CBS: Obama administration knew all along that Benghazi was terror attack

posted at 8:01 am on October 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

CBS’ 60 Minutes revisited the Benghazi terror attack last night, laying out the evidence that the attack was orchestrated by al-Qaeda on the anniversary of 9/11.  It was “a planned, sophisticated attack” by AQ, and two security advisers have stepped forward to blow the whistle — as both repeatedly tried to do before the attack:

This to me seems especially damning — and unknown to me in the specifics until last night:

Green Beret Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Andy Wood, was one of the top American security officials in Libya. Based in Tripoli, he met with Amb. Stevens every day.

The last time he went to Benghazi was in June, just three months before the attack. While he was there, al Qaeda tried to assassinate the British ambassador. Wood says, to him, it came as no surprise because al Qaeda — using a familiar tactic — had stated their intent in an online posting, saying they would attack the Red Cross, the British and then the Americans in Benghazi.

Lara Logan: And you watched as they–

Andy Wood: As they did each one of those.

Lara Logan: –attacked the Red Cross and the British mission. And the only ones left–

Andy Wood: Were us. They made good on two out of the three promises. It was a matter of time till they captured the third one.

Lara Logan: And Washington was aware of that?

Andy Wood: They knew we monitored it. We included that in our reports to both State Department and DOD.

Andy Wood told us he raised his concerns directly with Amb. Stevens three months before the U.S. compound was overrun.

Andy Wood: I made it known in a country team meeting, “You are gonna get attacked. You are gonna get attacked in Benghazi. It’s gonna happen. You need to change your security profile.”

Lara Logan: Shut down–

Andy Wood: Shut down–

Lara Logan: –the special mission–

Andy Wood: –”Shut down operations. Move out temporarily. Ch– or change locations within the city. Do something to break up the profile because you are being targeted. They are– they are– they are watching you. The attack cycle is such that they’re in the final planning stages.”

Lara Logan: Wait a minute, you said, “They’re in the final planning stages of an attack on the American mission in Benghazi”?

Andy Wood: It was apparent to me that that was the case. Reading, reading all these other, ah, attacks that were occurring, I could see what they were staging up to, it was, it was obvious.

CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson emphasized this point on Twitter (via Twitchy):

This segment doesn’t directly address what happened at the White House during and after the attack. The segment, helmed by Lara Logan, focuses on what happened in Benghazi before and during the attack. It does, however, raise the question about why no military forces were sent to rescue the Americans despite the hours-long attack on the annex.  Gregory Hicks, one of the whistleblowers who blew the Obama administration talking points out of the water in his testimony to Congress, still cannot understand why the US was not prepared to protect its assets in Benghazi.

This should serve as a springboard for a demand for more answers from the White House, and also from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


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Bmore on October 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

There’s no way they knew it was a terror attack. They SAID so! CBS is racist for saying anything critical of Obama. And sexist if it’s about Hillary. And child abuse if they said it about Carville.

Wino on October 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Lara Logan and Sheryl Atkisson are the only ones at CBS with any balls.

How ironic.

Bitter Clinger on October 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Well, it’s darned nice of CBS to come to the Benghazi party, though they are rather… tardy. Those of us who read news from a wide variety of sources — and particularly overseas — knew this already. The MSM knew this already… and more.

But they pulled their punches, didn’t they?

Unless ’60 Minutes’ has a followup — or two, or three — in which they point fingers and name names, this is little more than a CYA rear-guard action.

Still, kudos for committing actual journalism, which is more than most American big media can claim.

Paul_in_NJ on October 28, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Second 9-11

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Imagine if the news reported on the First 9-11 13 months afterward. And the President never spoke about it.

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 11:38 AM

And Romney was blamed for his comments, not Obama for the attack.

Sheesh.

What the hell are we coming to.

matthew8787 on October 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

First 9-11: 1st responders rescued people from burning buildings

Second 9-11: Obama and Hillary let everyone burn to death

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I am sure someone/everyone has already said this but……how bad must Obamacare be if Benghazi is where the media decides to shift their focus?

