Breaking: Fox News confirms Obama admin designated Benghazi sacking a terror attack within first 24 hours

posted at 10:35 am on September 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Fox News follows up on Eli Lake’s excellent reporting on the intel after the assassination of Ambassador Chris Stevens, confirming from their own sources that the US knew within the first twenty-four hours that the sacking of the Benghazi consulate was no “spontaneous demonstration” that spun out of control.  In fact, they already suspected al-Qaeda of masterminding the planned terrorist attack on the compound days before even admitting that it had been a terror attack at all — and had designated the incident as terrorism in order to pursue one suspect:

U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that it was a terrorist attack and suspected Al Qaeda-tied elements were involved, sources told Fox News — though it took the administration a week to acknowledge it.

The account conflicts with claims on the Sunday after the attack by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice that the administration believed the strike was a “spontaneous” event triggered by protests in Egypt over an anti-Islam film.

Two senior U.S. officials said the Obama administration internally labeled the attack terrorism from the first day in order to unlock and mobilize certain resources to respond, and that officials were looking for one specific suspect.

Four days later, the White House sent UN Ambassador Susan Rice to five different Sunday talk shows to claim that the sacking and assassination sprang from a “spontaneous” demonstration.  That no longer can be explained as initial confusion over conflicting reports; it is now clearly a lie told by the White House.  Jennifer Rubin pointed this out at the Washington Post even before the Fox report, and wondered where the national media that screeched at every claim by George W. Bush has suddenly become so comfortable with an administration that flat-out lies to them:

Eli Lake let loose a bombshell yesterday: “Within 24 hours of the 9-11 anniversary attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, U.S. intelligence agencies had strong indications al Qaeda–affiliated operatives were behind the attack, and had even pinpointed the location of one of those attackers. Three separate U.S. intelligence officials who spoke to The Daily Beast said the early information was enough to show that the attack was planned and the work of al Qaeda affiliates operating in Eastern Libya.”

Obviously the report, if true, suggests that the White House lied to the American people by insisting for over a week that this was a spontaneous attack. It is one thing for the president to be so benighted as to think a video sets off multiple attacks on Sept. 11. It is quite another to send out his advisers, including his own spokesman, to mislead voters. …

And finally, now is the time when we see if reporters and pundits are more than shills for the president. The incompetency, and perhaps mendacity, of thee White House here is severe. The media’s glaring unwillingness to hold the president accountable for his actions can be at least partially remedied if they pursue the story vigorously. Even though Bush in good faith believed his intelligence community’s take on weapons of mass destruction, the left-leaning elites hollered, “Bush lied, people died!” But here we have dead Americans and an cover story in shreds. Why is there not, at a bare minimum, a call for answers? Isn’t this a top-of-the-fold issue? Well, my guess is that pundits and reporters alike in the mainstream media will do their best to soften and downplay the story.

I hope I’m wrong and that the media live up to their journalistic responsibilities, but I see little evidence that an epidemic of fairness is breaking out in the mainstream media. All the more reason, then, for lawmakers and Romney to push for answers. Certainly, we shouldn’t have a president in office who would lie to the American people about a critical national security issue for the sake of his own reelection, right?

Jennifer should start by asking her own colleagues at the Post.  Aside from Glenn Kessler, who began pointing out the politics involved in the cover story today, the newspaper hasn’t done much to challenge Rice’s account or the fallout from its collapse.

Update: Jim DeMint called for a complete investigation into the White House’s “misleading” statements even before Fox broke this news:

Officials claimed the attacks were “spontaneous” and a result of a
 protest that had “spun out of control.”  Ambassador Rice denied it was 
premeditated, stating that the protest was “hijacked by some
 individual clusters of extremists…and then it evolved from there.”

Then, finally, the National Counterterrosim Center Director Matthew 
Olsen stated in a Senate hearing the four Americans were killed “in
 the course of a terror attack” that may have connections to al Qaeda, but that we do not have specific intelligence of “significant advance
 planning”.

Again, this is a different narrative described by Libyan President
 Megariaf, who said the attack was carried out by foreign militants who
 had infiltrated Libya and had been planning these events for months.
 The contradictory and changing stories stemming from the same events 
are worrisome.

