Breaking: US captures first suspect in Benghazi attack

posted at 11:47 am on June 17, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The White House is enjoying a rare piece of good news in a season of disarray on foreign policy and national security.  The US have finally captured the first suspected ringleader of the attack on the Benghazi consulate 21 months ago. US special forces seized Ahmed Abu Khattala in a raid this weekend in Libya, which has now been made public after all personnel have left the country:

U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assault has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.

The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation, and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.

Khattala’s apprehension is a major victory for the Obama administration, which has been criticized for having failed so far to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attacks to justice.

One jubilant official called Khattala’s capture “a reminder that when the United States says it’s going to hold someone accountable and he will face justice, this is what we mean.”

Can’t blame them for being jubilant, but it’s not as if this should have taken 21 months, either. Khattala lived openly in Libya after the deadly attack on the State Department and CIA facilities, enjoying himself too. Michael Calderone noted last December for Huffington Post the oddity of seeing Khattala giving media interviews in Benghazi and elsewhere while the Obama administration insisted that it was doing everything it could to bring the attackers to justice:

While the U.S. government has so far been unable to catch Khattala, journalists haven’t had trouble locating him since shortly after the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Last year, I wrote how both the New York Times and Reuters sat down with Khattala around the time he was first considered a suspect. In those reports — and in more recent ones — journalists have noted the disconnect between his status as a wanted man and casually meeting in public.

On Oct. 18, 2012, New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick “spent two leisurely hours”with Khattala “at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments.”

Reuters caught up with Khattala the same day and similarly reported that he didn’t appear overly concerned. “Sitting with a friend in the restaurant of a Benghazi hotel, the 41-year-old, sporting a red felt hat and a full salt-and-pepper beard, laughed gently,” wrote Hadeel Al Shalchi and Ghaith Shennib.

And that’s not the last time Khattala popped up in the western media. In August, CNN’s Arwa Damon spent two hours with him at a well-known hotel coffee shop in Benghazi. When asked on-air about locating Khattala, Damon said he’s “not a man who is in hiding.”

So yes, this is a win for the US, but it’s still going to raise questions about how much effort the US put into capturing Khattala until now. At the time of Calderone’s piece, the White House insisted that they couldn’t act without destabilizing the government in Tripoli. What’s changed since then? Last week, incoming PM Ahmad Maiteeq offered his resignation after a court ruled his election was unconstitutional and current PM Abdullah Al Thani refused to recognize his legitimacy.  This hardly seems like a propitious time for a Special Forces raid if the previous delays were taken to promote stability.

The big fish still remains to be found. Abu Safian bin Qumu has long been suspected of commanding the attack, despite an inexplicable New York Times claim to the contrary. The US had bin Qumu in custody, too — until the Bush administration released him from Gitmo in 2007. This good news will serve as a reminder of the dangers of releasing terrorists back into the war, a reminder that the White House probably would prefer to avoid at the moment.

Update: It’s worth noting that the Libyan government arrested Faraj al-Shibli in March 2013 in connection to the attack, and allowed the FBI to interrogate him. To date, though, the US has not taken Shibli into custody, or at least no such report comes up on a search.

Update: It’s the first suspect in the attack to be taken into US custody, but not the first US arrest, as Jeff Dunetz points out. That arrest took place in my old hometown of Cerritos, California, and put a YouTube filmmaker behind bars — ostensibly for parole violations, but more accurately for thoughtcrime and political expediency.

Update: Barack Obama says this demonstrates American resolve:

What did the previous 21 months of Khattala holding court with American media demonstrate?


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Puhleeze weedisgood….this is good news but you have to admit when the pressure is on obama he’ll try to deflect asap

cmsinaz on June 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

What is the date of his trial? Obama will try him right?

He has the right to a speedy trial.

Trolls, help me out here.

faraway on June 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

a couple of months?

You guys gave Bush a pass on catching Osama for EIGHT YEARS. Even when Osama announced to the world that he did it. And then tried to give Bush credit for Obama catching him.

and now 21 months to catch the prime Benghazi suspect is inept?

what the hell are you talking about?

