House Armed Services chair: Obama admin hiding truth on Libya until after election; Update: “Full explanation”?

posted at 12:01 pm on September 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The outrage over the Benghazi attack and the Obama administration’s response has percolated for two weeks on Capitol Hill, but it’s breaking out into the open today.  Last week, the White House briefing for Congress frustrated Senator Bob Corker so badly that he told reporters, “That is the most useless, worthless briefing I have attended in a long time.” Today, House Armed Services chair Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon told Fox News that the Obama administration seems to be deliberately hiding the “truth” about the Benghazi attack, and that the only reason he sees for the subterfuge is the date in November that’s fast approaching:


Six “top Republicans” in Congress, including McKeon, have sent a letter to the White House demanding a new briefing.  McKeon specifically calls out UN Ambassador Susan Rice for pushing the “spontaneous” protest that “spun out of control” story days after the attacks, when intel showed within hours that the assassination of Ambassador Stevens was the result of a planned terrorist attack — on the anniversary of 9/11.  McKeon still has no idea whether the FBI is in Benghazi at all, or whether the “crime scene” has been secured, more than two weeks later.

Speaking of the FBI, McKeon points out that the White House response to this – and Rice’s spin — goes hand in hand with Obama’s “law enforcement” approach to terrorism.  “They still have the mentality of treating this like it’s a law and order issue rather than a ‘war on terror’ issue,” McKeon tells Fox. The letter from Republicans to the White House specifically declares that the US seems not to have learned a lesson from the pre-9/11 attack failures:

The letter, which was obtained by Fox News, says many questions were left unanswered about the Sept. 11 attack in last week’s intelligence briefing for lawmakers by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

The letter also criticizes the administration’s handling of the aftermath of the attack, particularly its characterization of the attack as an out-of control protest rather than an act of terror against the U.S.

Slamming the response to the attack as a “pre-9/11 mindset,” they ask the Obama administration what it plans to do to protect other U.S. interests abroad from being targeted.

“Clearly, the threat from Al Qaeda and affiliated groups has metastasized; yet we do not appear to be learning from the past,” the letter states.

The lawmakers who signed the letter include House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Rogers, R-Ky., Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. McKeon, R-Calif., Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. and Judicary Committee Chairman Rep. Smith, R-Texas, among others.

Maybe the media would like a better briefing than they got from Susan Rice on 9/16, too.  Let’s see if they start demanding one.

Update: Perhaps the White House correspondents have begun demanding the better explanation. Mark Knoller reported on Twitter about Jay Carney’s defense of the omission of the word “terrorism” from Obama’s remarks about the Benghazi attack:

Er, wouldn’t the inclusion of the word “terrorism” make for a “full explanation”?


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Maybe the media would like a better briefing? Seriously?

sandee on September 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

The press will demand nothing but the ability to kiss the hem of his boxers

clnurnberg on September 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

BOOM! I’m smelling a cover up- Anyone else?

BettyRuth on September 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

“They still have the mentality of treating this like it’s a law and order issue rather than a ‘war on terror’ issue,” McKeon tells Fox.

I used to support this kind of drivel… I’m kind of sick of it. After the election we should stand up and be honest. It is a religious war being waged against us.

But keep it quiet until after the election. Cannot be honest with the American people. They only respect lies and propaganda that protects them from harsh realities.

astonerii on September 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Maybe the media would like a better briefing than they got from Susan Rice on 9/16, too. Let’s see if they start demanding one.

Don’t count on it…

right2bright on September 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

It may just be payback. Obama bragged about how hard and complex an operation it took to get Bin Laden. And al-Qaeda in Libya, said, “let’s see how complicated it is.”

RBMN on September 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

i am just very tired of him getting away with everything. the nedia sucks. the republican leaders have no testicles and are hiding away somewhere in a corner. what’s to get excited about anymore? i won’t be running to the polls Nov. 6th. it will be a slow walk and if i feel like walking in to vote, so be it. meh. that’s how i feel right now.

GhoulAid on September 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Maybe the media would like a better briefing than they got from Susan Rice on 9/16, too. Let’s see if they start demanding one.

Fat chance of that happening.

Bitter Clinger on September 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

voters in Ohio never hear this……..

