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EDITORIAL: Obama ducks Benghazi
The Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2012 | Editorial

Posted on 11/20/2012 5:28:29 PM PST by jazusamo

White House still dodging talking point responsibility

President Obama took responsibility last week for his administration’s actions in Benghazi, Libya. He insisted those criticizing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for misleading the American people regarding the terror attack ought to come after him instead. This week, administration leakers are passing the buck.

Unnamed sources within the administration say that someone in the Office of Director of National IntelligenceJames R. Clapper removed references to “al Qaeda” and “terrorism” from Mrs. Rice’s talking points, with CIA and FBI concurrence. According to this version of events, Mr. Obama, his national security staff and the State Department had nothing to do with it. The reason, they say, is the evidence of terrorism was considered too tenuous to be released. CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan reported “there was not strong confidence in the person providing the intelligence” about links to al Qaeda.

Numerous unclassified reports in hours and days after the assault gave a clear picture of exactly what happened, and the links to terrorism were obvious. The attack was a planned, violently executed and anything but spontaneous. The U.S. government had all the tools at its disposal to verify this in short order, including real-time communications intercepts, on-the-scene drone surveillance video, interviews with members of Libyan intelligence agencies and analysis of terror group activity before, during and after the attack. To say the entire U.S. intelligence community was only able to base its assessment of a critical incident on a single, less-than-reliable human source is laughable. Even if the specific al Qaeda connection was tenuous, it’s nearly impossible to conclude it wasn’t a terrorist plot.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: benghazi; obama
Obama ducks everything that reflects on him badly.
1 posted on 11/20/2012 5:28:34 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Obama thinks himself the Massiah and therefore he can not do anything wrong, nor take responsibility for anything.

He’s Peeerrrffeecct! I will be so glad when he is gone.


2 posted on 11/20/2012 5:31:35 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: jazusamo
He's forgetting that many of us remember him mentioning the video a half-dozen times at the UN! And, he and Hillary talked about the video when the bodies were delivered by plane.

If he was watching the attack video real time, and he talked to anyone in the CIA or even the Situatio Room, he knew what happened. He can try to parse the words so it sounds as if Rice got bad info, but that sort of responsibility shifting doesn't work for him and Hillary.

3 posted on 11/20/2012 5:32:52 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: jazusamo

And Stanford pounds him for it and spoils his championship hopes.


4 posted on 11/20/2012 5:38:10 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Agreed...Obama knew what was happening when it happened, he's a pathological liar.
5 posted on 11/20/2012 5:38:25 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Why did Obama overthrow the government of Libya?


6 posted on 11/20/2012 5:46:47 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: jazusamo; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; ..

“Even if the specific al Qaeda connection was tenuous, it’s nearly impossible to conclude it wasn’t a terrorist plot.”

Let him be clear. “I knew but I thought maybe I really didn’t until I did and then someone said well maybe and then I thought well maybe not so I said what I said and I always mean what I say and you all know that...except when you don’t.”

That about it?

Ping.


7 posted on 11/20/2012 5:49:33 PM PST by MestaMachine (TREASON!!!!)
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To: jazusamo

That’s why you never see him looking in a mirror.


8 posted on 11/20/2012 5:52:24 PM PST by MestaMachine (TREASON!!!!)
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To: MestaMachine

Yep, that’s about it...And the mirror too!


9 posted on 11/20/2012 5:54:30 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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10 posted on 11/20/2012 5:57:53 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

This Indonesia trip was not on his schedule last month. It’s a way of staying away from the media ... not that they’d ask anything more substantive than what his favorite ice cream might be.


11 posted on 11/20/2012 6:11:45 PM PST by Baynative
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To: Baynative
It’s a way of staying away from the media

You're absolutely right. It was puzzling to me when it was announced, a foreign trip of this nature is usually announced many weeks if not months in advance.

It was to shed the media and the questions from just a few of them that could be embarrassing.

12 posted on 11/20/2012 6:17:53 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
"It was to shed the media and the questions from just a few of them that could be embarrassing."

