by George Landrith
President Barack Obama now claims that he said on day one that the attack on Benghazi was a terrorist attack. However, that is simply not true. If you read the speech, when Obama referred to the attack in Benghazi without every applying the modifier “terrorist” or “terrorism.” Near the end of the speech President Obama used the word “terrorist” once and it was in context of the 2001 attacks. But if you’re not 100% sure what Obama meant, don’t worry. His personal statements make it painfully clear. (See video below.)
On Sept. 14th, Obama and Clinton spoke at a brief memorial service at Joint Base Andrews where Obama “greeted” the coffins. The video was discussed and condemned as if it had anything to do with the well organized and well planned attack. Terrorism was not the focus. The movie and a protest were the focus. But they both knew that there was no protest at all. The misinformation campaign was in full swing.
On Sept. 16, five days after the attacks, Obama’s Ambassador to the UN and a Obama Cabinet member, Susan Rice, was sent out by the White House to appear on five Sunday television news programs. She repeatedly said with certitude that the attacks were “spontaneous” protests that got out of hand and they were motivated by anger to an internet video. She clearly and repeatedly said that the attack “was not a pre-planned, premeditated attack.” Everything that Ambassador Rice said was a lie — a purposeful lie. Obama and his team knew it was a lie. But they sent her out to say it anyhow.
On Sept. 18, Obama appeared on the David Letterman Show and was asked if the attack was was an act of war. Obama responded, “No. Here’s what happened. You had a video that was released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character, that is extremely offensive video directed at Mohammed and Islam, making fun of the prophet Mohammed. And so this caused great offense in much of the Muslim world. But what also happened was extremists and terrorists used this as an excuse to attack a variety of our embassies, including the one, the consulate in Libya.” More than a week after the attack, Obama’s answer on the Letterman show was knowingly and purposefully misleading Americans.
On Sept. 24th, Obama appeared on The View television show and Joey Bahar asked him if it was a terrorist attack. He responded, “Well, we are still doing an investigation.” But he refused to admit the truth that it was a well-planned and highly coordinated attack by an al Qaeda cell. Nor did he offer any retraction of his numerous previous false statements. Quite frankly, Obama wanted to avoid admitting the truth on TV. The man who has been crowing about defeating al Qaeda, didn’t want to admit that al Qaeda had bombed and burned the American consulate and killed four American diplomats on the anniversary of 9/11.
At this point, he was hoping just to play out the clock and hope that November 6th would come and go before there was any serious investigations. That is why he so vociferously attacked Romney for playing politics. It was a convenient distraction from the truth and naturally, the fawning, servile and dishonest mainstream media fully cooperated with Obama and actively helped to deceive the American public. (The mainstream media is, in fact, the enemy of American representative democracy, just as Democratic pollster and strategist, Pat Caddell said several weeks ago. The mainstream media is also shameful, unprofessional, and intentionally dishonest.)
On Sept. 25 Obama spoke at the UN. His remarks focused on the video, mentioning it at least 6 times. He went into detail about how offensive it was, how much he deplored it, how the US has a tradition of free speech even when offensive, and how “there is no video that justifies an attack on an embassy.” Obama was still misleading the American public a full two weeks after the deadly attack. The attack had nothing to do with a video so what was he talking about?
Obama was purposefully trying to mislead the public. That is the very definition of a lie. After that, Obama avoided the public on this topic and remained strangely silent and refused to set the record straight. Jay Carney, his press secretary stopped holding the daily press briefings for more than two weeks.
But you don’t have to believe me or the actual transcripts of what Obama said, you can watch it here (see below). American Crossroads has put together a video montage of what Obama said on the topic. The record is clear. Obama’s own words prove the truth — the inescapable fact is that Obama has been lying to the public about Benghazi and now he is lying about the fact that he lied to public. The question is when will the lies end? Sadly, it appears Obama is simply incapable of admitting the truth or accepting responsibility.
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George Landrith is the president of Frontiers of Freedom, a public policy think tank devoted to promoting a strong national defense, free markets, individual liberty, and constitutionally limited government. Mr. Landrith is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was Business Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Politics. In 1994 and 1996, Mr. Landrith was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District. You can follow George on Twitter @GLandrith.