Benghazi suspect’s indictment buries the theory a video inspired the attack

posted at 9:21 am on July 2, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Ahmed Abu Khattala, a suspect in the Benghazi attacks recently captured in Libya and transferred to American custody, is talking with American interrogators and offering “voluntary statements” which corroborate many of the details of that attack.

While Khattala has not incriminated himself in the attack which led to the deaths of four Americans, according to a report in The New York Times, he is providing investigators with a detailed accounting of events surrounding the 2012 attack on an American diplomatic outpost.

“On the night of Sept. 11, 2012, a group of at least 20 men armed with machine guns, handguns and rocket-propelled grenades gathered outside the United States Mission in Benghazi and “aggressively breached” it’s gate,” the Times reported based on an unsealed indictment filed by federal prosecutors with the Justice Department on Tuesday night.

The men went on to set fire to the United States mission. It was that fire that killed Mr. Stevens and a State Department employee. A little later, Mr. Abu Khattala “entered the compound and supervised the exploitation of materials from the scene by numerous men, many of whom were armed.”

The document reveals that Khattala traveled from the consulate to an outpost where militants were preparing a follow-up attack on a second American facility. “Fearing that the United States was going to retaliate after the attacks,” the Times report read, “he tried to obtain weapons in the following days.”

The court document indicates that the government has evidence of a coordinated conspiracy to attack an American facility. “The indictment might be viewed as a death knell for a theory that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest against a U.S.-produced video,” the Washington Times reported.

Khattala is scheduled to appear on court on Wednesday.


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On the night of Sept. 11, 2012, a group of at least 20 men armed with machine guns, handguns and rocket-propelled grenades

Well I always carry a machine gun and an RPG for my evening constitutional.

rbj on July 2, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Benghazi suspect’s indictment buries the theory

Wow… You just have no clue how the left thinks or operates do you Noah?

oscarwilde on July 2, 2014 at 9:25 AM

And his defense attorney will trot out all the videos of our government officials explaining how it was a spontaneous act regarding a YouTube video while they argue temporary insanity or some other such nonsense.

Our government will be complicit in the defense of a terrorist attack.

How appalling.

ButterflyDragon on July 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM

“The indictment might be viewed as a death knell for a theory that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest against a U.S.-produced video,”

Kind of hard to kill a theory that no one with an ounce of common sense believed to begin with. The idiots who still believe it wont be swayed by anything.

RadClown on July 2, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Well I always carry a machine gun and an RPG for my evening constitutional.

rbj on July 2, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Well, if you lived in Detroit….

CurtZHP on July 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Kind of hard to kill a theory that no one with an ounce of common sense believed to begin with. The idiots who still believe it wont be swayed by anything.

RadClown on July 2, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Yep. Hillary will still be pushing the video theory when she runs for POTUS.

Bitter Clinger on July 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

When will we have Obama riding around in a white Bronco followed by his promise that he will spend the rest of his life pursuing the video?

BuckeyeSam on July 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Well I always carry a machine gun and an RPG for my evening constitutional.

rbj on July 2, 2014 at 9:25 AM

All kidding aside, I actually do.

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Wasn’t the “Video Theory” already buried by Senator Clinton?

Sinner on July 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Wrong. Khattala told New York Times in October 2012 that the attack was motivated by video.

On Oct. 18, 2012, the New York Times published an interview from “two leisurely hours” with Khattala, who declared he was not a member of Al Qaeda but said he’d be proud to be associated with the organization’s zeal for Islamic law. He also blamed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on the United States’ foreign policy.

“Why is the United States always trying to impose its ideology on everyone else?” he asked. “Why is it always trying to use force to implement its agendas?”

Khattala — who spoke to the Times at a crowded luxury hotel while reportedly sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio — said at the time that no authority had ever questioned him about the attack, which led to intense criticism of the Obama administration for being unable to apprehend those responsible. He also said he had no plans to go into hiding.

