Senate committee says Benghazi attacks preventable

Blame laid on State Department, intelligence community and ambassador for failing to heed warnings of terrorist activity
Associated Press
Jan 15, 2014

 

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the deadly assault on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, laying blame on the State Department, the intelligence community — even the late Ambassador Chris Stevens — for failing to communicate and heed warnings of terrorist activity in the area.

The highly critical report also says the U.S. military was not positioned to aid the Americans in need, though the head of Africa Command had offered military security teams that Stevens — who was killed in the attack — had rejected weeks before the attack.

It also said that in the aftermath of the attacks, U.S. analysts confused policymakers by blaming the violence on protests without enough supporting intelligence.

The 2012 Benghazi attacks have dogged the Obama administration, because then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice initially blamed the violence on mob protests over an anti-Islamic film. Al-Qaida-linked militant groups were later blamed for the attacks, first when militants overran the temporary U.S. mission on Sept. 11, 2012, and later that same night, when militants fired mortars at the nearby CIA annex where the Americans had taken shelter.

The bipartisan report may settle what has become a running political battle between Republicans, mostly in the House, who say the Obama administration has been covering up what they consider misdeed before, during and after the attack, and the administration, which says Republicans are on a political witch hunt.

Committee chairman Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, says she hopes this will put to rest conspiracy theories about the militant attacks that night. Republican vice chairman Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said the report shows despite a deteriorating security situation in Benghazi, the U.S. government did not do enough to prevent the attacks or to protect the diplomatic facility.

"The State Department should have increased its security posture more significantly in Benghazi based on the deteriorating security situation on the ground and IC threat reporting on the prior attacks against Westerners in Benghazi_including two previous incidents" at the temporary diplomatic facility that year, a summary of the report states.

The State Department said Wednesday that there have been dozens of reports, hearings and briefings on the Benghazi attack and that many of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's findings are similar to those made by the independent Benghazi Accountability Review Board, which issued a report in December 2012.

The Senate report does note that the State Department has created a new assistant secretary position for high threat posts to focus on such dangerous areas, but says the department should in the future react more quickly to security threats and only in rare instances use facilities that are inadequately protected. It said State should not rely on local security alone in countries where the host government cannot provide adequate protection.

The report notes that the State Department in 2012 had ignored its own "tripwires" set to determine when it had become too dangerous to operate in Benghazi, and continued to operate the facility there, despite a steady drumbeat of U.S. intelligence reports showing the danger was rising.

The report faults the military for being unable to help when needed. "No U.S. military resources in position to intervene in short order in Benghazi to help defend" the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, it said.

Yet it points out that Stevens had rejected additional security. The Defense Department had provided a Site Security Team in Tripoli, made up of 16 special operations personnel to provide security and other help. The State Department, according to the report, decided not to extend the team's mission in August 2012, one month before the attack. In the weeks that followed, Gen. Carter Ham, the head of Africa Command, twice asked Stevens to employ the team, and twice Stevens declined, the report said.

The report also dives into the contentious talking points issued by the intelligence community after the attacks that helped fuel Republican allegations of an Obama administration cover-up of militant links to the violence.

"Intelligence analysts inaccurately referred to the presence of a protest at the U.S. mission facility before the attack based on open source information and limited intelligence, but without sufficient intelligence or eyewitness statements to corroborate that assertion," the report said, adding that the U.S. intelligence community then took too long to correct their error, "which caused confusion and influenced the public statements of policymakers."

It also says the intelligence community should expand its mining of social media to watch for unrest, and also draw more heavily on eyewitness reporting "especially from U.S. government personnel_in the aftermath of a crisis."

The senators also take the administration to task for failing to bring the attackers to justice more than a year after the Benghazi attacks.

It says U.S. intelligence has identified several individuals responsible, but can't track them down because of limited intelligence capabilities in the region.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the committee report "largely reaffirms" the earlier findings from an independent panel. He said a number of the committee's security recommendations are also consistent with steps the State Department has already taken.

