Buchanan's September 28th Column:
Two weeks after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were murdered in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration has conceded it was an act of terrorism.
The attack on the U.S. Consulate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now admits, was part of a broader effort by al Qaida...
Hey... remember, folks... (as if you could ever forget!)... Obama "got" bin Laden...
As for "getting" al Qaida... well... apparently not so much...
...in the Islamic Maghreb, working “with other violent extremists to undermine the democratic transitions under way in North Africa, as we tragically saw in Benghazi.”
Yet 10 days ago, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice was trotted out on every Sunday talk show to blame the massacre on a mob inflamed by the Internet video “Innocence of Muslims,” which insulted the Prophet Muhammad.
Trotted out to lie. That's my best judgment after looking at all the facts I'm privy to.
(Either that... or... total incompetence reigns throughout the Obama administration's executive branch.)
As Human Events’ John Hayward relates, Rice told Fox News:
“This was not a pre-planned, pre-meditated attack. … What happened initially was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo as a consequence of the video. … People gathered outside the embassy, and then it grew very violent. Those with extremist ties joined the fray and came with heavy weapons — which, unfortunately, are quite common in post-revolutionary Libya — and that then spun out of control.”
Behind this gross misrepresentation was the need to absolve the Obama administration of all responsibility by claiming the atrocity was triggered by events — the showing of a video, the Cairo riot — over which it had no control.
Yep. That's what I believe. CYA time! But, hey... if by chance you don't believe this... then what's left but incompetence to a degree almost unimaginable...???
We could not have foreseen this, Rice was saying. We could not have prevented this. We had no knowledge it was coming. It was an unpredictable, spontaneous event, like a tornado.
These... were... lies! We know these were lies because we have the paper trail demonstrating that there were "official" as well as unofficial (Ambassador Stevens' diary) fears!
Rice was either ignorant of what went on in Benghazi when she was sent out to do those TV shows, or misled by her own government, or sent out to lie to ensure that America’s anger was not redirected to her administration.
I'm voting "lie." But, hey... if not a lie... then... what...?!?! Are we to accept that the UK Independent has better sources than President Obama's Ambassador to the United Nations? That Bill Barker of Harriman, NY had a firmer grip on reality than Susan Rice... or Hillary Rodham Clinton... or Barack Hussein Obama...???
And [Susan Rice] is the diplomat said to have the inside track to be secretary of state if Barack Obama is re-elected?
Folks... ya can't make this shit up!
Rice and her handlers were relying on a friendly media to buy into her story...
This was my analysis from day one and though absent taped conversations admitting this there's no "proof"... I believe the logic - backed by the timeline and what we know of standard Obama administration operating procedure - backs my conclusion.
...and keep the political spotlight on the statement the Romney campaign released before it was known that Stevens had been murdered.
And this is no small matter.
No. No it isn't! And no it wasn't! They almost got away with it. Remember... while I was on to the "most likely scenario" early on, the mainstream American media was days behind the story even as it was being broken by the international media!
Folks... com'on... we're all living the same reality... the initial American media focus and spin were clearly on attempting to make Romney look bad, not upon pressuring the administration for answers... certainly not on "attacking" Obama's credibility or his or Clinton's competence.
As Hayward notes, Eli Lake of The Daily Beast reported that “within 24 hours of the 9-11 anniversary attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, U.S. intelligence agencies had strong indications al Qaeda-affiliated operatives were behind the attack, and had even pinpointed the location of one of those attackers.”
You're telling me this information didn't go straight to the White House and straight to Clinton and Panetta? Com'on...
Three separate intelligence sources confirmed to Lake that “early information was enough to show that the attack was planned and the work of al Qaeda affiliates operating in Eastern Libya.”
But, again, folks... put aside the "intelligence." We had open source reporting pointing to this!
The issues raised here are matters of extraordinary moment.
Did the United States have advance intelligence saying an attack was being planned against the Benghazi consulate or U.S. personnel in Libya on Sept. 11?
Was the post-attack intelligence Lake describes provided to Clinton, Rice and the White House? If so, Rice not only deceived the nation but did so with the knowledge, if not complicity, of the secretary of state and the president.
What did Hillary and Obama know, and when did they know it?
Might I direct you to the following...
Other issues have been pushed into the public sphere — or should have been — by this act of barbarism.
After the Benghazi attack, al Qaida has called for attacks on other U.S. diplomats in the region. One or two more such atrocities could bring withdrawal of U.S. diplomats, businessmen and tourists, dramatically reducing the chances the Arab Spring could succeed.
And lest we forget, we invaded Afghanistan to eradicate al Qaida after 9/11. Yet today, we read of al Qaida in the Maghreb, al Qaida in Iraq, al Qaida in Pakistan, al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and al Qaida in Syria. And Ansar Dine, an al Qaida affiliate, has taken over northern Mali, a slice of land the size of France.
Though Vice President Joe Biden has Democratic crowds shouting “USA! USA!” when he bellows that “General Motors is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead,” who is really winning this war between radical Islamism and America?
Not America... not American citizens - that's for sure.
It seems the longer we fight the more enemies we create.
Are American values increasingly victorious?
Obama went before the U.N. to defend the First Amendment right to editorially and verbally assault the sacred beliefs of all faiths. In direct rebuttal, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi channeled Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Speaking of the video insulting the prophet, Morsi said:
“The obscenities that I have referred to that were recently released as part of an organized campaign against Islamic sanctities are unacceptable. … We reject this. We cannot accept it. We will not allow anyone to do this by word or deed.”
Translation: In the Islamic world, our values apply, not yours. If you cannot respect them, we cannot respect you.