Lindsey Graham: Obama administration misleading, covering up on Benghazi attack

posted at 10:41 am on October 15, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What happens when an administration sends out a high-profile representative to Sunday talk shows to sell a false narrative, and has it fall apart shortly afterward? If we’re talking about a Republican administration, the very next week all of the Sunday talk shows would demand answers for a cover-up. In this case, it took four weeks for one of the talk shows to circle back around to the ridiculous cover story told by UN Ambassador Susan Rice on September 16th, and CBS’ Bob Schieffer invited Sen. Lindsey Graham to discuss it.  Graham told Schieffer that the Obama administration was deliberately deceptive, and that the incident shows the incompetence of the White House and its foreign policy:

Graham also accused the Obama administration of either “misleading” Americans about the nature of the attack, or of being “incredibly incompetent.”

He said the Obama administration tried to blame the attacks on an American-made anti-Muslim video, which had prompted violent demonstrations across the Muslim world, because they are “trying to sell a narrative” that fits into their message that al Qaeda is on the decline.

“They’re trying to sell a narrative, quite frankly, that the Middle East, the wars are receding and al Qaeda’s been dismantled,” Graham said. “I think they have been misleading us, but it finally caught up with them.”

Be sure to watch the whole thing.  Graham gets in a shot at Obama himself, noting that the President made an appearance on the David Letterman Show two days after Rice’s Sunday-morning rounds to sell the story that the attack was a spontaneous response to a YouTube video, even after everyone else had concluded otherwise.

Meanwhile, The Hill publishes a timeline of the events leading up to the Benghazi attack which puts the YouTube video in its proper place — and notes something that most media outlets have missed (emphasis mine):

• July: Anti-Islam video “Innocence of Muslims” posted on You Tube.

• Aug. 14: SST team leaves Libya. Team leader Lt. Col. Andy Wood has testified that Stevens wanted them to stay on.

• In the weeks before Sept. 11, Libyan security guards are reportedly warned by family members of an impending attack. On Sept. 8, the Libyan militia tasked with protecting the consulate warns U.S. diplomats that the security situation is “frightening.”

• Sept. 10: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri calls on Libyans to avenge the death of his Libyan deputy, Abu Yahya al Libi, killed in a June drone strike in Pakistan.

• Sept. 11: Protesters converge on the U.S. embassy in Cairo, scale its walls and replace the U.S. flag with the Islamist banner. The protests eventually spread to 20 countries around the world. That night, Republican candidate Mitt Romney criticizes an embassy statement denouncing the video before the events unfolding in Libya are known to the world. Late that night, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says in a statement that “some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”

 Why didn’t the White House come to the conclusion that the protests — and the Benghazi attack — were connected to Zawahiri’s call for attacks, rather than a YouTube video?  As Graham notes, that would interfere with the false narrative that al-Qaeda is “on its heels” and nearly broken.

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my gaydar is strong with this one. so strong.

GhoulAid on October 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Lindsey Graham

…I don’t care what Lindsey has to say…most of the time Graham is a democrat in drag!

KOOLAID2 on October 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

But Repubs have always played loose with this stuff for political gain…
But maybe he sees the cheapness and exploitation in that routine.
I know I do.
 
verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 3:37 PM

rogerb on October 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Bishop or something

Don L on October 15, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Why didn’t the White House come to the conclusion that the protests — and the Benghazi attack — were connected to Zawahiri’s call for attacks, rather than a YouTube video? As Graham notes, that would interfere with the false narrative that al-Qaeda is “on its heels” and nearly broken.

It would interfere with the Whitehouse ball spiking routine as well, Osama is dead, GM is alive really doesn’t have the same ring to it when 1 million Muslims are all screaming “We are all Osama Now” as they burn our Embassy’s and Consulates to the ground and murder our Ambassadors and their staffs now would it.

Joe Biden, Paul Ryan and Bibi’s “Red Line” time line.

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

While I appreciate Sen. Grahams attempt to get this issue clarified why is he working with Democrats against Sen. Paul on putting some requirements on aid packages to these wackadoodle Muslim countries?

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Why was a British Firm used to secure Americans & Why were they unarmed?