Cindy Munford on October 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Issa what more do you want???!!!! Do your d–n job and start arresting and trying these evil btards!

neyney on October 28, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Lara Logan and Sheryl Atkisson are the only ones at CBS with any balls.

… or integrity.

One of these days, the head of CBS News is going to have to explain why this report wasn’t aired during October 2012….not that I’m going to hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

Athos on October 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Can we have someone *other* than Issa hold hearings, if there are to be any?

I’d like to see, you know, the tiniest bit of hope that something would actually come of it. Other than the 100% NOTHING Issa has achieved so far.

I’m about convinced he’s on the take at this point. I’m not sure someone actually trying could possibly bungle things so ineffectual as to achieve NOTHING given the smoking, stinking heaps of obvious scandal he’s been swimming in over there for years now.

Midas on October 28, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Considering the bottom line is ‘Who didn’t know this’, when are criminal charges (accessary to murder) to be filed against Killary?

TerryW on October 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM

They saw it coming

Of course they did. But, they chose to close their eyes and see no evil.

rukiddingme on October 28, 2013 at 12:24 PM

What difference, at this point, does it make?!

Christien on October 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM

And Romney was blamed for his comments, not Obama for the attack.

Sheesh.

What the hell are we coming to.

matthew8787 on October 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Its time for a new press corps… an HONEST one…

Khun Joe on October 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM

The surreal Obama Administration always delivers surreality.

Conservative4Ever on October 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I am sure someone/everyone has already said this but……how bad must Obamacare be if Benghazi is where the media decides to shift their focus?

Cindy Munford on October 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Brilliant, Brilliant Post. Well done Cindy.

ToddPA on October 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

When will a member of the media ask Obama for a minute by minute report of his actions that day?

We pay his salary, let’s see his record log.

profitsbeard on October 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

One of these days, the head of CBS News is going to have to explain why this report wasn’t aired during October 2012….not that I’m going to hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

Athos on October 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM

and I can’t see how they can explain not only the lack of reporting, but the outright hostility that any republican even dare mention it as anything… but they were going to get a democrat elected, and didn’t give a dame what it took..

how much of the media’s open fawning at democrats and their press releases only..

is a reaction to their institutional memory of the reaction to the truth about Carter costing them 12 years of republican presidencies. We know they’re 80-90% liberals… and their reaction to Carter loosing to Reagan ..

was stunned disbelief, then bitter outrage, that this,.. this.. addled old man who wants to burn us all in WW III… won the peoples vote..

so now when a democrat fails, they play stupid till after he’s safely elected.. figuring, well they got Unca Joe Biden..

that they would find any comfort in that, sends chills up my spine..

a guy more stupid than their worst card board parody of Palin and Dan Quayle combined, is their back up…

shows liberalism is a cult..

mark81150 on October 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Brilliant, Brilliant Post. Well done Cindy.

ToddPA on October 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Gee, maybe they will cycle through the scandals now. I agree, it is a brilliant post.

Have I mentioned that Zero is coming to Boston Wednesday, and that just happens to be the same day as the sixth game of the World Series?

dogsoldier on October 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Obama didn’t know!

Sven on October 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I am sure someone/everyone has already said this but……how bad must Obamacare be if Benghazi is where the media decides to shift their focus?

Cindy Munford on October 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I thought of that too, but I’ll take this narrative change. Dems and their stenographers will be hard pressed, however, to suppress the swell of public outrage when people see their new premiums. Let it all come crashing down on them. They worked so hard for this mess. Now, they can own their debacle brilliant plan.

conservative pilgrim on October 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

conservative pilgrim on October 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I doubt it will be a narrative change, just something else he knew nothing about. And the media is perfectly fine with that.

Cindy Munford on October 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

CBS: Obama administration knew all along that Benghazi was terror attack

NO SHI’ITE! WELCOME TO THE PARTY, PAL!