…..and if they do?

They yawn.

PappyD61 on September 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Barkey was still pressing the “movie” meme at the UN speech yesterday.

Carney – “Let’s talk football!”

Axelrod – “Now is not the time to talk about this.”

BacaDog on September 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Hey, where is Lieberman in all of this, he is sure quiet…

Senator Lieberman is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, where he is Chairman of the Airland Subcommittee and sits on the Subcommittee on Seapower and the Subcommittee on Personnel. The Senate Armed Services Committee is responsible for all matters relating to defense policy of the United States, including oversight of the Department of Defense and the nation’s armed forces.

right2bright on September 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Nothing to see here move along, and I think the request by the Republicans has a hint of Raciscm!

cmptrnerd on September 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

House Armed Services chair: Obama admin hiding truth on Libya until after election

Maybe the media would like a better briefing than they got from Susan Rice on 9/16, too. Let’s see if they start demanding one.

…and after the election the media will have gone on to ‘other things’ and will ignore it…like everything else!

KOOLAID2 on September 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Hey, where is Lieberman in all of this, he is sure quiet…

right2bright on September 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

He seems to have gone into retirement mode.

Bitter Clinger on September 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The Fifth Column Treasonous Media has declared a “Code Red” on the entire Libya mess, it isn’t just the Obamanation Administration trying to hide stuff until after the election. The Fifth Column Treasonous Media is also scared shirtless that this Libya mess will be equated to President Jimmy Carter’s Operation Eagle Claw, which as everyone know sealed Carters fate.

Obama’s Operation Eagle Claw.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I don’t mean to sound pessimistic, this revelations mean nothing if Romney can’t go to the public and discuss Obama FP failures. Waiting for the debates might turn to be a huge mistake because of early voting. The time to attack is now.

celticdefender on September 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

“Hillary is consulting with Eric Holder on this so….ummmmm…chill – K?” – His Excellency Prezident Obama

workingclass artist on September 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

The letter will be shrugged off by the White House as a means to score “cheap political points” on the backs of “dead Americans”.

If you’re a bettin’ man or woman, I’d put my money on this.

ted c on September 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Rush is talking about this issue now. Doing a great job saying bho is a ‘serial liar’!
L

letget on September 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Rush going off about this as I type, pathological lies from the entirety of the 0bama regime.

NY Conservative on September 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

by mere seconds leget, lmao.

NY Conservative on September 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

My question is, where are the Democrats? If they aren’t bothered by this, it’s time for a representatives who care more about country than party.

bflat879 on September 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

They should schedule briefings with the President of Libya and CNN. Scary that they are more credible with information than Obama right now.

weaselyone on September 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Obama’s Operation Eagle Claw.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I get the drift, but as I recall, the carter administration did NOT try to cover up the details of Operation Eagle Claw at Desert One, did they? This is much worse, not only did Americans die at Benghazi Consulate, but the Obama Administration knew the truth and FAILED to tell it.

ted c on September 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Rush is talking about this issue now. Doing a great job saying bho is a ‘serial liar’!
L

letget on September 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Stating the painfully obvious is one of Rush’s most amusing attributes… ;)

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

My liberal friends are saying that no one is paying attention to this story.

JPeterman on September 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

He seems to have gone into retirement mode.

Bitter Clinger on September 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

He might have accidently killed a kitten at some point in his life and the democrats have it hung over his head!
Either that, or after looking at the results of his support of George W Bush, he is no longer in the mood to support the War on Terror. He might not like TSA, DHS any more. He might actually not like the fact that the IRS and Educational department have ordered up 1.2 billion rounds of hollow point ammunition only usable against American Citizens due to it being illegal in international war usage.

astonerii on September 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Jay Carney: “How about those NFL refs?!!”

BacaDog on September 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Ok, I want the Libya thing to work to our advantage, but don’t forget, yes… the economy, and Obamacare in particular. Question is: are we starting to focus for too long on this, something that perhaps is not as horrible to the avg voter as Obamacare is? Go after Obamacare in ads!!!!