"This reinforces what other investigations have found, which is that there was not enough security to protect the four Americans who lost their lives," Carney told reporters traveling with Obama Tuesday to North Carolina.

 

Comments

Darwin's choice

Well, well, well.....as if no one else knew this.....!

For Hillary and Obama....roast in h#ll
http://www.youtube.com/watch?fea...

Is that Nancy "we have to pass this terd" Pelosi dancing???

anne822

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Darwin's choice

What did Obama tell us....?????

Benghazi violence was caused by an internet video & demonstrations
State Department

PirateBacker1975

"It also said that in the aftermath of the attacks, U.S. ANALYSTS confused policymakers by blaming the violence on protests without enough supporting intelligence."
"Intelligence analysts inaccurately referred to the presence of a protest at the U.S. mission facility before the attack based on open source information and limited intelligence, but without sufficient intelligence or eyewitness statements to corroborate that assertion," the report said.

President Obama was relying on intelligence reports. He is not a clairvoyant.

Darwin's choice

But now....:

“I said benghazi was a terrorist attack from the beginning.”
Lubbockonline.com

Liar, liar.....

PirateBacker1975

Here is exactly what President Obama said when talking about the attack in the days following:

“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.” - Obama, Rose Garden, Sept. 12

“We want to send a message all around the world — anybody who would do us harm: No act of terror will dim the light of the values that we proudly shine on the rest of the world, and no act of violence will shake the resolve of the United States of America.” - Obama, campaign event in Las Vegas, Sept. 13

“I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. It will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America.” - Obama, campaign event in Golden, Colo., Sept. 13

These quotes are on the record. I'm sorry if they don't coincide with Fox News (in other words, Republican) talking points.

swiss cheese kat

MSNBC is your favorite channel. Good for you PB1975. Maybe some day you can come to terms knowing your boy is a failure.

Darwin's choice

Your dirbag democrats have had from 9/11/2012 to get their story together. You and the other terd polishers blaming Mr. Stevens is simply pathetic. "These quotes are on record" you say, look at the quotes I've posted that Obama has said, yet you blindly ignore them. Selective reasoning?

Dr. Information

Meanwhile, the liberals are so bent out of shape about a few hour road block on a bridge yet could care less about Americans that died for no reason and a lying administration that tried to cover it up.

deertracker

They died because Stevens did not accept the security that was offered. Your phony outrage is misplaced. What about the 4000 American soldiers that died for a LIE?

mikesee

Not really. When the Embassy came under attack there was a request for help which fell on deaf or dumb ears. A squad of Marines sat by and watched from their vantage point as the Embassy was being ravaged.

PirateBacker1975

This is simply not true. This is from the Senate committee report:

“There were no US military resources in position in short order in Benghazi to help defend the temporary mission facility and its annex,” they concluded. “The committee has reviewed the allegations that US personnel, including in the [intelligence community] or [defense department], prevented the mounting of any military relief effort during the attacks, but the committee has not found any of these allegations to be substantiated.”

Again, the allegation that Marines sat by and watched is another example of Fox News/Republican talking points that are just not true.

swiss cheese kat

Go back to watching MSNBC.

rbenn

You are wrong, there was a group of delta force not far from Benghazi, sip more kool aid. http://www.examiner.com/article/...

Donegan

Odd to see this on here. Another new thing people may not have saw because of a closed bridge is http://www.businessinsider.com/t...
Neat how Benghazi and Fast and Furious are back while the main stream media goes on about a closed bridge.

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The Hero Zone

I think the prevailing theory is that after he was told that same night about the attack, the President went to sleep for about ten hours before flying out to Las Vegas for a campaign fundraiser. Of course he isn't providing any info himself to counter this and for some reason nobody seems to be compelling him to do so. Is this another incident of "Executive Privilege"?

Now to his defense he could very well have been responsive if it was a staff that serves him and feeds him information not soft balling things, selectively editing info, or otherwise not giving him accurate accounts. In that case he is relying on government to care after his problems and we see where that wound up. I wonder how many staffers, if this is the case, have been replaced?