It’s far past time to get all the facts. We need a comprehensive
 detailed report rather than waiting for various officials to dribble
 them out one interview at a time.

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and I have introduced legislation to require the Obama
 Administration to conduct an official investigation and issue a report
on the September 11-13, 2012 attacks on United States missions in
 Libya, Egypt, and Yemen within 30 days. It also requires the Secretary 
of State to submit recommended changes to security procedures.

It’s time to flush out the liars.  As Glenn Reynolds says — faster, please.


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Then, explain. First, let me pass out tinfoil hats to everyone.

Okay, you may fire when ready, grizzly.

kingsjester on September 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Oh, now you ask for an explanation. No, you are much more content to be presumptuous. Shoot first and ask later, sort of like our foreign policy.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Are you trying to put words in my mouth? Why yes, yes you are. You are also completely missing the point.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Try putting words in your own mouth, you mincing, cowardly, passive-aggressive douchebag. Every post you make is full of watered-down, vague, mealymouthed snipes that have no substance or grace. You imply many things and then sit there and moan about how people are inferring your meaning. Grow a f**king sack and say what you mean, or shut the f**k up.

MadisonConservative on September 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Typical Obama Administration response.

They lie and postulate for days while the facts are clear to almost anyone else paying attention. The media performs their usual role of chief obfuscation tool, repeat the lies and continue with distractions.

Once the Obama Administration cannot hide the truth any longer, they belittle and attack those who articulated facts from day-one and project the tragedy as something those speaking the truth have caused. The media continues the distraction to protest their god-king.

In the end, we have brave countrymen slain in a tragedy the Obama Administration caused and is responsible for with their incompetence, indifference and political tom-foolery.

Four more years of this?

How many of our citizens must die and suffer for people to figure out this administration must change?

Marcus Traianus on September 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Speaking of Goons……….Turkey,Brazil,now Thailand
bows to Islamics!!

Michigan and Minnesota soon to follow.

hawkeye54 on September 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Not sure if my message got eaten. Bottom line is, look at the other LSM sites… not a dad-gum word on any of this.

LtGenRob on September 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Non issue, nothing burger, nothing to see here, Romney is an outsourcing tax evader….

……….Media spin in progress.

PappyD61 on September 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Bottom line is, look at the other LSM sites… not a dad-gum word on any of this

.

Inconceivable!

Not.

hawkeye54 on September 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

The cover-Obama’s-ass media will not report on this. It might cost them the election.

Jvette on September 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

F**k off with your cryptic bulls**t, troll. It’s been transparent for a while now.

MadisonConservative on September 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

MadisonConsevative:

Great to see,that your on Main Deck,Hose off the scum Patrol,
ask the Mess deck,for an extra crumpet and tea….(sarc)—:)

canopfor on September 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I didn’t say that it was justified. I said the public has been conditioned to label anything an act of terrorism, and that the State couldn’t be happier.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

So attacking a U.S. consulate isn’t an act of terrorism? What pray tell is?

Bitter Clinger on September 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I’m with Madison. Quit mealy-mouthing around your viewpoint and spit it out.

kingsjester on September 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

President Obama spent untold billions of taxpayer dollars supporting a civil war to oust Gaddafi from Libya (who had been “contained” since Bush’s invasion of Iraq) and he can’t even protect our ambassador from Gaddafi’s successors.

As the left used to say to George W. Bush about Iraq, we say to Obama about Libya: You broke it, you fix it!!!

Steve Z on September 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

UNBELIEVABLE!

I went to ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, to look at their online headlines.

Not.
One.
Word,

We can, however, see Suri take a call, see a starlet’s naked “baby bump” (what an asinine term), and look at Denise Richards’ abs.

Wow.

herm2416 on September 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

If a consulate falls in the forest…

Drained Brain on September 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

So attacking a U.S. consulate isn’t an act of terrorism? What pray tell is?

Bitter Clinger on September 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Definitely not the workplace violence at Fort Hood

Slade73 on September 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I didn’t say that it was justified. I said the public has been conditioned to label anything an act of terrorism, and that the State couldn’t be happier.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

So attacking a U.S. consulate isn’t an act of terrorism? What pray tell is?

