Benghazi consulate massacre: Obama knew who did it within two hours and lied to us. UPDATE: emails withheld from Senate?

Posted by: Phineas on October 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm

**Posted by Phineas

US Consulate, Benghazi

Dear Mr. President: Let this be a teaching moment for you not to throw the intelligence and foreign service communities under the bus. They know things you’d rather be kept secret. Try to make them the fall guys, and those things will …somehow… become public:

Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.

The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.

The brief emails also show how U.S. diplomats described the attack, even as it was still under way, to Washington.

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Benghazi assault, which President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials ultimately acknowledged was a “terrorist” attack carried out by militants with suspected links to al Qaeda affiliates or sympathizers.

Administration spokesmen, including White House spokesman Jay Carney, citing an unclassified assessment prepared by the CIA, maintained for days that the attacks likely were a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim film.

(Emphasis added)

It wasn’t just “for days” that the administration tried to blame the disaster on a video few had even heard of; with very few exceptions, it went on for two weeks, including an infomercial in Pakistan bought and paid for with US taxpayer money and a presidential address before the UN General Assembly. The film’s maker was rousted out of his home by the sheriffs at night and made a public scapegoat, his free speech rights gut shot and left to bleed.

But it didn’t end after just a few days or even a few weeks, or even after US officials finally acknowledged what our “lying eyes” had been telling us all along, that this was an al Qaeda terrorist operation. Let’s roll tape and review a moment from the second Obama-Romney debate that the president I’m sure wishes we’d all forget:

Remember those first 45 seconds.

The three emails (via PJM) mentioned in the Reuters report detail the early stages of the attack on the consulate. They arrived within the first two hours of a battle that lasted seven hours. There are two key takeaways here:

  • First, amidst all the addresses in the headers, note “” That is the White House Situation Room, President Obama’s emergency command center. It is almost unthinkable that Obama himself wasn’t informed.
  • Second, the subject line of the last email, beginning “UPDATE 2,” reported that Ansar al-Sharia had taken credit for the attack. Ansar al Sharia is al Qaeda’s subsidiary in Libya.

In other words, within 120 minutes of the battle’s beginning, while there still might have been time to send help and save lives, the president, who almost certainly was informed, instead went to bed, lied to us the next day in the Rose Garden (and for weeks after), and that night went to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.

As I’ve written before, these lies could not have been meant to keep secrets from the enemy; al Qaeda knew what they had done. It wasn’t to protect a retaliatory strike, for none was underway. (We were still “investigating,” trying to find out what happened, y’see.)

No, the only purpose of this repeated, serial lying from multiple administration officials, from the president to Secretary of State Clinton to Ambassador Rice to Mouth of Sauron Press Secretary Jay Carney and God knows how many others, was to lie to us, in order to protect Obama’s reelection.

Bear in mind that Obama had spent months spiking the ball over killing bin Laden, culminating at the Democratic convention in Charlotte early last September and proclaiming that al Qaeda was crippled. Then the Benghazi attack occurred, clearly planned in advance, clearly an al Qaeda operation, and, so clearly that even a blind man couldn’t miss it, demolishing Obama’s one great claim to foreign policy success, something he desperately needed in his race against Governor Romney.

And thus the “fables” about a “spontaneous reaction to a hateful video” and “no evidence of terrorism” were born. Thus the midnight knock on the door for guy who had made the video. The only question is who came up with the idea. Axelrod? Jarrett? Cutter? Obama, himself?

We’ll probably find out in a tell-all memoir after the election, when all these wretches are in retirement and pointing fingers at each other.

But I doubt we’ll ever find out who released these emails. That’s a secret that will be kept.

UPDATE: Oh, this is special. Apparently the Senate Intelligence Committee had been asking for the emails for weeks, but the White House –I just know you’ll be shocked– stonewalled them.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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15 Responses to “Benghazi consulate massacre: Obama knew who did it within two hours and lied to us. UPDATE: emails withheld from Senate?”


  1. Kate says:

    Thank you Phineas. Most people of a certain intelligence level could have probably read between the lines about all the “uncertainty” of who was behind the attack….heaven help us, it was on the 11th year anniversary of September 11…what more evidence do you need? We know that Al Queda loves to commemorate the dates of their “victories” in order to further compound our loses.

