Benghazigate: State Department Officials Say We Never Concluded the Benghazi Consulate Attack was Related to Protest about a YouTube Video


RUT-ROH, the Hillary Clinton State Department just contradicted the Obama White House … Move over Watergate, you have Benghazigate and this one is much, much worse. Just four weeks before the 2012 election.

The State Department stated that  “it never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam”. Really, because that is not what the Obama Administration tried to put forth to “We the People”

The State Department said Tuesday it never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam, raising further questions about why the Obama administration used that explanation for more than a week after assailants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

The revelation came as new documents suggested internal disagreement over appropriate levels of security before the attack, which occurred on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the U.S.

Briefing reporters ahead of a hotly anticipated congressional hearing Wednesday, State Department officials provided their most detailed rundown of how a peaceful day in Benghazi devolved into a sustained attack that involved multiple groups of men armed with weapons such as machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars over an expanse of more than a mile.

But asked about the administration’s initial — and since retracted — explanation linking the violence to protests over an anti-Muslim video circulating on the Internet, one official said, “That was not our conclusion.”

More at the AP.

Michelle Malkin asks the question if the VIDEO was not the reason why the violence occurred in Benghazi, then why did they trot out U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice on the Sunday talk shows and present a narrative that was false? All the while she still hadn’t received the memo several days after the attack.

The news that the State Department never concluded that the Benghazo consulate attack and murder of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans was not a result of a video comes as Hot Air reminds us on the eve of the House hearings on the Benghazi, Libya Consulate attack.  Will individuals now tell the truth to insulate themselves from this debacle? Worse than that, the attempted cover up of the incompetence that took place in not protecting a US Ambassador in a hostile area.

Two new questions for you, then, as the hearings get going. First, if State didn’t circulate the “spontaneous protest” nonsense within the administration, who did? Eli Lake traced it back to a set of CIA talking points distributed to Congress early on, but as far as I know, no one’s ever explained why the CIA was pushing that theory when there were at least a dozen intel reports within the first hours pointing to something more sinister and deliberate. And second, if State was innocent in pushing the “spontaneous protest” line, how is it that Susan Rice — a top State Department employee, don’tcha know — ended up being the administration’s chief mouthpiece for that talking point on the Sunday shows? Didn’t anyone from State think of mentioning to her beforehand, “Oh, by the way, we have zero evidence to support what you’re about to go on national TV and say”?

The result of this hearing could rock the polls even more than the past Presidential debate.

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    8 Responses to “Benghazigate: State Department Officials Say We Never Concluded the Benghazi Consulate Attack was Related to Protest about a YouTube Video”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on October 10th, 2012 11:17 am

      The entire Obama administration is built on lies to the people. Obama hid his real idenity and agenda in order to get elected.

      Hillory Clinton is a progressive (think socialist) and will do or say whatever it takes to place blame for a screw-up on something else.

    2. Tamikosmom on October 10th, 2012 1:20 pm

      CBS reporter slams administration for ‘major lie’ over weakened Taliban
      Published October 09, 2012

      Logan also encouraged the administration to “exact revenge” on the terrorists who killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans serving in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. She said she hopes America will “let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil — that its ambassadors will not be murdered, and that the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.”


    3. Tamikosmom on October 10th, 2012 1:27 pm

      Allen West’s entire commentary is a must read. IMO
      Looking the other way: President Obama’s dangerous foreign policy
      By: Rep. Allen West
      10/9/2012 02:13 PM

      In the days since the attacks on our embassies and consulates on the 11th of September, we have seen a president and his administration demur, deflect, and mislead the American people. Vice President Joe Biden says on the campaign trail that “GM is alive, and Osama is dead.” Tragically, so is our Ambassador to Libya.

    4. Tamikosmom on October 10th, 2012 2:15 pm

      State officials walk fine line in explaining faulty accounts of Libya attack
      Published October 10, 2012

    5. NGBoston on October 10th, 2012 3:56 pm

      Hmnnnnn…..Egg on face much Obama Administration and State Department?

      HRC- you failed. White House Spokesman Gibbs- you lied.

      This confirms all of our original speculations and complaints.

      LIARS! And you want America to give you another 4 years protecting our National Security??

      Oh, Hell NO!

    6. Tamikosmom on October 10th, 2012 4:53 pm

      I have a love-hate relationship with Jack Cafferty depending upon his position on the issues. On this topic … I love him.


      Why won’t President Obama talk about Benghazi, instead of Big Bird?
      By CNN’s Jack Cafferty
      October 12, 21012

      While President Obama talks about Big Bird on the campaign trail, the real topic begging for answers is what happened in Benghazi on September 11.

      But the murder of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans amid what appears to be insufficient security is not something this administration wants to talk about.

      Consider this: Up until today, there had been no White House press briefing for more than two weeks.

      Meanwhile, it took the FBI three weeks to arrive on the scene in Benghazi after that deadly attack, allegedly for safety reasons. Three weeks.

      This has rightfully raised concerns about sensitive documents being left unsecured at the compound. The State Department insists no classified documents were left on the premises. Really? A CNN reporter walked right into the consul and retrieved the ambassador’s journal three days after the attack. What else was left behind?

      The administration continues to change its story about what happened and why. Initially it said the attacks were a reaction to a film made by an American mocking the Prophet Mohammed.

      More than a week later the administration called it a terrorist attack, potentially linked to al Qaeda, after it was learned a Libyan security official warned of a possible attack three days before it happened.

      Now we learn that repeated requests for additional security were ignored.

      Finally, the Benghazi timeline shows there were no protests before the attack.

      There’s a reason the president doesn’t want to talk about Benghazi: The way it was handled before and after the murders is a disgrace.

      Expect Mitt Romney to ask the president about all this when a future debate turns to foreign policy.

      Here’s my question to you: Why won’t President Obama talk about Benghazi, instead of Big Bird?

    7. Tamikosmom on October 10th, 2012 9:16 pm

      Rep. Trey Gowdy Explodes at Libya Hearing: ‘I Want to Know Why We Were Lied To’
      Posted on October 10, 2012 at 4:02pm

      Trey Gowdy, an outspoken Republican congressman from South Carolina, blasted Obama administration officials during Wednesday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Libya U.S. Consulate terrorist attack, raising his voice to levels rarely heard on the House floor.

      Gowdy went after both U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for providing “demonstrably false” statements about the attack, not just to Congress, but to the American people as well. He slammed the Obama administration for initially saying the attack was in response to a video and not an act of terrorism, delivering a blistering and impassioned critique of the White House’s handling of the incident. …


    8. rightknight on October 10th, 2012 11:54 pm

      Mrs. Clinton no longer appears to be
      the ‘smartest woman in the world’!
      Aligning herself with the truth could
      help clean up her current image perhaps.
      Very sad to be in charge of conditions
      associated with deaths of one’s employees.

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