But, of course, nary a peep from any of them!

13 posted on 11/20/2012 6:35:40 PM PST by Baynative
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To: jazusamo

“Obama knew what was happening when it happened, he’s a pathological liar.’

Panetta and Clinton too. Notice all three are well out of the reach of questions and America’s news cameras?

They flew the coop in the hopes that it will die down here.

Stay gone I say! Bunch of losers running this government!


14 posted on 11/20/2012 6:46:25 PM PST by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Bshaw
Correct, Panetta and Clinton are right in their with their boss, out of sight out of mind, losers all.
15 posted on 11/20/2012 6:59:27 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

In the second debate Obama reminded everyone he had called it an “act of terror” on the second day. Petraeus called it “terror.” Yet Obama’s teleprompter kept saying “It’s the video,” and Rice along with Hillary kept saying “It’s the video.” Someones lying!!


16 posted on 11/20/2012 7:52:14 PM PST by jacob allen
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To: jazusamo

Three questions for Benghazi-Coward Obama:

1.) Are you HIDING INFORMATION from the US Congress about the Benghazi Massacre?

2.) Have you been LYING to the US Congress, The Media, or the American Public about the Benghazi Massacre?

3.) Were you, as Commander in Chief, GROSSLY NEGLIGENT about your responsibilities to protect and assist those four Americans who subsequently were murdered in the Benghazi Massacre?


17 posted on 11/20/2012 8:01:10 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: jazusamo

It was clearly president Valerie Jarrett who removed it, but everyone is scared stiff of the little witch and won’t say so, but she doesn’t have the guts to come out and say so herself...


18 posted on 11/21/2012 1:16:37 AM PST by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: jazusamo

this had very little to do with removing something and everything to do with Adding the video BS


19 posted on 11/21/2012 1:17:56 AM PST by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: MestaMachine

Mesta, you must have had a fly on the wall as that quote was being written. Undoubtedly this is what is being planned to be said.


20 posted on 11/21/2012 5:15:54 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

21 posted on 11/21/2012 5:40:44 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: jazusamo
Remember when the D's blamed Bush for 911 because he had "invaded" Iraq? But they forgot that 911 happened before Iraq. Remember when D's blamed Bush for all the IED attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan for soldiers putting underwear on terrorists prisoners heads and forming them into a pyramid? Remember when they blamed Bush for attacks from al Quaeda because someone had flushed an entire book, the koran, down the toilet?

Obama spends months everyday saying we have killed Osama and "alqueda is on the run" or "alqueda is on its heals" plus outright assassinating leaders of alqeuda all over the world with drone strikes? Can you imagine what the D's and the press would say if Bush was killing (murdering?) suspected terrorists from 20,000 feet without a trial? One of them an American citizen?

Wasn't a big alqueda leader assassinated from 20,000 feet just days before the attack? Obama was bragging about that too. Yet no one is saying Obama caused the terrorists attack due to his big mouth and coward assassinations?

Plus wasn't there a huge attack on a command center in Afghanistan within days of this attack? It destroyed a bunch of military equipment, killed some soldiers all in the most heavily fortified camp in the nation?

Remember when George Steponallofus used to read the names of fallen soldiers in Iraq weekly on the air, more soldiers have died in the last 4 years under Obama then under G. Bush 6 years, don't know the exact number as the press is not talking about it or featuring fallen soldiers biography's or names. In fact the D's are making sure the soldiers in Afghanistan and elsewhere are not receiving their ballots on time. Anybody heard a story about that lately? How many soldiers were disenfranchised by the D's by deliberately not sending the ballots on time?

22 posted on 11/21/2012 8:00:39 AM PST by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: The Wizard
It was clearly president Valerie Jarrett who removed it

I couldn't agree more.

23 posted on 11/21/2012 8:26:58 AM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: thirst4truth
Great post...The level of Dem hypocrisy is pathetic as well as that of the enemedia who are in the tank for them.
24 posted on 11/21/2012 8:32:20 AM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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