    Of course, the MSM propaganda machine is chugging along the party line that Obama didn’t know….now these e-mails have come to light and they are spinning it as “information that was coming in and they took it into consideration”….while people where dying! Yeah, that’s a great way to treat your embassy. Throw it to the wolves until you figure out your cover story!

  2. Tango says:

    ….and let us not forget that Barry continued to blame the u-tube video at least a half dozen times in the course of his recent speech at the United Nations (several days after the Benghazi assault/killings).

  3. Dorothy Palmer says:

    Like this old lady keeps saying, the sooner we get rid of this “black jesus,” the better. He is a demon-possessed pathological liar.

  4. would someone in the media please ask jay carney WHO told him the tale of the spontaeous response to the video that he has been spinning for over a month now.

  5. Sefton says:

    Rush made an excellent point today, saying that even the administration’s propagating this cover story of an anti-Islam YouTube video promoted even further violence and unrest.

    In other words, if the fire wasn’t bad enough, they decided to throw gasoline on the fire.

    And one has to question once again if this was done through sheer incompetence as an attempted CYA, or it was done by design.

  6. Carlos says:

    It’s too bad the administration didn’t try to throw the ATF, Border Patrol, etc., under the bus over F&F, if this is the result of throwing agencies under the bus.

    Maybe then some honorable agents of those agencies would “step forward” like whoever slipped out the Benghazi e-mails and let the world know just how corrupt and dishonest this administration really is with “we, the people,” who, apparently to them, don’t count for jack except when they need our votes.

  7. Drew the Infidel says:

    In relation to the “fables” mentioned above, the guy locked up in CA over that cheesy video had no more hand in the 9/11 Embassy violence than did the alleged terrorist who is locked up for that attack half a world away. They are each the resultant sacrifical lambs for those phony narratives in an effort to protect Obhammud’s sorry a*s. The compliant LSM plays along since they mistakenly value themselves as the self-appointed formulators of public opinion.

  8. olphart80 says:

    When will the media stop referring to it as ‘the Obama administration’, and start referring to it for what it really is——–‘the Obama regime’ ??

  9. A_Dumas says:

    At to those responsible for the charade, we can surely discount King Barack for this idea. There’s no doubt he has the skill to deceive, but only when his henchmen put the plan together.

  10. TexasMom2012 says:

    Unbelievably shameful. Of course I have seen no ability for Obama, or Clinton for that matter, to take responsibility for the consequences of any of their actions, ever. I doubt that they will pay anything other than Obama’s defeat over the economy not a defeat over foreign policy failures.

  11. Brontefan says:

    My question is why aren’t some of these MSM journalists shocked and outraged? Am I to assume that they are so in love with 0bama that it doesn’t matter that he failed to LEAD on this national security issue… and was more interested in attending a fund raiser in Las Vegas than the tragic deaths of four Americans? Are we already to the Orwellian state in the media?

  12. Kate says:

    …and that’s the scary part about the whole debacle, Brontefan! A majority of Americans who get their news from such outlets have no clue how bad the whole issue has become. Attacking and embassy and killing the ambassador used to be a reason to go to war in the past. Now they blame a video and do nothing. They thought Watergate was a turning point in American politics…what will happen if Obama gets away with this?

  13. tommy mc donnell says:

    the democratic party-media complex is not covering this story.

  14. Steph says:

    I urge you to go to The Blaze website and click on the story about Beck talking to Tyler Powell’s father (one of the men who was murdered – Tyler I mean). First, the story of Biden’s inappropriate remark is enough to put daggers in your eyes. Then the father says O won’t look in the eye and finally, Hillary looks him in the eye and tells him that “we” will arrest and prosecute the person who made this video. They all stood there lying to the man! Outrageous! I am writing to my senators (not that it’ll do much good) and my Congressman (again not much good) and demand an in depth investigation to this travesty. O is a traitor and the 4 (Biden, Clinton, O & Carney) should all go to prison for treason. In Carney’s defense, he may NOT have known and only told what he was told. I doubt it though. I am furious!