It can be said that something can be learned from everything. One needs only to look for the lesson.
Assuming that the latest news reports are true, the nature of the attack was known within a few hours. It was clear that a terrorist cell was claiming responsibility and that the attack had nothing to do with an anti-Islam video. The fact that it took nearly two weeks for the White House to acknowledge what it had known after only two hours is troubling. It’s not as if Facebook and Twitter didn’t already have that information out there for the world to see—and it’s not as if holding back disclosure was going to make anyone else more or less safe.
1. If President Obama claims to be briefed daily on intelligence matters, these briefings are woefully inefficient and ineffective. Such a matter should have been a “red phone” topic no matter the time of day or when the last briefing had occurred.
2. If President Obama knew this information, then his Administration (or “He”) lied to the American public. Not surprising that a politician would lie, just surprising that there might have been some delusion that the truth would not surface.
3. If Vice President Biden knew this information—well, no point going there!
It’s a given for me that politicians lie. In my lifetime, we’ve had some real doozies: Richard Nixon—who resigned, Bill Clinton—who was impeached… now add to that Barack Obama who needs to be ousted from office. Not because he lied on this point, but generally because of his ineffective leadership.
During his campaign, he vowed to reach across the aisle. With a Democrat-controlled House and Senate, he did anything but reach across the aisle. He points out Romney’s changes in views but famously reversed his own stand on Same-Sex Marriage in time to try to sway voters. He’s allowed the death of a US diplomat in the field, has information on those responsible, and has only responded by criticizing a video which had nothing to do with the attack. You would think that on the anniversary of 9/11, there would have been increased vigilance at posts around the Islamic world.
We have our lessons from abroad! Now let’s go out and apply what we’ve learned to move America back to greatness!
September 12 — Barack Obama (in part)
“The United States condemns, in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. We’re working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats. I’ve also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world.
And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths.
We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None.”
September 13 — Jay Carney: (Obama’s Spokesman)
“The protests we’re seeing around the region are in reaction to this movie. They are not directly in reaction to any policy of the United States or the government of the United States or the people of the United States.”
September 14 — Jay Carney:
“We were not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”