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Charen: An Ambassador Died. Obama Lied.

By Mona Charen

"Bush Lied, People Died" they chanted. When the intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq -- information that was believed by the intelligence agencies of our major allies; that was described by the Clinton-appointed head of the CIA as a "slam dunk"; and that was agreed to by heads of state and leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties -- turned out to be badly mistaken, George W. Bush was branded a liar.

Even Democrats such as Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Daschle, and Ted Kennedy, who had warned about Saddam's WMD program on various occasions, quickly scurried to the "Bush lied, people died" slander when the intelligence proved inaccurate.

Neither Bush nor Secretary of State Colin Powell lied about Iraq. They received bad information. Error is part of the human condition. So is venality, and that is what marked the Democrats' scurrilous attacks on Bush when the intelligence failure came to light. They could have reasonably criticized Bush for not being more skeptical of intelligence reports, but no, they resorted to slurs.

On the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, an al-Qaida-linked band of terrorists attacked our consulate in Benghazi, Libya and killed our ambassador and three other Americans. President Obama and his entire administration denied that the attack had anything to do with the anniversary of al-Qaida's greatest victory, attributing the attack to spontaneous rage at an Internet video. On September 13, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, "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." They stuck to this story for more than a week, even as evidence accumulated that it was false.

If it were a simple matter of bad information, the administration had ample opportunities to modify its initial response to the tragedy. As Eli Lake reported in The Daily Beast, intelligence agencies were confiding within 24 hours that the attacks seemed pre-planned. Intercepts showed that an al-Qaida affiliate boasted of its success to another al-Qaida group on September 12. "There was very good information on this within the first 24 hours," an intelligence official told Lake. Skeptical Republicans with military experience like John McCain and Mike Rogers also observed, in those first hours after the attack, that RPGs are not usually carried to "spontaneous" protests.

Nevertheless, five days after the attacks, and long after it was clear that the consulate (along with a safe house half a mile away) had been targeted by terrorists, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice toured five Sunday morning TV shows to deliver the administration's line that the murder of our diplomats was a case of mob violence that had been "hijacked by extremists." Appearing on ABC's This Week, Rice said, "Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous -- not a premeditated -- response to what had transpired in Cairo." Jay Carney repeated that spin at White House briefings.

Except that, as CBS reported, there was never any protest at all in Benghazi about the Internet movie. It was a straight-up terror attack. Only on September 20 did Carney finally acknowledge the obvious -- "It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Our embassy was attacked violently, and the result was four deaths of American officials."

Why would the administration attempt to deceive the world about a terror attack?

Two possibilities suggest themselves. The Obama administration has substituted a bumper sticker, "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," for a foreign policy. They've been hoping that the death of bin Laden would be seen as total victory over Al-Qaeda and jihadism. A brazen and successful attack against Americans in Libya, including the first assassination of an ambassador in more than three decades, undercuts that self-satisfied narrative, suggesting that, while bin Laden is dead, bin Ladenism is very much alive.

The second explanation is that this administration has relied on the supposed appeal of Barack Obama's persona in place of American military and diplomatic strength. That appeal is proving chimerical, and the administration will go to great lengths to disguise that reality.

But whatever the rationale, the facts are clear: The administration purposely misled the country, and has so far not been held accountable.

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To find out more about Mona Charen and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    October 2, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    The Democratic Party has been known as the party of ‘liars’. So to brand them as ‘liars’ is really no ‘insult’ to them. When did you ever see one of these ‘lying scumbags’ ever apologize for ‘lying’ or to resign their office for incredible wrongdoing. You won’t; because their’s is the party of ‘slimebags’ and ‘liars’.

    Will Ozero ever man up to his ‘failed’ foreign policy?
    I believe the answer is quite obvious.

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  2. centslessComment by centsless
    October 2, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    Why do Democrats lie? Because they can get away with it, thanks to their comrades in the Main Stream Media. In fact, a Democrat who doesn’t lie has no future in the party. The truth doesn’t serve their purposes.

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  3. nhpollackComment by nhpollack
    October 2, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    Saddam had 500 tons of yellow cake uranium at the nuclear research center of Al—Tuwaitha in Iraq when American tanks rolled into Bagdhad. To me, that qualifies as material for WMD and not “bad information”. I don’t think Bush lied at all about that. I also don’t think that removing Saddam and his sons harmed the Iraqi people, the Kurds or the rest of the world.

    The reason Democrats lie is because if they told the truth, they’d never get elected or reelected.