“Sources have told the Daily Telegraph that just five unarmed locally hired Libyans were placed on duty at the compound on eight-hour shifts under a deal that fell outside the State Department’s global security contracting system.

Blue Mountain, the Camarthen firm that won a $387,000 (£241,000) one year contract from the US State Department to protect the compound in May, sent just one British employee, recruited from the celebrity bodyguard circuit, to oversee the work….

Darryl Davies, the manager of the Benghazi contract for Blue Mountain, flew out of the city hours before the attack was launched. The Daily Telegraph has learned that relations between the firm and its Libyan partner had broken down, leading to the withdrawal of Mr Davies.

Abdulaziz Majbiri, a Blue Mountain guard at the compound, told the Daily Telegraph that they were effectively abandoned and incapable of defending themselves on the night of the attack.

“We were in uniform, unarmed except for taser guns and handcuffs, and had been told in the case of attack to muster by the swimming pool,” he said. “I was separated from the others and couldn’t get anywhere near the swimming pool before I was shot.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/9607958/British-firm-secured-Benghazi-co

workingclass artist on October 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

While I appreciate Sen. Grahams attempt to get this issue clarified why is he working with Democrats against Sen. Paul on putting some requirements on aid packages to these wackadoodle Muslim countries?

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Exactly.

totherightofthem on October 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM

If you’re attempting to come off as less of a squish, Sen. Graham…it ain’t working.

kingsjester on October 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

love the way graham throw bush under the bus for iraq in the same breath he slams obama.

won’t matter lindsey. you’ll be primaried. you ain’t conservative.

renalin on October 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Did we ever get an explanation for last night site crash?

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

My guess/hunch is that Obama will respond to the Libya/Benghazi issue by turning it against Romney by mentioning Iraq and, to a lesser extent, Afghanistan.

Romney will have to answer the question about being for the Iraq War. Obama will raise that since he’ll emphasize he was against it and that he was the one who brought our troops home.

Obama will be on the offensive the entire debate. Romney better be able to defend his own policies as much as he is able to attack Obama’s.

SteveMG on October 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

If al-Qaeda blows up a voting place on election day I hope it’s in a blue state.

docflash on October 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The Obama administration will have have to admit they are either liars or totally incompetent…. At this point those are the ONLY two explanations that explain it all. And is Bill going to let Hillary take the heat from Obama as being both… I think not

Caseoftheblues on October 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

That night, Republican candidate Mitt Romney criticizes an embassy statement denouncing the video before the events unfolding in Libya are known to the world.

This exactly. It looks like The Hill gets it where the MSM have no clue. Romney was saying we never apologize for America, and why say anything when next to nothing is known. Also, something that I always find amusing when that Romney message is brought up to MSM talking heads: they never say what he said was WRONG…just that he didn’t say it in the right time frame! Talk about spin! So even leftist media outlets have admitted that what Romney said was RIGHT and ACCURATE…they just had to have SOME way to blame the whole thing on him and take immediate heat off of Obama. It still infuriates me to this day, how Romney was attacked that night and the next morning at his press conference, which I thought he did a pretty bang up job at.

Here’s to hoping Romney skewers Obama tomorrow night! I think people are underestimating Romney in a town hall format. I used to work for a big company, and CEO’s and VP’s and such would do online web town hall meetings, taking questions from employees. You can’t do well in big business without being able to take questions like these in situations like a town hall format. I think Romney is going to do just fine tomorrow night, and pull even further ahead of Obama because of it.

Highlar on October 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

It would also bring out the idea of “Is this the first of many revenge attacks by al Queda for the killing of Osame bin Laden?”.

And “Did killing Obama’s executing of Osama bin Laden actually lead to more Muslims joining al Queda to make it even bigger and deadlier?”

albill on October 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Should read:
And “Did Obama’s executing of Osama bin Laden actually lead to more Muslims joining al Queda to make it even bigger and deadlier?”

albill on October 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Sen. Graham is just a wee bit late to the party on this.
The GOP needs LEADERS not sucker punchers.

Getting involved at this point makes him appear a historian doing research.

Jabberwock on October 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It is good that he has articulated these points, because it allows Romney to refer to them in the next debate, as having been raised by “a senator.” The identity of the senator won’t be important.