At least one, the then-Secretary of State. Of course her presidential aspirations can't hardly be sullied by a trifle such as this whereas Governor Christie (of whom I am not particularly holding a candle for either) is all but done for his claimed non-involvement in what his staffers did. At least he fired his staff for this, will our President follow suit?

The Big Dog's back

sappy, did you want him to fly over there and parachute down?

Darwin's choice

You azzlikker, maybe you should make your moronic comments to Mr. Stevens Family and Friends.

I'll bet they wouldn't even have a coin toss to see who's going to knock your teeth out!

deertracker

Mr. Stevens should have accepted the security! Period. You cons always try to avoid personal responsibility!

Contango

Re: "You cons always try to avoid personal responsibility!"

No, THAT would be Pres. Obama.

A video substituted for Pres. Bush on this one.

deertracker

Most honorable man ever is in the White House right now!

Contango

Re: "honorable man ever,"

Not doubting that he believes his own sh*t.

The most narcissistic and most inexperienced ever and in the Benghazi incident it tragically shows.

Darwin's choice

Best proof that your a fool right there....!

Contango

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Darwin's choice

azzhat, look who that was a reply to....!

Contango

Re: "azzhat,"

Thanks for the correction, krelboyne.

Darwin's choice

Pay attention, nerds can still kick your azz!

Contango

Re: "nerds can still kick your azz!"

Would enjoy seeing a wimp try.

Darwin's choice

Don't let your alligator mouth (keyboard) overload your canary azz old fool.

Contango

Re: "canary azz old fool"?

Would enjoy working my left jab on some dumb *ss rather than my Wavemaster.

Save your trash talkin' BS for Doggie and deerpoop.

Pterocarya frax...

It is hilarious to see the right wing haters call each other names. Thanks girls!

Contango

Re: "It is hilarious (snip)"

Thanks for helping to prove the old adage:

Little things amuse little minds.

SamAdams

"If you like your plan, you can keep it."

"The Affordable Care Act will decrease premiums by an average of $2,500 a year."

"If you like your doctor, you can keep him."

"If Congress won't act, I have a pen and a phone."

"...I will come down on the side of the Muslims."

"I didn't know about ______________." (Fill in the blank with any of a myriad of scandals here.)

Barack Obama is either the STUPIDEST man to ever hold office, or he's the most DIShonorable. By all accounts, while he's done some pretty braindead things, he ISN'T stupid. And that leaves...?

Contango

Re: "Mr. Stevens should have accepted the security!"

Link? Facts? Proof of your statement?

deertracker

Read the article above pooh! ^^^^^^^^^^^ yea, that one. Now slowly back away from the bottle!!!

mikeylikesit

kesslers?

mikeylikesit

personally, I like jts brown 100 proof. kinda hard to find though..

Contango

Re: "kesslers?"

Have never touched the stuff. More nonsense from deerpoop's Bizarro World.

mikeylikesit

yeah, I know. it just kinda tickled me to see him name that particular brand in the past. my grandfather loved that stuff.

deertracker

WTF ever pooh!

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The Hero Zone

Nope and never have I expected him to do it himself, that is unreasonable. I enjoy working in the realm of reason after all. What I would like to know is what happened? What examples of leadership can we take from when he was told what happened until something was done to address it? How can I learn to be a better crisis manager if he can't give up his secrets?

grumpy

You do know your snark and irony have flown way over his head. But it is appreciated by the rest of us. I would rate it a standing double.

Darwin's choice

+1

deertracker

-10

There you go again

Big Azz Dog,
Your comment is just plain silly and asinine. You know damn well Obma and Hillary dropped the ball on this one. Be a REAL MAN and admit it!

deertracker

So you say!

There you go again

Democrats and Obama Worshippers,
Sorry but the truth hurts some times.

Donegan

I do believe the admins interpretation of the meaning of "Transparency" Is getting in the way. They seem to think the word means "Opaque" when it comes to what happends at high level intel briefs, That or they think it means "Call up MSNBC and tell them a story about Youtube".

deertracker

Your interpretation of "transparency" means send donegan an e-mail about everything that happens in the White House everyday all day! You want all briefs and time cards of all government employees.

