The Obama administration is in full CYA mode after first promoting that the attacks in Libya were a result of a spontaneous reaction to an Internet video and then saying it was a terrorist attack. As the timeline is pieced together, one wonders why Barack Obama promoted the video excuse when his team knew that excuse was not true.
Fox News has put together an excellent timeline of the events in Libya which claimed the lives of four Americans. As America mourned, and as the administration spun a tale of lies, Obama continued on the campaign trail... noting that the deaths of the Americans were a "bump in the road."
And now we see the inevitable. Because Barack Obama was caught off guard, someone, other than he, is going to take the fall. As Fox News reports, it looks like Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will be the fall guy. A statement released by the officer of Clapper backpedals on his initial assessment of who was involved in the attacks:
"As we learned more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists," National Intelligence Spokesman Shawn Turner said. "It remains unclear if any group or person exercised overall command and control of the attack, and if extremist group leaders directed their members to participate. However, we do assess that some of those involved were linked to groups affiliated with or sympathetic to Al Qaeda."
Wow! So... al Qaeda people were involved, but we can't really say if... ummm... errr... al Qaeda was actually involved. Give me a break.
In any case, we DO know that Obama's story about a spontaneous Internet video uprising is NOT true. It NEVER was true. And whether Obama wants Clapper to take the fall is not the point. The point is that the Obama administration continues to perpetuate a lie.
Perhaps it's because Obama knew that he was not doing his job. The Washington Post reports that security was lax prior to the attack on U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
On the eve of his death, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was ebullient as he returned for the first time in his new role to Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city that embraced him as a savior during last year's civil war. He moved around the coastal town in an armored vehicle and held a marathon of meetings, his handful of bodyguards trailing discreetly behind.
But as Stevens met with Benghazi civic leaders, U.S. officials appear to have underestimated the threat facing both the ambassador and other Americans. They had not reinforced the U.S. diplomatic outpost there to meet strict safety standards for government buildings overseas. Nor had they posted a U.S. Marine detachment, as at other diplomatic sites in high-threat regions.
A U.S. military team assigned to establish security at the new embassy in Tripoli, in a previously undisclosed detail, was never instructed to fortify the temporary hub in the east. Instead, a small local guard force was hired by a British private security firm as part of a contract worth less than half of what it costs to deploy a single U.S. service member in a war zone for a year.
So... Mr. President... go ahead... let someone take the fall. We all know who is to blame, and we all know this was a terrorist attack. Get a clue, or get out of office.