If Obama comes off as incompetent and even deceptive on Libya, it is not going to make really much difference at all in votes…. UNLESS it taps into a widespread anti-Muslim sentiment. So, if we can saddle O with being a radical Muslim abetter who also favors inappropriate Mosques being built in this country, we’d win. But incompetence and deception, unless it is something so obvious and spectacular beyond belief, won’t help us now. Don’t forget are bread and butter, because the voters will: the economy and Obamacare.

anotherJoe on September 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Slamming the response to the attack as a “pre-9/11 mindset,” they ask the Obama administration what it plans to do to protect other U.S. interests abroad from being targeted.

As sequestration looms…

catquilt on September 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Yes Mika, his foreign policy is weak.

ctmom on September 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

“They still have the mentality of treating this like it’s a law and order issue rather than a ‘war on terror’ issue,” McKeon tells Fox.

President Kardashian is treating it like an episode on Law and Order.

Fallon on September 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I get the drift, but as I recall, the carter administration did NOT try to cover up the details of Operation Eagle Claw at Desert One, did they? This is much worse, not only did Americans die at Benghazi Consulate, but the Obama Administration knew the truth and FAILED to tell it.

ted c on September 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

You are correct, the Carter Administration did not try to hide their failure, to give Jimmy Carter his due he was a Nuclear Submarine Officer, so it was no doubt drilled into him by the Nuclear Navy that you do not hide things like that.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon told Fox News that the Obama administration seems to be deliberately hiding the “truth” about the Benghazi attack

Accurate representation of what he said.

However I have to wonder if he is blind and deaf. I mean it is without any doubt this was a Terrorist Attack. He sounded timid and afraid to speak the truth.

Romney should be demanding Obama provide real answers and mount a military attack in response to this. This is WAR this is not a police action. The FBI seriously give me a break.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

You are correct, the Carter Administration did not try to hide their failure, to give Jimmy Carter his due he was a Nuclear Submarine Officer, so it was no doubt drilled into him by the Nuclear Navy that you do not hide things like that.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Apparently, the O Administration has not learned the lesson that bad news does not get better with time…..

ted c on September 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

But incompetence and deception, unless it is something so obvious and spectacular beyond belief, won’t help us now. Don’t forget are bread and butter, because the voters will: the economy and Obamacare.

anotherJoe on September 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I disagree. It has gotten to the point that the Libyan President is more credible than the Obama Administration. This is scary.

weaselyone on September 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Rush is talking about this issue now. Doing a great job saying bho is a ‘serial liar’!
L

letget on September 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Thank God for Rush. Romney should hold a round table discussion with Military FP experts and tell Americans what he would do as president. This is an opportunity for him to gain traction, I am very frustrated he is not using it.

celticdefender on September 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

For all the detail it gave out and credit it took for killing Bin Laden, you’d think the administration might at least play up the heroism of 8 Marines helicoptered in from Tripoli and a group of irregulars calling themselves themselves the Iranian Shield Brigade in rescuing 37 diplomatic personnel from Benghazi. A Marine was killed (blown off a roof during a coordinated mortar attack) and 2 were wounded. Several Libyans and diplomatic personnel were killed during the rescue.

When the rescue story first broke, I called it Operation Eagle Claw II (after Carter’s failed Iranian hostage rescue attempt), and I’m sorry I did. This rescue was a success. These guys got it done. Why won’t the administration talk about it? Or, better still, let them talk?

The national media have completely buried this story. Because reporting on a rescue of U.S. diplomats from a debacle for which the administration is accountable doesn’t help Obama’s re-election.

de rigueur on September 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

My liberal friends are saying that no one is paying attention to this story.

JPeterman on September 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

ROTFLMAO… this is what your liberal friends are doing

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Benghazi was the last straw. The bottom is falling out. Mitt and Paul, time to hit it.

Philly on September 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

For all the detail it gave out and credit it took for killing Bin Laden, you’d think the administration might at least play up the heroism of 8 Marines helicoptered in from Tripoli and a group of irregulars calling themselves themselves the Iranian Shield Brigade in rescuing 37 diplomatic personnel from Benghazi. A Marine was killed (blown off a roof during a coordinated mortar attack) and 2 were wounded. Several Libyans and diplomatic personnel were killed during the rescue.

