October 19, 2012
It was widely expected that the terrorist attack in Libya would come up in the second presidential debate. But President Obama faces new questions today about what he knew and when he knew it about the Benghazi scandal as a result of comments he made in the debate. Obama sought to deflect the issue by accusing Mitt Romney of “politicizing” the scandal by raising questions about how the White House blamed the attack on the obscure YouTube video for two weeks.
The president raised the stakes further by claiming he had called the attack in Benghazi a “terrorist attack” the day after in his Rose Garden speech on Sept. 12, and then caused further questions to be raised when he said, “as soon as we found out that the Benghazi consulate was being overrun, I was on the phone with my national security team.”
President Obama and several members of his administration spent two weeks suggesting the attack on the consulate at Benghazi was caused by a “protest” resulting from Muslims being offended at the obscure video. The president himself spoke at the United Nations two weeks later on the issue and referred to video six times and failed to mention terrorism.
The question is being raised, if the president knew, according to that statement in the debate, that the consulate was being “overrun” how could he blame this on the video for two weeks? Obama was asked about this, and asked if he knew who denied the request for increased security at the consulate, and he failed to answer either question.
Then near the end of the debate President Obama claimed that he called the attack “terrorism” the day after the attack during a Rose Garden speech. In that statement, he said near the end of the speech, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.”
That statement comes at the end of the speech in which he mentioned both the attack in Benghazi on September 11 of this year as well as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. So that statement doesn't make clear which incident, or maybe both, are referred to there as “acts of terror.”
But if the president really did intend to refer to the attack on Benghazi at an act of terrorism on September 12, why would he and many others in his administration spend the next two weeks blaming the attack on the video?
The issue being raised during the debate as it was will only assure increased coverage of the issue in the mainstream media and elsewhere. President Obama will only face further questions of what he knew and when did he know it, and in contradicting himself on the issue invites the perception that he is not being honest with the voters on this issue. The public expects politicians to be somewhat less than dishonest, but on a major scandal like this, coming clean to the American people can be quite politically costly. Obama is already trailing in the polls and this scandal might be enough to doom his reelection chances.
For the record, this Talk Radio Host had the info on who the Group was that performed this attack, the name of the Leader of the Terrorist Group and the FACT that it indeed was a premeditated terrorist attack from the beginning within '6' hours of the incident in Benghazi from my Intel sources.
If I knew, you can bet that both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama knew more than me BEFORE I did . That's MY story and I'm sticking to it...
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