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Come on, you aren’t that stupid. You’re just grabbing at straws here to defend lazy Obama. Bush got a pass because I believe he was sincerely looking for Osama. Obama? Not so much. He just does things for his own personal motivation. This guy could have been bagged months and months ago and you know it. Obama saved this for a distraction which is how you are trying to use it now. Democrat much?

rhombus on June 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Obama will just pardon him…maybe the terrorists mom or dad could come to the white house and hold a photo op with the one….

crosshugger on June 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

This is one Benghazi news most republicans won’t like….

weedisgood on June 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Only a person who is baked 24/7 would believe that people don’t want a killer of Americans brought to justice. The question is why wasn’t this done 18 months ago when Khattala was running around in the open bragging about his exploits.

NotCoach on June 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

This regime doesn’t do anything in good faith.

forest on June 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Squirrel!

kingsjester on June 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Moped wash, homophobe, cars are soooo last century.

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Or even better yet. Launder your cloth, sustainable, locally produced multi-use grocey bags. Those bags for don’t wash themselves.

Oil Can on June 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Silly me, the media carries his bag cleans his balls.

Buckshots on June 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Well, maybe they don’t carry his bags but they certainly do the other thing you mentioned.

rhombus on June 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

To borrow a line from Johnny Carson, “I’ll bet that makes his putter quiver…”

bimmcorp on June 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

20 bucks he blames a video.

Ben Hur on June 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.”

Trolls, please join me in hoping that Obama moves him to a US prison where we can be sure that he is not mistreated via rendition, or tortured.

faraway on June 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Meh. This is merely deflection.

Some “good news” to distract us from the wide variety of catastrophes swamping this administration. They could have nailed this guy and others at any time before this.

BLOC on June 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Great news…..even if the timing is suspect.

d1carter on June 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Obummer’d be willing to trade him for a check-forger to be named later…

trigon on June 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Well, the *second* suspect. After the YouTube filmmaker, of course.

Possibly the fact that he was “in violation of his parole” might have meant a bit more if Hillary hadn’t promised to put the filmmaker in jail in advance. Could you imagine if Condi said that about one of you trolls after one of your sophomoric projects went viral?

You would be advocating violence and I can’t say you would be wrong to do so.

HitNRun on June 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

You guys are completely deranged.

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

How are the new meds working out?

Wait. Don’t tell us…

viking01 on June 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Ditso is just pissed that his Canadians didn’t win the Stanley Cup.

slickwillie2001 on June 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Breaking: US captures first suspect in Benghazi attack

Film YouTube Video at 11?

reddevil on June 17, 2014 at 12:26 PM

I think is too late now, as he probably destroyed all the evidence implicating him with the Benghazi attack…you know, the video camera, the laptop he used to post that video in youtube…

ujorge on June 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

I’m curious though, if a YT vid caused a spontaneous attack can we really hold this dude accountable, I mean he was driven to rage and murder by circumstances beyond his control.

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Good point. And, if it was a spontaneous reaction to a video, why did they need planners such as him? Pretty much mutually exclusive lies and actions by this administration. (BTW, I am positive it was not a reaction to a video.)

rlwo2008 on June 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Obummer’d be willing to trade him for a check-forger to be named later…

trigon on June 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Or a Special Forces soldier to be captured and to be named later.

hawkeye54 on June 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Osama is dead, GM is alive and the term “terrorism” is un-PC.

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

When do we capture the producer, the director, the assistant directors, the gaffers, etc.

faraway on June 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Amb Stevens are dead, and squirrels are alive!

faraway on June 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Agreed. Bin Laden was strolling daily through town, right out in the open, without a 200-strong bodyguard, certainly not in the trackless mountains of Astan inhabited by tribal savages armed to the teeth.

I know you’re trying, son, but still, you’re embarrassing yourself.

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Hahahahahahaha!

