Rice: Benghazi attack was spontaneous; Libya: No, it wasn’t

posted at 12:01 pm on September 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

There seems to be lingering confusion about the nature of the attack on the Benghazi consulate that cost four Americans their lives, including the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979, J. Christopher Stevens.  UN Ambassador Susan Rice insisted on Fox News Sunday that the attack on the consulate on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 was a spontaneous demonstration that just “spun out of control.”  Rice also doubled down on the administration’s claim that the violence is all about the video:

WALLACE:  This week, there have been anti-American protests in two dozen countries across the Islamic world.Tthe White House says it has nothing to do with the president’s policies. Let’s watch.

JAY CARNEY:  This is not a case of protests directed at the United States writ large or at U.S. policy. This is in response to a video that is offensive.

WALLACE: You don’t really believe that?

AMB. RICE: Chris, absolutely I believe that. Because, in fact, it is the case. We had the evolution of the Arab Spring over the last many months but what sparked the recent violence was the airing on the Internet of a very hateful very offensive video that has offended many people around the world. Now, our strong view is that there is no excuse for violence. It is reprehensible and never justified. But in fact there have been those in various parts of the world who have reacted with violence. Their governments have increasingly and effectively responded and protected our facilities and condemned the violence and this outrageous response to what is an offensive video. But there is no question what we have seen in the past with things like Satanic Verses and cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad there have been such things that have sparked outrage and anger and this has been the proximate cause.

WALLACE: It may have sparked it but you critics say that the outpouring of outrage against the U.S. has everything to do with the U.S. policies. That we are disengaging from that part of the world that we pulled out of Iraq, we are are pulling out of Afghanistan, that Iran is continuing on with its nuclear program and they say our critics is that our allies no longer trust us and our enemies no longer fear us.

AMB. RICE:  Well, Chris, that is just false. Le’s be plain. Our partners and allies value voters responded effectively and promptly when we have asked them to protect our facilities and our people.

National Journal picks up on Rice’s flat-out insistence later in the interview with Chris Wallace that the Benghazi attack had no element of premeditation or planning:

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, maintained on Sunday that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was not planned by terrorist groups. She said the attack spun out of protests, which were sparked by an anti-Islamic video produced in the U.S.

“This was not a pre-planned, pre-meditated attack,” she said on Fox News Sunday. “What happened initially was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo as a consequence of the video. People gathered outside the embassy and then it grew very violent. People with extremist ties joined the fray and came with heavy weapons—which, unfortunately, are quite common in post-revolutionary Libya—and that then spun out of control.”

Rice told Jake Tapper on ABC’s This Week that the US response was not impotent, and again insisted that the attacks were spontaneous:

“We’re not impotent,were not even less popular to challenge that assessment” said Rice. ” What happened this week in Cairo, in Benghazi and many other parts of the region was a result, a direct result, of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated, that the U.S. government had nothing to do with, which we have made clear is reprehensible and disgusting.” …

“Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo,” Rice told me this morning on “This Week.” …

“We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to – or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo,” Rice said. “And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons… And it then evolved from there.”

That comes as news to the Libyan government, which has now arrested 50 people in connection to the murders and the attack on the consulate.  Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf told CBS’ Face the Nation that the attack was planned for months by people who had infiltrated Libya from other nations specifically for the attack:

About 50 arrests have been made in connection with the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in which the American Ambassador and three other consulate employees were killed, and some of the suspects involved are from outside the country, Libya’s president told CBS News.

In an interview for “Face the Nation” Sunday, President Mohamed Magariaf also said that evidence “leaves us with no doubt” that the attack was pre-planned.

“It was planned, definitely, it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago, and they were planning this criminal act since their arrival,” he told Bob Schieffer.