Bitter Clinger on September 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Overseas workplace violence contingencies….. or something like that

Chip on September 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

So attacking a U.S. consulate isn’t an act of terrorism? What pray tell is?

Evidently to many, the NFL using replacement refs.

hawkeye54 on September 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

So attacking a U.S. consulate isn’t an act of terrorism? What pray tell is?

Bitter Clinger on September 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Thank you for making my point.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

sort of like our foreign policy.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Your foreign policy, yours, all yours.

M240H on September 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

ha! Dante’s not cryptic, he’s an idiot

Slade73 on September 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Four days later, the White House sent UN Ambassador Susan Rice to five different Sunday talk shows to claim that the sacking and assassination sprang from a “spontaneous” demonstration. That no longer can be explained as initial confusion over conflicting reports; it is now clearly a lie told by the White House.

Why do that?
The usual modus operandi would be to say “we don’t know, we’re investigating.” But to hammer down so forcefully on a lie that’s easily disprovable, is incompetence. And then to have left wing columnists to call for a scaling back of the First Amendment, followed by calls for anti-blasphemy laws at the UN confab (with such a treaty basically done, with Hillary’s! help) and gee, what a series of coincidences.

rbj on September 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

So attacking a U.S. consulate isn’t an act of terrorism? What pray tell is?

Bitter Clinger on September 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Thank you for making my point.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

He didn’t make your point. It was an act of terrorism. Nothing you say changes that. Whatever you think it was, exists only in your mind.

hawkdriver on September 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

now the question is,.. what is Obama trying to hide? Ok, so it was a terrorist attack.. by Al Queda. If they had said that to begin with,. it would have been tragic,. but we have had people killed before by Al Queda. So, there must be something else going on that the WH is scared spitless about, to the point where they had all of their people lying about it. And the FBI has not investigated yet. Why?
Something is stinking like a dead skunk

Lambs On Fire on September 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Non issue, nothing burger, nothing to see here, Romney is an outsourcing tax evader….

……….Media spin in progress.

PappyD61 on September 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

It just kills me. This morning on Morning Joe, they were actually blaming Romney for the media not focusing on Obama’s screwups with this.

MississippiMom on September 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Quit playing rhetorical hide and seek, and SAY WHAT YOU MEAN, WEASEL.

kingsjester on September 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The media’s glaring unwillingness to hold the president accountable for his actions can be at least partially remedied if they pursue the story vigorously.

Anybody holding their breath on that one?

OTOH, a smart person in the press, looking at the reality of the economy, the fact that only 34 to 36% of Republicans and Independents view the media as trustworthy, and the declining financial state of their own organizations would see this as an opportunity to redeem themselves.

AZfederalist on September 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I wondered why the stench from liberals was so strong today.

It was more than the usual mendacity.

Why, their guiding spirit has been seen without magic illusion dust and is running to hide near the burial ground.

The Obama Propaganda Ministry will be in granite wall mode.

IlikedAUH2O on September 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Yeah, yeah…but what about what Mitt Romney said? /

changer1701 on September 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Stevensen and our marines died, then Obama lied.

And lied.

And had someone else lie for him.

And is still lying.

hawkdriver on September 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Still lying indeed. His speech to the U.N. was the same lie, “video” etc.

He and his enablers (Administration) can’t be trusted by friend nor foe. Traitors all.

bluefox on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

rest assured the # 1 terrorist threat WILL be addressed in Obama’s more flexible term – Climate Change.

Slade73 on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I didn’t say that it was justified. I said the public has been conditioned to label anything an act of terrorism, and that the State couldn’t be happier.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

You didn’t say it wasn’t justified, and you still haven’t.

Cry all you want about the deduction that you don’t believe this to have been a terrorist attack; if it was an attack, why would you be moaning about some imagined “conditioning” of the public (SWalker’s students excepted, apparently). The only clear reading of your statement is that you think the attack was not that of terrorists, in which case you must be justifying the violence in your own mind in some way. Hooray for you.

I’d point out that we’ve also deduced that you’re an ass, but that actually happened a long time ago.