Look at the headline of Bryan Preston’s take on this:

Breaking: US Captures Benghazi Suspect Who Wasn’t Hiding

INC on June 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

And Hillary is doing her big interview with Greta and Bret on FOX News tonight. What a co-inkydink. Oh well, what difference, at this point, does it make?
bimmcorp on June 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Can’t have Hillary gaffe her way through Benghazi questions and/or steal zero’s thunder, can we.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Good point. And, if it was a spontaneous reaction to a video, why did they need planners such as him? Pretty much mutually exclusive lies and actions by this administration. (BTW, I am positive it was not a reaction to a video.)

rlwo2008 on June 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

The planning was spontaneous too, homophobe, this guy leaped from the couch and began speed-talking and then everyone else started running toward the embassy.

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Probably watching YouTube videos…

albill on June 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

May as well report they’ve caught the Easter bunny, this guy can’t possibly exist. Didn’t Obama completely destroy Al-Queda and all of their little off-shoots?

Oxymoron on June 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Despicable….

SpecOps quietly nabbed this guy and was poised to extract information from him and hold him for as long as necessary…

So HOW did the world find this out? WHY is this guy going to be liberated from military incarceration?

The Obama administration, as usual, is beseiged by investigations and reports of expanding / growing scandals, inept leadership, paralyzation by indecision in Iraq, and growing calls for (finally) Impeachment…so once again the Obama administration, seeking to divert attention and claim ANY type of success, leaks this out.

The guy is screaming like crazy about how he participated in the Benghazi attack but ardently denies being any type of mastermind or leader of the attack. He is one thing, though – a ‘DIVERSION’ for Obama.

easyt65 on June 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Come on, you aren’t that stupid. You’re just grabbing at straws here to defend lazy Obama. Bush got a pass because I believe he was sincerely looking for Osama. Obama? Not so much. He just does things for his own personal motivation. This guy could have been bagged months and months ago and you know it. Obama saved this for a distraction which is how you are trying to use it now. Democrat much?

rhombus on June 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

amazing.

Bush gets a pass for EIGHT YEARS because you “believe” he was trying really hard.

Obama gets criticized for 21 MONTHS because you “believe” he’s a lazy narcissist.

maybe you should try basing your beliefs on the facts, instead of trying to conform the facts with your beliefs.

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM

What changed?

Buddahpundit on June 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

The one legit reason to leave this guy out there would be to collect intel on him and map his associates through watching his communications, contacts etc. hopefully they did that. But I think the timing is extremely….interesting.

Doc Holliday on June 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM

OT – what is going on?

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM

“what difference at this point does it make?”

-HillClint

portlandon on June 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Holder is needed to convince this dude to confess that it was that friggin’ video that pi$$ed him off enough to start the attack .. Yup.

pambi on June 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

If this guy says anything about that video, we will hear leaked statements from him long before we hear a peep from Bergdahl or the 30 employees who were evacuated from Benghazi.

forest on June 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM

In case you missed it:

Breaking: US Captures Benghazi Suspect Who Wasn’t Hiding

…Khattala is the man who taunted the US in the weeks after the Benghazi attack, granting media interviews in a Benghazi cafe.

INC on June 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Pres. Obama on Benghazi suspect capture: US shows “we will do whatever it takes to see that justice is done when people harm Americans.”
11:32 AM – 17 Jun 2014

Um does that apply to your own administration?

gophergirl on June 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

maybe you i should try basing your my beliefs on the facts, instead of trying to conform the facts with your my beliefs.

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM

FIFY

NotCoach on June 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

You guys gave Bush a pass on catching Osama for EIGHT YEARS. Even when Osama announced to the world that he did it.

lester, it’s time for your violin lesson! on June 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Too bad that O’bama only got a 5% bump in his job approval for doing that, even after the Associated Press tried to help him out by sampling twice as many Democrats as Republicans in their poll…on the other hand, Bush “let” the 9/11 attacks happen on his watch, and saw his job approval jump to levels O’bama will never ever see.

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Also, special forces and the FBI?
The FBI?
Not CIA?
Oh yeah, they wok for Holder….

Doc Holliday on June 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Nobody thinks it took 21 months because of laziness. We think it took 21 months because of politics indifference.

blink on June 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

FIFY

Immolate on June 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

everpisso and weedchoomed are liars and morons, again.

obama never caught Osama. Get real. obama had most of those who really got him killed.

On Benghazi, not even 1% of the truth is out. What happening in Iraq is supplied by Libya.

obama and Hillary have lots of blood on their hands, not only in Benghazi, but via Benghazi.

