U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi last week was not premeditated. A top Libyan official says the attack was planned in advance. Who should we believe?
Going back to Richard Nixon, the cover-up is worse than the crime. The Watergate break-in was a low level operation that could have been done away within a week. But the White House decided to cover it up.
Ambassador Rice is still pushing “the film made them riot” narrative to deflect blame from the ineptitude of the White House and Hillary Clinton. Rice said:
“We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to – or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo. And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons… And it then evolved from there.”
This account by Ambassador Rice contradicts that of Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf, who said that he had “no doubt” the attack in Benghazi was in the planning stages for months by individuals from outside Libya:
“It was planned, definitely, it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago, and they were planning this criminal act since their arrival.”
A more damaging report comes from a CNN report:
“Three days before the deadly assault on the United States consulate in Libya, a local security official says he met with American diplomats in the city and warned them about deteriorating security.
“Jamal Mabrouk, a member of the February 17th Brigade, told CNN that he and a battalion commander had a meeting about the economy and security.
“He said they told the diplomats that the security situation wasn’t good for international business.”
If plans for an attack were going on for months, then the question we all should be asking is, “Where were our intelligence officers during this time?”
The next obvious question is, “Why wasn’t the embassy protected by Marines?” Ambassador Rice said that the main U.S. embassy in Tripoli was “relatively new” since the revolution that overthrew former dictator Moammar Gadhafi. I’m no military expert, but an unsettled revolution is unpredictable. Marine protection should have been the first order of business, not an afterthought.
The Obama Administration is used to lying and getting away with it. When CNN starts reporting that someone in the White House is telling less than the truth, or only one version of the story, Obama and Company are in big trouble.