McClatchy: Obama admin changed story on Benghazi to blame video 3 days after attack

posted at 8:41 am on October 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama insisted in the presidential debate on Tuesday night that he had called the Benghazi attack an “act of terror” in his Rose Garden address the next day.  Fact-checkers called shenanigans on that claim, but McClatchy notes that Obama did call it an “act of terror” the next day at campaign stops in Colorado and Nevada on September 13th.  On the same day, the State Department refused to link the Benghazi attack to the YouTube video that media outlets like the New York Times and AFP had.  Hillary Clinton called it a terrorist attack that evening.

However, the next day, things began to change, as McClatchy’s Hannah Allam and Jonathan S. Landay report in their in-depth look at how the narrative shifted toward the YouTube video instead of an al-Qaeda attack:

With images of besieged U.S. missions in the Middle East still leading the evening news, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney became the first official to back away from the earlier declaration that the Benghazi assault was a “complex attack” by extremists. Instead, Carney told reporters, authorities “have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack.” He added that there was no reason to think that the Benghazi attack wasn’t related to the video, given that the clip had sparked protests in many Muslim cities.

“The unrest that we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that Muslims, many Muslims, find offensive,” Carney said.

When pressed by reporters who pointed out evidence that the violence in Benghazi was preplanned, Carney said that “news reports” had speculated about the motive. He noted again that “the unrest around the region has been in response to this video.”

Carney then launched into remarks that read like talking points in defense of the U.S. decision to intervene in last year’s uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi: that post-Gadhafi Libya, he said, is “one of the more pro-American countries in the region,” that it’s led by a new government “that has just come out of a revolution,” and that the lack of security capabilities there “is not necessarily reflective of anything except for the remarkable transformation that’s been going on in the region.”

By that Sunday, Sept. 16, the evolution of the narrative was complete when Rice, the U.N. ambassador, showed up on all five major morning talk shows to make the most direct public connection yet between the Benghazi assault and the incendiary video.

While she couched her remarks in caveats – “based on the information we have at present,” for example – Rice clearly intended to make the link before a large American audience.

Why did the story change?  State had watched the attack unfold in real time at Foggy Bottom through its security video system, a fact that got revealed at the House Oversight Committee hearings.  That’s why State insisted that they had never considered this a “spontaneous demonstration” that “spun out of control,” as Rice insisted on five Sunday talk shows and as Carney tried to claim two days earlier.  Similarly, the intel community has leaked on more than one occasion that while the data they had was conflicting, they didn’t conclude it was a demonstration that got out of hand — and several days later, that should have been even more clear.

Allam and Landy hit the nail on the head in their connection of this to Obama’s intervention to decapitate the Qaddafi regime.  The rise of radical Islamist terrorist groups in eastern Libya, including al-Qaeda, comes as a direct result of that intervention.  The central government in Tripoli has no control now over the Benghazi region.  Furthermore, everyone knew before the intervention that AQ and other radicals operated in the eastern part of the country, and a regime decapitation would set those elements free.

The cover story was designed to mislead the American public so that they would not connect those dots.  That intervention in Libya, coming with no effort at all to control the outcome on the ground, has made us much less safe, especially in that part of the world.

By the way, as a measure of how little control Tripoli now has over AQ’s new stomping grounds in the east, the New York Times reports that the prime “suspect” in the Benghazi terrorist attack doesn’t even plan to go into hiding. In fact, he’s doing media sessions:

Witnesses and the authorities have called Ahmed Abu Khattala one of the ringleaders of the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission here. But just days after President Obama reasserted his vow to bring those responsible to justice, Mr. Abu Khattala spent two leisurely hours on Thursday evening at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments.

Libya’s fledgling national army is a “national chicken,” Mr. Abu Khattala said, using an Arabic rhyme. Asked who should take responsibility for apprehending the mission’s attackers, he smirked at the idea that the weak Libyan government could possibly do it. And he accused the leaders of the United States of “playing with the emotions of the American people” and “using the consulate attack just to gather votes for their elections.”

Mr. Abu Khattala’s defiance — no authority has even questioned him about the attack, he said, and he has no plans to go into hiding — offered insight into the shadowy landscape of the self-formed militias that have come to constitute the only source of social order in Libya since the fall of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

A few, like the militia group Ansar al-Shariah that is linked to Mr. Abu Khattala and that officials in Washington and Tripoli agree was behind the attack, have embraced an extremist ideology hostile to the West and nursed ambitions to extend it over Libya. But also troubling to the United States is the evident tolerance shown by other militias allied with the government, which have so far declined to take any action against suspects in the Benghazi attack.