Dextrous on October 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Bumps in the road, people. Bumps in the road…

HopeHeFails on October 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Regardless of everything else about this guy, that statement of his regarding Al Queada and its true nature and capabilities now is stronger and more damning to the Obama Administration’s mishandling of the Middle East than anything else I’m hearing from most Republicans.

Cleombrotus on October 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Benghazhi-gate anyone?

Don L on October 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Why can’t the Republicans send out someone with a little more starch in their shorts than this milquetoast panty waist??

This squishy thing does not portray the strength we need and the forcefulness required to get answers.

Sasha List on October 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Cleombrotus on October 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

AND it’s on CBS’ Face The Nation. Take what we can when we can get it.

Cleombrotus on October 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Sometimes he’s so right – as is the case here.
And sometimes he’s so wrong.
Cindy Munford makes a great point.

It’s probably time for him to get primaried in 2 years. Maybe Tim Scott is the man.

22044 on October 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Did we ever get an explanation for last night site crash?

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Nothing is too evil for the left to do.

I would not be surprised to see the major conservative blogs attacked in the days ahead, though I have no idea about this problem last night.

Don L on October 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Graham is entirely correct on the incompetence and dishonesty from the WH and the administration’s dogs. However, I can’t forget his “Gang of 12″ BS and what he did to the country. He is a legend in his own mind and puts compromise and his own job before the good of the Republic and the people. Much like Specter.

ultracon on October 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

22044 on October 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Works for me. We need to check with Southern Gent, he’s our go-to guy in S.C..

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Why can’t the Republicans send out someone with a little more starch in their shorts than this milquetoast panty waist??

Sasha List on October 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I dunno about that, Sasha. When even the “moderate” Republicans are coming out against this as strongly as Graham just did, that’s gotta be a good thing.

Cleombrotus on October 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Sen. Graham is just a wee bit late to the party on this.
The GOP needs LEADERS not sucker punchers.

Getting involved at this point makes him appear a historian doing research.

Jabberwock on October 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Didn’t you know he had to get a feel for public opinion first before he jumped on the band wagon. Which ever way the wind blows…..

CableDude on October 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

• Sept. 10: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri calls on Libyans to avenge the death of his Libyan deputy, Abu Yahya al Libi, killed in a June drone strike in Pakistan.

Why didn’t the White House come to the conclusion that the protests — and the Benghazi attack — were connected to Zawahiri’s call for attacks, rather than a YouTube video? As Graham notes, that would interfere with the false narrative that al-Qaeda is “on its heels” and nearly broken.

Also, Bammy would have to start answering to questions about retaliations for his drone attacks. The media is hush hush about the large number of drone killings just like with the U.S soldier casualty count. If it were Bush, the numbers would be on your tv screens every night.

Compare Mr. Obama’s use of drone strikes with that of his predecessor. During the Bush administration, there was an American drone attack in Pakistan every 43 days; during the first two years of the Obama administration, there was a drone strike there every four days.[43]
“”
—Peter Bergen, April 2012

2) US Drone Strike statistic based on research by a team of journalists of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism:[3][16]
(As of October 10, 2012)
Total strikes: 347
Total reported killed: 2,572 – 3,341
Civilians reported killed: 474 – 884
Children reported killed: 176
Total reported injured: 1,232 – 1,366
Strikes under the Bush Administration: 52
Strikes under the Obama Administration: 295

Brat on October 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

The legacy media is telling us that the American people are just not interested in this story…

d1carter on October 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

So the TV in the locker room at the pool was, oddly, on CBS and not a sports channel, and this jackass is up on the screen. Naturally, he feels the need to allude to one of the numerous myths that make up the framework (even for many “conservatives”) for describing the Bush years. So he claims that in 2004, he couldn’t get straight info from the Bush admin. on Iraq, which was “falling apart”.

Funny, there was an ocean of straight info available on Iraq at that time from numerous sources, incl. official ones, and even from the “press”, which occasionally got it right, though hysteria and exaggeration were the guiding themes. And Iraq was falling apart so badly that when I got there at the start of 2005 it hadn’t come close to falling apart yet, and a bunch of successful elections were about to take place, and most of the trouble that was allowed to fester (needlessly) was taken care of rather easily and quickly in 2007 with an obvious and straightforward operation (the “surge”).

