It is now out that the Administration knew within 24 hours that the attacks in Benghazi were part of a planned terrorist operation by either al-Qaeda or an al-Qaeda affiliate.
The Timeline of Administration Statements on the Libya Attack
...I think it’s important to note with regards to that protest that there are protests taking place in different countries across the world that are responding to the movie that has circulated on the Internet. As Secretary Clinton said today, the United States government had nothing to do with this movie. We reject its message and its contents. We find it disgusting and reprehensible. America has a history of religious tolerance and respect for religious beliefs that goes back to our nation’s founding. We are stronger because we are the home to people of all religions, including millions of Muslims, and we reject the denigration of religion. We also believe that there is no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence.” — White House spokesman Jay Carney, news briefing, Sept. 13
“This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over n awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with. It is hard for the American people to make sense of that because it is senseless, and it is totally unacceptable.”
— Clinton, transfer of remains ceremony, Sept. 14
“I have seen that report, and the story is absolutely wrong. We were not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent. That report is false.”
— Carney, news briefing, Sept. 14
“Based on the best information we have to date ... it began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo, where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video. But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in Libya post-revolution. And that it spun from there into something much, much more violent.... We do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned.”
— Susan E. Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sept. 16 ...
These are administration officials arguing that instead the attack on the Benghazi consulate was a spontaneous protest that was connected to the propaganda operation run by al-Qaeda to coincide with and provide cover for the assault..... and we now know that the administration then knew that that claim was wrong.
[later edit] Dangit! I hit enter at the wrong time and it didn't let me have a poll. Can a moderator please put up the options:
1. The administration was incapable of keeping up with events
2. The administration chose to attempt a cover up to keep from admitting its' failure to stop a planned terrorist assault about which they had warning
3. The administration was attempting a deception campaign against foreign audiences in the pursuit of policy goals (please describe)