President Obama and his administration misled the American people on the massacre in Benghazi, Libya.
This American Crossroads video gets to the bottom of it — piece by ugly piece.

Crossroads added: The video juxtaposes Obama’s claim in the debate against multiple televised statements by White House and Administration officials in subsequent days. It clearly shows that while the president now claims his Rose Garden speech called the Benghazi attack an “act of terror,” neither the White House press office nor Administration officials viewed that speech as an affirmation of terrorism in Benghazi.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice repeatedly referred to the “video” as cause of the attack in subsequent administration statements – with Carney specifically affirming that the White House HAD NOT called the Benghazi attack “terrorism” on September 20.

The Rice and Carney statements unambiguously show that Obama’s claim is misleading.

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  • Gail

    On Topic:

    Senator Feinstien, per the CBS San Francisco article:

    With three weeks before the presidential election, the Obama
    administration has been unable to put to rest its handling of the Libyan
    attack that killed Stevens, a State Department computer specialist and
    two former Navy SEALs who were working as contract security guards.
    I BEG TO DIFFER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mercador

    Obama lied and people died.

  • Robodog7

    The same way that this regime still calls the Fort Hood Massacre “workplace violence”. They refuse to use the term Islamic terrorism. Obama and his pals prefer to blame America for all the worlds problems. Obama hates America. It is that simple.

  • Liz

    There is a really, REALLY crappy feeling that accompanies seeing so many grown adults lie to our faces, for their own warped reason. Crappy, and creepy. This is unprecendented. And I don’t want it to happen ever again.

  • john b

    Again: If it is NOt 30 seconds and not on TV, who will see it? Great ad, but ineffective if it doesn’t reach a large audience.

  • Tom63010

    Too long, cut it down to a one minute ad and run it every open slot before and after Monday night’s debate.

  • Stella Baskomb

    The ad nails it.

    Obama administration officials and spokespersons went on for days claiming the September 11 attack at Benghazi was by a spontaneous mob aroused by a video, nothing more. They claimed no evidence suggested the attack was terrorism. Most famously, UN Ambassador Susan Rice said so numerous times on national TV Sunday September 16, five days after the attack. But she was not the only administration figure to make this claim – even after September 16. Others repeated the same claim which of course was not challenged but faithfully reported by our oh so credulous “mainstream” media.

    Now Obama says he was crystal clear in a speech on September 12 that the attack WAS terrorism.

    So . . . are we to believe that Obama’s UN Ambassador, and the other members of his administration for a more than a week after Obama’s September 12th declaration, appeared on national TV on their own behalf, to deliberately contradict the President? That perhaps they were somehow not aware of the President’s judgment? Or worse, were insubordinate?

    Are we to believe that these administration officials continued to contradict the president repeatedly and publicly, day after day, while the president did NOTHING to set the record straight about what he now tells us he knew on September 12th and what he claims he told the world so clearly in a speech on September 12th?


  • Daisy

    What’s still unexplained is why/who was a Tweet sent from the Cairo embassy BEFORE the protest / attack? Within 24 hours, I surmised that it was a signal to the terrorists. The WH denied, scrubbed, etc but it was sent BEFORE anything else happened, as if it was to draw attention to the video.

    Someone suggested that this was a false flag operation – and Stevens was supposed to be kidnapped, then miraculously rescued in late October. I don’t know if I go along with all of that -but I do question why the ONLY gay ambassador was sent to a hotspot where gays are routinely killed for their orientation…denied adequate protection and then killed.

  • Daisy

    To clarify, the tweet apologized for the video, which no one had heard of until the tweet went out.

  • SoLongSong

    Posted in another thread but more apropriate here, “The Spring Break President” (another devastatingad):

  • Chippy

    10:43 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Every day, all across the world, American diplomats and civilians work tirelessly to advance the interests and values of our nation.  Often, they are away from their families.  Sometimes, they brave great danger.

    Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi.  Among those killed was our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith.  We are still notifying the families of the others who were killed.  And today, the American people stand united in holding the families of the four Americans in our thoughts and in our prayers.

