Obama’s Shaky Libya Narrative

Yo'Adrienne..AFCL 2012/09/23 20:50:01
ySep 21, 2012

Sources say the attack on the Libyan ambassador was pre-meditated, with the possible collaboration of a Libyan politician. Eli Lake on the continuing collapse of the official U.S. line.
Ten days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House’s official story about the incident appears to be falling apart.
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In the days following the killing of the U.S. ambassador and two ex-Navy SEALs, President Obama and top State Department officials portrayed the attack as a spontaneous reaction to an Internet video depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammad as a lascivious brute. The protests, White House spokesman Jay Carney said last week, were “in response to a video—a film—that we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.”(* BTW folks we have sweatshirts with our LOGO on special today!)*yo

Now there is mounting evidence that the White House’s initial portrayal of the attacks as a mere outgrowth of protest was incorrect—or, at the very least, incomplete. The administration’s story itself has recently begun to shift, with Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center, telling Congress on Wednesday that the attackers may have had links to al Qaeda and Carney characterizing the incident as a “terrorist attack.” (Hillary Clinton announced on Thursday that she was putting together a panel to look into the incident.) (* HO HUM!) * yo

But other indications that the White House’s early narrative was faulty are also beginning to emerge. One current U.S. intelligence officer working on the investigation into the incident told The Daily Beast that the attackers had staked out and monitored the U.S. consulate in Benghazi before the attack, a move that suggests pre-planning.*( The leader of Libya claims it was pre-planned and executed on 9-11) DUH*yo

What’s more, two U.S. intelligence officials told The Daily Beast that the intelligence community is currently analyzing an intercept between a Libyan politician whose sympathies are with al Qaeda and the Libyan militia known as the February 17 Brigade—which had been charged with providing local security to the consulate. In the intercept, the Libyan politician apparently asks an officer in the brigade to have his men stand down for a pending attack—another piece of evidence implying the violence was planned in advance. (Plenty of Libyans, of course, did try to protect the consulate. “Many of those Libyans died in the gunfight fighting off the attackers,” one of the officials said. “But there were some bad apples there as well.”)

President Obama addresses the attacks in Libya.

“I think this is a case of an administration saying what they wished to be true before waiting for all the facts to come in,” says one senior retired CIA official.(*or maybe you should have attended those daily briefings instead of planning your Las Vegas jet-a-way!) *yo

On the other hand, a U.S. intelligence official stressed that it was still early days for the investigation. “It is important to accept that with events like this it takes time to figure out what happened and determine which data points are relevant and accurate,” this intelligence official said. “That process is happening right now.” The National Security Council declined comment, and the State Department did not respond to requests for comment.

One other aspect of the administration’s story appears shaky as well. Speaking to ABC News on Sunday, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice responded to allegations that there wasn’t enough security at the embassy by saying, “Tragically, two of the four Americans who were killed were there providing security. That was their function. And indeed, there were many other colleagues who were doing the same with them.”

“I think this is a case of an administration saying what they wished to be true before waiting for all the facts to come in.”(*BOOM) *yo

Rice was referring to two ex-Navy SEALs, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, who died during the violence.

But two former special operators and a former intelligence officer, two of whom had worked with Doherty, told The Daily Beast that Doherty and Woods’s job was not to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens. That job falls to Regional Security Officers or RSOs. During the fighting, some RSOs who were supposed to protect the ambassador apparently became separated from him.

“Glen died for Tyrone and Tyrone died for Glen,” one of the former special operators told The Daily Beast. “They fought bravely, but they did not die protecting the ambassador.
Eli Lake is the senior national-security correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast. He previously covered national security and intelligence for the Washington Times. Lake has also been a contributing editor at The New Republic since 2008 and covered diplomacy, intelligence, and the military for the late New York Sun. He has lived in Cairo and traveled to war zones in Sudan, Iraq, and Gaza. He is one of the few journalists to report from all three members of President Bush’s axis of evil: Iraq, Iran, and North Korea.

* yo= my personal comments.

For inquiries, please contact The Daily Beast at editorial@thedailybeast.com.

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  • Claybern 2012/09/27 19:11:01
    He knew and did nothing. Like Clint said, when you don't do your job, we have to let you go.
  • syl 2012/09/25 20:57:08
    Maybe Obama should address why Hilary dear, directed there be no live rounds of ammo in the guys guns there. On 9/11. Why in God's name, not?!!

    And why no US guys were directed to protect Ambassador Stevens?

    And why 10 days later, at the crime scene, CNN reporters can walk in there & find Stevens Memo book? Why wasn't it gaurded? Where were the Investigators?

    It's amazing that when the White House wants something, Obama can lift up his phone, & call direct to every country, but when he doesn't want to really know, we get a song & dance about how 'all the information hasn't come in yet, we're still waiting for it'.

    In other words, they want time to make their story, just like the criminals do.
  • Jeff Smith 2012/09/24 02:51:24
    Jeff Smith
    Fire all the pos's there dragging us down
  • robinswebnest 2012/09/23 21:29:21
    Here is something I just came across that says it all......obama's policy of apologizing just doesn't work as history shows. Too bad obama didn't listen closer to history lessons in school......The Obama administration must recognize, as the French and British did in 1939, that hurt Muslim feelings have no more to do with radical Islamic hatred of the United States than mythical complaints about Germans under foreign rule had for Hitler; both were merely pretexts, excuses for aggression that would have taken place anyway. It also means that anti-Americanism in the Islamic world is going to get worse, not better, and that the United States had better be prepared for it with firm respect for our country and American interests abroad. In this case, responding with a cut-off of foreign aid to countries that murder or abuse Americans is a good start; perhaps stronger measures should follow. But issuing gag-inducing statements of apology and adhering to an untenable policy is out of the question.
    In short, American foreign policy cannot be based on endless repetitions of a Munich Moment.
  • Yo'Adri... robinsw... 2012/09/23 21:33:35 (edited)
    brilliant light

    brilliant> THANKS SO MUCH! ROBIN!
  • Yo'Adri... Yo'Adri... 2012/09/23 21:39:25
    Slug thinks your opinion needs to go somewhere else. I have news for him..........You are MOST WELCOME here anytime. Your opinion definitely counts.....as for him.
    HE'S GONE! I hate ignoramus's...........and their rhetoric.....!
  • Jeff Smith Yo'Adri... 2012/09/24 02:54:29
    Jeff Smith
    O' crack head is making a even bigger fool of himself and the libs are are going to look like the swine they truly are when it's all said and done
  • robinsw... Yo'Adri... 2012/09/23 21:42:25
    Thanks, I think it said all that needs to be said. Hopefully, someone who thought obama was so great, now sees the 'light'...lol...take care.
  • sluggostalker 2012/09/23 21:23:03
    This question should be reserved for another forum.please take it over there because you already have your own opinion and you don't need mine.you're snide comments seem to be better suited for the group discussion on news and politics which is why I stopped going there
  • mal 2012/09/23 21:14:23
    This administration is the laughing stock of the world.
  • Jeff Smith mal 2012/09/24 02:55:56
    Jeff Smith
    I'm surprised we haven't witnessed Obama sucking his thumb and wetting his pants in public yet

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