When the rescue story first broke, I called it Operation Eagle Claw II (after Carter’s failed Iranian hostage rescue attempt), and I’m sorry I did. This rescue was a success. These guys got it done. Why won’t the administration talk about it? Or, better still, let them talk?

The national media have completely buried this story. Because reporting on a rescue of U.S. diplomats from a debacle for which the administration is accountable doesn’t help Obama’s re-election.

de rigueur on September 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Romney could say something but he hasn’t. Wonder why?

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Since the media is a failure to the US democracy (or republic; which ever way you want to decide it), then the closest to some candid comments we are going to get from Obama are at the debates.

I do hope that Romney has some short, punishing knock out verbal jabs ready for the debates.

(Question: Since the media is in Obama’s corner will they be sending him the questions before the debates begin?)

albill on September 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I disagree. It has gotten to the point that the Libyan President is more credible than the Obama Administration. This is scary.

weaselyone on September 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Who would have ever thought that the day would come when we find a foreign leader more credible than our own president?

Bitter Clinger on September 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

anotherJoe on September 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I agree with this. Other issues are affecting voters directly and are better in getting them to vote than far off non affecting issues like Libya.

astonerii on September 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

My liberal friends are saying that no one is paying attention to this story.

JPeterman on September 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Yeah, Rush Limbaugh is spending nearly half an hour on a story that no one is paying attention to. And his emphasis is on the lies being told by the rat-eared sociopath.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Sadly, the majority of people only care about the replacement referees in the NFL.

search4truth on September 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Thank God for Rush. Romney should hold a round table discussion with Military FP experts and tell Americans what he would do as president. This is an opportunity for him to gain traction, I am very frustrated he is not using it.

celticdefender on September 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Romney seems to have gotten cold feet ever since the weasals in the media criticized him for criticizing Obama right after the attacks.

Bitter Clinger on September 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

So many things to be sitting on and keeping quiet about. But it’s only six weeks. And next year the DNC Broadcasting Corp. will be wall-to-wall with special reports on the Great Romney Depression, the Wars of Bush.

spiritof61 on September 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

My liberal friends are saying that no one is paying attention to this story.

JPeterman on September 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Have you asked them why no one is concerned about a terrorist attack on American soil and the subsequent cover-up by the president?

AZfederalist on September 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Do any Congresscritters actually believe Obama is going to answer them?

The MSM story is also all but certain to be, “Congressional GOP attack President for political gain.”

Liam on September 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

The media just collectively yawned and went back to looking at Romney’s tax returns.

Meanwhile, “conservatives” like Bill Krystol, George Will, and Peggy Noonan are too busy writing articles knocking down Mitt Romney, to do their jobs and level the playing field.

And then we wonder why idiots in this country are not informed and are even considering voting for Obama. Liberals, no matter how bad their guy is, ignore flaws and do nothing but smear the other guy, and conservatives are too busy complaining that the guy running is not their clone, to inform voters of how awful Obama is, and that this country will be lost with another 4 years of Obama.

So, what do we have left, 4 debates that Romney and Ryan will actually have to talk to the people without the liberal media distorting and lying about what they say (although they will clearly do their best to spin the results), and Obama actually having to talk about his disasterous record.

milcus on September 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Who would have ever thought that the day would come when we find a foreign leader more credible than our own president?

Bitter Clinger on September 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Think about how Americans make fun of Ahmadinejad for his Holocaust denial and the coverage during the Iranian Protests. The entire world was essentially mocking his blatant lies. The same thing is now happening to Obama. The whole world is watching and laughing.

weaselyone on September 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Redundant Memo to Mitt #64:

Fight. Attack both your opponents, Obama and his Media Eunuchs. Fight!

Or lose.

spiritof61 on September 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

(House Armed Services chair) McKeon still has no idea whether the FBI is in Benghazi at all, or whether the “crime scene” has been secured, more than two weeks later.

Let that sink in.

dont taze me bro on September 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Romney could say something but he hasn’t. Wonder why?

