Specifically, she quotes Josh Rogin at Foreign Policy who found a statement by Obama on September 13 while campaigning in Colorado. Obama again used the phrase "acts of terror" -- and there it is clear Obama is referring to Benghazi:
So what I want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow Americans to justice. I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished.The interesting thing is that this does not get Obama off the hook.
On the contrary, Goodman notes that if indeed Obama was actually aware on September 13 that that this was a terrorist attack, this raises sharp questions and highlights inconsistencies on Obama's subsequent actions:
- If the president immediately knew Benghazi was a terrorist attack, why did he fly to Las Vegas for a fundraiser the very next day?
- Why didn’t Obama inform UN Ambassador Susan Rice that it was a terrorist attack before she went on the Sunday shows and kept publicly blaming the attack on the Muhammad film?
- Why didn’t Obama tell Victoria Nuland the truth, instead of allowing her to insist days later that “We have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack…And while the violence is reprehensible and unjustified, it is not a reaction to the 9/11 anniversary that we know of, or to U.S. policy”?
- Why did the president go on “The View” nearly two weeks later, and in response to a question whether Benghazi was a terrorist attack answer: “well, we’re still doing an investigation” and “it wasn’t just a mob action”?
- Bottom line, if President Obama believed it was a terrorist attack from the start, why didn’t he share this with the American public, instead of resorting to a one-line reference?
Imagine that: it looks like there may be something left to talk about at the last debate after all!
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