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By the way, as a measure of how little control Tripoli now has over AQ’s new stomping grounds in the east, the New York Times reports that the prime “suspect” in the Benghazi terrorist attack doesn’t even plan to go into hiding. In fact, he’s doing media sessions

This is a hanging curveball for Mitt at Monday’s debate. If Obama is so serious about bringing the terrorists to justice, why did his administration blame in on a protest that never happened(when they knew there was no protest), why is this suspect gloating in broad daylight, and why did Obama jet off to Vegas and not meet with his national security team in the aftermath of the attack?

Doughboy on October 19, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Hide the decline.

Mr. D on October 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Unstinkingbelievable

Liars….. will schieffer connect the dots?

Mitt needs to hammer on this cover up big time since the lsm is only worried about binders

cmsinaz on October 19, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Be careful Mr. Abu Khattala, PBHO is desperate

LtGenRob on October 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM

there are 3 Ws to why this lie was propogated. all equally important. and ALL of them from the campaign side, none of this came form state:

who – it was AQ. but we have AQ on the run right? oops. cant say that
where – it was libya for gods sake. colin powells pottery barn rule: we broke libya, actually obama did without congressional consent. and if we broke it, we own it and all thats comes with it. so we better not make it about instability on the pottery WE broke and bought
why – incompetence. if we had secured as we should have this wouldnt have happened. why we didnt? incompetence. inattention of the admin which has been in campaign mode solely since Aug 2011.

all the decicoons were based on purely political considerations for all of the above. everyone knows it. thats it. this story is done. and after obama is gone, we’ll never hear about this again. the adults will be in charge. and it wont happen again. and someday maybe in mid/late 2013 some tell-all book will lay out all what we all already know. and all the MSM lieing will be forgotten. there will be potus roney policies to lambaste by then.

t8stlikchkn on October 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Mitt should ask obama on Mon. if he plans on claiming executive pivilege like he did in f&f.

newportmike on October 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM

and that the lack of security capabilities there “is not necessarily reflective of anything except for the remarkable transformation that’s been going on in the region.

I do believe this says “we don’t need security in Libya”.

BobMbx on October 19, 2012 at 8:54 AM

The cover story was designed to mislead the American public so that they would not connect those dots. That intervention in Libya, coming with no effort at all to control the outcome on the ground, has made us much less safe, especially in that part of the world.

Now not only have people now connected the dots, but they also know—if they didn’t already—the extent to which Obama & company will lie to protect themselves. This administration is coming undone, and at exactly the right time.

INC on October 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM

BTW- I wonder if Mitt Romney has been getting security briefings yet.

Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Now not only have people now connected the dots, but they also know—if they didn’t already—the extent to which Obama & company will lie to protect themselves. This administration is coming undone, and at exactly the right time.

INC on October 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM

But Obama cued us into his whole plan for Monday’s debate….. I got Osama. I hope to God that Mitt kills him with the brutal facts about his foreign policy failures and that the moderator shows at least enough objectivity that he doesn’t “conveniently” have transcripts sitting in front of him.

Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 8:59 AM

My understanding is that the administration labeled this a terrorist attack for the purpose of appropriating assets to the area in the immediate aftermath. Kind of like designating a region a disaster zone to allow federal money to aid in the clean up efforts.

And yet, it seems no one got there in the immediate aftermath. In fact, unless that designation is what allowed a CNN reporter to find Stevens’ journal, it was more than 3 weeks before someone got there.

I would not be surprised to learn that this “evolved” into a cover up. I think they seized on the media’s attacks on Romney and decided to try to deflect attention from themselves. But, being the attention-whores that they are, they don’t really know how to do that; they thought sending Rice out on 5 Sunday shows was the answer. Kind of like Anthony Weiner calling a press conference to tell everyone his Twitter account was hacked. Had they taken this approach with F&F, the Terry family would have had answers long ago.

Someone interjected on day two -someone from the campaign. They mixed campaigning with national security, and when the lie became the story, they had to stick with it until it began to unravel. Now, they’re going back and trying to save themselves on the first two days, all the while trying to tell us the next three weeks never happened.

BKeyser on October 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Illegal Libyan wars have consequences…

But, Power, Jarrett and Hillary had it all sewn up, right?