TexasDan on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Prez Preezy first blamed the Ambassador’s death on First Amendment, then told a little story about his twitter response, that Preezy didn’t agree with, then blamed his death on a cheezy movie trailer. FBI called in, but no one is home. No mentions of the Ambassador’s torture. The Press find’s Ambassador’s journal which tells of his hit list fears. CNN all over this. Anderson Cooper on a mission to save CNN. Worldwide jihadi support to supress our first amendment. Obama is eye candy…Joy Behar says Mr Candy would rather talk to her. Romney better not blow this.

skeeterbite on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Thank you for making my point.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

You have been shutout again. 8,744 – 0.

VegasRick on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

He didn’t make your point. It was an act of terrorism. Nothing you say changes that.

hawkdriver on September 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Thank you for making my point as well.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

So unbelievable HotAir, foxnews and all pro Romney venues are STILL wasting time with the Benghazi attack. Most americans just DON’T CARE! It’s just another terrorist attack to them and if Bush was not blamed for 9/11, Obama will not be blamed for Libya. The Benghazi lack of security has far more to do with Hillary Clinton anyay and Americans are in love with her.
It’s a lie? Lying is what politicians do so what’s new?

This won’t get anywhere. Romney is losing because he is INEPT and unlikeable.
He is losing because of the 47% comment that made him look like a rich guy looking down on the poor and working class.
He is losing because he has not made the case that he can do any better than Obama (for example would a Romney dministration have avoided the Benghazi attack?). What are Romney economical solutions beside cuttimng taxes (something Obama already did)? What will he do with Obamacare (NADA of course). What will he do differently than Obama regarding IRAN beside tough talks the Iranians could careless about (only WAR will prevent Iran from becoming nuclear).

Mitt Romney has to close the deal by making a case that he can do better than Obama. the Nobama thing can only get him to 45% and he fails in the first debate, he will lose in a worse way than McCain/Palin.

jules on September 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

So attacking a U.S. consulate isn’t an act of terrorism? What pray tell is?

Bitter Clinger on September 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I believe they now call it a Kinetic Demonstration.

TexasDan on September 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

You plebes will never understand my awesomeness! I’m playing three dimensional chess in Mom’s basement while you’re making mudpies! Ron Johnson? Gary Paul? Morons! Fools! Philistines! It is I who will rule over you! I and my lipstick stained reflection!!

KNEEL BEFORE ZOD DAINTE!!

Dainte on September 27, 2012

CurtZHP on September 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

The last time I saw a POTUS lie like this, Bubba was staining a blue dress.

kingsjester on September 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

You didn’t say it wasn’t justified, and you still haven’t.

Cry all you want about the deduction that you don’t believe this to have been a terrorist attack; if it was an attack, why would you be moaning about some imagined “conditioning” of the public (SWalker’s students excepted, apparently). The only clear reading of your statement is that you think the attack was not that of terrorists, in which case you must be justifying the violence in your own mind in some way. Hooray for you.

I’d point out that we’ve also deduced that you’re an ass, but that actually happened a long time ago.

TexasDan on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Imagined conditioning? Haven’t people been calling this a terrorist attack from the start, and haven’t they been wailling and gnashing that the State hadn’t labeled it as such? It’s like a square and a rectangle; all squares are rectangles, but all rectangles are not squares. All terrorist attacks are terrorism, but not all attacks are terrorism.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Dante’s “point” is that they can’t read…just thought I’d clear that up for them

Slade73 on September 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Update: Jim DeMint called for a complete investigation into the White House’s “misleading” statements even before Fox broke this news

Stop sugar-coating this crap DeMint. The administration’s statements were not “misleading” — they were outright lies. Deliberate, blatant, inexcusable lies.

We can all appreciate the fact that sometimes an administration will not want to let the public know everything that it knows about an attack right away, because they don’t want to tip off the perpetrators about what they know. But come on, there are plenty of ways to answer questions from the media that don’t involve making up completely false cover stories: we don’t have those answers yet; we’re still investigating that; that hasn’t been conclusively determined yet; etc.