So who to believe?  Magariaf’s statement is more against his interests, at least on the surface.  He’d have some benefit from the argument that the consulate got sacked in a spontaneous eruption of anger, because it would let his security forces off the hook for missing the extensive plot that Magariaf now asserts was in place.  It could also be a ploy to crack down on radial Islamist networks in the eastern part of Libya, which otherwise might be difficult for the weak central government to undertake, but an admission of weakness in the first place might not be in Tripoli’s best interests.  Also, it’s possible that Magariaf might be right about the plot and wrong about the plotters, or at least not entirely forthcoming, if the Libyan security forces have been penetrated by the radicals, but that still means Rice’s explanation is entirely wrong.

Fortunately, Rep. Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee,  points out a few facts that support Magariaf’s contention and refute Rice’s:

However, Rep. Mike Rogers, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, said the evidence pointed in the other direction, citing the style and coordination of the attack.

“I think it’s too early to make that conclusion,” Rogers said on the same show [as Rice]. “The way that the attack took place, I have serious questions. It seemed to be a military-style, coordinated. They had indirect fire coordinated with direct fire, rocket attacks. They were able to launch two different separate attacks on locations there near the consulate and they repelled a fairly significant Libyan force that came to rescue the embassy.”

The betrayal of the supposedly “safe house” also tends to support Magariaf’s assertion.  An angry mob wouldn’t have organized well enough for that kind of pursuit and intelligence, unless the Libyan security forces in the know simply and “spontaneously” decided to throw in with the mob, which is possible but pretty unlikely.  The coordination and purposeful strategy in play shows premeditation and planning, and that means it’s not just an angry mob that spontaneously “spun out of control.”

Maybe someone should ask the State Department to explain the difference in conclusions.  Oh, that’s right, that part of the US government has declared itself immune from public scrutiny.  Bummer.  Because if this attack wasn’t the “spontaneous” event that “spun out of control” that Rice insists it was, then State and the White House have a lot to answer for on their preparations and security decisions for the anniversary of 9/11 in a part of Libya well known to be haven to radical Islamist terror networks — including al-Qaeda.


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Gotta go with anyone other than bho/team to give us close to the truth! It seems bho/team have a major lack of truth telling?
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letget on September 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Sick and tired of these lying fools in the White House. They are an international embarrassment and the joke is on us.

Four more American troops in Afghanistan murdered by terrorists this morning. The administration will call it a random act by an unruly mob that happens to be armed with RPGs.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Just unbelievable…

sandee on September 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

RESIGN NOW!

clnurnberg on September 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Yeah, it was spontaneous, but the IT guy reported a security guard taking photos of the place hours before the “unplanned” event.

obladioblada on September 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

“We’re not impotent,were not even less popular to challenge that assessment” said Rice. ”

What?

Key West Reader on September 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

how it could be an organized attack on 3 sides and not be planned beyond me.

gerrym51 on September 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

No, there is no lingering confusion. The administration knows it is lying; they hope the world is stupid enough to believe the lies.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Whatever you say, Susan . . . . . (shaking head in utter disbelief)
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Apparently, they can go on forever.

listens2glenn on September 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Sad day when I believe the Libyan rep. over a US Amb.

katy on September 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

How does Ms. Rice work around this

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/09/vilerat/

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Not to mention that the area had been a hot spot for RPG bombings for months prior to 9/11.
No need for Hillary to increase security…

Electrongod on September 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Yeah, it was spontaneous, but the IT guy reported a security guard taking photos of the place hours before the “unplanned” event.

obladioblada on September 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

For the before and after shots to be posted on the web by terrorist recruiters, perhaps.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

If there was a mushroom cloud over the capital dome and the radiation meters were off the charts, the Obama administration would send another of their Ivory Tower flunkies out to convince us that some prole had used too much lighter fluid for the BBQ.

vityas on September 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

WALLACE: It may have sparked it but you critics say that the outpouring of outrage against the U.S. has everything to do with the U.S. policies. That we are disengaging from that part of the world that we pulled out of Iraq, we are are pulling out of Afghanistan, that Iran is continuing on with its nuclear program and they say our critics is that our allies no longer trust us and our enemies no longer fear us.