Easy war…better polling, get the focus off the bad economy…help out his Mohammedan friends…that sort of pap.

Meanwhile, Benghazi still burns, as does Cairo, Tunis, Damascus, Sana and a host of other “beneficiaries” of Obama’s Arab Spring venture…and the world is an uglier place, more dangerous…but hey, he got to do the Daily Show.

Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.

coldwarrior on October 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Don’t worry, Barry. Come Monday you’ve got 90 whole minutes live on national tv to explain all this to us.

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The Islamic Terrorists in Libya have been setting this up for a while.

The attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi may have been part of a broader campaign to drive the U.S. and western presence — and particularly a growing CIA contingent — out of eastern Libya, two military sources told Fox News.

kingsjester on October 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

hmmm

@HARRISFAULKNER

RT “@margbrennan: @HRClinton meets with @AmbassadorRice @StateDept this morning. #Benghazi”

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I said in the headlines that he’s already spiked the football and leaked so much info about Osama that IMO it’s a negative for him.

INC on October 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Furthermore, everyone knew before the intervention that AQ and other radicals operated in the eastern part of the country, and a regime decapitation would set those elements free.

WhoooEeeeeeee.

Mind boggling.

petefrt on October 19, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Mitt should ask obama on Mon. if he plans on claiming executive pivilege like he did in f&f.

newportmike on October 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Or why the Coptic Christian American movie director was arrested?

monalisa on October 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM

That’s quite interesting. Do you know how well Clinton gets along with them?

INC on October 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Day 1: Watch attack in real time.

Day 2: Head to Vegas for a hobnobbing fundraiser.

WTF, over?

Bishop on October 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

BTW- I wonder if Mitt Romney has been getting security briefings yet.

Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Yes, for several weeks now.

Fox just reported that Obama will be doing yet another college campus rally at George Washington University today. Mitt Romney will be in Daytona for Biketober Fest. Heh.

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM

This is not optimal.

bloggless on October 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM

s/b Do you know how well Clinton gets along with them, Rice?

INC on October 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM

That’s quite interesting. Do you know how well Clinton gets along with them?

INC on October 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Not factually. Just rumors that Hillary’s not too fond of Rice because she thinks Rice has been covertly trying to take her job for the past 2 years.

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 9:13 AM

but McClatchy notes that Obama did call it an “act of terror” the next day at campaign stops in Colorado and Nevada on September 13th.

Hold on, here.

Didn’t Biden stridently tell us in his debate with Ryan that from the beginning “we” (apparently, he and Obama) went with the video story because that was what they were told by the intelligence community?

Biden didn’t say anything about this flip-flopping.

BuckeyeSam on October 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Fox just reported that Obama will be doing yet another college campus rally at George Washington University today. Mitt Romney will be in Daytona for Biketober Fest. Heh.

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Obama seems really dependent on the youth vote this go-around. Luckily for him, none of them have apparently heard of Benghazi.

Doughboy on October 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM

BuckeyeSam on October 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM

And Joe always means what he says.

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM

I think they seized on the media’s attacks on Romney and decided to try to deflect attention from themselves.

BKeyser on October 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I agree. This administration thought, rightfully so, that it had the media in its back pocket and they needed a cover story for their incompetence.

When they saw the press, in what has to be one of the the most blatent and disgusting displays of media bias in this campaign season, absolutely try to eviserate Romney for his Cairo statement, the WH figured they would follow their lead and use the video excuse.

They figured they could cover this up until after the election. What they didn’t anticpate the press actually asking tough questions and it was probably CBS getting the diary that broke things open.

WisRich on October 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Thanks. As Drudge would say, developing…

INC on October 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Day 1: Watch attack in real time.

Day 2: Head to Vegas for a hobnobbing fundraiser.

WTF, over?

Bishop on October 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

And out.

Obama sucks! BAD!!!

Electrongod on October 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM

The biggest problem in all this is that Obama doesn’t come across as Presidential. He doesn’t come across as knowledgable, reassuring, or in command. If we hadn’t already known he was President, we wouldn’t have mistaken him for a President in the last debate. He came across as just another aggressive, smirking contender. The side by side comparison with Romney is devastating. Obama should never have agreed to go on the same stage. His liberal minions know it. That’s why we see such anger and such anxiety to declare victory in them. They’ll even buy into Biden’s disgusting schtick.

claudius on October 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Days, not weeks….seems a lifetime ago…but he got Osama.