DURING LIVE TELEVISED INVESTIGATIONS:

o … the #2 Ambassador in Libya testified that he called and personally talked to Hillary Clinton, telling her within minutes of the attack in Benghazi beginning that the Benghazi compound was UNDER ATTACK!

o … The CIA testified that they sent a Cable directly to the White House WAR Room and to the State department within an hour of the attack beginning declarig the attack in Benghazi to be a TERRORIST ATTACK.
– This is the VERY SAME REPORT, as terstified to on TV in that investigation, that was proven to be EDITED 12 (TWELVE) TIMES BY THE WHITE HOUSE AND STATE DEPARTMENT, edited to REMOVE ANY AND ALL REFERENCES TO A TERRORIST ATTACK!

o President Obama himself admitted that he found out ‘days later’ (cough, cough, BS, cough, cugh) that Benghazi was a terrorist attack…admitted he knew it BEFORE he sent Rice onto the Talk shows to push the ‘DVD’ LIE….BEFORE he went before the U.N. a month later to blame that same ‘DVD”.

These aren’t RECENT REVELATIONS. These aren’t NEWLY DISCOVERED facts. THIS HAS BEEN OUT FOR A LONG TIME.

The only question I have it ‘WHY NOW’? Why is CBS reporting this now?

easyt65 on October 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM

The only question I have it ‘WHY NOW’? Why is CBS reporting this now?

easyt65 on October 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Well, Barkey has been safely re-elected, or shall I say foisted upon us for n…more years :(, it’s safe to report now, from the LSM perspective…what’s he got to lose?.. Billary on the other hand still has a lot to lose, but not sure that the LSM is as enamored of her as they are with him, and also they are probably hoping that it will all vanish from the collective memory by 2015 (I count when the actual presidential campaign starts)…

jimver on October 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM

And the media is perfectly fine with that.

Cindy Munford on October 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Obama [fill in the blank].

Lies.

Savages the Constitution.

Plays Mr. Conciliator as he uber-hypocritically demonizes all who oppose his Will.

Pretended race would become a thing of the past once he was empowered as Transformational Leader.

And has used race-baiting as a Joker in his putrid political deck on every ocassion it served to distract the lo-info-rubes from his scandals [Fast and Furious], crooked cronyisms [Solyndra, GE, Google, Facebook, etc.], deceptions [Benghazi], calamitous incompetence [Obamacare], and complete Slacker Presidency [Fore!].

The media either praises it or ‘disappears’ it [in the banana republic sense].

They must give out Kneepads instead of Mortarboards at Journalism schools nowadays.

With little O campaign symbols on each one.

profitsbeard on October 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM

With her that is…

jimver on October 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Your FLOTUS

Schadenfreude on October 28, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I doubt it will be a narrative change, just something else he knew nothing about. And the media is perfectly fine with that.

Cindy Munford on October 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Personally, I think this (late) Benghazi story is more about Hillary than an Obama narrative change. I can’t see Benghazi going anywhere unless something drastic happens–like some type of smoking gun evidence that implicates Hillary or Obama.

Obamacare is such a disaster that any attempts at a narrative change will fail. It’s like driving by a bad car accident, and people are compelled to gawk and rubberneck. Obamacare is so disastrous that even the SRM has to report on it.

conservative pilgrim on October 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I doubt it will be a narrative change, just something else he knew nothing about. And the media is perfectly fine with that.

Cindy Munford on October 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Ha. Yes, Obama has Selective Brilliance Syndrome. He’s brilliant when the info benefits him, but when the news is damaging he’s in the dark. Quite convenient.

conservative pilgrim on October 28, 2013 at 1:34 PM

When you’ve lost 60 Minutes……

Another Drew on October 28, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Straight out of the Lib Playbook:

1. Lie and deny for as long as possible. Your media partners will assist with this.

2. Declare the inevitable revelations of your lies and coverup “old news.”

Hillary tried this strategy, though probably a bit early, with “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

FishingwFredo on October 28, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I’m so pissed off right now…CBS had this BEFORE the election, yet they held it until now? Why? Because the fundamental change wasn’t finished, I guess.

