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Who Fed Susan the Benghazi Bullhockey?


At his news conference Wednesday, President Barack Obama postured as the young Galahad striding out onto the schoolyard to stop a pair of bullies from beating up a girl.

Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham had charged U.N. Amb. Susan Rice with misleading the nation when, five days after the Benghazi attack in which Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed, she appeared on five TV shows to say it had all resulted from a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video.

Susan Rice, thundered Obama, "made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her.

"If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. ... But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous."

The indignation here is more than a bit cloying. After all, Rice's rendition of the worst terror attack on the U.S. since 9/11 was utterly false.

There never was a protest.

Rice misled the nation. No one now denies that. The question is: Did Rice deceive us, or was she herself misled or deceived?

Far from being a convincing defense, Obama's remarks call into question the competence or the truthfulness of the White House itself.

Consider again what Obama said.

Susan Rice "had nothing to do with Benghazi."

But if she "had nothing to do with Benghazi," why was she sent out "at the request of the White House" to explain Benghazi?

Who at the White House programmed Rice? Did she push back at all when fed this bullhockey about Benghazi? Or does she just parrot the party line when told to do so?

Why did the White House not send Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CIA Director David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta or National Security Adviser Tom Donilon? Or did they decline to go?

The president says Rice "gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her."

And who might be the source of that "intelligence" about the protest in Benghazi, when there was no protest in Benghazi?

Rice was scripted to tell the nation it was not a "preplanned" attack, when that is exactly what it was.

The CIA knew it within hours, because two of its former Navy SEALs died in the attack, and other CIA people survived and got out the next morning.

Here we come to the heart of the matter.

Though journalists, CIA personnel and State Department people listening in real time all knew from intercepts and reports back from our people on the ground that this was a terrorist attack involving automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars, the fabricated story — that it came out of a protest, a protest that never happened — was pushed relentlessly by the administration.

Jay Carney pushed it two days after the attack. Petraeus pushed it on the Hill three days after the attack. Rice went on five TV shows five days after the attack to recite it chapter and verse. Obama held off calling it a terror attack for weeks in TV interviews and mentioned the video half a dozen times at the U.N. on Sept. 25.

Another question arises from the press conference.

When Obama said Rice "gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her," was that also the best intelligence the president of the United States had?

If it is, if five days after the attack Obama was that clueless about what actually happened in Benghazi, he ought to clean house at his intelligence agencies.

From the outside, it appears everybody was on board to describe the attack as "spontaneous" and attribute it to the video.

Yet none of this was true. And many inside knew, during or right after the attack, the truth about what had happened and were leaking it to the press. That brings us to the question: Why?

Why would the administration hierarchy collaborate in putting out a phony story denying there had been a terrorist attack and attributing it to a spontaneous riot that never happened?

Two answers come to mind:

One, the "spontaneous protest" cover story would enable Obama to keep pushing his campaign line that he had gotten Osama bin Laden and that al-Qaida was "on the run" and "on the path to defeat." A successful al-Qaida-type attack in Libya would have contradicted his best foreign policy claim.

Second, if it was a spontaneous attack, an attack no one could have foreseen, predicted or prevented, then that would absolve the administration of responsibility for failing to see it coming, failing to provide greater security, failing to have forces prepared to deal with it when our guys were being shot and killed for seven hours.

What was behind the cover-up is what Congress needs to find out.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?"To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Sir;... I don't know... And now I have a stumper for you: Who voted in the last election and decided it was not important enough to sway their vote???
Comment: #1
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:08 AM
Just wondering, in the wake of such righteous indignation of this pseudo-peacenik commentator, did he ever call for such an aggressive analysis of all the phony baloney crap the nation was fed about nuclear weapons being developed in Iraq?

Don't think so. Correct me if I'm wrong, all you antiquated, dinosauric, right-wing watch dogs. What I remember is a pretty slim figleaf used by a bunch of old, white, corrupt men, who couldn't shoot a gun straight if their lives depended on it, to justify our launching an invasion that resulted in tens of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths as well as the utter destruction of Iraq's middle class. Who was held accountable for that?

I try to like Buchanan, but he is such a nauseating hypocrite I just can't help seeing the image of him on his deathbed next to the big, stinking pile of BS he has dumped into the media over the years and God telling him he has to eat it all up, every last little lump of it, to escape being sentenced to Hell.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Masako
Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:50 PM
Re: Masako;... Don't be so hard on him... He only has one eye and he's sitting on it...
And; God is a republican, so he would cover it with sugar, first...
Comment: #3
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:41 AM
You two are goofballs.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Larry Long
Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:42 AM
You 2 are goofballs!
Comment: #5
Posted by: Larry Long
Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:48 AM
People died and Obama lied.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Liam Astlel
Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:49 AM
Re: Liam Astlel;... And Romoney lost and losers cried..
Republicans threatened suicide
The democrats puffed with party pride
and the little people turned the tide...
Don't you hate rhymes... It Galic for Curse, I think, and you always see it in magical incantations... It has a parallel in Latin, where Carmin means song from which we get the name, and the word Charm...
Comment: #7
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:35 PM
Re: James A, Sweeney. Keep up the rhyming thing. It works.
Comment: #8
Posted by: Masako
Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:14 PM
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