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

The planning was spontaneous too, homophobe, this guy leaped from the couch and began speed-talking and then everyone else started running toward the embassy.

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

WRONG!

…this guy leaped from the couch and began speed-talking and then everyone else grabbed their rocket launchers from over the mantle and started running toward the embassy.

yaedon on June 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

If it was spontaneous it couldn’t have been planned, if a planner has just been apprehended then the attack couldn’t have been spontaneous.

*scratches head*

Libfree, you’re a perfesser, can you help us out with this?

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

amazing.

Bush gets a pass for EIGHT YEARS because you “believe” he was trying really hard.

Obama gets criticized for 21 MONTHS because you “believe” he’s a lazy narcissist.

maybe you should try basing your beliefs on the facts, instead of trying to conform the facts with your beliefs.

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Wow, never thought of looking at it that way.

Maybe if I beat myself on the head with a sledge hammer, take a couple hits of acid, smoke some crack and maybe do some crystal meth I can be as smart as you?

Nah… I’d have to do a lot more damage to my brain than that!

Your job trolling is safe…. for now.

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

WRONG!

…this guy leaped from the couch and began speed-talking and then everyone else grabbed their rocket launchers from over the mantle and started running toward the embassy.

yaedon on June 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Misogynist prig.

The RPG’s were spontaneously produced by utilizing standard kitchen small-appliances and assorted bits from the junk drawer.

Jeebus…you people are morans.

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Pres. Obama on Benghazi suspect capture: US shows “we will do whatever it takes to see that justice is done when people harm Americans.”
11:32 AM – 17 Jun 2014

Um does that apply to your own administration?

gophergirl on June 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

See Schad’s link from above:

http://www.truthandaction.org/dhs-harrasses-veterans-va-hospital/

INC on June 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

This is terrible but there is nothing that happens anymore that I don’t think is an attempt to push some other story out of the news.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I thought they took down that guy that made the video like the day after the attacks.

CycloneCDB on June 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Except for the trolls I haven’t seen a comment on this thread that doesn’t agree with yours.

INC on June 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM

This is terrible but there is nothing that happens anymore that I don’t think is an attempt to push some other story out of the news.
Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Not terrible. Just means you’re awake.

Doc Holliday on June 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

amazing.

Bush gets a pass for EIGHT YEARS because you “believe” he was trying really hard.

Obama gets criticized for 21 MONTHS because you “believe” he’s a lazy narcissist.

maybe you should try basing your beliefs on the facts, instead of trying to conform the facts with your beliefs.

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM

You might want to back up there Shipmate. This guy was hauled in right now because Obama wanted a “victory” of some sort in the Middle East because everything he has touched there has turned into flaming crap. In case you haven’t noticed, the entire Middle East is going up in flames right now, and Obama and his State Department are solely responsible.

The NYT managed to track this guy down two months after the 9/11 attacks and interview him, two months, and they got an exclusive interview with him. Everyone in the DOJ and the Administration knew exactly where this guy was from day one and they did not go out and get him until now.

Sorry, facts are facts, and this is another Obama wag the dog moment.

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

This is terrible but there is nothing that happens anymore that I don’t think is an attempt to push some other story out of the news.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Exactly. I don’t trust one thing this administration does or says anymore.

gophergirl on June 17, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I laughed HARD:

You guys are completely deranged.

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

How are the new meds working out?

Wait. Don’t tell us…

viking01 on June 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to him.

He’s just confused, wondering what we could possibly have against that actor who played the bad guy in “Roadhouse.”

CurtZHP on June 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

P.S.
BEN GAZZI

rottenrobbie on June 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM

The one legit reason to leave this guy out there would be to collect intel on him and map his associates through watching his communications, contacts etc. hopefully they did that. But I think the timing is extremely….interesting.

Doc Holliday on June 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM

at what point could they have caught this guy, and it wouldn’t have been “interesting timing” to you guys?

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

On Oct. 18, 2012, New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick “spent two leisurely hours” with Khattala “at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments.”

