Revelations from Benghazi are damning for Obama

This election’s “October surprise” may turn out to be the truth about something that happened in September.

Remember the rush by the Obama administration to blame the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on a reaction to a movie trailer offensive to Muslims? Well, like everything else in the Obama administration, that story had an expiration date. Here’s ABC News’ Jonathan Karl explaining:

For those who can’t/won’t watch the video, here’s the relevant section from Karl, citing a “senior State Department official”:

At the time [of the Benghazi killings], as you recall, we were told it was a protest that went bad and became an attack. Now we are told there was no protest going on outside that embassy. The first indication that they heard anything outside the walls of the … consulate compound was an explosion from gunfire.

Read that again: “There was no protest going on outside that embassy.” It’s not that the protest isn’t what led to the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans; it’s long been suspected that the alleged protest was used as a diversion, created or merely convenient, by the terrorists who wanted to kill Stevens. Rather, there was no protest to begin with.

This is a damning revelation for Obama, who repeatedly invoked the video in his public remarks about the attack. It’s all the more so because Obama’s response to Mitt Romney’s statement about the attack in Benghazi and same-day protest in Cairo, Egypt, was that the Republican has “a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

Kind of like blaming a non-existent protest based on an obscure movie for sparking the death of our ambassador, Mr. President?

Combine this news with another story reported this week for the first time:

A U.S. security officer twice asked his State Department superiors for more security agents for the American mission in Benghazi months before an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, but he got no response.

The officer, Eric Nordstrom, who was based in Tripoli until about two months before the September attack, said a State Department official, Charlene Lamb, wanted to keep the number of U.S. security personnel in Benghazi “artificially low,” according to a memo summarizing his comments to a congressional committee that was obtained by Reuters.

The consequences of this action, quite obviously, were most grave and tragic for Stevens, the other three Americans killed, and their families.

But these stories also ought to have serious ramifications in the presidential election. A president who is touting his competence and foreign-policy success has a lot of explaining to do about incompetence and a tragedy overseas.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

October 10th, 2012
11:33 am

Politicizing the death of 4 Americans for Political gain is pretty disgusting.

But yet Republicans can kill hundreds of thousands in Iraq looking for WMD’s and that’s really not a big deal.

Unbelievable.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

October 10th, 2012
11:36 am

I am curious what Cheesy Grits’s etch a sketch will tell him to say about this today.

Remember he was for intervention in Libya.

Then against it.

Then when it worked getting rid of Gaddafi he was for it again.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

October 10th, 2012
11:38 am

Heck Romney even switched positions on Abortion in one day.

Go over to Bookman if you dont believe me.

Verbal Kint

October 10th, 2012
11:43 am

Cheesy ….. better get to your panic room.

Verbal Kint

October 10th, 2012
11:44 am

“But yet Republicans can kill hundreds of thousands in Iraq looking for WMD’s and that’s really not a big deal.”

And Pelosi, et al voted to go into Iraq….yep.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

October 10th, 2012
11:46 am

We could have provided those security resources, if we had not spent the money financing Big Bird.

Obama: It is Big Bird’s fault.

lmno

October 10th, 2012
11:46 am

Sounds like Obama was wrong. I don’t see it all that damning. He was wrong about why some Americans were killed. Its not like he used that faulty intellegence and then reacted in some way that harmed the country.

Its a shame that these men were killed. Whether they were killed in a planned attack or spontaneous is not all that relevant. What is relevant is what are we doing to find the people responsible?

Kyle Wingfield

October 10th, 2012
11:49 am

So, now holding a president accountable for a) telling a falsehood about b) a security failure that happened on his watch equals “politicizing” the deaths?

This, from a supporter of the president who said he wouldn’t “spike the football” on OBL’s death, up until the moment he … spiked the football at the DNC?