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Because

a) right now, he doesn’t know any more about what happened than you or I do;

b) he knows the press will bash him for “jumping the gun” (see a) above) if he does, negating any possible good he might do by raising it at this point; and

c) there’s a time and place for everything. In the week that has followed Rice’s appearances on every Sunday show to push the administration lie, the lie has unraveled and is unraveling still. As other above note, the public isn’t really paying attention to this right now. I have no idea whether he will, but Romney can raise this any time he wants. Debates might be a good time. Ryan can raise it, too.

de rigueur on September 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Sen. Feinstein needs to weigh in on this. She can be pretty good on this sort of stuff.

Cindy Munford on September 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Where are the interviews with the dozens of Americans that were wounded or injured during the Libyan attack..? Where are those Americans being treated/held..? Reuters reported on 9/12/12 that Marines were killed/wounded…

Anybody have contacts in the Marine Corp that could verify Reuters original report or was it just all just a big mistake..?

d1carter on September 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Have you asked them why no one is concerned about a terrorist attack on American soil and the subsequent cover-up by the president?

AZfederalist on September 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

What would be the point? They are convinced that Mitt Romney had the worst 2 weeks ever and that he’s doomed. That is all they care about.

JPeterman on September 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

intel showed within hours that the assassination of Ambassador Stevens was the result of a planned terrorist attack

Ed, Ed, Ed.

Since when did we start referring to “man-caused disasters” as “terrorists attacks?”

pain train on September 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Because

a) right now, he doesn’t know any more about what happened than you or I do;

b) he knows the press will bash him for “jumping the gun” (see a) above) if he does, negating any possible good he might do by raising it at this point; and

c) there’s a time and place for everything. In the week that has followed Rice’s appearances on every Sunday show to push the administration lie, the lie has unraveled and is unraveling still. As other above note, the public isn’t really paying attention to this right now. I have no idea whether he will, but Romney can raise this any time he wants. Debates might be a good time. Ryan can raise it, too.

de rigueur on September 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Come on now? It doesn’t matter what he says when he say it hoe he says it as far as the press is concerned they will beat him up anyway. But what does matter is the longer he waits the less effective he’ll be when he brings it up.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

The House Armed Services Chairman does not know if the FBI has reached Benghazi………………WTH!!!

d1carter on September 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

All Points Bulletin:

Be on the lookout for a light red Death Star. Last seen… well actually it’s never actually been seen.

faraway on September 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Where are the interviews with the dozens of Americans that were wounded or injured during the Libyan attack..? Where are those Americans being treated/held..? Reuters reported on 9/12/12 that Marines were killed/wounded…

d1carter on September 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Exactly. I have not heard one word anywhere about any one of them. WTF.

dont taze me bro on September 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Come on now? It doesn’t matter what he says when he say it hoe he says it as far as the press is concerned they will beat him up anyway. But what does matter is the longer he waits the less effective he’ll be when he brings it up.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I want honest dealings. Tell the truth when you know the truth. No more propaganda. No selling yourself as something you are not, or are not able to remain true to for your entire time in office.

For one thing, as much as I do not like him, Brown seems to follow that credos.

astonerii on September 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM

It doesn’t matter what he says when he say it hoe he says it as far as the press is concerned they will beat him up anyway.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Yeah, and how dare they deny you the pleasure of fulfilling your appointed assignment.

Flora Duh on September 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Think about how Americans make fun of Ahmadinejad for his Holocaust denial and the coverage during the Iranian Protests. The entire world was essentially mocking his blatant lies. The same thing is now happening to Obama. The whole world is watching and laughing.

weaselyone on September 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

There are no homosexuals in Iran <> There are no al Qaeda in Benghazi.

Yep.

slickwillie2001 on September 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Here is a snippet,from the State Department,on questions by the MSM

Background Briefing on Secretary Clinton’s Bilateral Meetings

Special Briefing
Senior State Department Officials
Waldorf Astoria Hotel
New York City
September 24, 2012
*******************

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: If that makes sense. Okay. Going back to Libya.
*********************

QUESTION: On Libya. The – you mentioned that in the meeting with the President that you discussed reining in militias, MANPADS, the chemical weapons side, and that you wanted to intensify support in all those areas. Other than the Marine FAST team that’s gone in or the FBI, which is conducting the investigation, have you been able to resume any of the military or security cooperation since the attack?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: My understanding – and I don’t have as many details as I should; I’ll see if I can get you a few more. But my understanding is that some of these training programs that we have been doing for Libyans have continued through this period. We’d like to do even more. As you know, this has been – we’ve had an interim government and there were some questions about how many decisions they could take about how they were going to approach security.