Khattala told the newspaper that the attack had grown out of a peaceful protest against a video made in the United States that mocked the Prophet Muhammad and Islam.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/17/benghazi-attack-suspect-had-been-living-defiantly-in-plain-sight/

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

On a positive note, Hillary has invited him to a picnic in Ft.Mary Park.

katy the mean old lady on July 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Marcy

katy the mean old lady on July 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Well dear, now they questioned him.

katy the mean old lady on July 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Does this guy agree with Obama that the future does not belong to those who slander the name of Islam?

gwelf on July 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Does this guy agree with Obama that the future does not belong to those who slander the name of Islam?

gwelf on July 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

How exactly do you slander a religion created by a psychopathic pedophile?

oscarwilde on July 2, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Benghazi suspect’s indictment buries the theory a video inspired the attack

The “VIDEO THEORY” is not a “THEORY” – it is the OFFICIAL story from the administration, and has been repeated continuously by obama and every administration official since the attack – ‘team obama’ will never allow it to be “buried”.

Pork-Chop on July 2, 2014 at 9:42 AM

“Fearing that the United States was going to retaliate after the attacks,”

I wonder how a couple F-16s loitering above them would have impacted their behavior that night.

forest on July 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Khattala told the newspaper that the attack had grown out of a peaceful protest against a video made in the United States that mocked the Prophet Muhammad and Islam.

…peaceful protest!!?? For cyrin’ out loud these barbarians will behead you just for being non-believers. You are an infidel and only worthy of death.

jaywemm on July 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Ned,

Why is Kattala changing his story to make it sound as if it was a terrorist attack? Do you suppose Obama or Clinton is bribing him to do so?

kpguru on July 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

What was he going to say, “No actually it was me who planned it and we intended to murder every American we could find. And yes I do want a Hellfire landing on my head.”

The dude was sitting out in the open, drinking coffee, free as Bill Ayers, having a good chuckle that the administration morons were conducting a circle-jerk of epic proportions to protect the king and queen.

I know you’re trying son, and we appreciate the effort, but so far the results have been…embarrassing.

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM

The video story wasn’t ever a “theory” — it was a deliberate and calculated lie, concocted by White House political operatives (probably led by Valerie Jarrett) to cover Barry Hussein Obama’s corrupt and inept ass in the 2012 election.

AZCoyote on July 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I wonder how a couple F-16s loitering above them would have impacted their behavior that night.

forest on July 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Hey Armchair Warrior, US Military does not operate like that. Here is Bob Gates, Republican Secretary of Defense:

Gates, appearing this weekend on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” discussed the ongoing controversy over the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. Critics have charged that the Obama administration could have pursued a more aggressive response that might have saved the lives of the four Americans killed in those attacks. But Gates pushed back on that idea, arguing that the most-discussed possible responses might appear viable in hindsight but were not so at the time. Here are Gates’s comments, as noted by Micah Zenko at the Council on Foreign Relations:

I only know what I have read in the media. I haven’t had any briefings or anything. And I think the one place where I might be able to say something useful has to do with some of the talk about the military response. And I listened to the testimony of both Secretary Panetta and General Dempsey. And frankly had I been in the job at the time I think my decisions would have been just as theirs were. We don’t have a ready force standing by in the Middle East. Despite all the turmoil that’s going on, with planes on strip alert, troops ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. And so getting somebody there in a timely way – would have been very difficult, if not impossible. And frankly, I’ve heard, “Well, why didn’t you just fly a fighter jet over and try and scare ‘em with the noise or something?” Well, given the number of surface to air missiles that have disappeared from Gaddafi’s arsenals, I would not have approved sending an aircraft, a single aircraft – over Benghazi under those circumstances.

