Congressional Republicans on Wednesday spotlighted a newly revealed email that shows Obama administration officials were told within hours of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that an al-Qaeda-inspired militant group had claimed responsibility for the assault.
After the White House and State Department downplayed the significance of the email Wednesday, Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte sent a letter to President Obama asking why U.S. officials “described the attack for days afterward as a spontaneous response to an anti-Islam video.”
“These emails make clear that your administration knew within two hours of the attack that it was a terrorist act and that Ansar al-Sharia, a Libyan militant group with links to al Qaeda, had claimed responsibility for it,” the senators’ letter states. “This latest revelation only adds to the confusion surrounding what you and your administration knew about the attacks in Benghazi, when you knew it, and why you responded to those tragic events in the ways that you did.”
Actual emails at 4:05 p.m., 4:54 p.m., and 6:07 p.m. EST on September 11, 2012, that circulated to the White House, State Department, Pentagon, and FBI. The Al Quaeda group Ansar al Sharia took responsiblity for the attack in Benghazi. And the White House knew it two hours after the attack on the same day.
Obama Knew. AS.
What these leaked State Department e-mails are doing is raising the obvious point about Obama and Benghazi.
If Benghazi is not about incompetence or lying — it’s worse.
Emails Expose White House Lies on Benghazi. Larry Johnson. No Quarter. Also has images of the emails.
He did not focus on how to save or assist the U.S. diplomats and personnel being attacked. He worried only about himself and how to deflect any potential political damage. Shameful.
Suddenly, a Credibility Gap. Daniel Henninger. WSJ.
The damage done to the Obama campaign by the Sept. 11 death in Benghazi of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American colleagues has been more gradual than the sensation of the Denver debate, but its effect may have been deeper.
The incumbent president has a credibility gap.
Quite damaging. Especially when deaths of innocent people occurred under his watch, and the objective changed to placing distance between them and his responsibility.
“Stale. Fresh. Obama. A different kind of politician.”
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