Donegan

It says in the report itself that the president knew within 30 minutes. All he did was catch a nap before campaigning again. Hillary knew as well from the same meeting, To which she just spent the next 6 hours trying to blame something other than what it actually was. Aren't you sick of their lies yet?

hilltop

Oh noooooo! Tell me it isn't so. We were lied to by the Democrats? Isn't there some way to blame George Bush or the Tea Party? Maybe we can blame the Green Party or the Constitutionalists - Ron Paul had to have something to do with this . . . .

deertracker

W has plenty of lies that he gets credit for.

Darwin's choice

"If you like your Dr., you can keep him..."

deertracker

"The next attack could come in the form of a mushroom cloud".

Darwin's choice

“If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it”
Washingtonpost.com
“The NSA is not abusing its power”
Washingtonpost.com
“I said benghazi was a terrorist attack from the beginning.”
Lubbockonline.com
“the foreign intelligence Surveillance court is transparent.”
Politifact.com
“First of all, I didn’t set a red line,” said Obama. “The world set a red line.”
Weeklystandard.com
nbcnews

deertracker

Those are not lies dagwood. Find any WMDs yet?

SamAdams

Not lies? Really???

How many people have had insurance cancelled? How many people have discovered their trusted doctor isn't available to them anymore? How many promises of changes in the NSA have now been made since even the most liberal of news sources have affirmed its many abuses? How many videos of the President saying he's setting a "red line" do you need to review before you grasp the fact the President said he's setting a "red line?"

If anybody's the liar here today, it's apparently YOU!

deertracker

Go lay down!!!!!!!!!!

IslandDweller

You people are delusional. Are you reading the same article that I am? The results of this report are basically the same as every other report that has been done on the tragedy which echoes the same thing that has come out of every senate hearing that they've had on the subject: there's no smoking gun, no one lied, there was no cover-up. A tragedy happened - mistakes were made and lessons were learned. From this article: "laying blame on the State Department, the intelligence community — even the late Ambassador Chris Stevens — for failing to communicate and heed warnings of terrorist activity in the area." From the 9/11 Commission Report: " In May 2001, the drumbeat of reporting grew louder with reports to top officials that "Bin Ladin public profile may presage attack" and "Bin Ladin network's plans advancing." In early May, a walk-in to the FBI claimed there was a plan to launch attacks on London, Boston, and New York. Attorney General John Ashcroft was briefed by the CIA on May 15 regarding al Qaeda generally and the current threat reporting specifically. The next day brought a report that a phone call to a U.S. embassy had warned that Bin Ladin supporters were planning an attack in the United States using "high explosives." On May 17, based on the previous day's report, the first item on the CSG's agenda was "UBL: Operation Planned in U.S."....During the spring and summer of 2001, President Bush had on several occasions asked his briefers whether any of the threats pointed to the United States. Reflecting on these questions, the CIA decided to write a briefing article summarizing its understanding of this danger. Two CIA analysts involved in preparing this briefing article believed it represented an opportunity to communicate their view that the threat of a Bin Ladin attack in the United States remained both current and serious. The result was an article in the August 6 Presidential Daily Brief titled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US.""

Even with those warnings going up the entire ladder of the US government, the 9/11 attacks still happened and 3000 innocent victims lost their lives. Many mistakes were made and many lessons were learned. What did we do after 9/11? We rallied around the president and showed a united front to the rest of the world. What did we do after Benghazi? We attacked the president, the secretary of state and even Susan Rice, who was just reporting on the briefings she was given.

Seriously, your hatred for the President of the United States is both shocking and appalling. I stopped reading these comment sections months ago because what I was reading was so disturbing. I started reading them again about a week ago hoping that things were now better. They're not.

Sandusky has really turned into the Mississippi of the north. Go watch your Duck Dynasty and Honey Boo Boo - I'm sure you'll feel right at home.