What a pathetic partisan joke. The Arab populace are mad because the US is leaving Iraq and isn’t attacking Iran?

Daikokuco on September 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Wallace should have accused her of “the willful suspension of disbelief”. Who was it again that made that phrase famous?

ardenenoch on September 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Among the stunningly stupid remarks Susan Rice made was that actually defending an Embassy and shooting a rioter that is trying to kill you is WORSE than just standing around and waiting to die.

Susan Rice is a total fool and needs to return to whatever place she had in academia before she ventured into the real world.

Freddy on September 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I believe all these Obama spokes people should be hooked up to a lie detector when they make these talk show appearances.

birdwatcher on September 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Can anyone tell the truth in this administration?

Can anyone in this administation comprehend what the truth is?

itsspideyman on September 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

How does Ms. Rice work around this

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/09/vilerat/

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

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“Work around what ? I don’t see nuthin’.”

listens2glenn on September 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Wallace should have accused her of engaging in “the willful suspension of disbelief”. Who was it again that made that phrase famous?

ardenenoch on September 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Liar.

rob verdi on September 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Daikokuco on September 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

You seem to forget that these people only stop hating each other long enough to occasionally hate the U.S., which in most cases is a ploy. The signs the citizens are carrying would probably be more honest if the said “SEND MORE MONEY!!!”

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Everyone needs to go to the ABC blog that Ed linked to and read the comments. I read them about an hour ago and there was not one positive remark about the Obama regime and the liar known as Susan Rice.

JPeterman on September 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

“folks in Benghazi”. I will be so happy to get rid of these dems just to stop hearing all this “folks”.

clnurnberg on September 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Ok, let’s say we are gullible enough to swallow this pail of poop. Let’s say that it was some obscure video that caused this. If that is the case, if muslim violence is that easily triggered, then does it not require that we should be even more prepared for violence against our people, not less???. Either way you slice it, our foreign policy is hopelessly naive or our leaders are virulent liars. Come to think of it, it’s probably both.

natasha333 on September 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Face it, folks: We’re on our own. This administration will not defend us. And then they will lie about it. It is shocking. I cannot believe this administration has sunk so low. They will cover their own butts at the expense of everyone.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Don’t ask, don’t tell.

VegasRick on September 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

listens2glenn on September 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I can’t speak for Ms. Rice but I found this pretty interesting.

“On Tuesday, Sean Smith, a Foreign Service Information Management Officer assigned to the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, typed a message to the director of his online gaming guild: ”Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.” The consulate was under siege, and within hours, a mob would attack, killing Smith along with three others, including the U.S. ambassador.”

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

“It was planned, definitely, it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago, and they were planning this criminal act since their arrival.”

And there’s a mountain of evidence the administration was made aware of the dangers, to include the general consideration of Benghazi being very open to terrorist elements right up to specific warnings for this particular attack.

How does Ms. Rice work around this

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/09/vilerat/

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

She doesn’t have to, Cindy. It’s the media’s job to spin it for her and the administration.

hawkdriver on September 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Obama’s first response

Key West Reader on September 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

They will cover their own butts at the expense of everyone.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

You just defined the word ‘coward’.

katy on September 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Death to those who call Islam violent

steel guy on September 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

This is a despicable “It wasn’t me!” defense. Typical of liberals, unable to admit fault… ever.

BKeyser on September 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Let me get this straight. Because of the ongoing FBI investigation, the administration ‘can’t’ answer questions. But they can go on meet the press and speechify their propaganda line to try to bury this deadly fiasco in as positive a light as possible for the big O until after the election.

Have I got that right?

ProfessorMiao on September 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

You seem to forget that these people only stop hating each other long enough to occasionally hate the U.S., which in most cases is a ploy. The signs the citizens are carrying would probably be more honest if the said “SEND MORE MONEY!!!”