With respect to sending in special forces or a small group of people to try and provide help, based on everything I have read, people really didn’t know what was going on in Benghazi contemporaneously. And to send some small number of special forces or other troops in without knowing what the environment is, without knowing what the threat is, without having any intelligence in terms of what is actually going on on the ground, I think, would have been very dangerous. And personally, I would not have approved that because we just don’t it’s sort of a cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces. The one thing that our forces are noted for is planning and preparation before we send people in harm’s way. And there just wasn’t time to do that.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/13/robert-gates-on-benghazi-there-just-wasnt-time/

Get that? Cartoonish impression of military capabilities.. LOL!!

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Or the alternate theory, Ned my man: Khattala had nothing to do with it, the attack really was spontaneous, and now he is changing his story in the hopes of securing a nice corner cell at Gitmo.

You don’t have a lot of room to maneuver here, PepPep, either the administration was lying from the beginning or they’re torturing Khattala to change his story now.

You pick.

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Khattala is scheduled to appear on court on Wednesday.

Anyone else notice the lack of proof reading in nearly every single blog post lately. There is an epidemic of missing pronouns, misspellings, doubled words, and redundant words.

Perhaps it’s just me, but the errors seem to make the mind “stumble” as it’s reading along.

It’s the same, but even more pronounced, in the cut-and-paste that are used from other publications. Most notable are the missing pronouns.

Why? Is it the speed necessary to get a post ready for a deadline? Is it the auto spelling in the software? Is it laziness? Or is it the “new norm” that this old timer missed when the memo was sent out?

Or am I just too picky…?

Yoop on July 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM

The court document indicates that the government has evidence of a coordinated conspiracy to attack an American facility.

Yes, Benghazi certainly was a tragedy where four Americans were killed.

But there is another “coordinated conspiracy” under way on our southern border which certainly has the potential to kill a lot more than four Americans.

climbnjump on July 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Get that? Cartoonish impression of military capabilities.. LOL!!

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

You mean like ships that go underwater?

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 9:59 AM

You mean like ships that go underwater?

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 9:59 AM

You mean you know more than Bob Gates, who has been secretary of defense in two administrations??

What a joke.

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Yoop on July 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM

All of the above, yoop

Lord Whorfin on July 2, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Well, if you lived in Detroit….

CurtZHP on July 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

I do live in Toledo . . .

rbj on July 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM

You mean you know more than Bob Gates, who has been secretary of defense in two administrations??

What a joke.

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

My dog knows more about defense than Bob Gates

Lord Whorfin on July 2, 2014 at 10:05 AM

“The indictment might be viewed as a death knell for a theory that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest against a U.S.-produced video,” the Washington Times reported.

But there’s always the “fog of war”. Killary has already cited that – I expect she’ll do it again.

It frightens me to the core, that our government not only pushed that meme – but jailed the filmmaker in an effort to validate their lies. All in the name of getting reelected. Stalin would be proud.

Hill60 on July 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

You mean you know more than Bob Gates, who has been secretary of defense in two administrations??

What a joke.

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

What does that have to do with the fact that the administration claimed it was some obscure internet video that started the whole thing when they clearly knew it wasn’t?

darwin on July 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

You mean like ships that go underwater?

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Yes, much like the airliner developed by Malaysia that goes underwater also, undetected. Amazing technology,is it not?

Yoop on July 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

It frightens me to the core, that our government not only pushed that meme – but jailed the filmmaker in an effort to validate their lies. All in the name of getting reelected. Stalin would be proud.

Hill60 on July 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Everything they do is geared towards getting elected, grabbing more power or grabbing more money. Nothing they do is in the best interest of the US.

darwin on July 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

You mean you know more than Bob Gates, who has been secretary of defense in two administrations??

What a joke.

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

You mean the guy appointed by, and therefore part of, the same administration who claimed this attack was a spontaneous uprising and not planned?

How is it that a man who served as SecDef in two administrations would think that a coordinated assault on a U.S. embassy by heavily armed men at midnight was really just a bunch of pissed-off locals wanting to throw rocks at a building? They were watching it in real-time via Drone cameras.

