17 Nov 2012
After yesterday’s closed-door testimony of David Petraeus on the Hill, we now know for a fact that for two weeks the Obama Administration repeatedly and relentlessly lied to the American people about what they knew was the truth behind the September 11 anniversary attack on our consulate in Libya. Unfortunately, we also now know that they’re going to get away with it.
Within 24 hours of a coordinated assault that left four Americans dead, then-CIA Director David Petraeus was convinced the intelligence proved a local Libyan militia affiliated with al-Qaeda was responsible, and said so in his report.
Then the Petraeus report was edited (probably by Eric Holder’s Justice Department) to remove the terror angle and pile the blame on a spontaneous protest over a YouTube video. Over the course of two weeks, this blatantly false Narrative would only grow and sharpen, even though all knew it was a lie — and by “all,” I mean the White House, the terrorists, the media, and anyone with an IQ above room temperature.
In other words, what critics of the White House narrative knew to be true months ago, has now been verified. There’s no longer any dispute that for two weeks the White House knew Benghazi was an act of terror and that for two weeks everyone from President Obama to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to White House spokesman Jay Carney to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly told us something the Administration knew wasn’t true.
And still, the media and Democrats don’t care, because….
This excellent article continues at Big Journalism.
Related: At Big Peace, Benghazi & Mogadishu: A Case of Déjà vu.
Nineteen years ago, a failure to support US troops in combat led to the resignation of the Secretary of Defense. Will history repeat itself?
Blackhawk Down— the words continue to chill, nineteen years after heavily armed terrorists shot down two US helicopters over Mogadishu, Somalia. On the afternoon of October the 3rd, 1993, three platoons of Army Rangers were cut off and surrounded as they attempted to reach the downed aircraft and rescue survivors. Two Congressional Medals of Honor were earned during the next 48 hours, as members of the 75th Ranger Battalion fought off attacks by thousands of Somali militants. When the smoke cleared, seventeen Rangers and Delta Force Operators were dead, and more than seventy-three were wounded.
Not all of the casualties were on the ground in Somalia…
See a larger view of the Twitter exchange and read the article at Twitchy. Stunning callousness, even for Obama’s leftists.
At Instapundit, this surprising bit from Maureen Dowd:
“Rice should have been wary of a White House staff with a tendency to gild the lily, with her pal Valerie Jarrett and other staffers zealous about casting the president in a more flattering light, like national security officials filigreeing the story of the raid on Osama to say Bin Laden fought back. . . . An Africa expert, Rice should have realized that when a gang showed up with R.P.G.’s and mortars in a place known as a hotbed of Qaeda sympathizers and Islamic extremist training camps, it was not anger over a movie. She should have been savvy enough to wonder why the wily Hillary was avoiding the talk shows.”