If you recall from the second presidential debate where Mitt Romney and Barack Obama got into a shouting match over whether or not Obama classified the Benghazi attack as a terrorist attack, then you remember how "acts of terrorism" made it's way to the forefront on the following morning, though the Obama administration continued to push forth the line that the attack was brought on by a You-Tube video. Well now it has come out that CBS was deliberately covering for Obama on calling the attack in Benghazi a terrorist attack.
The day after the attacks, Obama had an interview with 60 minutes with Steve Kroft before he flew off to Las Vegas for a fundraiser. Of course, like most interviews, it was edited.
Soon after that debate exchange, CBS released a previously unseen clip of an interview "60 Minutes'" Steve Kroft did with Obama on Sept. 12 -- the day after the Benghazi attack.
The clip added to the previous sound that had been released and seemed to back up the president's claim that he was referring to the Benghazi attack as a terrorist act in the Rose Garden on Sept. 12. Here's what CBS put out Oct. 19, five weeks after the attack.
KROFT: But there are reports that they were very heavily armed with grenades, that doesn’t sound like your normal demonstration.
OBAMA: As I said, we’re still investigating exactly what happened, I don’t want to jump the gun on this. But your right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt. And my suspicion is there are folks involved in this. Who were looking to target Americans from the start. So we’re gonna make sure that our first priority is to get our folks out safe, make sure our embassies are secured around the world and then we are going to go after those folks who carried this out."
Baier points out that because Kroft started his question with "but" that he thought there was probably a question and answer that was edited out of the interview that was broadcast.
He went on to write, "This week, we got the CIA timeline of events in which they detail all of the response of the CIA and what they put up the chain of command in the minutes and hours after the attack began. Of all the details of the specific times the CIA contractors respond to the fight, I found this one most interesting:"
"1:15 a.m.: CIA reinforcements arrive on a 45-minute flight from Tripoli in a plane they've hastily chartered. The Tripoli team includes four GRS security officers, a CIA case officer and two U.S. military personnel who are on loan to the agency. They don't leave Benghazi airport until 4:30. The delay is caused by negotiations with Libyan authorities over permission to leave the airport, obtaining vehicles, and the need to frame a clear mission plan. The first idea is to go to a Benghazi hospital to recover Stevens, who they correctly suspect is already dead. But the hospital is surrounded by the Al Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Shariah militia that mounted the consulate attack."
"So the U.S. Ambassador to Libya is at the Benghazi hospital and suspected dead," Baier writes. "The CIA contractors know that, but they can't get there because the hospital is surrounded by the Al Qaeda-linked group Ansar al Shariah, the "militia that mounted the consulate attack."
"This goes up the chain communication at 1:15 a.m. on Sept. 12," Baier continues. "The White House, the Situation Room, and all of those paying attention to intel channels know that the guys on the ground have determined the group that's behind this. It's the Al Qaeda-linked militia that are still fighting and have the hospital surrounded."
"About 12 hours later -- before heading to Las Vegas for a campaign event -- Obama sits down for that "60 Minutes" interview with Steve Kroft," writes Baier.
Now some 54 days after the attack and nearly two weeks after putting the first additional clip up to defend Obama after the second debate, CBS on Sunday, without any promotion posted the rest of the question online.
Here's the rest of what was asked and answered:
KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word terrorism in connection with the Libya Attack, do you believe that this was a terrorism attack?
OBAMA: Well it’s too early to tell exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.
KROFT: It’s been described as a mob action, but there are reports that they were very heavily armed with grenades, that doesn’t sound like your normal demonstration.
OBAMA: As I said, we’re still investigating exactly what happened, I don’t want to jump the gun on this. But your right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt. And my suspicion is there are folks involved in this. Who were looking to target Americans from the start. So we’re gonna make sure that our first priority is to get our folks out safe, make sure our embassies are secured around the world and then we are going to go after those folks who carried this out.
KROFT: There have been reports, obviously this isn’t the first time…there have been attacks on the consulate before. There was an attack against the British ambassador. Do you…this occurred on Sept. 11. Can you tell me why the ambassador was in Benghazi yesterday? Was it to evaluate security at the consulate?
OBAMA: Well keep in mind Chris Stevens is somebody that was one of the first Americans on the ground when we were in the process of saving Benghazi and providing the opportunity for Libyans to create their own democracy. So this is somebody who had been courageous, had been on the ground, had helped to advise me and Secretary Clinton when we were taking our actions against Muammar Qaddafi. And is somebody who is very familiar with the train. He was doing the work that he does as a diplomat helping to shape our policies in the region at a time when things are still fairly fragile. But I think it’s important to note that we have a Libyan government in place that is fully cooperative, that sees the United States as a friend that recognizes we played an important role in liberating Libya and providing the Libyan people an opportunity to forge their own destiny. And in fact we had Libyans who helped protect our diplomats when they were under attack. But this is a country that is still rebuilding in the aftermath of Qaddafi. They don’t necessarily always have the same capabilities that countries with more established governments might have in helping to provide protection to our folks. But beyond that, what I want to do is make sure that we know exactly what happened, how it happened, who perpetrated this action, then we’ll act accordingly."
Clearly Obama declares it's an attack on Americans. However, he is not willing to call it a terrorist attack. Now, look, it's clear that Jihadists were behind the attack and Barack Obama knew this. Personally the label of terrorism is getting less and less specific. Now we have ourgovernment calling white supremecists terrorists, or the Occupy crowd terrorists, or Ron Paul supporters or Constitutionalists terrorists. Which sort of begs the question of why we use the term in the first place. Perhaps we should just indicate they are what they are and that is murderers and deal with them accordingly.
However, the point of all of this new evidence coming out is that CBS has an obvious agenda and that agenda was to make Barack Obama look like he was fully calling the attacks terrorism, but when asked directly whether he believed they were a "terrorism attack," Obama gave the answer he began using for weeks, "it's too early to tell." To be fair though the man did immediately follow it with "it was an attack on Americans."
The problem though, especially in light of the evidence that keep surfacing is that the Obama administration knew much of the details on the night the attack took place. They watched it from drone surveillance. They had communication from special forces members on the ground there in Benghazi. One report, indicated that a target was "painted," presumably so that air support could be called in and that several emails were sent but still the order was given to stand down, and according the CIA director David Patraeus that could only come from the President.
The problem is all of the questions that remained unanswered. Until they are answered and the loose ends tied up, reporters should be bird dogging this story till all is known.
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