If anyone ever thought Barack Obama has a conscience, last week’s Congressional hearings on the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya should remove all doubt.
The Obama Administration, from the President on down, spent weeks proclaiming the raid on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya was the result of a spontaneous riot caused by an anti-Muslim video no one ever saw.
The original CIA talking points memo was blunt: The assault in Benghazi was a terrorist attack by Islamic extremists, including some with ties to al Qaeda.
The CIA is known to qualify assessments in its analysis when providing policymakers conclusions with “high confidence,” “moderate confidence,” or “low confidence.” The first draft had no such qualified assessments and essentially offered certainty language. “We do know that Islamic extremists with ties to al Qaeda participated in the attack.”
Why the certainty? Within 24 hours of the attack, intercepted communications between al Qaeda-linked terrorists discussed the attacks. The CIA station chief in Libya sent a memo to Washington reporting that eyewitnesses knew there were known jihadists with ties to al Qaeda participating in the attacks.
. U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on five Sunday talk shows six days after the attack to emphasize the claim that the video was the proximate cause of the attack.
During this week’s Congressional hearings it became clear that no one on the ground in Benghazi thought the video was the culprit in the attack.
The talking points Rice relied upon have been shown to have been modified at least 12 times before being used.
ABC News' Jonathan Karl revealed he uncovered the revised talking points script relating to the terrorist attack.
While White House chief liar, Jay Carney, and other administration prevaricators repeatedly proclaimed the talking points were crafted by the CIA and the intelligence community, it is clear that the State Department did, in fact, play a key role in the changes.
When confronted with the changing talking points, Carney insisted that only one word was changed and it was only stylistic.
The first memo, dated September 14 at 11:15 a.m., bluntly stated that Islamic extremists with ties to al Qaeda participated in the attack and referenced five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi, including an attack against the British Ambassador’s convoy in June.
By the time the final talking points were fashioned 24 hours later, al Qaeda is not mentioned nor are the other five other attacks, nor the attack on the Brithish Ambassador’s convoy. Even though the claim was almost immediately recognized to be false, Administration officials clung onto the fiction.
In a time for courage, Obama and the boys demonstrated they had none.
When decisive action was required, Obama went to sleep in anticipation of his trip to Las Vegas for a fund-raiser.
Sean Smith, Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty were killed during the attack.
During today’s press conference Obama was asked about the changes in the memo and how the administration misled the public about the attack.
In typical Obama fashion, he bristled at any questioning of anything occurring in his administration. “There’s no there there.” According to today’s version, all of the information offered during last week’s Congressional hearings was revealed within three days of the attack.
A real journalist would have followed up with the question: “You just said within three days your administration told the country that the attack was by al Qaeda but six days after the attack your spokesman Jay Carney, your UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and your Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and you were blaming the attack on a movie.
“Which version is the truthful one?"
Since there are no real journalists covering this administration, such an observation was not made and such a question was not asked.
Obama has demonstrated once again that he has as much compassion as a hungry barracuda.
To the whistleblowers who testified last week, Obama essentially called them a political circus.
It is abundantly clear that the bomb shell testimony by the whistleblowers has caused panic in the Administration.
It is also abundantly clear that the admission by the IRS that conservative and Tea Party organizations were targeted for harassment being released two days after the Congressional hearings was calculated to get the Benghazi debacle out of the media rotation.
Perhaps Obama’s lies and his fawning paparazzi media protection of them is finally being recognized by others who traditionally engage in no critical thinking when it comes to politics, i.e., no information voters and unengaged Democrat voters.
It can’t happen soon enough.