Donegan

Wow, Somehow it all goes back to Bush. From the summery of Benghazi
“The State Department should have increased its security posture more significantly in Benghazi based on the deteriorating security situation on the ground and IC threat reporting on the prior attacks against Westerners in Benghazi_including two previous incidents”
The president was then notified within 30 minutes of the attack and he promptly went to sleep got up and went to a fund raiser. Clinton on the other hand spent the next 7 hours making up a lie to sell to the public to cover up the fact that neither her or the president answered the 3 AM call. But I am sure you would re-elect him again and are seriously campaigning for Hillary hoping no one will remember that for 7 hours there was a attack on US personell while your President and Sec of State did nothing besides try to cover it up for political purposes.
The reason why no one rallied around the president for Benghazi is anyone with half a brain could see it was all a lie. Go back to keeping your head in the sand, You are a prime example of why this stuff keeps happening.

Darwin's choice

Well, since you seem at ease with what your president is doing,and has done to this country, I'll say that you're part of the problem. You won't be missed here.....

Contango

Re: "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US"

Too nebulous in nature to be of much value. What, when, where, how?

Besides: bin Laden is dead & Detroit is bankrupt.

deertracker

Well since they didn't spell it out for W, The right course of action was to do NOTHING! bin Laden is dead thanks to our brave, decisive Black leader and Detroit is bankrupt because of a black crook. Fair and balanced for ya pooh!

Contango

Re: "The right course of action was to do NOTHING!"

And our security forces were already not on alert? And you know this how?

Your pal Dog is a truther; makes it easy. To him it was an 'inside' job.

deertracker

We got attacked didn't we? Must have been asleep while on duty!

Contango

Re: "We got attacked didn't we?"

The plot began during the Clinton admin. Why didn't they put all the pieces together?

deertracker

They warned your buddy W and he did NOTHING!

Contango

Re: "They warned your buddy W and he did NOTHING!"

So the Clinton admin. TOLD the incoming Bush admin. that planes were going to be flying into the WTC on 9/11?

Only in your Bizarro fantasy land Sport.

So why aren't Pres. Clinton AND Pres. Obama out there blaming Pres. Bush for 9/11?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H...

SamAdams

Decisive? LOL! Obama was apparently offered the opportunity THREE TIMES to take out bin Laden, and it wasn't until the third (at which point the story says he was urged to do so by Valerie Jarrett) that he actually gave the go ahead. Brave? LOL! Obama couldn't even WATCH what was happening (it's been widely reported that he left the situation room to play multiple games of spades) let alone hold a candle to the men who actually carried out the mission!

deertracker

I bet you believe in unicorns too!

deertracker

@Island
Agreed!

Contango

"Britain responded by closing its diplomatic office in Benghazi and withdrawing all UK staff."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/...

"Benghazi timeline: How the attack unfolded (CBS)":

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/beng...

The warning signs were all there.

Also, these Islamists are nuts about symbolism. It was Sept. 11th for gawd's sake!

The admin. & the State Dept. shouldn't have beefed up security or withdrawn consulate staff prior to the day?

deertracker

Ambassador pooh? Who knew?

Contango

Re: "Who knew?"

Read the CBS link - the signs were all there.

So why did the Brits pull out? Why did the Red Cross pull out one yr. earlier?

The Senate report was bi-partisan. Sen. Feinstein chaired the committee.

Get over it.

deertracker

Why didn't Stevens accept the protection? The signs were all there!

Contango

Re: "Why didn't Stevens accept the protection?"

He declined protection?

Again: Links? Facts? Proof?

So Amb. Stevens killed himself and the State Dept. is blameless?

deertracker

Again: Read the above article^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^.

Contango

Re: "Gen. Carter Ham, the head of Africa Command, twice asked Stevens to employ the team, and twice Stevens declined,"

Bureaucratic protocol; stepping on the toes of Hillary.

So why didn't the State Dept. insist or withdraw the staff?

So why all the BS with the blaming of a video Sport?

Obviously Obamabots are stupid enough to believe any caca this guy throws out.