Not to be outdone, the somewhat useful Rep. Issa then follows up during his segment with ANOTHER allusion to a Bush era myth, the “mission accomplished moment”. Which was no moment of any kind – 100% nonsense. Issa felt the need, you see, after personally helping unravel the astonishing debacle of F&F, and in an interview centered on the surreal Benghazi disaster and cover-up, to allude to an entirely synthetic “scandal” of the Bush era to make a point.

I’ve said for years it’s an unserious country, and here is spectacular fresh evidence. If even the GOP types are going to continue to stipulate the hallucinogenic distortion and nonsense that serves as a factual frameworkd in a country without a real press, they are a big part of the problem. That idiot Schieffer was his usual dumb biased self, and these guys should have ripped him apart. But no – have to kiss ass to the slow kids in class ….. it’s gone from a degrading Beltway spectacle to a national way of life (look at who’s in the WH).

IceCold on October 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Opportunist progressive liberal Lindsey Graham takes opportunity to look important as he throws president under the bus.

Not impressive Lindsey Graham. Changing your voting habits due to change in your world view to more conservative, now that would be impressive and valuable.

astonerii on October 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

If al-Qaeda blows up a voting place on election day I hope it’s in a blue state.

docflash on October 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Then they’ll blame it on Eeeeevilll Republicans and declare Martial Law…and then proclaim lil barry emperor for life.

Solaratov on October 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The Obama administration will have have to admit they are either liars or totally incompetent…. At this point those are the ONLY two explanations that explain it all. And is Bill going to let Hillary take the heat from Obama as being both… I think not

Caseoftheblues on October 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Hillary is already firing back at the Obamanation Administration.

Hillary Clinton reveals what REALLY led to Benghazi massacre – and demolishes White House claim it was triggered by anti-Islam film

The State Department’s insistence it never bought the story – expressed by the White House and Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations – that a crude anti-Islam film made in California triggered the attack gives ammunition against Obama both to the Romney campaign and congressional Republicans.

State Department sources have said that Clinton has never forgotten that Rice, who served in her husband Bill’s administration, was an early supporter of Obama. Rice has ambitions to take over from Clinton if Obama is re-elected but the Benghazi debacle could scupper her chances.

In a briefing on Tuesday, State Department officials said ‘others’ in the executive branch concluded initially that the attack was part of a protest against the film, which ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad. That was never the State Department’s conclusion, reporters were told.

Hillary has no intentions of going under the bus to save Obama’s election chances, and Billy Jeff is not an individual to stick a knife in without him returning the favor several times over. Obama has picked a fight with the Clinton’s and while Obama may be a corrupt Chicago politician, besides being a Marxist, Bill and Hill are ruthless and brutally effective political animals. There is no way Obama get’s in a fight with the Clinton’s and walks away unscathed.

My prayer… That Obama and Hillary become two cats with their tails tied together and thrown over a Libyan clothesline. Let Bill try to separate them while trying to save his wife… Oh and somebody please pass the pop corn…

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Romney will have to answer the question about being for the Iraq War.

SteveMG on October 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

And Romney should answer… “I had the same opinion that your Vice President had when HE voted for the Iraq War. Perhaps you should ask him since he IS your Vice President! Although I doubt you will get a coherent answer since he didn’t seem to remember voting for it in the last debate. Has he been tested for Alzheimer’s? He’s should consider getting tested for a man of his age.”

dominigan on October 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Hillary has no intentions of going under the bus to save Obama’s election chances

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Agreed. I think if Obama tries to do that she’ll take that vicious claws of hers and try to take out the tires… better than a cop’s spike strip!

dominigan on October 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Works for me. We need to check with Southern Gent, he’s our go-to guy in S.C..

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I’ve said since 2008 (when the good guvnah went hiking) that Ginny Sanford (Mark Sanford’s ex), will primary Lindsey Graham. She’ll win, too. 2014, hurry up!!

SouthernGent on October 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Here’s a my re-post from other threads of what really happened:

Morsi demanded the blind sheik. The only way the jugeared jackass could release him would be as part of a hostage swap.

