The Benghazi Attack was a pre-planned terrorist attack in 2012 on the United States embassy in Benghazi, Libya on the eleventh anniversary of the 2001 September 11 attacks. in which the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other members of his diplomatic mission were murdered: Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and private security employees and former U.S. Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods. The attack also injured two other Americans.
With 2012 Presidential election less than two months away, the Obama administration downplayed the seriousness and enormity of the attack, initially claiming it was provoked by a comedy video, but the facts disproved that.
With several U.S.embassies besieged on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declared authorities had no reason to believe the attack on the sovereign territory of the United States consulate in Benghazi less than two months before the 2012 Presidential election, resulting in the deaths of several Americans, was a terrorist attack.
|“||The unrest that we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that Muslims, many Muslims, find offensive,||”|
became the official White House line. Between jokes with comedian Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, Obama said the death of Americans was "not optimal". When pressed by reporters, who pointed out evidence that the violence in Benghazi was a terrorist attack, Press Secretary Carney argued “the unrest around the region has been in response to this video.”
Susan Rice spins the story on network television
On September 16, 2012 Ambassador Susan Rice showed up on all five major Sunday morning talk shows to push the administration's spin linking the Benghazi murders and a satirical video. Rice told longtime Democratic partisan George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s This Week, the attack was “a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo” – referring to a demonstration in which a mob breached the embassy compound wall and tore down an American flag. Rice repeated the false claims throughout her morning talk-show appearances on all networks.
Administration supported jihadis responsible for attack
Around a week after the attack Obama finally ordered an investigation. The leading suspected jihadis in the murders and terrorist attack were the local Benghazi branch of Ansar al-Shariah, known to have ties to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). A commander of the terrorist group boasted jovially over drinks with reporters for the New York Times in Benghazi as President Obama's investigators failed to interview him.
The attack is said to have been investigated by the State Department, but a more thorough enquiry was done by the Congress. A House committee hearing on September 10 revealed that Ambassador Stevens and others wished additional security for the consulate, but were turned down.
"WHAT DIFFERENCE AT THIS POINT DOES IT MAKE?"
In testimony before Congress on January the 23th, 2013 when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked why the Obama administration deliberately put out false information about the attack just prior to the Presidential Election of 2012, Clinton screamed at Senators, "WHAT DIFFERENCE AT THIS POINT DOES IT MAKE?".
Ahmed Abu Khatallah
In June 2014 U.S. captured suspected Ringleader of Benghazi Attack, Ahmed Abu Khatallah.
- Travel Warning - Libya. U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya (September 12, 2012). Retrieved on October 12, 2012.
- President Obama on the Attack in Benghazi. International Information Programs, U.S. Embassy (September 12, 2012). Retrieved on October 12, 2012.
- Interview with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show.