We all know this administration knows how to dissemble. We’ve seen it plenty of times before. The fact that they chose to fabricate a cover story and outright deceive both the MSM and the public, for more than a week, in order to try and advance Obama’s electoral prospects, is disgraceful, and entirely unacceptable.

AZCoyote on September 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Grow a f**king sack and say what you mean, or shut the f**k up.

MadisonConservative on September 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I don’t always lace my comments with profanity, but when it’s important, I do it with Dos-Madison.

You couldn’t have said that better.

hawkdriver on September 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

But Romney …Bain Capital ….airplane windows …squirrel!

Right Mover on September 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Quit playing rhetorical hide and seek, and SAY WHAT YOU MEAN, WEASEL.

kingsjester on September 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

He can’t do that – that should indicate volumes about his character – or lack thereof.

Chip on September 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

The last time I saw a POTUS lie like this, Bubba was staining a blue dress.

kingsjester on September 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

FTFY

VegasRick on September 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

CurtZHP on September 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

It puts the lotion on the Skin

Slade73 on September 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I have an issue with DeMint’s legislation: Why is the Obama sadministration required to do the investigating? They were the perpetrators of the lie weren’t they? Duh!

stukinIL4now on September 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Exactly my thought.

And the teensy eensie little problem that the guy who would need to sign such legislation into law is named, um, Obama.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

He didn’t make your point. It was an act of terrorism. Nothing you say changes that.

hawkdriver on September 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Thank you for making my point as well.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I didn’t. It was a terrorist attack. I’ve seen one first hand. Sorry, but you’re vague and clueless all at the same time.

hawkdriver on September 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Speaking of Goons……….Turkey,Brazil,now Thailand
bows to Islamics!!

Michigan and Minnesota soon to follow.

hawkeye54 on September 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

hawkeye54:*Sigh*,yup,Destroy from WithIn!:)

canopfor on September 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

It puts the lotion on the Skin

Slade73 on September 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

It’s uncanny how easily one can picture him in his basement, raising moths and dancing naked in front of a mirror with it tucked between his legs.

CurtZHP on September 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

What, no mention of the comments made against Romney about shooting first and aiming later? Just the fact that it happened on 9/11 is enough to suspect terrorism. This won’t hurt Hillary because you expect the Clintons to lie and be unethical, but the media is now going to be forced, to some extent, to cover the fact that our Government allowed these assassinations to occur.

lea on September 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Imagined conditioning? Haven’t people been calling this a terrorist attack from the start, and haven’t they been wailling and gnashing that the State hadn’t labeled it as such? It’s like a square and a rectangle; all squares are rectangles, but all rectangles are not squares. All terrorist attacks are terrorism, but not all attacks are terrorism.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

People have been wondering from the get go, yes, because of, oh, say, the thousands of previous acts of terrorism, the date, the laughably flimsy notion that this violence was all tied to a yokel-ish YouTube video, and the way The State obfuscated and dithered both in response to the act and making any kind of meaningful response.

I guess the president of Libya is a victim of conditioning, too.

I await with expectant joy your condemnation of the attack.

TexasDan on September 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Then again, that’s how I picture all the trolls.

CurtZHP on September 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Thank you for making my point as well.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

What are you, like 11 years old? Or was that when you started smoking weed? That’s about where your stunted logic, reasoning and communication skills are just plain stuck on stupid.

Harbingeing on September 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Thank you for making my point as well.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

.
You should volunteer to be among the first travelers to Mars, once NASA gets the logistics figured.

Then setup your idealistic political system of atheism and Libertarianism, there.

You ain’t never gonna’ achieve it, here.

listens2glenn on September 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Obama has said that Al Queda was FINISHED after he killed OBL remember?

He is forced to say what he is saying right now (lying thru his teeth) because he cannot walk back the fact that he said Al Queda is FINISHED!

He is covering his ass again and his devilish minions are right around him also…

For petes sake… what is the GOP gonna do about this?

……..crickets……..