When Obama started handing out weapons of all kinds to anyone in Libya opposed to Ghadaffi…did not anyone ever think that we’d just armed a heck of a lot of angry Moslems about whom we knew nothing?

Given previous patterns of AQ activity across the globe…did not anyone believe that by stirring things up in Libya we’d be inviting dozens, hundreds, thousands of AQ and AQ affiliates to come to Libya? Egypt? Tunisia? Mali?

Did this Administration truly believe that mere words would do the trick? Slogans and pap? Bowing to Islam? Telling Israel to piss off?

The murders in Benghazi are 100% on the shoulders of B. Hussein Obama…100%…no quibble about it.

The murders of thousands of Arabs all across the Med are largely the result of Obama’s fumbling, as well.

But, he’s got Honey Boo Boo’s endorsement…everything is cool.

coldwarrior on October 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Be careful Mr. Abu Khattala, PBHO is desperate

LtGenRob on October 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM

His re-election now in doubt, I wonder if Obama will up his game by making a big self-serving political play in the Middle East in an attempt to disarm Romney before the third debate. Looking at the facts, Romney has plenty of “ammo”.
1) Obama’s done everything possible to help the Muslim Brotherhood achieve hegemony in the Midle East, thereby consolidating the oil-producing (OPEC) countries into the hands of one anti-American political circle of leadership. (I wonder if they’ll be raising prices soon?)
2) He assassinated the legitimate leader of Libya without Congressional approval and inexplicably failed to protect our assets there.
3) And the biggest: He hasn’t lifted a finger to stop Iran from producing nuke-grade fissile material. If he wants to blunt Romney’s foreign affairs attacks, he needs to act on this, but it might be too late for that. Despite trade sanctions against them, Iran has been pouring increasing amounts of resources into the production of weapons grade nuclear material. This, even as the Iranian people are suffering food and supply shortages. It seems now to be a race between bombing Israel and a bloody uprising to overthrow of the Iranian government.

If Ahmadinajhad where half as smart as he thinks he is, he’d use the North Korean approach of promising a “slowdown” of nuclear production in exchange for a dropping of sanctions and maybe even some U.S. taxpayer cash money (to “save his people from starving”, no doubt).

This would allow Obama to make huge gains in political optics:
Obama would claim an international relations victory (“Peace in Our Time”)
Obama would claim having rescued Israel from nuclear destruction
Obama would claim it was all done to save the starving people of Iran (What a humanitarian!)

All of this while exciting his base before the election and blunting Romney’s arguments before the debate.

It would also be a big win for the Iranian leadership. They could (just like North Korea did) continue refining uranium undisturbed by threats from the Iranian populace or the Israeli military

And it would work to further isolate and endanger Israel. Something our President seems strangely overly keen to accomplish.

Of course, this is a very cynical view of our current president. It would truly take a monster to make such short-sighted agreements merely to score political points. Yes, it would take a self-centered monster.

ROCnPhilly on October 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM

However, the next day, things began to chance, as McClatchy’s Hannah Allam and Jonathan S. Landay report

should be “change”?

unmeritedfavor on October 19, 2012 at 9:19 AM

So, how is this not an outright exploitation of a terrorists attack for political gain by this Obama admin?

Liberal projection of Romney camp using Benghazi attack for political gain is just so laughable, and more despicable.

Sir Napsalot on October 19, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Fox just reported that Obama will be doing yet another college campus rally at George Washington University today. Mitt Romney will be in Daytona for Biketober Fest. Heh.

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM

George Mason University. But what’s significant is that the man is still trying to re-kindle that hopey changey thing by sticking to college campus rallies.

Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Tired of the lies and the coverup.

Philly on October 19, 2012 at 9:20 AM

There was NO WAY that Obama was going to let it stand as an “act of terror” during the UN meeting that soon followed.The repurcussions would have hijacked the entire gathering.
Better to sugar coat the issue with the youtube excuse.

Jabberwock on October 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Obama admin changed story on Benghazi to blame video 3 days after attack

Proof positive of a lie. Not a failure of intelligence, but a lie. An intentional, deliberate, premeditated, calculated LIE.

petefrt on October 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM

And Joe always means what he says.

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM

That’s an excellent point.

BuckeyeSam on October 19, 2012 at 9:22 AM

George Mason University. But what’s significant is that the man is still trying to re-kindle that hopey changey thing by sticking to college campus rallies.

Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Did you see the thread on folks at Ohio Uni. ?
Going to another school is a waste of time.

Jabberwock on October 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM

CIA found militant links a day after Libya attack

WASHINGTON (AP) – The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month’s deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press.

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM

So, how is this not an outright exploitation of a terrorists attack for political gain by this Obama admin?

Sir Napsalot on October 19, 2012 at 9:19 AM

That’s exactly what it is. Not just a deliberate lie, but an outright exploitation of a terrorists attack for political gain.

petefrt on October 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Because Obama changed his story from the facts, Romney should tear Obama a new a**hole for making us look like jacka**es in front of the UN and in that Pakistini video.

BuckeyeSam on October 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

offered insight into the shadowy landscape of the self-formed militias that have come to constitute the only source of social order in Libya since the fall of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Shades of Somalia’s warlord run radical Islamists. Why did we take down “K’daffy duck?” Perhaps the probability of giving the power to destabilize Libya to the Muslim Bro’s might have been anticipated if these guys were openly operating in that area —do ya think?
Arab Spring my foot. Nice play “O”

Don L on October 19, 2012 at 9:27 AM

claudius on October 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I think Brett O’Donnell, Bachmann’s debate coach & Romney’s for the FL debate, said that 60% of what people take away from a debate is demeanor/how something is said. Romney has scored very well on leadership.

INC on October 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The empty chair is trying to slick the words from his rose garden speech to get himself off the hook here. Was he saying it was a terror attack before he called it a video attack before saying it was still under investigation before STOP I’m getting dizzy from all this spin. Seems to be a lot of azz covering goin’ on in DC. Maybe we should cut all funding and arms supplies to these ME countries and let them duke it out.

Kissmygrits on October 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM

ROCnPhilly on October 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM

You’re absolutely right. The problem is that BO is running out of time to do anything before Monday. How willing would the military, intelligence community, or State Department be to go ahead with something so politically motivated and risky at this stage? Hillary’s already used her get out of jail free card. Who wants to be tainted by this Administration?

claudius on October 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM

This reminds me so much of the 1980 scenario, it’s amazing.

kingsjester on October 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM

From your link:

The officials who told the AP about the CIA cable spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to release such information publicly.

I’ve been following http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/ who has done an excellent job on Libya and F&F. He’s been predicting that intelligence community will be leaking info in retaliation for being thrown under the bus.

INC on October 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM

John Bolton is nailing Obama to the wall on this right now.

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I hope he is in Romney’s Administration.

kingsjester on October 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Because Obama changed his story from the facts, Romney should tear Obama a new a**hole for making us look like jacka**es in front of the UN and in that Pakistini video.

BuckeyeSam on October 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I almost expect Obama to manufacture some kind of crisis to give him an excuse to cancel out on Monday’s debate.

petefrt on October 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I’m hoping Romney unpacks this suitcase completely in the debate tomorrow night.

cheetah2 on October 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Similarly, the intel community has leaked on more than one occasion that while the data they had was conflicting, they didn’t conclude it was a demonstration that got out of hand — and several days later, that should have been even more clear.

Conflicting for how long? I can’t help but think that within 24 hours, intelligence officials had a rock solid conclusion of the fact that there was never a spontaneous protest. All of the survivors from the attack were out of Benghazi by the morning of the 12th. Wouldn’t U.S. intelligence have made it one of their first priorities to obtain the eyewitness accounts of the attack? And wouldn’t re-establishing contact with them be on the top of the to-do list?

lynncgb on October 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Perhaps some are missing the point -

It WAS a terror attack to the four people killed. I am sure
they were in terror for their lives.

It WAS a terrorist attack in that terrorists murdered our ambassador and three other Americans.

Amjean on October 19, 2012 at 9:43 AM

BKeyser on October 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Excellent analysis. Very, very plausible.

RepubChica on October 19, 2012 at 9:46 AM

why did Obama jet off to Vegas and not meet with his national security team in the aftermath of the attack?

Doughboy on October 19, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Um, why didn’t he order the sixth fleet to intervene when the attack started? Why weren’t there a company of Marines guarding the embassy?

Everyone knew AQ was running around in the region, yet Obama and Hillary sent Stevens in there anyway, to his death.

dogsoldier on October 19, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Romney better go full throttle on this and not flinch when Obama breaks out the indignantly indignant act. Feigned outrage is all the prez has at this point.