But it’s certainly clear in all the conversations that we’ve had in the last two weeks and in the way President Magariaf was postured today that there is an appreciation and a commitment to accelerating the work that they are doing internally on their security. And among other things, he spoke very eloquently about the fact that the Libyan people are demanding to have a better sense of security.

QUESTION: Just on a – I don’t know if logistical is the right word, but are you able now to get more personnel back into at least the Embassy in Tripoli?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: I don’t think that we’ve got difficulty posting people in Tripoli for these things. And generally, these training programs are done by – teams come in for a short period to do that work or we bring Libyans to the States or to Europe for training, so all of that is continuing.

QUESTION: But let me ask another way. If I recall, right after the attack, you withdrew all but a skeleton crew from –

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Oh, I see what you’re saying.

QUESTION: I mean, Benghazi entirely and from Tripoli there were just a few left. Have you now been able to send back a more robust if not complete mission?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: I don’t think we’re back to full staffing in Tripoli, but I don’t have any sense that it has impacted negatively on our ability to provide security training to the extent that the Libyans are ready to have it.

QUESTION: [Senior State Department Official One], can I just follow up? I know the constraints that you’re under discussing the U.S. probe into what’s happening in Benghazi, but the Libyans have their own. Did the Secretary ask for – did President Magariaf volunteer where they are with their probe? I mean, he talked on the TV last week about 50 people being arrested. Did they discuss that at all?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: We are very focused in our work with them on this investigation, on the work that the FBI will do with them. So to the extent that the FBI leads, they’re the investigative agency, it wasn’t her place to get into the details.

QUESTION: Are there any Americans – American personnel in Benghazi now?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: No.

Please.

QUESTION: Just on the point that you raised, that the President had said that they see two threats – one is from extremists and they have their agenda, and two is from remnants of the Qadhafi regime – was there any indication that the two are working together or is there any concern that there could be an alliance between the two?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: I’ll let the Libyans speak to how they might see those things, but he spoke in terms of these two streams that they are watching and working on.

Anything else? Okay, thanks guys. And thank you very much [Senior State Department Official Two].
(More………….)
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http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/09/198118.htm

canopfor on September 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Come on now? It doesn’t matter what he says when he say it hoe he says it as far as the press is concerned they will beat him up anyway. But what does matter is the longer he waits the less effective he’ll be when he brings it up.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Are critics having more impact now, saying that the administration lied about the causes of the Benghazi attack, than if they’d said it a week ago before Rice lied on national tv shows, the Libyan president has spoken, and the House Armed Services Chair has weighed in? The answer is self-evident. Sometimes it’s smart to wait– for greater impact.

de rigueur on September 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

anotherJoe on September 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I personally think we’d better pay attention to this, or get ready for the black Islam flag flying over the White House.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/video-shows-dem-ny-state-sen-walking-off-stage-in-protest-during-anti-semitic-speech-at-ny-muslim-parade/

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/muslim-day-parade-in-nyc-features-calls-for-global-laws-against-insulting-islam-and-promotes-sharia-in-usa/

ziggyville on September 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

They are convinced that Mitt Romney had the worst 2 weeks ever and that he’s doomed. That is all they care about.

JPeterman on September 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Ah, got it, you are talking about true beeeleeevers who won’t be convinced of anything or who actively support statist control.

AZfederalist on September 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

The performance of this administration in regards this attack in Benghazi has been craven and despicable. This behavior began long before the attack on our undefended and unprepared consulate, and has continued, unabated to the present.

This administration has embraced, and relentlessly pursued, a course of obfuscation, evasion, lying, avoidance, and delay, in regard to this attack, and been unstinting in those efforts.

Our national security, world peace, human rights and dignity, the loss of our own personnel, the grief of their families, attacks on our nation’s core values, mean nothing, apparently, in the face of this administration’s re-election ambitions.