You know, Cheesy, you really should either share whatever you’re smoking with the rest of us, or buy a new dictionary.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

October 10th, 2012
11:51 am

The State Dept now says that from day 1, they knew that it was a terrorist attack. I’m guessing they lied to their boss, or he didn’t get the memo, or the email never got printed out, or he believed Susan Rice because he saw her on TV, or he had an important trip to Vegas and was out of the loop.

Whatever, I am sure it wasn’t Obama’s fault that this false narrative got into the news. Nothing is ever his fault.

Maybe it is a vast right wing conspiracy.

AtlSteve

October 10th, 2012
11:51 am

“a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

Isn’t that what got Obama into Beer-gate?

Kyle Wingfield

October 10th, 2012
11:51 am

lmno: It’s damning because, even as the investigation into the attack was just beginning, Obama repeatedly laid the blame at the feet of an obscure filmmaker for provoking the “protesters” — and then had the chutzpah to say Romney “shoots first and aims later” for the sin of blaming the terrorists.

Kyle Wingfield

October 10th, 2012
11:52 am

Rafe, and anyone else: Have you ever seen an unnamed State Department official essentially throw the President of the United States under the bus like that? Unreal.

Kyle Wingfield

October 10th, 2012
11:53 am

AtlSteve: Yep.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

October 10th, 2012
11:56 am

Imno
What is relevant is what are we doing to find the people responsible?

NO, what is relevant is that this administration LIED to the American people, to further their political agenda. He had to know that the State Dept branded this a terrorist incident from day 1 and there was never any protest outside the consulate, so where did he come up with this baloney about the video. Carney and Rice went on and on about this video for days, when it was immaterial to the discussion.

curious

October 10th, 2012
11:58 am

Don’t see anything new.

When you’re in Foreign Service in a country as fragile as Libya, you know the risks.
Intelligence is always great in hindsight.
Somebody in the State Department make a decision that went wrong; happens every day.
At the time, with all the protests going on, the assumption that they were part of the consulate attack. Not completely unreasonable.
As for Democrats and Republicans voting for the Iraq operation, that wasn’t unreasonable, based on intelligence that somebody got wrong.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

October 10th, 2012
12:01 pm

It is always the coverup that brings them down. Had Obama admitted it was a terrorist attack and promised to find and bring to justice the perps, this would be old news.

No, Kyle, I have never seen a State Dept official throw a sitting President under the bus like this before. Probably indicates there is significant contempt for him in the State Dept as there is in the Military.

Hillbilly D

October 10th, 2012
12:02 pm

This thing didn’t pass the smell test from day one. It seems to me like a grand exercise in CYA.

littleleers

October 10th, 2012
12:04 pm

There is NO defense for Obama & Co. in the cover up of Benghazi-Gate. The Obamabots continue to cover for dear leader by attacking Mitt Romney or GWB. Helllllloooooooo….Obama has been POTUS for four years and Hillary Clinton his SOS. The buck stops there…four Americans dead who would have been safe had their pleas for security been granted. Blood dripping from the hands of Obama…oh and did you know he went to bed when he was told the ambassador had gone missing? And not only that, after the four Americans were found dead by terrorist attack, Obama jetted off for a Las Vegas Fundraiser. Obama is a malignant narcissist and a danger to every American!

Hillbilly D

October 10th, 2012
12:05 pm

Rafe, and anyone else: Have you ever seen an unnamed State Department official essentially throw the President of the United States under the bus like that? Unreal.

I haven’t. Usually the conflict is State Department vs Pentagon, with each taking the expected course. I think this one shows a lot of discontent, at least somewhere in the State Department, if not at or near the top.

It is always the cover-up that brings them down.

If Nixon taught us anything, he taught us that.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

October 10th, 2012
12:06 pm

“Go over to Bookman if you dont believe me.”

Funniest line of the day, Cheesy! :lol:

If I’m going over to Bookman’s, it ain’t for the truth.

getalife

October 10th, 2012
12:07 pm

It sad to see gop congress voted for trillions for the military but cut State Dept by over 300 million to get Americans killed.

southpaw

October 10th, 2012
12:07 pm

Some posts on recent blogs have been variations of “but…but…but…Reagan,” referring to the massacre in Beirut fairly early in his first term. I wonder if President Obama, like President Reagan, will step up and take responsibility for what happened on his watch?