Scrumpy on September 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

AMBASSADOR DIED – OBAMA LIED!!!

gonnjos on September 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

my first reaction is like evryone else: these a-holes are lieing obviously for political gasin becuase his entire middle east policy has been a joke and is falling apart. etc etc. BUT, has anyone mentioned that they MAY have a reason NOT to divulge what they knew about the particulars of the attack? i.e. let the smoke blow that we’re just worried about a video. while looking for the real AQ perps, hopfully lulling them into a false sense of security? and that they would not therefore go underground and mask their movemnets perhaps less? or is that giving them too much credit?

t8stlikchkn on September 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Something is not right…

The Marine Corp reported that no Marines were in Libya at the time of the Benghazi attack…see link below

Reuters reported at the time of the attack that a squad of eight Marines arrived by helicopter on a rescue mission and were attacked with casualties…see link below

Marines say there were no Marines in Libya

Reuters reports that an eight man squad was flown from Tripoli by helicopter to Benghazi and were in the firefight

d1carter on September 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

jules on September 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Well, look here, another trolling imbecile dispatched from Organizing for Obama to spout talking points designed to dis-spirit voters and supress turnout.

And, my, such eloquent prose.

Get lost pal.

Right Mover on September 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Obamas second term is shaping up to be his version of Reagans Iran Contra.

Another second term of endless investigations and resignations.

rickyricardo on September 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Dante’s sorta a cut rate Troll, so he probably buys the store brand lotion.

Slade73 on September 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

We all know this administration knows how to dissemble. We’ve seen it plenty of times before. The fact that they chose to fabricate a cover story and outright deceive both the MSM and the public, for more than a week, in order to try and advance Obama’s electoral prospects, is disgraceful, and entirely unacceptable.

AZCoyote on September 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I pray that Romney comes out and ask obozo why he felt the need to lie to the American people over this cover up. No frothing mouth, just a simple question. “Do you think the American people are too weak or too stupid to understand the truth?”

VegasRick on September 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Who’s going to resign over this?

A.Hillary
B.Rice
C.WH Press Secy
D.State Dept. Press Secy
E.Nobody

This question is rated “Easy”

spiritof61 on September 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

but the media is now going to be forced, to some extent, to cover the fact that our Government allowed these assassinations to occur.

lea on September 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

The hell they will… they will provide even more ‘cover’ for the Louse in the House…

Scrumpy on September 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

So attacking a U.S. consulate isn’t an act of terrorism? What pray tell is?

Bitter Clinger on September 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

It could be A) act of terrorism, or B) an act of war or C) both.

If I had to choose, I would select C…BOTH!

belad on September 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Well I’d say the public has been conditioned pretty well. Now they are calling for actions to be labeled terrorist attacks. The State couldn’t be happier.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Actually, i see the public calling for terrorist attacks to be called terrorist attacks rather than being lied to about it.

Secondly, ‘the state’ doesn’t seem too happy about it, since they’re trying to avoid it as a topic.

Exactly wtf is it that you’re smoking?

Midas on September 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Obama and his administration aided terrorists in the capture of Libya. Did they then expect the terrorists to support them?

Karmi on September 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

He can’t do that – that should indicate volumes about his character – or lack thereof.

Chip on September 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Perhaps a writing skills or courage problem?

a capella on September 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

My shocked face :|

RonnyTucker on September 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

The people on all the government hand-out programs don’t care how incompetent Obama is, all they care about is keeping them welfare checks coming.

This is why people on welfare shouldn’t be allowed to vote until they are off of welfare. While voting is a right, welfare is a privilege and not a right.

You don’t have to give up your right to vote but if you want the welfare your going to have to wave your right to vote for the time you are receiving welfare or you don’t get it. Just like people in the military wave lots of rights during their time in service.

All the vote buying using welfare has got to stop.

Axion on September 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Update: Jim DeMint called for a complete investigation into the White House’s “misleading” statements even before Fox broke this news

Congress will do nothing. The Republican leadership just march conservatives like Jim Demint, and previously Paul Ryan, out at times like this to make these statements. If you want to keep conservatives in line, nominate them for VP and make them part of the Establishment. The TEA Party in Congress has no power, just ask Michele Bachmann.

lea on September 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

but the media is now going to be forced, to some extent, to cover the fact that our Government allowed these assassinations to occur.

lea on September 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

And when they refuse to be forced to do so, the question is, what are we prepared to do about it?