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Yea, I think it’s kinda funny (not HAHA funny) how their protest signs are written in English but most of the folks can,t even write in their own language.

VegasRick on September 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

JPeterman on September 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Oh, Silly, that is just a coordinated Rightwing Tea Party disinformation campaign promoting racism to make dear leader look bad. Real Americans don’t believe that. ///

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Can anyone tell the truth in this administration?

Can anyone in this administation comprehend what the truth is?

itsspideyman on September 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

…if they told the truth they would have to answer policy questions…we can’t have that…can we?

KOOLAID2 on September 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Wallace should have accused her of engaging in “the willful suspension of disbelief”. Who was it again that made that phrase famous?

ardenenoch on September 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

The same person who got up and answered the 3 a.m. call when this tragedy struck – and our president apparently did not, sad to say.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

VegasRick on September 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

They use the same printer as SEIU.

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Unless Susan Rice knows that we have identified, captured, and waterboarded the Islamic terrorists who killed our people in Benghazi, she has no idea whether it was spontaneous, preplanned or whatever.

Obviously, Obama’s people are bound and determined to shift all blame for this to Bush the idiots who made the video. I would like to have seen the actual number of viewings of the Youtube video before the riots and attacks took place. 3? 30? 3million?

Qzsusy on September 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

There seems to be lingering confusion about the nature of the attack on the Benghazi consulate that cost four Americans their lives, including the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979, J. Christopher Stevens.

It’s not confusion—it pure unadulterated bull crap, spoon-fed by the pathetic liberal media and swallowed by only idiots, who can’t reasonably think for themselves—also affectionately called drones. (see lemmings, sheep)

Rovin on September 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

She knows it was not premeditated.

How can she know what didn’t happen?

Akzed on September 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

You just defined the word ‘coward’.

katy on September 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

+1,000,000

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

New Hotness: Whatever Obama says.

Old and Busted: Our lying eyes.

Curtiss on September 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

how it could be an organized attack on 3 sides and not be planned beyond me.

gerrym51 on September 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I don’t know what you mean. Like most people, I always make sure to have a sophisticated plan in place to launch a multipronged assault on the nearest embassy while disguising it with a large mob of protestors screaming about the president and Osama bin laden; this way, when I browse YouTube I can do it secure in the knowledge that if I find a video not to my liking, I’ll have a means of recourse at the ready.

It’s important to plan ahead for these situations, in order to avoid doing anything rash in the heat of the moment.

RINO in Name Only on September 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Obama’s first response

Key West Reader on September 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I was expewcting this –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb-K9KajZm0

VegasRick on September 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

1) There was no security force in place at Benghazi
2) The consulate had been the target of an attack in June of this year
3) We had no plan in place throughout the region (the entire Middle East) to increase security at our embassies or diplomatic missions for the 911 anniversary.
4)We had limited intelligence gathering capabilities in the region as well,(we’re no longer at war) we have since had to assign more personnel to that function.
5) There are numerous reports from Libyan security folks that they had warned us prior to the attack and were ignored.
6)The demonstrations in Egypt were organized through the Muslim Brotherhood and Ayman Zawahiri’s brother was present.

No, I can’t buy into the argument for a spontaneous demonstration, protesting some obscure U Tube movie no one ever heard of, that got out of control and a US Ambassador was murdered. Nope! Ain’t buyin’ it!

Boats48 on September 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Douglas Wilson: This administration is amateur hour.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

It seemed to be a military-style, coordinated. They had indirect fire coordinated with direct fire, rocket attacks.

That doesn’t happen spontaneously.

98ZJUSMC on September 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

For the love of God Ambassador Rice enough all ready.We were warned 3 days before the attack .We did nothing 4 people died .What do you say to the families of the people who died.You people need to get a ounce of decency and tell the truth for a change .These families of our fallen people deserve no less.

logman1 on September 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

So…people died and obama lied?