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Oh dear, the update from ED seems to have carney in full cya mode for bho? Show of hands, who believes one word out of bho/team?
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letget on September 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Yup,,we are just going to lurch on until Jug Ears writes an Executive Order doing away with Congress, The Joint Chiefs, and the Supreme Court,,the Press will write that finally we have a real President and then the wars begin. This whole thing makes me sick. Real”profiles in courage ” existing in Washington DC these days.

retiredeagle on September 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

BOOM! I’m smelling a cover up- Anyone else?

BettyRuth on September 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

It is not just this-
Obama has had to cover up”

Fast & Furious
USDA payout scandals
Where the stimulus money went
All the “green energy” boondoggles
Black panther voter intimidation
etc, etc, etc

redguy on September 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I haven’t used the word SCOAMF today, since I wanted to give a full explanation of Obama’s policies.

faraway on September 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

9-11-2001 showed us that terrorists demand credit for their deeds. thats why they destroyed both towers so no one could say it was an accident.

Now Obama is trying to sweep their latest acts under the rug. This will turn out badly and I think there could be an attack on American soil before the election. Perhaps one or more of the Presidential Debate venues. It’s pretty easy to burn down or blow up an empty building on a college campus. It will be something that cannot be ignored.

meci on September 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

QUESTION: Are there any Americans – American personnel in Benghazi now?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: No.

canopfor on September 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Again, let that sink in.

dont taze me bro on September 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

A Reuters report said that 37 Americans were wounded/injured and were being evacuated…where are they now? What is their condition? Have any of the wounded/injured died from their wounds since their evacuation? Who the hell cares…?

d1carter on September 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Pres Obama hasn’t used the word “terrorism” to describe attack on the Consulate. Carney says he’s trying to provide a “full explanation.”

So Carney is Obama’s spokesman, and Obama is al Qaeda’s spokesman. Got it.

CycloneCDB on September 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Carney says he’s trying

Well, at least this part is true. He’s very trying.

whatcat on September 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

The performance of this administration in regards this attack in Benghazi has been craven and despicable. This behavior began long before the attack on our undefended and unprepared consulate, and has continued, unabated to the present.

This administration has embraced, and relentlessly pursued, a course of obfuscation, evasion, lying, avoidance, and delay, in regard to this attack, and been unstinting in those efforts.

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Now if Mitt would repeat those paragraphs of yours verbatim at the opening of the first debate (regardless of the debate question on the table) the spectacle of the crowd erupting and the shocked look on Barry’s face would hand Romney the election. Right then and there.

spiritof61 on September 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Did the State Department only report on diplomatic personnel killed? Were there any military casualties not reported by the State Department? Anybody know?

d1carter on September 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Obama will say “I meant to say terrorist”, and the media will say “Okay, thank you”…

right2bright on September 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Come on now? It doesn’t matter what he says when he say it hoe he says it as far as the press is concerned they will beat him up anyway. But what does matter is the longer he waits the less effective he’ll be when he brings it up.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

So true.

Because Romney will not tell the press to put it where the sun does not shine.

Seriously he needs to call the press out on their bias. Seven questions he took about himself. Seven variations of the same question. Sorry by the third he should have said enough of this either the next question is a real question or I am out of here. You should be ashamed of your selves for carrying Obamas water.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

God keep Carney well, until Jan 20, 2013. He is a ‘blessing’.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Carney spinning like a wind-up toy monkey.

Bishop on September 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

God keep Carney well, until Jan 20, 2013. He is a ‘blessing’.

I would add, dear joe, dws, and cutter!
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letget on September 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Pres Obama hasn’t used the word “terrorism” to describe attack on the Consulate. Carney says he’s trying to provide a “full explanation.”

He’s still evolving.

***face palm***

JPeterman on September 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Anybody know?

d1carter on September 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Yes…

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

God keep Carney well, until Jan 20, 2013. He is a ‘blessing’.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM

AMEN.

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM

BRIEFING: We got caught with our pants down….again. Currently the President is looking for a viable scapegoat. Push comes to shove, he’ll select the dead Ambassador. Dead men can’t complain.