Kenz on October 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

and we still spent millions on ads apologizing for a video that had nothing to do with this.
trace that money.

dmacleo on October 28, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Sooo … I guess Sam Bacile deserves an apology, right?

listens2glenn on October 28, 2013 at 2:41 PM

The reason this report is coming out now, is so that the media can say “that’s old news” when Hillary runs for president, and they can then start cheerleading for her.

Did you learn nothing when they aired Bill’s dirty laundry early and then later claimed exactly the same thing?

Remember this post when you hear “that’s old news” upon bringing up Benghazi during Hillary’s campaign.

Wino on October 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Do we know why they let it happen and why they have refused to bring the culprits to justice thus far?

Buddahpundit on October 28, 2013 at 8:13 AM

See “Iran-Contra”. The One and Shrillary wanted Syria run by someone that could be relied upon to renew the war against Israel in the name of “authentic Islam”. (In their minds, Assad Jr. is a wimp and entirely too “Westernized”.)

So they transferred arms- a lot of arms- to the “Syrian resistance”. Which they probably knew up front was connected to al-Qaeda, or at least part of same. (Keep in mind that groups like this are highly “compartmentalized”, less from proper “guerrilla warfare doctrine” than the innately tribalist/clan-based nature of Islam.)

They hoped they could keep the American people from finding out they were doing a deal with the group that not only had been responsible for 9/11, but also one they claimed they had succeeded in destroying. Whether or not they ever actually believed that themselves is open to question; this lot are compulsive liars, but they also tend to lie to themselves a great deal in addition to having a fantasy worldview that would only make sense in an an ashram on Big Sur in 1970 (assuming massive amounts of LSD were involved).

Once it was obvious to them what was going down, they decided to “protect themselves”. And the surest way to do that was to let the terrorists loot the cache of arms that was in Benghazi, ready for delivery (which they did), and kill Ambassador Stevens and the others there (which they also did). On the principle of “dead men tell no tales“. (As long as Stevens was alive, he could conceivably be called to testify in front of Congress. That could not be risked.)

All they had to do to accomplish both was make sure that the U.S. military forces in the region did nothing. Which is precisely what they were ordered to do.

This administration allowed a U.S. ambassador, U.S. government personnel, and U.S. military personnel to die when they could have been saved. And allowed massive amounts of lethal weaponry to be taken by a terrorist group which will use same against Israel, and ultimately us.

Both were done partly because this administration was trying to make an embarrassing series of decisions “disappear”, but mostly it was done because those decisions were made on the basis of a dogma which calls for the destruction of Israel, the extermination of large numbers of Jews, and the supremacy of a radical, delusional worldview which ultimately demands the destruction of Western civilization in general and the United States in particular. Which our “leaders” define as “enlightened” and “forward-looking” in its barbaric primitivism.

It’s time we stopped pretending that anyone in this administration is on our side.

They are not, and never have been.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 28, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Sounds like a wild-eyed conspiracy theory. That is, it sounds like it should be a wild-eyed conspiracy theory.

But the more I’ve looked at the evidence, the more likely this explanation has become. Even the Obama administration is not so dim that they couldn’t see what was going to happen in Benghazi.

That means the attack was what they wanted to happen. And it seems incontrovertible at this point that weapons were being funneled to Syria, intentionally.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 28, 2013 at 5:24 PM

CBS: Obama administration knew all along that Benghazi was terror attack

Little doubt that CBS knew this, and more, as well, but they didn’t want to upset Obama’s reelection.

RJL on October 28, 2013 at 7:02 PM

eon is 100% right. You can just add that Stevens was a known Hamas sympathizer and the right person to send arms to the Syrian jihadi supported rebels.
.
He could not be left alive to report what was really going on.

FactsofLife on October 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

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