Rational Thought on September 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

He says the Obama White House lives in a cartoon world of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

They are lying through their teeth at every turn and the media is willfully turning the other cheek to ignore it.

As someone said above – we are most definitely on our own.

gophergirl on September 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

This is another sad day for America, watching this fool spin an extra web for the Dog Eating Bonehead infesting the White House.

400 men attack the consulate from three sides at the exact time Stevens is there, then those same attackers just happen to be johnny-on-the-spot ambushers when the rescue column moves in at a different location.

Then, THEN the brownshirts move in to drag away the film’s producer at midnight from his own house, voluntarily of course yet he’s handcuffed.

This shiite is getting WAY out of control.

Bishop on September 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

They use the same printer as SEIU.

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

The next group of koranimals attacking our embassies should have on the purple shirts.

VegasRick on September 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Oh, but everything’s fine now… The MSM has told me that the mess in the middle east has quieted down now! Phew… that’s a relief…

sandee on September 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

The fact that they sent the FBI to it shows that they see this is still just a “criminal action” and not a “act of war”. They should have sent B-2 bombers not FBI agents.

tjexcite on September 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Delusional fool.

pat on September 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

He says the Obama White House lives in a cartoon world of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I missed something. Who said this? Thanks!

esr1951 on September 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I have been wondering something. Don’t any of these rop type sub-humans have a job in any country they live? These can get out and riot, throw rocks(where do they come from?), burn everthing in sight, and kill people on a daily basis?

Guess all the funds the US sends them in aid to ‘make them love us’ is paying them?
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letget on September 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Fox News had a timeline this morning of the embassy demonstrations in the Middle East and Africa. They predate this attack by more than a year.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

It was a spontaneous movement of personnel over a number of months that just happened to have done a lot of planning to gather equipment and INTEL so as to just by totally, like accident, assassinate the US Ambassador!

Yeah… suuuuurrreeee….

And if you believe that one, I have a bridge to sell you… extra cheap!

ajacksonian on September 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I missed something. Who said this? Thanks!

esr1951 on September 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Doug Wilson, former asst. secy. of Defense, who was just on Fox News.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Douglas Wilson: This administration is amateur hour.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I got it now. Do you have a link? Thanks, again!

esr1951 on September 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

VegasRick on September 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Nothing says unity like matching outfits!!!!! Except maybe drum circles. I do love me some drum circles.

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Thanks!

esr1951 on September 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Yet with all this Obama’s numbers stay high? How on Gods green earth can this be possible?

sandee on September 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Nothing to see here; sayeth the Media!

skatz51 on September 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

listens2glenn on September 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

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I can’t speak for Ms. Rice but I found this pretty interesting.

“On Tuesday, Sean Smith, a Foreign Service Information Management Officer assigned to the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, typed a message to the director of his online gaming guild: ”Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.” The consulate was under siege, and within hours, a mob would attack, killing Smith along with three others, including the U.S. ambassador.”

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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I missed my point Cindy’.

To us, Sean Smith’s message is more than ‘definitive’. A MAJOR indictment.

To Susan Rice, it simply doesn’t exist.

listens2glenn on September 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/15/yard-sale-obama/

OT- But how low can they go?

Barred on September 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Community organizers regularly bring rocket propelled grenades to spontaneous protests.

faraway on September 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

This shiite is getting WAY out of control.

Bishop on September 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

100 percent, Bishop. Finding it very difficult to even be sarcastic to make a point. We are seriously looking weak and disorganized.

hawkdriver on September 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I got it now. Do you have a link? Thanks, again!

esr1951 on September 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Not yet. The interview just ended. Check the Fox News web site. Shannon Bream interviewed him.

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Yet with all this Obama’s numbers stay high? How on Gods green earth can this be possible?

sandee on September 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

There were a lot of people asking that in 1980, too.