    The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack.  We’re working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats.  I’ve also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world.  And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.

    Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths.  We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.  But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence.  None.  The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.

    Already, many Libyans have joined us in doing so, and this attack will not break the bonds between the United States and Libya.  Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans.  Libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety, and they carried Ambassador Stevens’s body to the hospital, where we tragically learned that he had died.

    It’s especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city that he helped to save.  At the height of the Libyan revolution, Chris led our diplomatic post in Benghazi.  With characteristic skill, courage, and resolve, he built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries, and helped them as they planned to build a new Libya.  When the Qaddafi regime came to an end, Chris was there to serve as our ambassador to the new Libya, and he worked tirelessly to support this young democracy, and I think both Secretary Clinton and I relied deeply on his knowledge of the situation on the ground there.  He was a role model to all who worked with him and to the young diplomats who aspire to walk in his footsteps.

    Along with his colleagues, Chris died in a country that is still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war. Today, the loss of these four Americans is fresh, but our memories of them linger on.  I have no doubt that their legacy will live on through the work that they did far from our shores and in the hearts of those who love them back home.

    Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks.  We mourned with the families who were lost on that day.  I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed.  And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi. 

    As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it.  Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.

    No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.  Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.  We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act.  And make no mistake, justice will be done.

    But we also know that the lives these Americans led stand in stark contrast to those of their attackers.  These four Americans stood up for freedom and human dignity.  They should give every American great pride in the country that they served, and the hope that our flag represents to people around the globe who also yearn to live in freedom and with dignity.

    We grieve with their families, but let us carry on their memory, and let us continue their work of seeking a stronger America and a better world for all of our children.

    Thank you.  May God bless the memory of those we lost and may God bless the United States of America.

    10:48 A.M. EDT

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    I don’t see the word “terrorist” anywhere in regards to the Libya attack… you?

  • SoLongSong

    Daisy #8: I’d heard that and seriously wonder – and by “seriously”, I mean GENUINELY and SINCERELY. I’m not given to Grassy Knoll flights of fancy, but this entire presidency has been a complete bizarro world.

    Each dribble to come out is more outrageous than the last.

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  • Linda

    There you have it…straight out of their mouth…the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

    Anyone out there still want to say Obama won the debate?

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  • SoLongSong

    Thank you, Chippy, for posting that – you saved me from having to LISTEN to Obama to recall the exact context, and you’re RIGHT.

    I was also struck by a single word sentence uttered in the exact same tone by both Obama and Hillary Clinton: “NONE.”

    Just thought it odd and very rehearsed sounding.

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  • donh

    Give Obama some credit….He had the foresight to KNOW the 9/11/12 massacre at BenghazI was going to bear pressure to his ” work place violence ” PC agenda that Terrorism shall not be called by its real name…..So Obama cleverly ended his Rose Garden statement with a generic remark ” acts of terror ” for him to trace back time in the event his PC strategy war on the first amendment of blaming the video collapsed in failure. HE HAS BEEN LYING HIS WHOLE LIFE AND IS A VERY SKILLED AND DEVIOUS LIAR…EVERYBODY CAN SEE HE’S LYING . NOBODY NAILS HIM ON IT FACE TO FACE . BUT MR PRESIDENT.. DON’T CONFUSE YOUR SUCCESS AT MAINTAINING A LOYAL TEAM OF MAGICIANS OBEDIENT TO YOUR DAILY WORKS OF DECEPTION WITH SUCCESS OF LEADERSHIP…..YOU NOW FOOL NOBODY BUT YOURSELF.

  • Oliver

    #11 Chippy – is that a transcript of the Rose Garden speech? If so, why is it different than the “transcript” Candy Crowley so conveniently had at her fingertips on Tuesday night?

  • jonnot

    Excellent! That being said, I agree it was perhaps too long: but should have included the fact that barry announced to the world in his UN speeech that the video was to blame–6 times! Also the fact that he & hillary taped a message to the Arab world blaming the video & denying any responsibility for it. I think these desperate actions speak even more loudly to their dishonesty and culpability.