So he “ignored” the warnings and the test attacks on the consulate. He planned for Stevens to be captured so he could negotiate a swap.

He also knew that moozies have a thing about sodomizing their vanquished enemies so he figured that wouldn’t really bother Stevens, a known homosexual.

He didn’t count on Stevens dying from smoke inhalation. That is what screwed up the plan to hijack the election.

Stevens can rest now. His death, sadly, will allow America to see just how dangerous this “man” is. It’s over. America thanks you for your sacrifice, Ambassador Stevens.

platypus on October 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Msdnc crew can’t believe graham would actually go there

No scandal under this administration…
No way no how…..you think they’ll believe us?
-lsm

cmsinaz on October 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM

There’s not much “Closet Lindsey” can say that people real care about. His credibility is right up there with the Obumbler Psssttttt!

Tbone McGraw on October 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM

SouthernGent on October 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM

She strikes me as rather Thatcheresque. I like it.

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM

platypus on October 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Wow, that is more evil than I could imagine. The incompetent or ignorant theories will have to prevail because the MSM would never let that story come to light.

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Tru dat d1carter

Nothing to see here

cmsinaz on October 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Agreed. I think if Obama tries to do that she’ll take that vicious claws of hers and try to take out the tires… better than a cop’s spike strip!

dominigan on October 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The evidence seems to already indicate that Hillary has taken the long knife to Obama, the Fifth Column Treasonous Media of course is trying to protect Obama and attempting to not report it to the American Public.

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Hillary is not going to be able to extracate herself from this without any blame. She herself perpetuated the “film theory” right from the beginning. She is shown in many videos in her monotone voice telling us all how horrible America is for spawning a religious whacko that makes stupid films. The more we find out about this administration the more infuriated I become. This isn’t good for my BP. Hillary is as much to blame as our uninterested president.

BetseyRoss on October 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The legacy media is telling us that the American people are just not interested in this story…

d1carter on October 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The Fifth Column Treasonous Media are nothing but a pack of god damned liars, good only for proving the tensile strength of some good ole Stout Hemp Rope. Fifth Column Treasonous Media, Stout Hemp Rope, Streetlamps, and some assembly required…

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

And Romney should answer… “I had the same opinion that your Vice President had when HE voted for the Iraq War. Perhaps you should ask him since he IS your Vice President! Although I doubt you will get a coherent answer since he didn’t seem to remember voting for it in the last debate. Has he been tested for Alzheimer’s? He’s should consider getting tested for a man of his age.”

dominigan on October 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

lol…excellent comeback for Romney! I do agree its very easy to defend voting for the Iraq War, though: “I agreed with everyone else at the the time who voted for the war initiative (including your own VP, no matter what he says on national TV), which was that at that time intelligence had been reporting (over months, and not merely days as in Benghazi) that Hussein was on his was to developing nuclear/biological weapons and had to be stopped. By refusing to allow UN inspectors into Iraqi facilities, he tacitly admitted to having such, and therefore action had to be taken by the only power strong enough and forthright enough to make the effort, the United States of America.”

That’s how I would go about it, anyway.

Highlar on October 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

And SteveMG, if Iraq comes up, Romney should nuke that idiot “president” simply and easily:

“Against the frequently irresponsible opposition of you and many in your party, Mr. President, George Bush removed an uncontainable threat to the US that could not be tolerated after 9/11. He removed one of the most evil and dangerous regimes in modern history. That serious and forceful action built our influence and had many side benefits, including discovering and rolling up the largest nuclear proliferation operation in history.

Your administration simply implemented a withdrawal agreement the Bush administration negotiated – and to be honest, your administration made grave errors even in that final stage of our involvement. Iraq was a neccessary and ultimately successful action against a serious threat, and it nearly failed in part thanks to the disastrous and dishonorable actions of you and your party leadership.”

But that would be too shocking, substantive, and effective to expect from a modern politician speaking to a mostly dumbed-down audience (and this refers to both sides of “aisle”).

IceCold on October 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Wow, that is more evil than I could imagine. The incompetent or ignorant theories will have to prevail because the MSM would never let that story come to light.

