Obama 2008 campaigned on a whole slew of left wing foreign policy agenda items like closing GITMO, pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan, making "friends" with nations, etc... It looks like he really believed the BS that he was peddling and once he was elected and got to peek behind the curtain and saw first hand how unrealistic and naive that campaign rhetoric really was. At that point he must have realized that he got caught with his fly open and no "plan B" to fall back on. By my scorecard he has been, and continues to be, taken to the cleaners on the international stage.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Issa’s Democratic counterpart on the oversight committee and a newly chosen member of the select committee, blasted Issa for discussing the YouTube-related email.
“This latest document leak makes the strongest case yet for Democrats seeking procedures to protect against these kinds of abuses,” he said in a statement. “In what has become an irresponsible pattern, Chairman Issa unilaterally released a cherry-picked document excerpt – claiming it means one thing when in fact it means the opposite.”
This coming from a guy whose behavior in the IRS scandal was lets say questionable ethically.
If the time stamps are correct then this memo was sent out before the fighting was done. In fact it would have been sent out before Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed by mortar fire. It was certainly sent well before the intelligence reports that the administration cites as their basis for the Rice briefing were received by the administration.
What does this indicate?
Well, at a minimum it indicates that the administration lied about how it came up with the Youtube scenario. That's bad. But what's worse is the following:
1. The administration was aware of the video well before the events in Benghazi took place and had some indication that it was inflammatory yet did nothing about it, unless;
2. They had already planned to use the video as an excuse in case something happened.
If the latter is true then they KNEW that the situation on the ground was dangerous and remained unprepared to deal with potential violence.
All that is bad but there is another possibility.
What if they knew that an attack was going to take place? What if the video was already hand picked as justification for an attack that they knew was coming? You've got the ambassador in a temporary compound which is guarded by locals in an area where it's well known that hostile parties are present and no reason for his presence has been given. You've got reports that Stevens himself declined an offer for additional security. You've got absolutely nobody being prosecuted for the attack. You've got the FBI held back from an investigation until 22 days after the attack and you've got continued stonewalling by the administration every step along the way.
There can be no doubt that there is a massive coverup surrounding this incident. The question we need to have answered is "WHY?"
The issue over Stevens declining security was not true......Which RSO Nordstrom and another Validated as well as Col Wood. Even up to the morning of the attack.
But one thing is clear.....they knew who it was from the second attack on the consulate. Now they also knew that someone in State Dept Screwed the pooch and Hired Ansar Al Sharia as Security.
Also on Aug 7th there was an attempted kidnapping of Embassy Personnel.....which for some reason this Administration listed it down as a Car Jacking(In Libya, yeah I know ). Despite personnel being in the car. (plural)
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Sep 14, 2012 7:57pm
The Obama administration has asked YouTube to review its posting of the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” which has provoked violent protests across the Middle East.
Carney was adamant today that the Obama administration will not apologize for the video.
“We have made clear that we find it offensive and reprehensible and disgusting,” Carney told reporters at the daily White House news briefing. “We have denounced it. We have said we find it offensive and reprehensible, but we will not — you know, we cannot and will not squelch freedom of expression in this country.”
The White House has not asked YouTube to take down the video, simply to review it.
White House Asks YouTube To ‘Review’ Anti-Muslim Movie - ABC News
"While the information I have cited from this e-mail is clearly unclassified, the State Department has attempted to obstruct its disclosure by not providing Congress with an unclassified copy of this document," Issa said.
Another State Department document, this one labeled "sensitive but unclassified" and dated Sept. 12, also refers both to the video and to a group linked to al Qaeda in explaining the cause of the attack.
"At least 20 armed extremists, members of Ansar al-Sharia, set fire to the Principal's office, allegedly retaliating for videos posted on the internet of a film deemed insulting to Islam," the memo reads, providing an early State Department summary of what happened.....snip~
White House Contacted YouTube During Benghazi Attack, Darrell Issa Says