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

October 10th, 2012
12:09 pm

Who knew that Obama would be the reincarnation of Richard M. Nixon.

It’s never the lie, but the ensuing coverup.

Auntie Christ

October 10th, 2012
12:11 pm

Must be all the Halloween decorations on display now that has caused wingfield and his ditto heads to go all ghoulish on us. This piece almost seems celebratory in its aspect. “Lookie, lookie everybody, we have four dead diplomats, and we can play it out for all its worth to embarrass Obama. Drinks are on me!”

getalife

October 10th, 2012
12:12 pm

miit wants another 2 trillion increase but will cut State Dept.funding too to get more Americans killed.

The blame for Libya is on gop congress for cutting State Dept. funding..

Benghazi is a consulate not a embassy and the funds go to work with the Libyan government at their capital not Benghazi.

So don’t give me that priority crap, take the blame gop congress.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

October 10th, 2012
12:13 pm

“It sad to see gop congress voted for trillions for the military but cut State Dept by over 300 million to get Americans killed.”

Considering that there hasn’t been a budget passed in over 1000 days, getalife, your comment is, as usual, grossly inaccurate.

You can vote to “cut” anything, but if a budget doesn’t pass, you get the same amount you always got – IF the department in question CHOOSES to use it. The State Dept. chose not to. This failure is ALL on the administration – NOT on Congress.

HILLARY TOLD ME TO SAY IT

October 10th, 2012
12:14 pm

I inherited the worst successful terror attack since 9/11/2001. Also, I underestimated the extent of the terror in that part of the world, and so my explanation package was not sufficient to quell the damage. As your President, I will work every day to provide a new explanation and I won’t rest until you accept it.

king of mean

October 10th, 2012
12:15 pm

….then, to top it all off, the maker of this great “film” gets identified and more-or-less incriminated to the point that he and his familty have had to run for their lives even though we still live in the land of free speech… even though this had absolutely NOTHING to do with Ambassador Stevens and those folks losing their lives on a sovereign patch of land.

who are they (this administration) really trying to protect?

smh…

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

October 10th, 2012
12:16 pm

Oh, and getalife? Security goes with the ambassador – wherever he or she happens to be. Doesn’t matter if they are at a consulate or an embassy.

You really need to bone up on your facts today.

getalife

October 10th, 2012
12:16 pm

“Mitt Romney got the capital of Libya wrong in his opportunistic statement this morning criticizing the President about his handling of the attacks against the US embassy in Cairo and the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.”

The capital of Libya is Tripoli cons and you candidate has no freaking clue.

That is where the funding goes and the gop cut it.

Man up and take the blame.

Our President’s name is not Barry, it is President Obama.

You should apologize for that.

Joe The Plumber Too

October 10th, 2012
12:16 pm

Wow, watching the libs come up with excuse after excuse for this worthless liar in chief is exhausting. They could see something happen with their own eyes and barry say it didn’t and they would believe him. Amazing.

getalife

October 10th, 2012
12:19 pm

Libya was in charge of protecting the consulate. The hero that was killed liked to work among the Libyans because they loved him and tried to save him. All the facts are not known yet so media is spewing speculation.

getalife

October 10th, 2012
12:20 pm

The hearing is premature but the gop are playing politics like they always do.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

October 10th, 2012
12:22 pm

How many lies can getalife post on this subject?

Count all his posts and you’ll get that number.

Georgia

October 10th, 2012
12:23 pm

If only W were still our prez, then we could invade Iran for the terrorist attack in Libya.

Del

October 10th, 2012
12:24 pm

The administration’s has now been caught for previously pulling out an explanation from where the sun doesn’t shine and they’re now discovering why that explanation couldn’t flush. Attempted cover up of incompetence a legacy of this presidency.

getalife

October 10th, 2012
12:26 pm

You wait for the reports and then hold the hearings on the report.

