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State Dept. Meltdown at Benghazi Hearing
Commentary ^ | 10/10/2012 | Alana Goodman

Posted on 10/10/2012 4:19:09 PM PDT by mojito

The Obama administration’s Benghazi response continued to unravel at the House Oversight Committee hearing today, as State Department officials struggled unsuccessfully to get their stories straight.

Ambassador Patrick Kennedy defended UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s claim on September 16 that the attack was part of a spontaneous protest that erupted over an anti-Islam video, saying that anyone at the State Department would have said the same thing as Rice based on the intelligence available at the time. “If any administration official, including any career official, were on television on Sunday, September 16, they would have said what Ambassador Rice said. The information she had at that point from the intelligence community is the same that I had at that point,” said Kennedy.

But, as Republicans on the Oversight Committee pointed out, that appears to contradict Kennedy’s comments from a September 12 unclassified briefing, when he reportedly called it a terrorist attack.

Another State Department official, Charlene Lamb, wrote in her prepared testimony (but did not read aloud) that she was able to monitor the attack “in almost real-time” once a Diplomatic Security agent activated the imminent danger notification system. Yet she didn’t explain why the State Department and other administration officials initially said spontaneous protests were responsible for the attack, if there had been officials monitoring it in real-time.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 20120911; 20120912; 20120916; benghazi; charlenelamb; chrisstevens; diplomaticsecurity; hillaryclinton; impeachnow; kennedy; lamp; libya; obama; patrickkennedy; susanrice; waronterror
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Lies, damned lies, and more lies, and bigger lies.
1 posted on 10/10/2012 4:19:16 PM PDT by mojito
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Foisted on thier own pitard !
Hang the pitard up higher for lying to the world and the American people ~ and bill them all for the apology tour ( $75,000.oo )!


3 posted on 10/10/2012 4:26:44 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Islam is a religion AND a political system. There is no separation of church and state in Islam)
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To: mojito

“If any administration official, including any career official, were on television on Sunday, September 16, they would have said what Ambassador Rice said. The information she had at that point from the intelligence community is the same that I had at that point,” said Kennedy.

= = =

Then, Mr. Kennedy, please provide the intelligence information that stated that the attack was due to a YouTube video.

Or, could it be that no such intelligence exists and she was working on orders from someone else to promote these false statements?


4 posted on 10/10/2012 4:32:50 PM PDT by kidd
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To: mojito

They’re digging the hole, deeper and deeper. I hope it caves-in and buries All of them, forever.


5 posted on 10/10/2012 4:34:24 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Libs, dems, unions, leftist scum & murderous muzzies - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt
From a different Kennedy family, but a lying Kennedy no less.
6 posted on 10/10/2012 4:34:41 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

That apology tour should cost more than the 75,000. commercial. The other embassies weren’t attacked until after our people, news agencies went around claiming it was the video. Before the Cairo apology tweets and our news, State dept etc—it was only Cairo. They spread danger, destruction and humiliation for the US with their bogus claims.


7 posted on 10/10/2012 4:36:29 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: kidd
"...she was working on orders from someone else to promote these false statements?"

This has president Valerie Jarrett's fingerprints all over it.

8 posted on 10/10/2012 4:37:03 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: carriage_hill

Will this be covered tonite on C-BS, ABC and NBC? (I know, it’s a rhetorical question).


9 posted on 10/10/2012 4:37:11 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: mojito

The question not asked (AFAIK):

Mr. Kennedy: Did you have a specific intelligence input that provided evidence that the attack was a result of the 15 minute video? If so, who provided that evidence to you?

or in simpler terms:

Mr. Kennedy: Where did you hear that the likely cause of the violence in Libya was due to a spontaneous uprising in response to the 15 minute video? Who provided you that information.


10 posted on 10/10/2012 4:38:08 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: mojito
The Sesame Street Presidency.

Brought to you by the letter 'O'.

11 posted on 10/10/2012 4:39:10 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: InterceptPoint

The sad thing is that nothing will happen to these misshapen-headed clods.


12 posted on 10/10/2012 4:40:10 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: InterceptPoint

Mr. Kennedy, why was the effort to recover 15K manpads with local help abandoned?


13 posted on 10/10/2012 4:42:09 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Signalman
Will this be covered tonite on C-BS, ABC and NBC? (I know, it’s a rhetorical question).

Good Question.

Attention Freepers everywhere. Tonight's assignment is to do opposition research. You need to cover MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC looking, likely in vain, for coverage of todays Benghazi hearings. Report back immediately after detecting any signs of actual news.

14 posted on 10/10/2012 4:42:24 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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Lies, damned lies, and more lies, and bigger lies.

The key for The Regime™ is to manufacture lies fast enough that they just overwhelm the truth. As long as MSM reprints their lies without raising questions, then the lies stand until they are debunked. They can only be debunked one at a time, so the lies will overwhelm the truth.

Goebbels would be proud!

15 posted on 10/10/2012 4:43:13 PM PDT by tpmintx (Problem: The people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who VOTE for a living.)
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To: mojito

When will the pubbies get the balls to impeach Zero? Of course, enver. it’s all bread and circuses to make the sheeple feel like they have a say.


16 posted on 10/10/2012 4:43:45 PM PDT by CodeToad (Padme: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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Correspondent:

When did the White House learn that there was no protest in Benghazi?(about the video)

Obama's Spoke Kinder:

We've been very forthright on the information that we've had based on not opinion, not on what folks have said or want to say on television but on assessments by those who make these assessments for the U.S. government and we have discussed all along he fact that our assessments are preliminary and that they will change based on new information that's become available

Translation=> The spin is evolving

17 posted on 10/10/2012 4:45:03 PM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: mojito

What enrages me (today) is the statement that they had the “correct number of assets in place” for the embassy security.

I would say that the results prove otherwise, and only an idiot would stand by that statement. At least say “we thought we had the correct number of assets in place”.

UGHHHH


18 posted on 10/10/2012 4:45:17 PM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: biggredd1

I read every bit of that. Just wow.


19 posted on 10/10/2012 4:47:41 PM PDT by dforest
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To: mojito


Would you believe ....
20 posted on 10/10/2012 4:50:24 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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