Was he incompetent?

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

You mean you know more than Bob Gates, who has been secretary of defense in two administrations??

What a joke.

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Because The Smartest man to ever become president hired Bob……

Obama and his thugs are the smartest around…

Got it.

Electrongod on July 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

You mean you know more than Bob Gates, who has been secretary of defense in two administrations??

What a joke.

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

And that there are no incompetent or untrustworthy characters in gubmint, right Ned?

Closet Optimist on July 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Well dear, now they questioned him.

katy the mean old lady on July 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

With any luck they also waterboarded him and did a colonoscopy with a cattle prod.

Oldnuke on July 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

This is the natural result of decades of liberal aszhats who are more worried about someone’s garden being shredded than saving American lives, the incredibly stupid ROE’s which seem to be in place everywhere.

The U.S. just got done eradicating a sovereign national government, but we were worried that a few locals would get pissed if we streamed Super Hornets over their city to break windows?

In the old days the U.S. would sacrifice men and machines to try and rescue a single downed pilot because that’s what honorable men do, now we tell our guys “Eh, you’re on your own, we have a reelection campaign to worry about.”

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM

You mean you know more than Bob Gates, who has been secretary of defense in two administrations??

What a joke.

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Well Obama’s been president for two terms and he’s a joke. Not a very funny one though.

Oldnuke on July 2, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Dude, this is so not about birth control…

/media

Wyznowski on July 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM

I only know what I have read in the media. I haven’t had any briefings or anything. And I think the one place where I might be able to say something useful has to do with some of the talk about the military response. And I listened to the testimony of both Secretary Panetta and General Dempsey. And frankly had I been in the job at the time I think my decisions would have been just as theirs were. We don’t have a ready force standing by in the Middle East. Despite all the turmoil that’s going on, with planes on strip alert, troops ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. And so getting somebody there in a timely way – would have been very difficult, if not impossible. And frankly, I’ve heard, “Well, why didn’t you just fly a fighter jet over and try and scare ‘em with the noise or something?” Well, given the number of surface to air missiles that have disappeared from Gaddafi’s arsenals, I would not have approved sending an aircraft, a single aircraft – over Benghazi under those circumstances.

With respect to sending in special forces or a small group of people to try and provide help, based on everything I have read, people really didn’t know what was going on in Benghazi contemporaneously. And to send some small number of special forces or other troops in without knowing what the environment is, without knowing what the threat is, without having any intelligence in terms of what is actually going on on the ground, I think, would have been very dangerous. And personally, I would not have approved that because we just don’t it’s sort of a cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces. The one thing that our forces are noted for is planning and preparation before we send people in harm’s way. And there just wasn’t time to do that.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/13/robert-gates-on-benghazi-there-just-wasnt-time/

Get that? Cartoonish impression of military capabilities.. LOL!!

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Ned the head…BULLSH!T!

As to the aircraft, two things. One, a former commander who was in charge of a force that day has come forward and said that air assets could have made it their for the second wave of attacks. We also could have called on other nations in the region to assist. Second, a Navy admiral, on that day, scrambled fighters from his carrier air group to go and assist. He was ordered to bring the fighters back. Here’s a question you need to ask; WH were no fighters scrambled at all? They had no idea how long it would last. And if this theory of military assistance is to be believed, no ground troops would ever get assistance when in contact. That’s what CAS is, for emergency situations when all he!! Has broken loose.

And the special forces. I was in SF in the Navy. You train to go in in unknown environments. I have linked to the NEO document on several occasions. All that needed to be done to request support was for the senior diplomat to request it. He did. No clearing from the SecDef or President. There was also a Marine FAST platoon in Italy on exercises that scrambled on their own to fly to Benghazi…they were ordered not to go from EUCOM. How do I know that, a JAG from there told me.

Patriot Vet on July 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

This is the natural result of decades of liberal aszhats who are more worried about someone’s garden being shredded than saving American lives, the incredibly stupid ROE’s which seem to be in place everywhere.

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM

You cannot win a conflict unless you fight as savagely and mercilessly as the enemy does.

We stopped fighting to win after WWII.

You cannot win “hearts and minds”.

darwin on July 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

The Bengazi attack was nothing more than devout Muslims following the Koran.

Woody

woodcdi on July 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

You don’t have a lot of room to maneuver here, PepPep, either the administration was lying from the beginning or they’re torturing Khattala to change his story now.

You pick.

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Man, that’s a hard choice. I know that The Won’s people lie continuously but just thinking about that torture thing brings a smile to my face. Ok, I’m going with torture as long as it’s dragged out and lasts a long time is truly medieval in nature and ends with being buried up to the neck in a pig sty.

Oldnuke on July 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM

It appears Ned is furiously searching the internet for something else to copy and past … either that or he’s awaiting further guidance and instruction.

darwin on July 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM

This has been a criminal cover-up by this corrupt administration right from the start. This would have brought a republican administration down, but in the era where a leftist media runs flak for a Marxist regime, no big deal.
Everybody who voted for Obama, particularly in 2012, should never be allowed to vote again in any national election. They’ve proved their stupididty.

Obamalies on July 2, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Ok, I’m going with torture as long as it’s dragged out and lasts a long time is truly medieval in nature and ends with being buried up to the neck in a pig sty.

Oldnuke on July 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM

The left is cool with torture too as long as it’s them doing it. They know their base won’t challenge them. When anyone else does it they scream bloody murder.

darwin on July 2, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Ol’ Ned managed to paint himself into a corner, he’s eying the door and figuring out if he can make a giant leap and not mar the floor.

Bishop on July 2, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Ned Pepper. Do you really believe the crap you write?

Sabercat2 on July 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

From the comments at the Wash. Times link.

AnonymousScholar • 2 hours ago

I wonder if the Administration will now claim it was a spontaneous conspiracy?

lynncgb on July 2, 2014 at 10:39 AM

“Fearing that the United States was going to retaliate after the attacks”

The terrorist must have been under the impression we actually have a real leader in the spirit of Netanyahu or George W. Bush or Reagan. Sadly, I’m afraid no enemy is going to be worrying about retaliation for the next couple years.

fanofamerica on July 2, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Recycled trolls smell bad.

CurtZHP on July 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

“The indictment might be viewed as a death knell for a theory that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest against a U.S.-produced video,” the Washington Times reported.

Which explains why the WaPo and the Gray Lady are suddenly running articles on why Hillary! is such a lousy candidate.

formwiz on July 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Sadly, I’m afraid no enemy is going to be worrying about retaliation for the next couple years.

fanofamerica on July 2, 2014 at 10:40 A

We may retaliate with a drone or two. Obama’s too busy flooding the US with illegals, propping up Wall Street with printed money and saying nice things about Islam.

darwin on July 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Get that? Cartoonish impression of military capabilities.. LOL!!

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I know, right. It’s not like the obama administration sends their flunkies out to cover their arses or anything. LOL!!!!!!

HumpBot Salvation on July 2, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Or am I just too picky…?

Yoop on July 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Yes.

katy the mean old lady on July 2, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I could care less about the video or when Zero started backtracking on that little fallacy. It’s true that they used it to whip their base in Cairo the same way our own terrorists whip theirs with the war on wimmin bs. It is not true that it was the reason for the attack. AQ had made it clear they wanted to drive Westerners out and Zawahiri, I believe, had called for a mass uprising to revenge the death of a family member.
I’m a lot more interested in how you square the constant stream of excuses for inaction that has ranged from the initial “but innocent bystanders might be hurt, so…” to “well our 20/20 hindsight tells us we didn’t have time to get there anyway” to “I think you’ll find gas costs money”. The mission had closed circuit camera on the street and they knew damn well there were bot only no ib’s, but no mob. Why State refused him security, why AQ’s mission statement and subsequent follow through attacks were ignored, why Zero’s “team” *contradicted every report from the ground and then lied about it, why they failed to heed direct warning from the Libyan Pres. re: Zawahiri, why Nuland felt comfortable stripping tp’s to protect her dept from judgement of their own failings on behalf of “leadership”, etc.
Screw the video and the initial claims that it wasn’t a terrorist attack. He’s been trying to distance himself from that stance for two years. We *know it wasn’t the video. We also know four men died, one of whom died in an AQ-run hospital and *Not the mission fire and not one of the people responsible for it in DC has missed so much as a paycheck because of it.

Recon5 on July 2, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Recycled trolls smell bad.

CurtZHP on July 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Weird, isn’t it. They all have the same stench to them. OFA needs to start buying the Febreze by the truckload.

HumpBot Salvation on July 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM

This guy will be appointed by exec. order to work in the obama admin., soon enough.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Obama needed to transfer stinger missiles and other weapons to our enemies and this was the way to do it.

SirGawain on July 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

is the theory mostly dead or all dead?

warmairfan on July 2, 2014 at 11:06 AM

fire that killed Mr. Stevens

so the picture they bandied around showing him being dragged alive to hospital was false also.
most knew he was dead yet placaters tried to make it look like civilians were helping him.

dmacleo on July 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

What a joke.

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Only joke here is you, Ringo.

For those who missed the fun yesterday, savor my reply to Billy Shears from this epic thread:

It’s hard to tell here who Fox News hates more: Hillary Clinton, Beyonce or single women.

Ned Pepper on July 1, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Part of my reply:

3. Did you pay Joan McCarter from the Daily Kos a royalty fee for stealing her sentence, word for word?

Daily Kos, July 1, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT:

It’s hard to tell here who Fox News hates more: Hillary Clinton, Beyonce or single women.

Del Dolemonte on July 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM

You’re dismissed now. Go play in traffic or something.

F-

Del Dolemonte on July 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

the cairo protest MAY have used the video as an excuse, but it was a planned excuse.
cairo escalated shortly though and then benghazi got struck when eyes were on cairo.
people keep forgetting cairo, IMO its an important nexus.

dmacleo on July 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM

ned seems to think none of us here have ever trained to assault urban targets to infiltrate and clear them.
while not SF level training average MP trained at quick incursion and takeover of buildings in hostile environment.

dmacleo on July 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

The document reveals that Khattala traveled from the consulate to an outpost where militants were preparing a follow-up attack on a second American facility. “Fearing that the United States was going to retaliate after the attacks,” the Times report read, “he tried to obtain weapons in the following days.”

If he knew Obama, Khattala would have known he had nothing to fear. Just like Komrade Vlad.

Steve Z on July 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Found out that Am. Steven’s requested a standby C-130 and military protection one month before the actual attack took place on 9/11. This request was denied by the State Department. Also found out that the C.I.A. knew within 2 hours who the attackers were and who their leaders are. Consulate cell-phones were stolen by the attackers and they were calling their leaders. The C.I.A. was recording all of this cell-phone “chatter.” Also found out that a C-17 Air Force transport plane could have rescued Am. Stevens and the C.I.A. personnel.This statement was made by Major Eric Stahl. Him and his crew are the ones who picked up the four bodies and C.I.A. employees. (Remember the excuse put out by the White House ? “We have no military-asset’s which can effect a rescue.” That is a bald-faced lie.)
I highly recommend that you people watch on You-Tube the full interview between Bret Baier and Major Eric Stahl.

Bugdust172 on July 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Anyone else notice the lack of proof reading in nearly every single blog post lately. Why? Is it the speed necessary to get a post ready for a deadline?

Don’t know, but I would guess that the main concern is to drive traffic to the site, even if the content is bad.

Is it the auto spelling in the software? Is it laziness?

Wouldn’t know about that either, but my hunch would also be that just because someone has the title of “editor”, doesn’t mean they have had the formal training to actually be able to edit copy.

Or am I just too picky…?

Yoop on July 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM

No. If it were my site I wouldn’t be happy about it. It makes the site appear to be “unprofessional”.

lynncgb on July 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

I guess Ned has left the building

Lord Whorfin on July 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I guess Ned has left the building

Lord Whorfin on July 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

And Ned will immediately do so every time I repost what I posted in this thread at 11:19 AM.

Right, Ned? Don’t go away angry, just go away.

Del Dolemonte on July 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Ned, you were beaten to a pulp by Del…then you ran away, you weasel.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Limbaugh is talking about this now.

Del Dolemonte on July 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Recycled trolls smell bad.

CurtZHP on July 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Is he plagiarizing his posts again today? I don’t have the time to do traces.

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2014 at 2:40 PM

“entered the compound and supervised the exploitation of materials from the scene by numerous men, many of whom were armed.”

I bet the unarmed ones are moderates. That’s good right? Something to work with.

BL@KBIRD on July 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

What a swell looking guy! Bet he gets off on a technicality. Maybe his Internet was too slow to watch the video??

Then he will be offered a green card and probably a professorship at Columbia in the Department of Religious Tolerance?

txdoc on July 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Why? Is it the speed necessary to get a post ready for a deadline? Is it the auto spelling in the software? Is it laziness? Or is it the “new norm” that this old timer missed when the memo was sent out?

Or am I just too picky…?

Yoop on July 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM

A couple of misused commas or badly handled pronouns are confusing enough, but there are a lot of posts which blatantly contradict themselves until you put in or take out a strategic “not” or two.

Even when I can make out the sense, it is irritating to have to reread and edit on the fly, and unprofessional to not apply minimum editing standards.

Most of the commenters catch their typos and correct them quickly; posters shouldn’t have any typos at all.

AesopFan on July 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Wow… You just have no clue how the left thinks or operates do you Noah?
oscarwilde on July 2, 2014 at 9:25 AM

That in itself is a clue

Khattala told the newspaper that the attack had grown out of a peaceful protest against a video made in the United States that mocked the Prophet Muhammad and Islam.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/17/benghazi-attack-suspect-had-been-living-defiantly-in-plain-sight/

Ned Pepper on July 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

That also is a clue.
Timeline
Video shown on Egyptian tv Sept 9, 2012

On September 11, an Egyptian mob (actual or astroturf, no one knows because astroturf mobs were the norm in Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood) demonstrated outside, and on, the US Embassy in Cairo.

From a timeline produced by Factcheck.org, we know that there were no demonstrations in Benghazi on September 11, the day of the attack.

The attack began at around 4pm, EDT, by 8:30pm our ambassador was dead, at 10pm Hillary Clinton issued this statement: [ blaming the video]

On Oct. 18, 2012, the New York Times published an interview from “two leisurely hours” with Khattala, who declared he was not a member of Al Qaeda but said he’d be proud to be associated with the organization’s zeal for Islamic law. He also blamed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on the United States’ foreign policy.

entagor on July 2, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Sorry left out last part of my post:

the attack was 9-11-12.

Hillary brings up the video the same day. The story flops

10-18-12 the NYT gets a silver platter interview with the perp, who says the right thing – but no one cares about him, but, the NYT got to sink the interview in their archives until needed

Now, the feds decide to bring him in. Did they pay for his lunch?

Hillary needs to get this constructed before the debates.

I assume he will say the right things

I enjoyed the FOX article:

State and Defense officials were asked repeatedly Tuesday why reporters were able to access Khattala while U.S. forces apparently were not, until they captured him on Sunday.

“What matters is that … we got him,” a Pentagon spokesman said.

This is where the dog meets the pony

entagor on July 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM