Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Did Obama call Benghazi an "act of terror"?

For weeks after the Benghazi attack that killed Ambassador Stevens, Pres. Obama seemed to claim that the attack was a spontaneous response to a youtube movie trailer.   Tonight, during the debate, Obama claimed to have known and said that it was actually an act of terror (under US law, that means a premeditated act) as early as September 12.  Did he?

Obama's remarks (transcript here) do include the phrase "act of terror."  Sean Hannity claimed tonight on Fox that, when Obama used that phrase, he was referring to 9-11-2001.  Actually, the remarks are quite ambiguous: it is unclear whether he was applying that phrase to the Benghazi attack or 9-11-2001 or to some other unspecified events.  Note what else is in the transcript, though:
Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths.… We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.
That is consistent with all of Obama's subsequent attempts to blame the attacks on a youtube-inspired demonstration in Benghazi, which we now know never happened, and not Al Qaeda.

Pres. Obama `spiked the football' over the death of bin Laden. It is now apparent, however, that Al Qaeda is not only resurgent, it is feeling bold enough to commit an act of war against the US.  That means that, after four years, Obama's terror policy is an abject failure.  It is no wonder, then, that Obama spent two weeks pretending that the Benghazi attack was merely about a bad movie review.

UPDATE:  On September 20, the White House denied that it ever called Benghazi a terrorist attack.  Candy Crowley admits that Romney was "right in the main" about the White House's obfuscations.

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