They have their raving banshees (Cher/Chris Matthews/Mike Barnicle/Steve Schmidt) that might as well be screaming out Allua Obama.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM

So who is Obama going to blame for his latest epic failure….Tea Party….House Republicans…..Bush……

……..what happened to how much the Mid-East was going to love us now that Obama was President…..

………..all that “soft power”…..all that “intelligent policy”…..

They hate us more than ever….
………..Obama has run for the exits in Afghanistan……
…………..Pakistan has tossed us aside for China….
………………….Israel/Palestinian conflict is worse than ever……
….Iran is closer than ever to a nuclear bomb…..
……………Obama has been nothing but Putin’s b!tch since 2009….
…Obama’s war of choice in Libya has done nothing but turn an oil rich nation over to the jihadist…..
……….the muslim brotherhood now run Egypt……..

….fantastic job liberals…..way to support absolute failure…..4 more years!!!!!……Forward!!!!!

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

[Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:20 PM]

Maybe Baxter remembers. Baxter, you still here?

Dusty on September 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Really when you think about it the left has their own JIHAD against Conservatives or Christians.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Ayn Rand was a lefty?

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

From your media…last year

Electrongod on September 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

So, from that article, Clinton and Obama are hard workers whilst Bush and Reagan enjoyed putting their feet up.

Thanks, I knew as much already.

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM

“whilst”?? Folks, let’s just ignore bileduct. With this word, he’s outted himself as non-American. bileduct, why don’t you go find some UK blog to troll ….

jmfe on September 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Look at Obama shaking hands with muderous dictator Khadaffi…so cute together.

http://www.leblogfinance.com/files/2012/07/obama-khadafi.jpg

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Whaaa, he didn’t bow??? Guess he was prescient, he knew he’d kill moammar later in the story, so he didn’t see the point for bowing….to a soon to be corpse…heh, even obongo’s bowing has its limits…..

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

“whilst”?? Folks, let’s just ignore bileduct. With this word, he’s outted himself as non-American. bileduct, why don’t you go find some UK blog to troll ….

jmfe on September 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

:)

Nice catch!

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:26 PM

This is the site about the Marines not having live ammo and who makes that decision.

http://freebeacon.com/reports-marines-not-permitted-live-ammo/

bluefox on September 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM

If the Marines had live ammo, I wonder why aren’t we hearing about all the dead Libyan terrorists at our Libyan embassy?

RJL on September 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM

If you’re referring to that Pentagon update on that website, I would take it with a grain of salt. They parse words pretty good:-)
From what I’ve read elsewhere it seems those at the Embassy were being moved to a safe house and were betrayed. They may have not had a chance. There are so many reports out, that it takes time to sift out what is true.

But the fact that the Admin. had 48 hours notice and did nothing is a tragedy.

bluefox on September 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Whaaa, he didn’t bow??? Guess he was prescient, he knew he’d kill moammar later in the story, so he didn’t see the point for bowing….to a soon to be corpse…heh, even obongo’s bowing has its limits…..

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Remember how Obamababoon brought Chicago the Olympics?

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:28 PM

You would think McCain should be able to tell a friend from an enemy.

bluefox on September 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

You must be thinking of someone else, McCain frequently and regularly attacks Republicans but is loath to say a bad word of anyone on the left.

RJL on September 13, 2012 at 11:28 PM

(via ace of spades)

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5762.html

[Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:20 PM]

Maybe Baxter remembers. Baxter, you still here?

Dusty on September 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Libya
August 27, 2012

Travel Warning
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Consular Affairs

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Libya. The incidence of violent crime, especially carjacking and robbery, has become a serious problem. In addition, political violence in the form of assassinations and vehicle bombs has increased in both Benghazi and Tripoli. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated September 22, 2011, and notes the resumption of full consular services to U.S. citizens on August 27, 2012.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM

[Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM]

Thanks much.

Dusty on September 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

.
Ayn Rand was a lefty?

bileduct on September 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

.
Nope, just a passive atheist.

listens2glenn on September 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM

[Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:20 PM]

Maybe Baxter remembers. Baxter, you still here?

Dusty on September 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Ohhh Yes…the countries government has been soooooo Friendly……

..except for the fact that the people on the ground state that there fears of being killed….are coming form Sesqui “friendly government”:

(via Ace of Spades)
http://minx.cc/?post=332802

By the way: In Bengazi, a staffer wrote (in an online gaming forum; he was an EVE player)…

“(12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.”

It seems the embassy staff knew something was coming — why was Obama not doing something about this? Such as… evacuating the staff? Sending in Marines?

……

…but what does he know……he’s just right there in the middle of it and Sesqui is like….sitting in front of Chris Tingle re-runs drooling repeating over and over and over…“Libya is a friendly place…no need for security…..Libya is a friendly place….no need for security….”

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM

But the fact that the Admin. had 48 hours notice and did nothing is a tragedy.

bluefox on September 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Agreed! And I’d say it’s unlikely that we’ll ever know all the horrendous decisions that led to these American deaths.

RJL on September 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Whaaa, he didn’t bow??? Guess he was prescient, he knew he’d kill moammar later in the story, so he didn’t see the point for bowing….to a soon to be corpse…heh, even obongo’s bowing has its limits…..

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Remember how Obamababoon brought Chicago the Olympics?

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Oh, yeah…Winning :) ..

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM

But the fact that the Admin. had 48 hours notice and did nothing is a tragedy.

bluefox on September 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Sorry, but twiddling their thumbs is doing something.

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM

“We are not aware.” – The obama Administration.

Pork-Chop on September 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM

I agree. Strange the Citizens are more outraged than members of Congress. I hear Allen West….thinking…..who else?

bluefox on September 13, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) raked the boy king over the coals yesterday with a speech on the House floor.

Video here

Flora Duh on September 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Ok for the prezy to demagogue, but not a poster at HA? Were is you free speech spirit?

uncommon sense on September 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

he’s free write whatever demagoguery he wants, no?

sesquipedalian on September 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Obama = toast

Wait till he tries to throw Hilliary under the bus hahahahahaha

Conservative4ev on September 13, 2012 at 11:35 PM

[Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 11:20 PM]

Maybe Baxter remembers. Baxter, you still here?

Dusty on September 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

….this is on top of the fact that this same building was bombed in June:

IED Attack in Benghazi
Embassy of Tripli/Libya

U.S. citizens are advised that there was an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on the U.S. Office in Benghazi during the early morning hours of June 6. There were no casualties. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. This incident is a reminder of the fluid security situation in Libya.

…..in conjunction with the fact that this building resided in a recent war zone that is well known as a al-qaeda hot bed……

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:35 PM

yea, it looks like he killed the Ambassador also… then went to Vegas.

faraway on September 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM

No, MSNBC told me that Elvis killed the Ambassador. 0bama went to Vegas to hunt him down and step on his blue suede shoes with his bare hands.

cane_loader on September 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

[Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM]

Thanks much.

Dusty on September 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM

No problem…

Hi Terrye……

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

“There is growing belief that the attack was in revenge for the killing in a drone strike in Pakistan of Mohammed Hassan Qaed, an al-Qa’ida operative who was, as his nom-de-guerre Abu Yahya al-Libi suggests, from Libya, and timed for the anniversary of the 11 September attacks.”

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 11:39 PM

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