By Mr. Curmudgeon:
Fox News reports that their network obtained copies of State Department e-mails proving the Obama administration knew the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya was the work of an Al Qaeda-affiliated terror network and not a mob angered by an anti-Islamic video posted on YouTube.
A State Department e-mail sent to the White House Situation Room two hours after the attack reads, “Ansar al-Sharia (an Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group) Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack.”
The administration’s cover story, blaming the attack on a Libyan mob angered by an American-made anti-Islamic video, was obviously meant to deflect blame from the White House for the embassy’s inadequate security, especially since the attack occurred on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11.
More troubling, the anti-Islamic video cover story was repeated by administration spokespersons, which included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and prominently mentioned in a State Department apology commercial aired in Pakistan.
The administration cover-up involved California Sheriffs Deputies, who took the video’s producer in for questioning by Justice Department investigators.
That means the deadly anti-American riots that erupted across the Muslim world, where protestors specifically mentioned the YouTube video as a motive, were the unintended consequences of a botched Obama administration cover-up.
During last Monday’s presidential debate, moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News asked Obama about the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya. “Now with respect to Libya,” said Obama, “as I indicated in the last debate, when we received that phone call, I immediately made sure that, number one, that we did everything we could to secure those Americans who were still in harm’s way ….”
“The United States had an unmanned Predator drone over its consulate in Benghazi during the attack that slaughtered four Americans – which should have led to a quicker military response,” CBS News reported last Sunday. Gary Berntsen, formally with the CIA, told CBS, “They [the Obama administration] stood, and they watched, and our people died.”
Last Monday evening, Obama said, “What we need to do with respect to the Middle East is strong, steady leadership, not wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map.”
Obama’s reckless cover-up lie led to violence that threatened the lives of Americans … “all over the map.”