We’ve let the govt get away with it (and much, much more, for very, very long) and done nothing but whine.

I guess we’ll whine in outrage about this as well?

Midas on September 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

All 3 major networks should be reporting on this tonight!

ahem..

rollthedice on September 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I don’t know anyone who would be surprised by this. Not one person – and I spend my days working at a public school, not exactly Teaparty central.

So, I have a couple of questions for the esteemed commenters (and anyone else who wants to chime in) on HA.

If the MSM is NOT covering this, and they are pretending that the biggest story is how Romney jumped the gun and called the administration out for apologizing for free speech, how does everyone know?

Is it just possible that while there are still people watching the MSM, it is no longer where they get their actual news?

If that is true, does it even matter how they report on the election, people aren’t listening to them anyway?

Lily on September 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

It will take a Republican candidate with balls to want to hold the president accountable for this.

I don’t know if we have one.

rickyricardo on September 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I didn’t. It was a terrorist attack. I’ve seen one first hand.

hawkdriver on September 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Ok, that’s great. That you’ve seen a terrorist attack first hand doesn’t make every attack a terrorist attack.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

This man compromised our First amendment for his own self interest. Not to mention what he wants to do with the Second amendment. Vote him out in November

jaywemm on September 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Mitt Romney has to close the deal by making a case that he can do better than Obama. the Nobama thing can only get him to 45% and he fails in the first debate, he will lose in a worse way than McCain/Palin.

jules on September 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Any of our Elite HA commentators can do better than Obama. I see you are not among them. What a stupid uninformed comment from you.

bluefox on September 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

jules on September 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

who told you he is losing? thats MSM lie memes. look at the numbers. everything you said flowing from that can be i guess ignored. sorry. and relax.

t8stlikchkn on September 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Perhaps a writing skills or courage problem?

a capella on September 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

My vote would be for the latter rather than the former. Skeered.

search4truth on September 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Thank you for making my point as well.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

You coward.

MadisonConservative on September 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

jules on September 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Another news story confirms what a lying, seditious, incompetent, America-hating sociopath Obama is. And Axeltroll’s response is, basically, “yeah, well Mitt’s rich, and Mitt sucks.”

So persuasive!

Right Mover on September 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Thank you for making my point as well.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Look, sh** head, it seems that your ‘point’ is that the label “terrorist act” is a justification for what you perceive as an U.S. military over-reaction, and as such, an expansion of Federal power. That point, made here, is meaningless. The majority here are underwhelmed by the boy-king’s drone strikes. And his stealing credit for the bin Laden raid. It is, constitutionally, the responsibility of the Federal Government to defend us. The response here is inadequate.

You refer, ominously, to “the State”… well, as The Won puts it in his mind, the state “c’est moi.”. Go yip at him.

M240H on September 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

And to think that these azzholes stood in front of the caskets AND blatantly lied TO THE FAMILIES OF THE DEAD, for all to see and hear !!
Such a wonderful display of honor !! /
SPIT !!!!

I’m too upset atm, but am planning a FB post that some lib friends MIGHT actually read.

pambi on September 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Face this fact: The media is lost.

DrStock on September 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Well, this is damned interesting. Can anyone say coverup?

BacaDog on September 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

It will take a Republican candidate with balls to want to hold the president accountable for this.

I don’t know if we have one.

rickyricardo on September 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

WE? I laugh in your face. You will be crying like a little beyotch when Romey/Ryan wins.

VegasRick on September 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

or is that giving them too much credit?

t8stlikchkn on September 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

It’s definitely giving them too much credit. This administration is not on our side. Obama is not on the side of the United States. He has contempt for this country and he wants to cut us down to size.

Right Mover on September 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

It’s time to flush out the liars.

That’s a great idea, that would mean no more donks, and unfortunately bye-bye to a number of Republicans too.

Axion on September 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

It could be A) act of terrorism, or B) an act of war or C) both.

If I had to choose, I would select C…BOTH!

belad on September 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

An Act of Terrorism is an Act of War: it is man reclaiming the negative power of warfare to himself, which is known as Private War.

