Obama’s Mixed Signals: Terrorism…or…Video at Fault for Libya Attack
Posted by FactReal on September 20, 2012
|As Carney labels Libya strike terrorism, Obama continues to cite anti-Islam film
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, for the first time, called the attack terrorism.
“It is, I think, self evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack,” Carney said. “Our embassy was attacked violently and the result was four deaths of American officials. That is self evident.”
Obama, in his public statement last Wednesday on the attack, referred to “acts of terror.”
But no official had explicitly labeled the strike as such until National Counterterrorism Center Director Matt Olsen did on Wednesday during a Senate hearing.
This past Monday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland declined to label the strike.
“I don’t think we know enough,” she said. “And we’re going to continue to assess … and then we’ll be in a better position to put labels on things, OK?”
The White House still has not definitively backed off its claim that there’s no evidence of a pre-planned strike.
But today Obama blamed video for Libya attack:
The president spoke Thursday at a town hall hosted by the Spanish-language Univision. He declined to get into specifics, even as lawmakers said after an intelligence briefing that there clearly was “some pre-planning” in last week’s deadly attack.
Instead, Obama launched into an explanation about how the U.S. saw something it’s seen before, where “there is an offensive video or cartoon directed at …Muhammad” and that is used “as an excuse by some to carry out inexcusable violent acts” against the U.S.
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