PirateBacker1975

Are you seriously implying that Ambassador Stevens declined the extra security because of bureaucratic protocol ("stepping on the toes of Hillary")? Ambassador Stevens was a seasoned veteran of foreign service and would never have endangered the lives of his staff over bureaucratic protocol!

Also, let's not forget that between 2011 and 2012 the Republican House tried to cut more than $450 million from Secretary of State Clinton's budget request for embassy security funding. Luckily, the Democratic-controlled Senate was able to restore about $88 million (that's 20% of what was requested!). So much for supporting our men and women overseas.

Contango

Re: "Are you seriously implying that Ambassador Stevens declined the extra security because of bureaucratic protocol,"

Yep.

The distrust between this admin. and the military is well known.

(The CIA operates this admin.'s drone program, NOT the Pentagon.)

If Gen. Ham thought it advisable, why would Amb. Stevens decline?

So are you blaming Amb. Stevens for his own death?

Does this admin. take any responsibility for anything negative or are 'mistakes' always somebody else's fault?

So why the BS about the video?

swiss cheese kat

Why did you vote for a failure? The signs were all there!

deertracker

The one you voted for failed because he LOST!

Peninsula Pundit

'Preventable.'
In the same context that the word is used here, the twin towers were preventable, as well.
If the regulations that were already in place at that time were followed, the twin towers were just as 'preventable' as well.
OK, cynical sages of the SR boards, try talking out the other side of your mouths for awhile. It'll give the right side of your face a rest.

Contango

Re: "the twin towers were preventable,"?

Damage was more extensive than just Towers 1 & 2.

And the Pentagon & United 93?

Idiocy.

With perfect hindsight, much is preventable.

H*ll, FDR ordered the Pacific Fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor.

Some 'other' conspiracy nuts blame him for the attack. Welcome to the club.

You might wanna read up on the bi-partisan 9/11 Commission.

"After releasing the report, Commission Chair Thomas Kean declared that both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were 'not well served' by the FBI and CIA."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9/1...

Now; back to the subject at hand:

So the attack wasn't prompted by a video like the POTUS repeatedly said?

swiss cheese kat

Mention the word 0-bama and the bootlickers come out to defend the failure.

Peninsula Pundit even tries to sneak Bush into it. When are you idiots gonna quit blaming Bush for all of 0-bama's failures?

Contango

Re: "blaming Bush for all of 0-bama's failures?"

As a member of the Choom Gang in Hawaii, Barry didn't want to smoke dope and snort coke but George made him do it. :)

deertracker

Nap time for you and pooh!

Contango

"Ambassador Stevens twice said no to military offers of more security, U.S. officials say":

"Both Hicks and Ham declined to comment on the exchange between Ham and Stevens.

Hicks’ lawyer, Victoria Toensing, said Hicks did not know the details of conversations between Stevens and Ham and was not aware of Stevens turning down an offer of additional security.

'As far as Mr. Hicks knows, the ambassador always wanted more security and they were both frustrated by not getting it,' she said."

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/...

swiss cheese kat

Hillary Clinton “At this point, what difference does it make?”

http://youtu.be/Ka0_nz53CcM

swiss cheese kat

Lesson #1: never put a leftist in the White House.
Lesson #2: review lesson #1.

PirateBacker1975

Twain was right - "You can't argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience."

Keep drinking that Fox News/Glenn Beck tea.

Contango

Re: Pres. Obama

"Sacred cows make the best hamburger." - Mark Twain

Have another glass of Kool-Aid.

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thinkagain

Deertracker –

Total inane comments thus far - 19

Total true facts – zero

I guess he’s shootin’ for 4shizzles old record….

deertracker

Tell me if anyone has found WMDS. NO! Fact! Were they warned about 9/11? Yes! Fact! Did Stevens refuse security as stated in article? Yes! Fact! Does thinkagain ever actually think? NO! Fact! Now go somewhere and lay down.

thinkagain's picture
thinkagain

I see that after reading this story, your liberal brain went into panic mode. Red-faced and eyes bulging, with spittle running down your chin, you flail away relentlessly at the keyboard while continually muttering “must spin this”.