The gop chose to play politics instead.

Where is the patriotism?

Joe The Plumber Too

October 10th, 2012
12:27 pm

yeah, getalife, now the state department is lying on the white house, huh? C’mon get over your man crush already. There is no shame in backing a loser, first your football team and now the pretender in chief. The only shame is not opening your eyes, there is no virtue in going down with the ship.

Dusty

October 10th, 2012
12:27 pm

Good work, Kyle. Glad to see you with fire in the fiber.

The president was either lying or uninformed. Either way shows incompetence. We have a great need for some executive action in the White House. The country is like a ship without a captain.

By the way (off subject), I am so pleased that Pakistanis are really really mad at the Taliban for shooting the fourteen year old girl, famous for her actions against the Taliban’s suppression of women’s education. Good for enraged citizens against terrorists!!

Hillbilly D

October 10th, 2012
12:31 pm

Libya was in charge of protecting the consulate.

It’s a mistake to ever depend on somebody else to protect your people, especially in a volatile part of the world.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

October 10th, 2012
12:32 pm

When getalife finds himself losing his argument when facts are provided, he resorts to questioning someone’s patriotism.

As if he is the arbiter of it.

Bilbo

October 10th, 2012
12:34 pm

Hey southpaw we all know none of our so called leaders will do what Reagan, JFK, Truman, and the Roosevelts did and be man enough to take responsibility.

joe

October 10th, 2012
12:36 pm

Obama himself is damning for Obama…as is open mouth insert foot Joe Biden, which we will all see tomorrow night. Can’t wait for that one!!

Kyle Wingfield

October 10th, 2012
12:36 pm

getalife: This is the report. And the hearing is going on today. Catch up.

Bruno

October 10th, 2012
12:37 pm

A belated “Welcome Back” to you, Kyle. I hope that no one else in your family decides to get married or remarried prior to the election. It’s nice to have a forum in which to post comments.

This is a damning revelation for Obama, who repeatedly invoked the video in his public remarks about the attack. It’s all the more so because Obama’s response to Mitt Romney’s statement about the attack in Benghazi and same-day protest in Cairo, Egypt, was that the Republican has “a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

If you go back to your original column on the attack, you will see that many of us Cons dismissed the Obama “explanation” out of hand from the gitgo, correctly stating that the film “protest” was just a smokescreen.

JF McNamara

October 10th, 2012
12:41 pm

I don’t think that getting attacked necessarily would have been an indictment on his foreign policy. We’re in a war on terror. A war indicates that at some point both sides play offense. The lying, however, is something I don’t care for.

Kyle Wingfield

October 10th, 2012
12:42 pm

Bruno: Thanks, it’s good to be back.

Bruno

October 10th, 2012
12:43 pm

But these stories also ought to have serious ramifications in the presidential election. A president who is touting his competence and foreign-policy success has a lot of explaining to do about incompetence and a tragedy overseas.

The prevailing Lib Theory these days seems to be that conservatives live in some kind of an echo chamber, drawing validation for our views strictly from one another. From my perspective, it is the Libs who remain seriously out of touch with reality. The only reason Obama was elected in the first place was as a backlash to the unpopularity of Bush in his last few years in office. Now, he’s going to have to stand on his own record, which is pretty dismal. His only strategy to remain in office is to continue to divide and demonize, along with offering lots of Free Stuff to his supporters.

nelson

October 10th, 2012
12:49 pm

The latest politisizing is the moderator or the up coming debate between Ryan-Biden. The President was a guest at Ms. Raddatz’s wedding. Indication that there is a friendship there that could influence Martha asking “fluff-ball” questions to the relatively inarticulate Joe and saving the politically “hard driving” questions for Paul. There really has to be a non partisan moderator for a debate to have significance.

DBCOOPER

October 10th, 2012
12:50 pm

Why does the AJC refuse to report on the Benghazi cover-up?