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CNN: White House’s story on Benghazi attack really doesn’t add up

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By Doug Powers  •  October 2, 2012 10:00 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

The more it becomes obvious that the assassination of Ambassador Stevens and three others was known to be a terrorist attack within hours at most from the moment it happened, the more baffling the subsequent Obama administration reaction becomes. CNN pondered the facts in the report below and concluded that the White House has been trying to cover something up:

Appearing on Meet the Press this past Sunday, David Plouffe was asked if “in retrospect, now that we know it was a terrorist attack” it was appropriate for President Obama to go to a fundraiser in Las Vegas the next day (Plouffe naturally concluded it was not inappropriate). That’s the problem though — there’s no “in retrospect.” According to almost anybody who doesn’t work for the White House or isn’t named “Susan Rice,” it was immediately known to be a terrorist attack. So why was the “mob scene caused by anger over a video” story pushed, and whose idea was it? As CNN reports above, not a single one of their sources have said there was a spontaneous mob scene in Benghazi that day. Did the administration not want to admit Al Qaeda involvement because it pokes holes big enough to fly Air Force One through in the campaign’s “Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive” slogan while also making the president appear callous and disconnected for still going to a Vegas fundraiser the next day? Were they so anxious to push the “anger over the video” story that other possibilities weren’t considered? Sheer incompetence? Or is there much more to it than all this?

More from the Daily Beast:

In the five months leading up to this year’s 9/11 anniversary, there were two bombings on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and increasing threats to and attacks on the Libyan nationals hired to provide security at the U.S. missions in Tripoli and Benghazi.

Details on these alleged incidents stem in part from the testimony of a handful of whistleblowers who approached the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the days and weeks following the attack on the Benghazi consulate. The incidents are disclosed in a letter to be sent Tuesday to Hillary Clinton from Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the oversight committee’s subcommittee that deals with national security.

The State Department did not offer comment on the record last night.

The new information disclosed in the letter obtained by The Daily Beast strongly suggests the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the late Ambassador Chris Stevens were known by U.S. security personnel to be targets for terrorists. Indeed, the terrorists made their threats openly on Facebook.

Read the rest here.

(h/t Tammy Bruce)

**Written by Doug Powers

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