The pollsters lie. So does the MFM. Notice that a lot of polls are sponsored by the MFM.

ajacksonian on September 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I find the fact that terrorist hit the Brit base in U.S. uniforms very disquieting. Supposedly they (15, I believe) destroyed six Harriers. All but one dead, water boarding anyone?

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Everyone needs to go to the ABC blog that Ed linked to and read the comments. I read them about an hour ago and there was not one positive remark about the Obama regime and the liar known as Susan Rice.

JPeterman on September 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Wow!ABC.

esr1951 on September 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

listens2glenn on September 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I knew what you meant, I just took the opportunity to put the money lines out there. If the media won’t ask her about it, he may as well not have said it.

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

That’s funny, I heard it was a pre planned attack to kill the ambassador in retaliation for the drone killing of Al Qaeda
leader and the protest around the area was just cover with the pretext of anger at the movie trailer no one knew about. That’s just what I heard.

d1carter on September 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM

The pollsters lie. So does the MFM. Notice that a lot of polls are sponsored by the MFM.

ajacksonian on September 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

It’s so bad that Peter Hamby from CNN is tweeting the Obama donation page out. Go look at Twitchy.

gophergirl on September 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Anytime the US embassy is not prepared for attacks on 9/11 is worthy of firing for those that can be and impeachment for those that neglected their duty. Fools they all are.

Fuquay Steve on September 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

A “spontaneous reaction to a video”. They apparently think the American public is as dumb as a box of rocks. I have never participated in a protest or a demonstration, but if I ever did I am sure I would go to my closet first, grab my RPG, my motor tube, and some rounds, and then make my way to the site of the protest. I would then have the ability to plan my protest with other protestors, making sure we laid out our fire lanes just right, so we could breach the compound, and kill four people.

This entire administration talks to us like we are 5 years old.

kam582 on September 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

According to highly trusted sources, the Obama administration had received warnings of threats to attack as many as seven US missions in the Middle East on the anniversary of 9/11. As early as September 4, and again a few days later, the warnings were received, but largely ignored.

The embassies were not put on high alert, which is standard procedure in the face of such threats. So they were not prepared for the attacks that occurred on Tuesday night. In fact, at the Cairo embassy, the Marines were unarmed, by order of Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson, who did not permit them to carry live ammunition in their weapons.

Contrary to first reports, the attack against the Libyan Consulate in Benghazi yesterday was not a ‘spontaneous’ mob action. It was, in fact, a well-coordinated military attack, targeting an unfortified building serving as the US Consulate in Benghazi, to remind us that the war that began with 9/11 is far from over. The building had none of the standard physical protections of a US diplomatic mission, no armed Marines, and no deterring perimeter. According to consulate personnel, the Consulate may have been under surveillance prior to the attack, and the attack itself was carried out in military-style waves, by well-armed attackers using heavy assault weapons, including RPGs (rocket propelled grenades).

The brutal murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans had nothing to do with a low-budget film on youtube that insulted Mohammed, despite recurring statements to the contrary. The film was only an excuse, used to engage people already on the edge of anti-American hysteria.

http://gerarddirect.com/2012/09/14/arab-spring-shows-its-true-face-two-embassies-attacked-us-ambassador-killed/

And the lamestream media is letting Hillary off the hook. This is on your watch, Mrs. Clinton. And this is on your pick for Sect. of State—Mr. Obama!

Rovin on September 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Stuck on Stupid.

RealMc on September 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I was expewcting this –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb-K9KajZm0

VegasRick on September 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

LOL!! Looks like Hillary after a few beers.

Key West Reader on September 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I find the fact that terrorist hit the Brit base in U.S. uniforms very disquieting. Supposedly they (15, I believe) destroyed six Harriers. All but one dead, water boarding anyone?

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

How soon before they get Prince Harry out of there? He’s their main target.