RepubChica on October 19, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I hope he is in Romney’s Administration.

kingsjester on October 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Yes, along with Attorney General Rudy Guilianni and Press Secretary John Sunnunu.

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Posted an hour ago. This is EXACTLY what Glenn Beck said he had info on, FOUR DAYS after the attacks. Who is the CIA arming? On whose side is the US? We don’t know 10% of what’s going on. Maybe Hillary is holding the bag.

hoosiermama on October 19, 2012 at 9:53 AM

On Glen Beck radio @ 9:30AM; Libyan ambassador was funneling arms to Syrian rebels through AQ. I know it’s hard to believe that anyone in the Obama administration would run guns but I can buy that! It would explain a lot!

Boats48 on October 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Everyone knew AQ was running around in the region, yet Obama and Hillary sent Stevens in there anyway, to his death.

dogsoldier on October 19, 2012 at 9:47 AM

WHY was Stevens there? I’ve read some very disturbing theories on that. One of which is that Stevens was supposed to be taken hostage so that Obama could exchange him for the blind sheik and look all “presidential” right before the election. The plan went awry when Stevens died of smoke inhalation, so they pulled the cover story out of their azzes.

I read it several days ago, will try to find a link.

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Posted an hour ago. This is EXACTLY what Glenn Beck said he had info on, FOUR DAYS after the attacks. Who is the CIA arming? On whose side is the US? We don’t know 10% of what’s going on. Maybe Hillary is holding the bag.

hoosiermama on October 19, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Now the heavy stuff hits the fan. The timing is exquisite.

petefrt on October 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

What’s Syrian for “Fast and Furious”?

BigAlSouth on October 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Here it is, from Hillbuzz:

Today I’m going on the radio in Los Angeles to accuse the Obama administration of deliberately attempting to stage a hostage-taking in Benghazi as part of a manufactured “October Surprise” that Obama intended to make himself look great on the foreign stage in the lead up to the election. The plan — if you were paying attention — was set in motion at the Democrats’ convention in Charlotte in early September when repeated mentions of Obama as a “foreign policy president” were made. This was timed to lead up to September 11th…when deliberately lowered security at the Benghazi consulate (and OTHER consulates and embassies in the Mideast) was supposed to encourage Muslims to take Americans hostage like they did in 1979. Only, Obama’s plan was to negotiate their quick released by trading the “Blind Sheik” from the 1993 World Trade Center bombings for any Americans taken hostage on 9/11/2012.

Read more http://hillbuzz.org/did-obama-deliberately-try-to-stage-a-hostage-taking-in-benghazi-as-an-october-surprise-pr-stunt-that-blew-up-in-his-face-listen-live-at-330pm-cst-to-find-out-52149

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Because Obama changed his story from the facts, Romney should tear Obama a new a**hole for making us look like jacka**es in front of the UN and in that Pakistini video.
BuckeyeSam on October 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM
I almost expect Obama to manufacture some kind of crisis to give him an excuse to cancel out on Monday’s debate.

petefrt on October 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

If that happens they need to let Romney debate an empty chair. At least then he will only have one active opponent instead of two.

cheetah2 on October 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM

but McClatchy notes that Obama did call it an “act of terror” the next day at campaign stops in Colorado and Nevada on September 13th.

This is probably the most disgusting part of this. 1,500 O’Zombies hear this but nothing to the 300 million people of America?

This jackass uses speeches or softball talk shows like Letterman to say anything (not that there is much to say). He never gives press conferences or puts himself in any position to have to answer to the unwashed masses.

Romney better put this cover-up into every answer, regardless of the question, like O and Dumb-Joe do. And I want to hear that word a dozen times. Cover-up, cover-up, cover-up.

Barry can’t take the heat, he had his one smug set-up, but that isn’t going to change the facts.

Cover-up, cover-up, cover-up. This would lead to a full on Captain Queeg moment from O. I could see him absolutely losing it on Monday.

First President to ever walk out on a debate? We could add that to the unprecedented list.

SittingDeadRed on October 19, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Um, why didn’t he order the sixth fleet to intervene when the attack started? Why weren’t there a company of Marines guarding the embassy?

Everyone knew AQ was running around in the region, yet Obama and Hillary sent Stevens in there anyway, to his death.

dogsoldier on October 19, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Hell, they have drones striking everything in sight but alas only a drone to take pictures in this case.

