During Tuesday night’s presidential debate, the subject of the al Qaeda terrorist attack in Benghazi came up. Things got heated as Mitt Romney pounded Barack Obama on his refusal to call the attack what it was -- a terrorist attack.
President Obama claimed that he had denounced the act as terrorism a mere 24 hours after it took place, from the White House Rose Garden. That was right before he boarded Air Force One to fly to Las Vegas for a fundraiser, by the way.
That’s really strange, because that’s not the story I’ve been following. I touched upon it in our Moms Matter Google Hangout, but I’d like to break it down here, since everything I’ve been reading and watching points to a White House cover-up, and that’s not an accusation to throw around lightly.
On September 11 of this year, four Americans, including an ambassador, were killed in Benghazi. On September 12, Obama said, “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.”
For the next several days, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, U.N. ambassador Susan Rice, and other high-ranking officials repeatedly said the attack broke out from a riot sparked by an offensive YouTube trailer.
It wasn’t until 10 days later that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton managed to call it a terrorist attack. Even after that, President Obama said they were “still doing an investigation,” when asked on The View about the incident.
Weeks later, three separate U.S. intelligence officials admitted that the White House knew within twenty-four hours that the attack had been premeditated and carried out by al Qaeda, which is still extremely active despite the death of Osama bin Laden.
In a hearing earlier this month, security officer Eric Nordstrom testified that he had personally asked for more protection in Benghazi, but was denied. Apparently security was deemed adequate, and to provide any more would be like asking for the “sun, moon, and stars.”
On Monday of this week, Hillary Clinton fell on the sword for Obama by saying that the buck stopped with her regarding the safety and protection of our diplomats. This story had become too huge for Obama to continue to cover up.
Last night during the debate, Barack Obama attempted to rewrite history by claiming he had said it was a terrorist attack from the beginning, because he vaguely referenced ‘acts of terror.’ Ok, if Obama had really thought this was terrorism, why did he and his administration spend weeks insisting that it wasn’t?
Instead of doing her job, moderator Candy Crowley jumped in and defended Obama when Mitt Romney (rightfully) accused him of poor handling of the Libya situation. Got that? The supposedly impartial debate moderator jumped into the debate and took sides.
Not only that, but she picked the wrong side. She picked the wrong side so hard that after the debate, she was forced to admit that Mitt Romney had been right, or risk losing all credibility.
President Obama can attempt to rewrite history all he wants, and the people that only listen to him and never do any fact checking might believe it. I suggest doing your own research.