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I don’t think this one stays under the rock. hillbuzz.org is all over it because one of their own was sacrificed. Personally, I cannot stand the idea that any American is treated this way. A known homosexual should never have been in a moozie country for any reason. Ordering him there was so dangerous for Stevens that it amounts to a suicide mission, which is against US military law.

platypus on October 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

platypus on October 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

But in fairness, isn’t that where Amb. Stevens wanted to be. I might be romanticizing him a bit but I was thinking he was trying to be Libya’s Lafayette.

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM

But in fairness, isn’t that where Amb. Stevens wanted to be. I might be romanticizing him a bit but I was thinking he was trying to be Libya’s Lafayette.

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM

You are one of the most astute commenters on this blogsite.

The truth is that it shouldn’t matter what he wants – it’s about the best interests of the United States. But since this is the Cult of Personality presidency, you’re right and they used (or will use) that as an ultimate trump card.

Rule number one of the jackass party: it is never the fault of the ideology.

platypus on October 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM

It should also be remembered that the Obama Administration is not just playing word games here. In line with their fabricated story that the assassination of Obama’s ambassador was caused by outrage over a D-grade movie, that movie producer was arrested and thrown in jail. And even though Obama’s crock of a story has been debunked seven ways from Sunday, that man remains in jail, in solitary confinement, for the crime of exercising his 1st Amendment rights.

Obama is not just playing with words here, he’s playing with people’s lives.

Socratease on October 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I’m really looking forward to Romney going after Obama about this in the last debate. At some point, what he needs to do is recount the currently believed timeline (Stevens asks for help, Obama goes to bed w/o sending any, Stevens murdered by al-Qaeda terrorists, Obama goes off to Las Vegas fundraiser), then turn to Obama as say “Mr. President, is this what happened? If not, what have I stated is not true?” Follow up with “Mr. President, when was the first time you heard that it was a planned al-Qaeda attack?”

Nail Obama on live TV: What did you know and when did you know it, and what did you do about it?

If the moderator objects, point out that the Obama Administration has dodged answering those questions for the last month, and the American people deserve to have answers to those questions.

Greg Q on October 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM

The evidence seems to already indicate that Hillary has taken the long knife to Obama, the Fifth Column Treasonous Media of course is trying to protect Obama and attempting to not report it to the American Public.

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

At this rate, I’m hoping that the popcorn supplies hold out until election day!

dominigan on October 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Highlar on October 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Definitely a much more reasoned response! But I would so love for Romney to point out that Biden lied and for Obama to defend his VP (and ultimately the Iraq vote)!

dominigan on October 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I think Obama will totally deflect this issue when it’s raised. Or try to.

He’ll claim that his statement were based on the intelligence given him and that security was handled by the State Department. Under the bus everybody goes. Except Obama.

That is, they’ll stick with the line they’ve given.

Romney will have to get into the weeds here and that may be problematic.

I don’t know, there’s a real scandal here of course but it’s going to be hard to nail Obama down on it in a debate.

SteveMG on October 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM

REPRESENTATIVE DARRELL ISSA: We’re going through a mission accomplished moment. Eleven years after September 11th, Americans were attacked on September 11th by terrorists who preplanned to kill Americans. That happened and we can’t be in denial.

Plus the YouTube video allowed them to push the blame to Romney.

J_Crater on October 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM

platypus on October 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM

He seemed like a really great and dedicated guy. The three other gentlemen are getting short shrift in this fiasco. It’s tricky business bringing all of this to light during the silly season. While worrying about seeming politically motivated the public is probably missing out on some really valuable information.

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

At this rate, I’m hoping that the popcorn supplies hold out until election day!

dominigan on October 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Heh heh heh, I’m stocking up on stock in Orville Redenbacher right now… ;)

SWalker on October 15, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Definitely a much more reasoned response! But I would so love for Romney to point out that Biden lied and for Obama to defend his VP (and ultimately the Iraq vote)!

dominigan on October 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Oh, we completely agree on that point! Romney should DEFINITELY make that point if Iraq comes up in the debate. I also like what someone said about Obama just continuing the BUSH set timeline for withdrawal…Obama never made any plans of his own regarding Iraq draw down.

Highlar on October 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Agreed, Stevens was valuable. And now he’s gone. For what?

The only good thing to come out of his death is the end of this lunatic thug operation running the country.

platypus on October 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Check this out.

