More Obama Administration lies uncovered.
There are times that reporting on the Obama administration makes me feel like a broken record. Another day, another lie discovered.
Well, at least we’ve known that this one was a bunch of hogwash for a while. Now we have even more evidence of that fact.
Are you ready? The Obama administration new almost immediately that the attack on the Benghazi consulate on 9/11/2012 was a terrorist attack, and not some random protest over a YouTube video.
Fox News correspondent James Rosen got his hands on some of the just released testimony from the Benghazi hearings.
Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time was head of AFRICOM, the Defense Department combatant command with jurisdiction over Libya, told the House in classified testimony last year that it was him who broke the news about the unfolding situation in Benghazi to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The General briefed his two superiors moments before they went to the White House to brief the President. The panel of investigators was eager to know exactly what he briefed them on and if he told them that this was a terrorist attack or a “random protest.” The General was quick to say that there was some discussion of the possibility of a demonstration but that “at the command, I personally and I think the command very quickly got to the point that this was not a demonstration, this was a terrorist attack.”
Rep. Brad Wenstrup: “As a military person, I am concerned that someone in the military would be advising that this was a demonstration. I would hope that our military leadership would be advising that this was a terrorist attack.”
General Ham: “Again, sir, I think, you know, there was some preliminary discussion about, you know, maybe there was a demonstration. But I think at the command, I personally and I think the command very quickly got to the point that this was not a demonstration, this was a terrorist attack.”
Rep. Wenstrup: “And you would have advised as such if asked. Would that be correct?”
General Ham: “Well, and with General Dempsey and Secretary Panetta, that is the nature of the conversation we had, yes, sir.”
This simply underscores what the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, told us in February 2013.
Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee in February of last year that it was him who informed the president that “there was an apparent attack going on in Benghazi.” “Secretary Panetta, do you believe that unequivocally at that time we knew that this was a terrorist attack?” asked Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. “There was no question in my mind that this was a terrorist attack,” Panetta replied.
Why did Obama’s cronies go around for the next few weeks blathering about some video on the internet?
Politics. It was two months before an election, folks. The President and his minions were desperately searching for ways to minimize the political fallout of the attack on Benghazi. They knew that this was simply more proof that our President is in above his head on foreign policy and that a sudden protest would be easier to deflect than allowing an embassy to fall to Al-Qaeda. The problem is that there is no support for a “random protest” theory.
The people with their boots on the ground knew it was a terrorist attack the whole time, too.
During the investigation Marine Corps Col. George Bristol, commander of AFRICOM’s Joint Special Operations Task Force for the Trans Sahara region, was also questioned.
Bristol, who was traveling in Dakar, Senegal when the attack occurred, said he received a call from the Joint Operations Center alerting him to “a considerable event unfolding in Libya.” Bristol’s next call was to Lt. Col. S.E. Gibson, an Army commander stationed in Tripoli. Gibson informed Bristol that Stevens was missing, and that “there was a fight going on” at the consulate compound.
Rep. Wenstrup: “So no one from the military was ever advising, that you are aware of, that this was a demonstration gone out of control, it was always considered an attack -”
Bristol: “Yes, sir.”
Wenstrup: “– on the United States?”
Bristol: “Yes, sir. … We referred to it as the attack.
The only tree left to bark up is the Secretary of State, whose people had the chief responsibility of spreading the “random protest” story/lie. Remember it was Secretary Clinton’s right-hand lady, Susan Rice, who went on the Sunday talk shows and made sure everyone knew that some crappy 15-minute video had caused this mess…not President Obama’s foreign policy.
The problem is that even Clinton’s people aren’t fessing up to ever believing the “random protest” story.
After providing the first substantive “tick-tock” of the events in Benghazi, during a background briefing conducted on the evening of Oct. 9, 2012, a reporter asked two top aides to then-Secretary Clinton: “What in all of these events that you’ve described led officials to believe for the first several days that this was prompted by protests against the video?”
“That is a question that you would have to ask others,” replied one of the senior officials. “That was not our conclusion.”
So no one ever believed the whole random protest thing, and yet somehow the administration went around telling this HUGE LIE for two weeks without anyone in the administration wondering what was going on? That seems awfully improbable, doesn’t it?
Face it folks, the Obama administration is chock-full of liars and they’ve been lying to us for years. When this same investigatory panel questioned Hillary Clinton about the timeline of events, do you remember what she said?
With all due respect, the fact is we had 4 dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again Senator.
Here’s part of why it matters, Mrs. Clinton. Your job at the State Department and President Obama’s job as the Chief Executive may be to ensure that future attacks do not happen, but the Congress’ job is to hold you accountable. So when a Congressman wonders why it is that this seemingly nonsensical lie became the official story of the administration, it is to ensure that you and your boss are being straightforward with the American people. Sadly, you were not.
President Obama and his entire administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, broke the oath they swore to the American people. They have lied, cheated, intimidated, and scrubbed in an attempt to keep the truth from your ears, and they should be imprisoned for these things. Instead, half of the country wants to bestow sainthood on them and elect one of them the next President. It’s disgusting, and it does more than disservice to the men who died because of this administration’s incompetence.
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