Just keep shuckin' and jivin', lying and conniving.

Obama and Hillary lied and said it was the video, the reason they lied was because it was all political to help Obama's reelection chances....

I honestly don't think you care one way or the other about the 4 civil servants that were killed aside from how they can fulfill your partisan agenda.

grumpy

Re: " Tell me if anyone has found WMDS. NO! "

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira...

Chemical Weapons Recovered[edit]
On June 21, 2006 the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released key points from a classified report from the National Ground Intelligence Center on the recovery of a small number of degraded chemical munitions in Iraq. The report stated that "Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent." However, all are thought to be pre-Gulf War munitions.[120]

These munitions meet the technical definition of weapons of mass destruction, according to the commander of the National Ground Intelligence Center. "These are chemical weapons as defined under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and yes ... they do constitute weapons of mass destruction," Army Col. John Chu told the House Armed Services Committee. The munitions addressed in the report were produced in the 1980s, Maples said. Badly corroded, they could not currently be used as originally intended, though agent remaining in the weapons would be very valuable to terrorists and insurgents, Maples sai

Darwin's choice

They are one and the same.....

The Big Dog's back

Well well well, right wingnut world has gone wacko, again. Still.

There you go again

Little Puppy,
I am still waiting for the day that you post a comment that is more commentary and less hateful spewing. You must be an angry man with angry issues. Am I correct?

The Big Dog's back

Ahhhhhh, who spews all the hate? Nice try at projection.

There you go again

You just confirmed my point, again!

Donegan

With all the comparisons to the Bush admin about how Bush did nothing to prevent 9/11 and how Obama did nothing to prevent Benghazi it leads to the question, If the two are similar in more than one way why do the leftist hate Bush so much and defend Obama. After all from the liberals on here they made the same mistakes. Makes you think the liberals are hypocrites or racist for holding a white man to the same standards as their god.

The Big Dog's back

You're comparing 9/11 to Benghazi? Cuckoo.

Donegan

Comprehension problem huh? Read some of the post on here. Sorry this isn't MSNBC where its nothing more than rehashing your gods talking points.

Dr. Information

Obama.....oh it was a 2 year old video that sparked this event? Oh wait, that doesn't make sense. So who can we blame this on so we don't look like idiots. Yeah let's blame the dead guy. I wish Obama was in that place when it got bombed and shot up.

Darwin's choice

+100

justsaying..

Then of course there is the hypocrisy factor, since many US embassies were attacked with casualties in the Bush era, as I pointed out soon after the Benghazi attacks with reference to Republican representative Paul Ryan:
” By the way, does Ryan always consider attacks on US embassies a sign that an administration’s foreign policy is blowing up in our faces? For instance, if if the US embassy in Athens, Greece, was attacked in 2007,, would that have been an indictment of George W. Bush’s foreign policy? What about if the US embassy in Serbia was burned down early in 2008? If the US embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, were attacked in September 2008? If the US consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, was attacked in 2004? What if thousands of anti-American Iraqis were regularly demonstrating and even shelling the Green Zone in Baghdad where the US embassy is, in 2008? Did all that mean that Bush’s foreign policy, the most recent foreign policy outing of the Republican Party, blew up in our faces, according to Ryan?”

Contango

Re: "By the way, does Ryan always (snip)"

Good that you get your talking points from the Comedy Channel.

So were these attacks also caused by videos?

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watc...

CAST THE FIRST STONE

I am 99% conservative and yes I believe Obama cares more about himself than us. I believe he will go down as the worst president ever. Its like do guns kill people or do people kill people. Other nations hate us and will keep killing us every chance they get. If it was not there it would be somewhere else and probably another one this coming week. Ichoose not to put myself in those situations and our government should stop making people do this for their paycheck...
P.S 1 percent not conservative. Dont believe in death penalty. With DNA test hundreds of people on death row have been freed because they were innocent. wrong place at the wrong time. Imagine it being your child and you knew they were innocent and then put to death. If that happens one time to me that is too many. might be my son