WH on Libya, Negligence or Intentional disregard for the truth?

Oh, and as far as Senator Graham being a squish and late to the party. What the hell difference does it make as long as the truth is getting out to the public?

The focus should be on the message, not who’s delivering it.

Flora Duh on October 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Flora Duh on October 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM

He sends mixed messages when he promotes funding to Muslim countries with no strings attached.

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM

my gaydar is strong with this one. so strong.

GhoulAid on October 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Maybe try a cold shower?

verbaluce on October 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Flora Duh on October 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM

When it comes to Sen. Graham, I spend equal amounts of time wanting to hug him and slap the stuffing out of him.

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

When it comes to Sen. Graham, I spend equal amounts of time wanting to hug him and slap the stuffing out of him.

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Nobody is perfect :)…

jimver on October 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Isn’t Graham one of those who told us if we stayed in Afcrapistan we would be fighting them there so we didn’t have to fight them elsewhere and aren’t we still in Afcrapistan?

VorDaj on October 15, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Screw Graham and his big government ways.

MoreLiberty on October 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

The focus should be on the message, not who’s delivering it.

Flora Duh on October 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM

That’s how Obama got elected…the “message” the words, have to be backed up with results, or with experience and integrity. Integrity is from the individual and their history.

So, yeah, it does matter who is delivering it…

right2bright on October 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Isn’t Graham one of those who told us if we stayed in Afcrapistan we would be fighting them there so we didn’t have to fight them elsewhere and aren’t we still in Afcrapistan?

VorDaj on October 15, 2012 at 1:24 PM

…and didn’t we just lose an Ambassador and a few good men?

right2bright on October 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM

That’s how Obama got elected…the “message” the words, have to be backed up with results, or with experience and integrity. Integrity is from the individual and their history.

So, yeah, it does matter who is delivering it…

right2bright on October 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Difference is that Graham is not running for office on this message. So we can really just look at the message and verify it against facts.

Obama was running for office with the message, and the message said he could deliver. So you would look at the message and his past for verification. Since his past said it was not likely to happen with him as president, it meant that he was not the person to vote for.

Much like we are expected to think Romney will do conservative things. I know it is not likely at all. Romney has been saying some things with validity, he just has never proven himself to be someone who will deliver.

So, I think your argument falls apart on that level.

astonerii on October 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

When you’ve lost Lindsey Graham or somethin’

Knott Buyinit on October 15, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Innocence of Islam “the Movie”

Reading again about this and maybe I miss the complete point —> BUT<—:

1<– It seems that NO ONE in the Middle East or for that matter in the ENTIRE WORLD has ever seen “THE” Movie. There is substantial believe that it may in fact not now, or ever existed.
Reported in Al Jarzeera never reported in any Western Media.

2<–It seems that only short clips with the audio removed, heavily over dubbed in Arabic were seen in the Middle East.
Reported in Al Jarzeera never reported in any Western Media.

3<– It is my limited understanding that there is nothing in the film clips that may be not true , only shown in a manner not liked.

4<–A bated question “Doesn't the rioting, destruction and murdering PROVE the premise of “a film that may or may not exist and film clips that may or may not been properly translated”?

I believe that this one goes in the file with the "man on the grassy knoll" especially since a movie comes out next month that looks a little like this and a remake of the 1997 Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro move "Wag the Dog.

jpcpt03 on October 15, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Lindsey Graham supports all the Democrat and Republican Senators that voted to continue foreign aid to these countries that attack our country. You have to watch which side of his mouth he is talking out of when he speaks. This guy is a full blown RINO. Trusting him is like trusting the Obama administration which is zero, zip and absolutely stupid. People that keep electing him are what Karl Marx called the “useful idiots”.

savage24 on October 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Now for the serious point about all of this. True or not, fact or fiction. The salient point here is that a 12 min poorly done film clip that most people have never seen can turn millions of Muslims into “Offended” raging, rioting, murders. Have I missed something here or has someone discovered the ultimate low cost high yield Weapon of Mass Destruction.

Just imagine for a minute if some made a low budget film clip of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in an outhouse using the Qur’an for a Sears Roebuck Catalog.

jpcpt03 on October 15, 2012 at 4:06 PM