GarandFan on September 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Morters hitting safe house, ambassador raped…………….. more covering up, F@F, now Libya ……. Impeach him now…………….

angrymike on September 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Press Release
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Sep 26 2012
Chairmen Demand Answers from President on Libya Terrorist Attack
Eight senior members author letter seeking additional information

WASHINGTON- Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, together with Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; and Representatives C.W. Bill Young (R-FL), Reps Frank Wolfe (R-VA), Kay Granger (R-TX), respectively Chairmen of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense, Commerce, Justice and Science and Foreign Operations; yesterday sent the following letter to President Obama on the recent terrorist attack on an American facility in Bengazi, Libya.

In the letter, the Chairmen ask the President to provide answers to a series of questions sent separately in a classified format. The letter’s authors are committed to returning to Washington to be briefed as soon as the answers to these questions are ready.

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to express grave concern about the events surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, that led to the murder of the United States Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other U.S. Government personnel. We profoundly regret the loss of lives and seek to ensure all necessary steps are being taken to bring the perpetrators to justice and prevent similar future attacks. While we appreciate your willingness to provide the House of Representatives with an interagency briefing last week, many of the members’ questions were left unanswered. To that end, we are seeking additional information regarding the intelligence leading up to the attack, the security posture of our embassy, the role former Guantanamo Bay detainees may have played, as well as the way forward in Libya and, indeed, the region.

We are also disturbed by the public statements made by members of the Administration that would lead the American public to believe this attack was a protest gone wrong, rather than what it truly was – a terrorist attack on the United States on the anniversary of 9/11. Decades after al Qaeda attacked our embassies in East Africa, which catalyzed a series of events that led to the attacks on 9/11, it appears they executed a highly coordinated and well-planned attacked against us again. Clearly, the threat from al Qaeda and affiliated groups has metastasized; yet we do not appear to be learning from the past. For example, although brave Americans were once more murdered by terrorists, it seems our response is to rely on a late-to-the-scene FBI investigation. Media reports indicate investigators were prevented from arriving in Libya until more than a week after the attack, but it is not clear that they have gone to Benghazi and have, therefore, been unable to secure valuable information, such as the Ambassador’s journal. The FBI has expertise in these situations, and they have a role to play.

However, this seems like a pre-9/11 mindset – treating an act of war solely as a criminal matter, rather than also prioritizing the gathering of intelligence to prevent future attacks. Moreover, given that violence in the region continues unabated, what actions are we undertaking to deter terrorists from capitalizing on the successful Benghazi attack, or launching similar attacks elsewhere in the region or in the homeland?

Thank you for your consideration of these concerns. We place significant weight on our constitutional responsibility to conduct appropriate oversight even when Congress is not in session and stand ready to return to Washington. Therefore, we respectfully request a joint briefing to respond to the questions enclosed, as classified Attachment A, at the earliest opportunity and would appreciate your commitment to continue to keep Congress informed even as the FBI investigation proceeds.

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canopfor on September 26, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Er, wouldn’t the inclusion of the word “terrorism” make for a “full explanation”?

it’s the nuance, Ed…… nuance.

ted c on September 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

The Most Transparent Administration Ever.

visions on September 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first, we practice to deceive.

Spin, baby, spin.

kingsjester on September 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I am so sick of being lied to by these fools, sick and damn tired of it.

ted c on September 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

McKeon still has no idea whether the FBI is in Benghazi at all, or whether the “crime scene” has been secured, more than two weeks later.

The FBI investigating that Secured crime scene two weeks later is like Sam Neill dusting off a bone in the desert in the opening scene of Jurassic Park and trying to determine if the guy it belonged to was looking left or right when he expired.

Seriously?

Tenwheeler on September 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

How many Watergates has the Obama administration had that the press is ignoring or covering up for him….

Solyndra….
………Libya….
…………..Fast”n”Furious…
………………..On and on and on the corruption and incompetence of this administration is on display only to have the lapdog media put their lips up against the boy kings butt and say “nothing to see here”….

Stalin and Castro would be proud.

Baxter Greene on September 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Americans see this for what it is. Absolute failure on Obama’s part and the fact he continuously lied to us for 2 weeks since the attacks. He can’t hide his failure to attend daily intelligence briefings, the fact he flitted off to Vegas right afterwards, and his continual campaign mode rather than seriously address the problem.

Obama > bigger failure than carter which is astonishing.

karenhasfreedom on September 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

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