Obama Appoints Iran Lobbyist to Investigate Libyan Consulate Attack

Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Magazine

In other news, Iran’s nuclear program will be investigated by the first guy over the wall into the Benghazi consulate. The good news is that weeks later the FBI is finally in the consulate gathering such vital forensic evidence as can be used to establish that the consulate was indeed attacked. Meanwhile the State Department investigating panel will be headed up by Thomas J. Pickering.

Pickering has had an extensive diplomatic career and is known for a lot of things. One of them is serving on the board of the American-Iranian Council. The AIC is a problematic organization because while it has more credibility than the NIAC, the National Iranian American Council which is a straight front for the Iranian government, it’s still a group basically dedicated to pushing the Iranian agenda…

…The Center for Security Policy’s Claire Lopez has described Thomas Pickering as part of the Iran lobby and Pickering has taken the lead in opposing any attack on Iran’s nuclear program. The question is what else has he adopted the Iranian line on?…

Read the whole thing at FrontPage Magazine.

Related: Career intel officers: Obama’s not telling you how far Al Qaeda has penetrated into Libya and Egypt

…Weeks before the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s administration faces mounting opposition from within the ranks of U.S. intelligence agencies over what career officers say is a “cover up” of intelligence information about terrorism in North Africa.

Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably widespread al Qaeda penetration into Egypt and Libya in the months before the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi…

Also, In-n-Out: FBI Spends Less Than 24 Hrs in Benghazi

A team of FBI agents arrived in Benghazi, Libya, to investigate the assault against the U.S. Consulate and left after about 12 hours on the ground as the hunt for those possibly connected to the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans narrowed to one or two people in an extremist group, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Agents arrived in Benghazi before dawn on Thursday and departed after sunset, after weeks of waiting for access to the crime scene to investigate the Sept. 11 attack.

The agents and several dozen U.S. special operations forces were there for about 12 hours, said a senior Defense Department official who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation…

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