Reuters caught up with Khattala the same day and similarly reported that he didn’t appear overly concerned. “Sitting with a friend in the restaurant of a Benghazi hotel, the 41-year-old, sporting a red felt hat and a full salt-and-pepper beard, laughed gently,” wrote Hadeel Al Shalchi and Ghaith Shennib.

And that’s not the last time Khattala popped up in the western media. In August [2013], CNN’s Arwa Damon spent two hours with him at a well-known hotel coffee shop in Benghazi. When asked on-air about locating Khattala, Damon said he’s “not a man who is in hiding.”

Khattala recently surfaced again in the western media, meeting with a Times of London reporter in late October [2013]….

INC on June 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM

FLASH: OBOZO already prepared to exchange Khattala for a souvenir al qaeda flag !!!!!!

MicahStone on June 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM

at what point could they have caught this guy, and it wouldn’t have been “interesting timing” to you guys?

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

How about right after the NYT got done interviewing him in December 2013? How about that? They knew exactly where he was.

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM

OT – what is going on?

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM

The ‘fundamental transformation of America’.

bimmcorp on June 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM

You guys gave Bush a pass on catching Osama for EIGHT YEARS. Even when Osama announced to the world that he did it. And then tried to give Bush credit for Obama catching him.

and now 21 months to catch the prime Benghazi suspect is inept?

what the hell are you talking about?

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

‘Cuz, like, um, ya know, Osama bin Laden could easily be found sipping strawberry frappes at outdoor cafes while granting interviews to the New York Times or something.

I was glad when Obama ordered Seal Team 6 to kill Osama bin Laden although, if the Pakistani doctor had never come forward and told US authorities where to find him, I would not have blamed Obama for failing to get him.

Now, why don’t you tell us why Obama released Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from Camp Bucca?

Resist We Much on June 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

See my 12:52 comment that answers yours. How ironic that I was writing it without seeing your question, and that it then posted right in sync to answer you.

Timing is everything, you know.

INC on June 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

When did Bush ever get a PASS????????? All I remember is that the gov’t media, academia , entertainment had a 24/7 assault on Bush for 8 years and especially the last four. I still don’t remember this “Pass” at all and now compare it to the way the MSM media protects the current president. These libs,,,,, no they are not libs but intolerant leftists won’t be able to give me an answer.

garydt on June 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

This is terrible but there is nothing that happens anymore that I don’t think is an attempt to push some other story out of the news.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

How can you guys not realize that this belief is a product of the conditioning your right wing media has given you?

Every single time anything happens you and your media say it’s just a distraction from whatever scandal is “hot” at the time.

Obamacare was a “distraction” from the economy. Benghazi was a “distraction” from Obamacare. IRS was a “distraction” from Benghazi. Unemployment was a “distraction” from IRS. The economy was a distraction from unemployment.

They have you guys so twisted into their scandal pretzel that you guys can’t think straight.

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

at what point could they have caught this guy, and it wouldn’t have been “interesting timing” to you guys?

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

October 2012 after he gave an interview to a NYT reporter in a public restaurant?

Or as I like to call it: One month after the embassy attack.

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM

at what point could they have caught this guy, and it wouldn’t have been “interesting timing” to you guys?

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

How about when they sent in the assistance to the under siege embassy outpost on 9/11/12, Skippy? Oh wait…what’s that you say?? There WAS no assistance sent that night?? Gee…and I thought that Obama never left Americans behind? Nevermind…

bimmcorp on June 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

All are still scandals.

None, economy and etc. have been solved.

Get your head out of obama’s azz, before you choke…though the world wouldn’t miss an idiot if you did.

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

They have you guys so twisted into their scandal pretzel that you guys can’t think straight.

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Dog Eater and Killary said the attack was spontaneous, yet they just caught a planner.

How can a spontaneous attack be planned? How can a planned attack be spontaneous?

Show your work, maybe use a pie chart or something.

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Reuters Poll: Obama’s Approval Ratings Falls Below 37%

Resist We Much on June 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Should make Ned of HA’s day!

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Nobody’s buying the reflection strategy. Try something else.
Hold on. let me get some popcorn. This should be good.

kingsjester on June 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

everpiso, name one int’l success of obama/Hillary, one nation/people who are free/freer due to their efforts, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Apparently the terrorist does not have the missing #IRS emails.

