Skip to comments.Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 9/14/2012
Posted on 10/17/2012 8:20:40 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
MR. CARNEY: Jake, lets be clear, these protests were in reaction to a video that had spread to the region --
Q: At Benghazi? What happened at Benghazi --
MR. CARNEY: We certainly don't know. We don't know otherwise. We have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. The unrest weve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that Muslims, many Muslims find offensive. And while the violence is reprehensible and unjustified, it is not a reaction to the 9/11 anniversary that we know of, or to U.S. policy.
Q: But the group around the Benghazi post was well armed. It was a well-coordinated attack. Do you think it was a spontaneous protest against a movie?
MR. CARNEY: Look, this is obviously under investigation, and I dont have
Q: But your operating assumption is that that was in response to the video, in Benghazi? I just want to clear that up. Thats the framework? Thats the operating assumption?
MR. CARNEY: Look, its not an assumption --
Q: Because there are administration officials who dont -- who dispute that, who say that it looks like this was something other than a protest.
MR. CARNEY: I think there has been news reports on this, Jake, even in the press, which some of it has been speculative. What Im telling you is this is under investigation. The unrest around the region has been in response to this video...Jake, again, what we have seen is unrest around the region in response to a video that Muslims find offensive, many Muslims find offensive. We have seen incidents like this in the past, in reaction to other actions -- cartoons and other actions that have been taken, that have been -- have led to protests and violence in the region. And we have managed those situations, and we are working to ensure that our diplomatic personnel and our diplomatic facilities are secure as we deal with the response to this video, which we believe is offensive and disgusting...The cause of the unrest was a video, and that continues today, as you know, as we anticipated. And it may continue for some time. We are working with governments around the region to remind them of their responsibilities to provide security to diplomatic personnel and facilities, and we are ensuring that more resources are put in place to protect our embassies and consulates and our personnel in these parts of the world where unrest is occurring.
Q: Youve mentioned a number of times now that this was in response to a video or a film. Would you not agree, though, that its moved beyond that? That some are stirring violence by focusing on U.S. policy, or targeting the U.S. in general? That its no longer just about the film?
MR. CARNEY: Well, the reason why there is unrest is because of the film; this is in response to the film. I dont doubt --
Q: Well, thats what sparked it. You think thats what sparked it.
MR. CARNEY: We do think thats what sparked it.
Q: Right. But its moved beyond that, hasnt it?
MR. CARNEY: Well, I dont -- we obviously are not polling protesters to find out what their motivations are. There is no question that theres anti-American sentiment in various countries around the Middle East; thats not a discovery I think weve made today. What is the case is that the protesters in these countries are not representative of the broader sentiment in those countries, at least in the sense that -- sentiment that would say that the reaction, the proper reaction to a film that is offensive is violence. As I said yesterday, thats not in keeping with Islam, and its certainly something that we do not accept. And we have made clear to leaders in the region that they need to make clear that it is not an acceptable reaction to a film, however offensive it might be.
Again, this is not a film that the United States government had anything to do with. We reject its message and its contents. We find it both disgusting and reprehensible. America has a history of religious tolerance and respect for religious beliefs, and that history goes back to our nations founding. But there is absolutely -- as Ive said, absolutely no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence, and we are making -- we are working, rather, to make sure that Muslims around the globe hear that message.
I have to believe that they started the story to COVER UP the "non success" of assassinating Kahadaffi in favor of this group of murderous Muslims.
Kaddahfi warned us that the "bad Muslims" were causing the problems.
Kaddahfi had it right.
Obama: The video, stay focused on the video.
Whoa. The way he parses and obviously infers that Benghazi was due to the film, but always adds “under investigation” shows that this is a VERY DELIBERATE LIE and he has been told to be very careful.
He doesn’t say “yes, we believe this attack was due to the film” but he uses the English language strongly to OBFUSCATE. So even he must have been told that it was a pre planned terrorist attack, but it is important to get the media and American people to blame it all on the video.
And he lied outright in saying that it was not due to 9/11.
Obama wanted to convey he called Benghazi a terror attack in the Rose Garden on 9-12-12. ...had Crowley defend him.
So Mr. President, why didn't you tell anyone in your administration?