SittingDeadRed on October 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

You’re absolutely right. The problem is that BO is running out of time to do anything before Monday. How willing would the military, intelligence community, or State Department be to go ahead with something so politically motivated and risky at this stage? Hillary’s already used her get out of jail free card. Who wants to be tainted by this Administration?

claudius on October 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Only the State Department need go along with the president. Hillary could get some mojo back by sharing in this “victory in the middle east.” Obama might even declare himself the messiah for saving Israel. You know both O and Hillary have an “anything for the cause” mentality.

Of course, this would require they be evil enough to throw all of Israel under the bus.

ROCnPhilly on October 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I hope he is in Romney’s Administration.

kingsjester on October 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Yes, along with Attorney General Rudy Guilianni and Press Secretary John Sunnunu.

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

and Allen West needs to be there as well

aceinstall on October 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

The cover story was designed to mislead the American public so that they would not connect those dots. That intervention in Libya, coming with no effort at all to control the outcome on the ground, has made us much less safe, especially in that part of the world.

Back in February, Gaddafi’s forces had the Libyan “rebels” trapped in Benghazi, when suddenly France and Italy asked for a “humanitarian” intervention to save Benghazi’s people from a massacre, and Obama used our military for the effort, without ever wondering WITH WHOM we were fighting, only that we were fighting AGAINST Gaddafi. While Gaddafi had been an enemy of the United States for over 30 years, his influence had been reduced by George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, which led Gaddafi to give up his WMD programs. But if “smart power” had been really smart, the CIA should have advised Obama that Al Qaeda was already in Benghazi, and let Gaddafi handle them his own way.

Likewise with Egypt. Musharraf was no angel, but he did maintain and respect the peace treaty with Israel, so that Egypt was not a threat to Israel or other U.S. interests in the Middle East. But by forcing out leaders who at least maintained control, did we not open the door for more dangerous and hostile leaders to take power?

Steve Z on October 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Hmmm… Don’t know.

It does seem poorly planned enough to make it plausible, but trading away the blind Sheik would do him as much harm as good politically. And with it now botched, he looks even worse than Carter. If you can believe that.

ROCnPhilly on October 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

the two seals showing up out of nowhere messed it up?

aceinstall on October 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Proof positive of a lie. Not a failure of intelligence, but a lie. An intentional, deliberate, premeditated, calculated LIE.

petefrt on October 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM

THIS!!!!!

Gunlock Bill on October 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

George Mason University. But what’s significant is that the man is still trying to re-kindle that hopey changey thing by sticking to college campus rallies.

Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Did you see the thread on folks at Ohio Uni. ?
Going to another school is a waste of time.

Jabberwock on October 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Politically committed college students are valuable targets for a campaign like little Bammie’s because many of them can vote twice.

slickwillie2001 on October 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

In fact, unless that designation is what allowed a CNN reporter to find Stevens’ journal, it was more than 3 weeks before someone got there.

BKeyser on October 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Just a nit pick, but I think it far more likely that CNN bought the journal from a jihadi who picked it up during the razing of the consulate. Or took it from Steven’s body.

bofh on October 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Didn’t even Qaddafi himself warn of the terrorists in his country before he got offed?

John the Libertarian on October 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Not only should Obama have to explain this whole Benghazi mess at the next debate , he also needs to explain why he and his adminstration feel that the U.S. gov’t should be offering ANY apology for someone’s free speech right to make a movie that someone else may find offensive….and why haven’t they offered any apologies to Christians for all the offensive material that has also been produced.

I guess it’s too late now since the next debate is only on foreign policy, but I also wish Mitt could have a chance to mention that the word REDISTRIBUTION should absolutely never come out to the mouth of the President of the U.S. NEVER!

W.KY-hillbilly on October 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Meanwhile an American citizen is in jail as a scapegoat and likely to be killed.

you’re a real leader alright Obozo.

KMC1 on October 19, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Once again, we see what happens when you put in, arrogant children to do things, adults should be taking care of. The Murders are a direct result of Ideological Arrogance! They never thought that after being liberated, a dog that bites the hand that feeds it, would, bite the hand that feeds it! Yet muslims have been doing this for over 1400yrs. Why would this time be any different?
Update on:How to take on the Obama Enemy media & Win: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Didn’t even Qaddafi himself warn of the terrorists in his country before he got offed?

John the Libertarian on October 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM

…that’s why they sodomized him with the stick!

KOOLAID2 on October 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM