Obama and Libya – the outrage grows as the cover-up unravels

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The White House story and ongoing cover-up are unraveling.

We already know that Candy Crowley had to walk back her “fact-checking” during the 2nd debate. The White House and State Dept insisted for days that the attacks on the Embassy were prompted by a video no one saw and were a result of a spontaneous demonstration.

Not so.

Even before the debates, the New York Times ran a story on how “The Shifting Reports on Libya Killings May Cost Obama”

“The Obama administration’s shifting accounts of the fatal attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, have left President Obama suddenly exposed on national security and foreign policy…After first describing the attack as a spontaneous demonstration run amok, administration officials now describe it as a terrorist act with possible involvement by Al Qaeda. The changing accounts prompted the spokesman for the nation’s top intelligence official, James R. Clapper Jr., to issue a statement on Friday acknowledging that American intelligence agencies ‘revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists.”

In the ensuing weeks, the American public has found out a more about what actually happened, piece by painful piece.

Now, we have emails that show CLEARLY that the State Department and the White House knew it was a terrorist attack within 2 hours of the initial assault.

From Reuters:

The first email, timed at 4:05 p.m. Washington time – or 10:05 p.m. Benghazi time, 20-30 minutes after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission allegedly began – carried the subject line “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack” and the notation “SBU”, meaning “Sensitive But Unclassified.”

The text said the State Department’s regional security office had reported that the diplomatic mission in Benghazi was “under attack. Embassy in Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well.”

The message continued: “Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four … personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.”

A second email, headed “Update 1: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi” and timed 4:54 p.m. Washington time, said that the Embassy in Tripoli had reported that “the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi had stopped and the compound had been cleared.” It said a “response team” was at the site attempting to locate missing personnel.

A third email, also marked SBU and sent at 6:07 p.m. Washington time, carried the subject line: “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack.

The message reported: “Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.”

Despite this, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney backed up Rice on Sept. 18. He said: “Based on information that we — our initial information … we saw no evidence to back up claims by others that this was a preplanned or premeditated attack; that we saw evidence that it was sparked by the reaction to this video.” Carney went on to say “that is what we know” based on “concrete evidence, not supposition.”

I guess the “not optimal” outcome didn’t fit the narrative that Al Qaeda was dead or on the run – and besides – it interfered with a Las Vegas fundraiser and being eye candy on “The View.”

Priorities.

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12 Responses to “Obama and Libya – the outrage grows as the cover-up unravels”

  1. Richard Warnick Says:

    There was no “cover-up.” Candy Crowley stands by the fact-check. The “not optimal” smear is false. Willard (“Mitt”) Romney didn’t even bring this stuff up in the last debate, because he already got called on his lying.

  2. jbtalcott Says:

    The “outrage” only exists inside the right wing bubble. This tempest in a teapot has been stirred up by the right wing media in a futile attempt to tear down President Obama’s stellar record on foreign policy. It is unconscionable that Governor Romney has been attempting to use the deaths of four Americans for his own political advantage as the election nears. That fact alone should disqualify him from holding this nation’s highest office, not to mention his outright lies throughout the campaign and lack of core principles.

  3. eyeswideopen Says:

    Some people love to keep blinders on regardless of the facts.

  4. jeromefromlayton Says:

    jb… says “stellar” foreign policy? I really don’t think the Great South Asian-North African Apology Tour rates as “stellar”. Remember that gold necklace some Sheik hung on him? That’s a fancy version of the necklace that the contractors wear when they work in Saudi Arabia. Look up the term “Dhimmi” for the real meaning of the thing. Similar to a brand on livestock.

    Ditching our allies such as Poland and Israel isn’t “stellar”; nor is sending the Churchill bust back to England or telling the Russian that he can be “more flexible” after the Election.

    Libya and Fast & Furious are just too examples of failed programs and frantic cover-up. Do we really want four more years of this?

  5. jbtalcott Says:

    1. The myth that President Obama apologized for the United States on his tour was started by Karl Rove, and has been debunked by the three major fact checking organizations. Those who only get their news from inside the Right Wing bubble never get exposed to the truth.

    2. The significance of a gift from one foreign leader to another as it applies to the foreign policy of the United States escapes me. Are you suggesting that President Obama should have publicly rejected a gift from the Saudi Leader, thereby insulting him and his country? George W., his wife and Condoleezza Rice received over $750,000 from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Comparing a gold necklace given as a gift to a brand on livestock is pathetically stupid and I would have thought it beneath you Jerome. Unfortunately I was mistaken.

    3. It is also a well established fact that under President Obama, U.S. support for Israel has never been more solid. Those on the right who are apoplectic over the fact that President Obama has not visited Israel since his campaign in 2008 seem to have forgotten that “W” did not visit Israel until his seventh year in office!

    4. The sending of the Churchill bust back to England is another myth (lie) spread by the Right Wing spin machine to those inside the bubble.

    5. The U.S. played a significant leadership role in providing U.S. expertise and resources to help our allies bring down the dictator Muammar Gaddafi, without the loss of one American life. Compared to the “regime change” in Iraq brought about by President Bush I would call that a “stellar achievement”.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/27/fact-check-bust-winston-churchill

    http://factcheck.org/2012/10/editing-romneys-apology-defense/

    http://www.njdc.org/media/entry/obama_israel_the_facts

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/24165.html

  6. hollyonthehill Says:

    You’re repeating left-wing lies and propaganda again.

  7. hollyonthehill Says:

    And the Libya scandal continues to grow. It’s outrageous, really.

  8. hollyonthehill Says:

    Wrong. Mr-Apologizer-in-chief was apparently too busy/uncaring/insensitive to stop the murders of American citizens. But not too busy to fundraise in Vegas! Or party on “The View”! It’s disgusting.

  9. jbtalcott Says:

    If you have facts and references to those facts Holly, then by all means present them so we can have an informed discussion. Simply calling the facts I presented “left-wing lies and propaganda” does not make it so. It is intellectually dishonest and lazy to debate in such a fashion. Honestly, I expect more from you than that.

    Blaming President Obama personally for the loss of four American lives on foreign soil would be like blaming President Regan for the attack on the USS Stark in 1987 that claimed 37 lives, or blaming President Clinton for the attack on the USS Cole in 2001 that killed 17 Americans. It appears that your hatred for President Obama clouds your ability to reason.

  10. ERIC in Murray Says:

    JB: MOVE TO KKKalifornia while you still have the ability to afford gas if OBAMA wins. When ROMNEY wins….. Prepare for REALITY! HURT SEASON for you and your lefties.

  11. jbtalcott Says:

    Eric, you really should get some help for that stutter. 🙂

    Holly, from my perspective this entire purpose of this blog is to repeat right wing lies and propaganda and you do it very well. There I said something nice.

  12. Rock Says:

    and there is your dagger…….obama done..cooked in lies over benghazi

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