Timeline: Obama’s Changing Libya Narrative (Video, Transcript)
Posted by FactReal on September 29, 2012
|TIMELINE OF BENGHAZI-GATE (August 2012 to Sept. 28, 2012)
The Evolving Narrative of the Obama Administration over the Islamist attack on our U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
|Other video source: FoxNews, 9/28/2012.|
|PRELIMINARY TRANSCRIPT of the timeline narrated by Fox News’ Bret Baier:
(Links to stories added)
It’s been a busy week of news when it comes to Libya – a lot of news. As we told you at the top of the program the narrative on what the administration knew about the terror attack in Libya and when it knew which continues to evolve to night.
The Director of National Intelligence revised their original assessment according to the release. Now saying al-Qaeda linked groups are likely responsible for that attack. But we reported this week that intelligence sources said that determination have been within 24 hours of the attack. So with that in mind we bring you back to try to put it all in context starting several weeks before the event.
September 5 and 6, 2012
Joe Biden: “Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago.” “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!”
Obama: “Al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat. Osama bin Laden is dead!”
Just four nights later,
September 10, 2012
September 11, 2012
About 5 PM the first wire reports cross of an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Also that night the White House disavows the original Cairo embassy press release on the film.
September 12, 2012
Hillary Clinton: “America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear. There is no justification for this. None.”
The focus at the Romney press availability — his overnight press release.
Reporter: “Governor Romney, do you think that coming so soon — after the events really had unfolded overnight — it was appropriate to be weighing in on this as this crisis is unfolding in real time.”
The Rose Garden minutes later:
By this point, according to sources, the US intelligence community already knows the attack was a terrorist act, has listed it as such internally to unlock resources, and believes it was al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda linked groups in Libya.
Sometime within the next three hours President Obama sits down with 60 Minutes:
Obama: “I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy, universal rights — a notion that, uh, — people have — have to be able to participate — i-i-in their own governance. But — I was pretty certain and continue to be p-pretty certain that they’re going to be bumps in the road.”
That afternoon the president leaves for a campaign trip and fund raiser in Las Vegas.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers: “There was a coordinated military-style, commando-type raid that had both direct fire and indirect fire, military movements involved in it. This was a well planned, well targeted event. No doubt about it.”
And we weren’t alone. “David Martin reports it may have been a terrorist strike timed to 9/11.”
Roughly 9 PM
From Nevada the president goes on to campaign in Colorado.
September 13, 2012
Spokesperson Nuland: “We did evaluate the threat stream and we determined that the security at Benghazi was appropriate for what we knew.”
And another statement about the anti-Islam video:
September 14, 2012
Later that day on Capitol Hill:
September 16, 2012
Amb. Rice: “In fact this was not a pre planned premeditated attack.”
September 17, 2012
Nuland: “Again I’m not gonna put labels on this until we have a complete investigation. Ok?”
Reporter: “So you don’t regard this as an act of terrorism?”
Nuland: “I don’t think we know enough. I don’t think we know enough.”
September 18, 2012
Letterman: “Is this an act of war? Are we at war now?
September 19, 2012
Matthew Olsen: “On that question I would say yes. They were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy.”
September 20, 2012
Univisión’s María Elena Salinas: “We have reports that the White House said today that the attacks in Libya were a terrorist attack.”
Obama: “We’re still doing an investigation and they’re going to be different circumstances in different countries. And so I don’t want to speak to something until we have all the information.”
September 21, 2012
September 24, 2012
Obama: “Well we’re still doing an investigation. There’s no doubt that the kind of weapons that were used, uh, the ongoing assault that it wasn’t just a mob action.”
September 25, 2012
Clinton: “Al-Qaeda and the Islamic Maghreb and other groups have launched attacks and kidnappings from northern Mali into neighboring countries. Now with a larger safe haven and increased freedom to maneuver, terrorists are seeking to extend their reach and their networks in multiple directions.”
September 27, 2012
That last sound bite from Secretary Clinton about al-Qaeda and the Islamic Maghreb matches a quote in that report I told you about at the beginning of the piece — almost verbatim.
From everything we’ve been told, the FBI tonight still has not stepped foot inside Benghazi, the site of the attack, and may never get there. We will stay on this story.