Friday, September 21, 2012

Whoops, your slip is showing Report: White House now says murders in Libya are a "terrorist" attack

The worst part of this change of wind direction comes from WH spokesman Jay Carney, who said this with a straight face, "It is self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack"

Self-evident to whom, Jay?  Certainly not to you or anyone at the WH, otherwise you would have mentioned this "self evident" evidence at the beginning, instead of clinging to the lie that it was a spontaneous attack.  I would imagine that any minute now, the administration will issue an apology, and a statement upholding the absolute right of free speech for anyone and everyone, including that which is disagreed upon.


From The Denver Post September 21 by Helene Cooper

White House calls assault in Libya a "terrorist attack"

WASHINGTON — The White House, after more than a week in which it has come under fire from Republicans, is now calling last week's assault on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, a "terrorist attack."

"It is self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters traveling on Air Force One on Thursday. "Our embassy was attacked violently, and the result was four deaths of American officials."

Later Thursday, President Barack Obama said extremists used an anti-Islam video as an excuse to assault U.S. interests.

The POTUS couldn't even keep the lie awake for a week.  

Asked on Spanish-language network Univision whether the attack was by al-Qaeda, Obama said, "We don't know yet."

Also Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the creation of a panel to investigate the attack. The panel, called an Accountability Review Board, will be led by Thomas Pickering, a veteran diplomat and former undersecretary of state. The board is authorized by a 1986 law intended to strengthen security at U.S. diplomatic missions.

The assault, which actually occurred at the U.S. consulate, resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya. U.S. officials have blamed militants who rushed to take advantage of anger over a video made in the United States that denigrated the Prophet Muhammad.

Obama administration officials initially said the attack had not been planned in advance. But, with the election less than two months away, they have come under criticism from Republican lawmakers who say the administration is playing down a threat for which it was unprepared.

White House officials, until now, have avoided calling the attack a terrorist attack. In congressional testimony Wednesday, Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, described it that way. Neither official offered any additional information on the assault.

On Tuesday, Clinton said there had been no intelligence warnings that an attack was imminent. She said that FBI investigators had arrived in Tripoli and that the United States, with the Libyan authorities, would find those responsible. She did not discuss any potential ties to al-Qaeda but blamed extremists opposed to the democratic changes in places like Libya, Tunisia and Egypt for the violence and protests around the region generally.

Asked whether he drew a connection between the Libyan attack, which occurred on Sept. 11, and the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon 11 years ago, Carney said, "The attack occurred on Sept 11, 2012, so we use the same calendar at the White House as you do."

Smarmy dhimmi, this Carney.

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