HopeHeFails on June 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

at what point could they have caught this guy, and it wouldn’t have been “interesting timing” to you guys?

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Before they blamed the attack on some schmuck who made a video, duhhhhh

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

How can you guys i not realize that this belief is a product of the conditioning your my right left wing media has given you me?

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

FIFY

NotCoach on June 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

at what point could they have caught this guy, and it wouldn’t have been “interesting timing” to you guys?

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

At any point when we weren’t in the middle of some political/foreign policy disaster.
But then again, with this administration, that would be a tough point to find….

Doc Holliday on June 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Dear Leader never lies to the American people…………………

d1carter on June 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM

the oddity of seeing Khattala giving media interviews in Benghazi and elsewhere while the Obama administration insisted that it was doing everything it could to bring the attackers to justice:

Is there hard evidence that this Khattala was involved in the Benghazi attacks? It’s obvious that they thought back then that Khattala had nothing to do with the attacks and was pretending. Otherwise, they would have arrested him sooner and not let a terrorist plot new terrorism for all this time.

Buddahpundit on June 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM

David Burge @iowahawkblog

“US captures first suspect in Benghazi attack”
- wrong. Their their first suspect was a YouTube video guy in Covina
http://hotair.com/archives/2014/06/17/breaking-us-captures-first-suspect-in-benghazi-attack/

ITguy on June 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Waiting for an answer , when did Bush get that Pass?????????. Anyway won’t this new captive get released soon? I wold not be surprised.

garydt on June 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

I really suspect the innocence of the fil maker. walid shoebat raises a lot of interesting question re: him.

dmacleo on June 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

BREAKING: Bhenghazi suspect traded for some goat cheese and a jar of olives.

swamp_yankee on June 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Umm. this guy was not actually in hiding

ConservativePartyNow on June 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

DiscoDuck is playing/trolling. No one with enough brain cells alive to remember to breath can be that ignorant. That said, enjoy the troll roast! :-)

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

One might, just might, think that the Feds knew where he was? And that they really didn’t want to get him? And that possibly he had nothing to do with 9-11 in the first place?

We’ve been lied to a lot and I don’t get why we buy into certain memes but not others (well, actually I do, but don’t want to get into it…let’s just say it has much to do with mom and apple pie…and maybe Superman).

Also, I think Osama was already dead and Seal Team 6 was either sent on a wild goose chase or were knowingly involved in a staged event.

As for Saddam, I think he was up to much nastiness. The Israelis certainly thought so and did something about it. But I’m not clear on why the Bush administration backed away from it? As always, much going on behind the scenes we may never know about. However, the cover stories fall apart over time-but strangely aren’t replaced with new ones…just crickets chirping.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Ed, please correct this. This is the second suspect. The first has been in prison for a while.

faraway on June 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

and he was released a long time ago, has not been in prison in some time.

dmacleo on June 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

“we will do whatever it takes to see that justice is done when people harm Americans.”

Okay Dumbass! RELEASE THE LERNER EMAILS!

GarandFan on June 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

How can you guys not realize that this belief is a product of the conditioning your right wing media has given you?

everdiso on June 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

You would expect this to result in a rational person to question the YouTube argument.

So, you realize your belief is the product of chanting for a cult, right?

faraway on June 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Misogynist prig.

The RPG’s were spontaneously produced by utilizing standard kitchen small-appliances and assorted bits from the junk drawer.

Jeebus…you people are morans.

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

AND…they practiced firing their mortars in the back of the pickup on the way to the launching area. You’d be surprised at the accuracy one can achieve by this method.

yaedon on June 17, 2014 at 1:06 PM

U.S. holding captured Benghazi suspect on a ship

Isn’t that where they held OBL?

I join with the trolls in demanding that he be sent for trial immediately.

faraway on June 17, 2014 at 1:08 PM

everpiso, name one int’l success of obama/Hillary, one nation/people who are free/freer due to their efforts, I triple dare you.Schadenfreude on June 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM

No response or another computer crash?

Buckshots on June 17, 2014 at 1:08 PM

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