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Thursday, February 27, 2014

More yet to be heard about Benghazi -- By R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr, The Washington Times

The administration persists in energetically deceiving the American people

National Security Adviser Susan Rice appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday and said that when she had appeared on several news outlets back in September 2012 to state that the attack on an American diplomatic installation in Benghazi was a "spontaneous reaction" to an American-made film that appeared on YouTube, she had used "the best information [the White House] had at the time." Sen. John McCain responded to her statement Sunday that it left him "almost speechless."

The Arizona Republican said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that "I'm almost speechless, because it's patently obvious, first of all, that Susan Rice had no reason to be on the program. She had no involvement in [Benghazi]." At the time she was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. "Second of all, she read talking points that we are now beginning to believe came from the White House, which were absolutely false," continued Mr. McCain. "We now know that the CIA station chief on the ground sent a message immediately saying, 'Not-slash-not spontaneous demonstrations,' and, of course, the information was totally misleading, totally false."

Well, apparently the White House — bolstered by a December 2013 investigative piece by The New York Times — is still at it, energetically deceiving the American people about the origins of the attack in Benghazi and its very nature. Actually, the attack was undertaken by al Qaeda-related terrorists. It was a very professional job. A former Navy SEAL called in to assess the terrorists' mortar attacks — in which two retired SEALs were killed along with two other Americans, one of whom was our ambassador — has verified the attackers' professionalism. Moreover, Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission in Libya, informed the press shortly after the attack that he and everyone else in the Libyan mission believed it was a terrorist attack "from the get-go."

There should be no doubt about the character of the assault on Benghazi. It was professional, and the January report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence asserts that for months intelligence reports were coming in indicating that security in the area should have been beefed up. The Obama administration did the opposite. One has to wonder why? Why has not the administration been charged with negligence?

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