We are too dainty, too effete, too PC, too inculcated by lovely nation-state wars to say that terrorism is Private War. That it is Piracy. That it is brigandage. There are centuries of names to go with this activity to seek to wage war on Nations by private individuals and their groups… some for money, some for power and some to just see the world burn.

Meanwhile Obama attempted to use the crisis to go against the 1st Amendment. Offering no additional security AT ALL, just the loss of liberty. You can’t call on Franklin without that first part, thus the second is just a grab to control speech and people, pure and simple.

ajacksonian on September 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Ok, that’s great. That you’ve seen a terrorist attack first hand doesn’t make every attack a terrorist attack.

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Wasn’t great to see. And just because you’ve got an isolationist mentality doesn’t mean every attack on US Citizens are “action” justified by some other previous transgression on our part.

School us, what would you call a coordinated attack on sovereign embassy soil?

hawkdriver on September 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Something is not right…

The Marine Corp reported that no Marines were in Libya at the time of the Benghazi attack…see link below

Reuters reported at the time of the attack that a squad of eight Marines arrived by helicopter on a rescue mission and were attacked with casualties…see link below

Perhaps a good conspiracy theory is to throw Hillary Clinton under the bus?

lea on September 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

my first reaction is like evryone else: these a-holes are lieing obviously for political gasin becuase his entire middle east policy has been a joke and is falling apart. etc etc. BUT, has anyone mentioned that they MAY have a reason NOT to divulge what they knew about the particulars of the attack? i.e. let the smoke blow that we’re just worried about a video. while looking for the real AQ perps, hopfully lulling them into a false sense of security? and that they would not therefore go underground and mask their movemnets perhaps less? or is that giving them too much credit?

t8stlikchkn on September 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

They also lied to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. So there goes that theory.

I would bet that American weapons were used in the attack.

Naturally Curly on September 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Dante on September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM
What are you, like 11 years old? Or was that when you started smoking weed? That’s about where your stunted logic, reasoning and communication skills are just plain stuck on stupid.

Harbingeing on September 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Doing what trolls do, especially the B.O. trolls.

bluefox on September 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

In my musings about all this, I have to wonder if at first Obama didn’t want to believe the attack had links to Islamic terror. When the truth came out, the lie machine had to fire up for sake of Obama’s ego.

Tied into his narcissism is the self-importance of the MSM. Those pundits put forth a facade of objectivity and I imagine many actually think they are being objective in their stories. Their own arrogance is tied to Obama’s; failure on his part points right back at them to some level, too.

Everyone except serial killers and con men has a conscience whether they consciously acknowledge it or not.

Of course, Obama, all those around him, and the MSM are a collective pile of mouldering slime. Far as I’m concerned, Obama’s speech at the UN was just another stop on his world apology tour. The line about it being somehow ‘wrong’ to slander the kiddie-rapist of Islam was just another ‘we’re sorry for existing’ in my book.

November 6 cannot come fast enough for my taste and peace of mind.

Liam on September 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

A charlatan is president.

Schadenfreude on September 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

School us, what would you call a coordinated attack on sovereign embassy soil?

hawkdriver on September 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Hawk, it has lost the arguement (as always) and is now dancing around it’s basement with an eyepatch and a sword pretending it is jack sparrow.

VegasRick on September 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

And when they refuse to be forced to do so, the question is, what are we prepared to do about it?

We’ve let the govt get away with it (and much, much more, for very, very long) and done nothing but whine.

I guess we’ll whine in outrage about this as well?

Midas on September 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Sigh, I fear you are correct. I was being naive.

lea on September 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

They also lied to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. So there goes that theory.

I would bet that American weapons were used in the attack.

Naturally Curly on September 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I wonder why this reminds me o Fast & Furious

workingclass artist on September 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

BUT, has anyone mentioned that they MAY have a reason NOT to divulge what they knew about the particulars of the attack? i.e. let the smoke blow that we’re just worried about a video. while looking for the real AQ perps, hopfully lulling them into a false sense of security? and that they would not therefore go underground and mask their movemnets perhaps less? or is that giving them too much credit?

t8stlikchkn on September 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

But they DID get the perp… the guy who made the video.

VA Jacket on September 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

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