JPeterman on September 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

1. AQ warns us they are going to attack in Libya
2. No Marines
3. 2nd terror attack on 9-11, killing 4 Americans on American soil
4. Sure Obama defeat
4. Create a false story about a video and tie it to another country
5. The right wing base goes crazy about a movie
6. Hillary goes on TV every day talking about the movie
7. Undecided women are scared by crazy right wing base and swing to Obama
8. Reelection!!!

faraway on September 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

This entire administration talks to us like we are 5 years old.

kam582 on September 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Have you noticed that Mrs. Clinton now talks v e r y s l o w l y , as if we are too stupid to follow her remarks in a normal speaking voice.

esr1951 on September 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Then, THEN the brownshirts move in to drag away the film’s producer at midnight from his own house, voluntarily of course yet he’s handcuffed.

This shiite is getting WAY out of control.

Bishop on September 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Oh for gods sake,will you guys just stop with this bullshit. He was not dragged out of his house at midnight. HE called the police because the Fifth Column Treasonous Media followed him home and were broadcasting the location of his home all around the world. HE asked for police protection.

The Police used his prior criminal convictions as a legal pretext to put him under Police Protective Custody. California DOES NOT have any legal statute that allows the police to place a person under Police Protective custody unless a crime has been committed.

HE has been released from Police Custody because no crime has been committed and the police cannot legally keep him in Protective custody.

Federal officials are investigating whether Nakoula, who has been convicted of financial crimes, has violated the terms of his five-year probation. If so, a judge could send him back to prison.

Nakoula went voluntarily to the station, wearing a coat, hat, scarf and glasses that concealed his appearance. His home has been besieged by media for several days.

Whitmore said Nakoula was not handcuffed and the heavy apparel was his idea.

I live in California and am about as anti-Police as you can get, but this honestly is a big fat nothing burger.

SWalker on September 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

If any of you out there were in the military (and I am guessing there are quite a few), what effort, manpower, and equipment are needed to launch an RPG attack with coordinated rifle fire?

Philly on September 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Every thing and anything to protect Pantload…

… I have this sick feeling in my stomach that there are many people walking around alive today that won’t be in the coming months.

Seven Percent Solution on September 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Have you noticed that Mrs. Clinton now talks v e r y s l o w l y , as if we are too stupid to follow her remarks in a normal speaking voice.

esr1951 on September 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

It’s the alcoholic haze. Slows down the connection between brain and mouth.

Rational Thought on September 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

…says the woman who blockedat every turn the capture of bin Laden while working for Clinton.
http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/6740

mrt721 on September 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Anytime the US embassy is not prepared for attacks on 9/11 is worthy of firing for those that can be and impeachment for those that neglected their duty. Fools they all are.

Fuquay Steve on September 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

And especially ground-freaking-zero of “Arab-freaking-Spring”. WTFreaking?

hawkdriver on September 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

This is not just about someone with bad information. This is about a systemic lie bubble around this POTUS to protect him from criticism late in an election cycle. All Hail the Messiah!

d1carter on September 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I wonder if anyone associated with the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the State Dept and was able to telegraph the ambassador’s whereabouts…

Akzed on September 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Interesting that it took the Obama administration this long to decide that blank denial of their own culpability in failing to provide adequate defense to our personnel in Benghazi, while attempting to lay the blame for extremists murdering our personnel on freedom of speech and expression, was the only avenue left them.

The political dance is often a complex and complicated one, but not this time.

This was a planned event. It is obvious to the world that this was a well planned event and that it involved insider information and assistance in order to be successful.

An responsible and ethical administration would have admitted that this attack on our nation was well planned and would have acknowledged its own failure to respond appropriately.

Refusing to do so, for any reason, is not only an indication of the sort of moral fiber possessed of this administration, or lack thereof, it is a definitive indicator of weakness to our enemies and allies alike.

thatsafactjack on September 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Sorry A, not ‘An’.

thatsafactjack on September 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

And especially ground-freaking-zero of “Arab-freaking-Spring”. WTFreaking?

hawkdriver on September 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Most, if not all of this administration should be in prison.

VegasRick on September 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

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