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      October 2, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

      I read this story as a backpage note in the NYTs when the US and the Iraq governments were arguing over ownership. It was eventually sold to Ontario Power, but the two Democrats reportedly working for the CIA who claimed Saddam wasn’t buying yellow cake in Nigeria went on to spread their lies and were never criticized for them; whereas VP Cheney’s assistant Libby was threatened with prosecution for investigating this lie. If one party is practicing the “Spoils System” by putting their faithful into government offices, the other party has to follow suit or we need to return our Civil Service System to its 1872 “tested merit” system and avoid this type of corruption. As happened in 1860, Washington DC had become a Democratic Party stronghold, but Lincoln knew how to appoint those who would be faithful to his wartime administration,

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      October 2, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

      Middleground,

      It’s really hard to find the truth when even normally reliable sources like Ms. Charen refer to the truth as “inaccurate”. I don’t remember where I first heard it, but it sure wasn’t headline news anyplace. Here’s a reference link to fill in the blanks:

      http://www.americanthinker.com/2005/07/about_that_500_tons_of_yellow.html

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      October 2, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

      Not only was yellow cake evidence found, but artillery casings designed to deliver saran gas also. Saran is a nerve agent and becoming contaminated with it causes death, often in minutes. I guess much like the RPG’s used at the Embassy spontaneous reaction to a barely known film clip, these were just spontaneously manufactured. I guess these aren’t WMDs either.

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      October 2, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

      Sumitch,
      I think you’re mistaken about artillery casings. I’m sure they were labeled “Baby Milk” in the new, easy to store and transport 6″ and 8″ size…

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  4. pebearComment by pebear
    October 2, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    Just like Bill Clinton saying depends on what the word is is. First it was not planned and spontaneous and not the act of extremist. Then it was not planned and the act of extremists. Then it was planned by extremists then it wasn’t not it was planned and carried out by extremists. My guess the group has ties to both Al Quiada and to the Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt and maybe even ties to Iran. They used the mob demonstration, which they created by feigning indignation over some silly movie trailer on YouTube. The State Department were actually their shills by apologizing for a movie no one even knew existed until they felt the need to apologize for it. Of course it was planned and it was a very elaborate plan that took place over thousands of miles and many countries and most of it went according to plan. The only thing that did not go to plan was not realizing how the average Joe on the street in Libya feel about this crime. Turns out the average Libyan was very put off by the attack. This might be a bad thing that turns good as the people of Libya are demanding the dismantling of all the militias and the surrender of military arms to the government.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      October 2, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

      If the administration knew about the planned “spontaneous” attacks as much as 24 hours before they happened and did nothing until it happen then lied for a week and tried to tie it to a YouTube film clip, what does that really tell us? That they don’t care about what happens to our embassies? That they were playing golf or doing a little campaigning and couldn’t be bothered? And isn’t some 20 different countries spontaneously reacting to this film just a tab more than a coincidence? And why aren’t the media talking about the Marine guards stationed at certain of our embassies given ammunition?

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  5. foxmulderComment by foxmulder
    October 2, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    The Obama administration has engaged in a coverup of the true nature of the Libyan embassy attack, which culminated in the disinformation by Ambassador Rice the Sunday after the murders. The attack was by a terrorist group, and there was no protest outside the embassy by people who were angry over the Muhammad video. Obama had the arrogance to believe that the liberal MSM would ignore his lies, but it has not happened. Fox News led the investigation into the coverup and other news organizations have followed Fox’s lead. This could turn into a major scandal. Please sign the petition below. Thanks.

    “We Demand Full Accountability On Obama’s Libya Cover-Up” Click here: http://www.grassfire.com/278/petition.asp?Ref_ID=17845&CID=278&RID=37255557

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      October 2, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

      If memory serves, didn’t Slick Willie get impeached for lying and not for a little slap and tickle in the oval office? And how about Tricky Dickie? Didn’t he resign to pursue other interests to avoid impeachment for much the same?

      Something has changed here.

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  6. singermannComment by singermann
    October 2, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    How about the seldom discussed report of satellite photos of truckloads of chemical and biological weapons being trucked into Syria while we waited on the consensus building efforts by Bush who was being stonewalled by everyone including some of our Allies. The same WMDs will now be used aginst us. Bush lied, I think not. The press lied!

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  7. appraisherComment by appraisher
    October 4, 2012 @ 1:27 am

    Richard Nixon just turned over in his grave.

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