Obama knew but didn’t level with the American people

The White House knew, even as bullets were ringing out and ripping into walls, as fires raged from explosions, that the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans was a deliberate act of terrorism being carried out by a Libyan Islamic militant group.

According to an Associated Press article, emails obtained by Reuters that were sent from U.S. diplomats back to Washington, even as the attack was happening, reveal that within two hours after the deadly assault officials at the White House and State Department were told that a terrorist group called Ansar al-Sharia was claiming credit for the attack.

The White House knew and lied.

But why?

Why did President Obama and other officials first call the attack a protest over an anti-Muslim film that got out of hand? Why did it take two weeks for the president to finally admit the assault was a deliberate terrorist attack?

Was it because Obama didn’t want to be blamed for a terrorist attack on the anniversary of the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon? Did he not want his administration to be blamed for an intelligence blunder that could have prevented the attack from taking place the way President Bush was blamed for ignoring intelligence reports that might have prevented the WTC tragedy?

Or was it simply a deliberate decision to bide time until all facts of the attack had been collected and investigated?

The day after the attack, it’s true Obama made mention of acts of “terrorism” during a news briefing, but it wasn’t until some two weeks after the attack before Obama and his administration officially told the public that the attack in Benghazi indeed was an act of terrorism.

But he wasn’t truthful with the American people. All President Obama needed to say was, “Much of the information we have so far is unconfirmed and unverified, but it appears that the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, has been attacked and that a terrorist group call Ansar al-Sharia is claiming responsibility…”

Why can’t politicians at all levels of government be forthright with the American people? It is disgusting and frustrating when government officials pick-and-choose the information they want the public to know. It is downright degrading when they deliberately hold back details in the guise that the American public would either not understand or be unable to properly digest all of the information.

Americans deserve better. They deserve to be represented by elected officials who will tell them the truth no matter whether they are Democrat or Republican.

And if they can’t be transparent, if they can’t tell the truth, then they should not be re-elected.

3 Responses

  1. After reading some of George Bush’s biography, for me it is increasingly difficult to make judgements about foreign policy maneuvers. There may be times when disclosing what the White House is really thinking, might weigh against an even bigger strategic plan.

    We only see what is on our radar. There are things beyond our radar, but until we see them, we often act like they don’t exist.

    Sort of like when we release an innocent person from prison because today’s DNA testing provides proof of their innocence. Did the legal system make a mistake? Sure, with hindsight and advanced technology, it is obvious that they did.

    But, at the moment they made that decision, would we have felt like it was a mistake had they let that prisoner go free?

  2. The Al Qaeda flag was also shown within hours of the attack flying over our Embassy.

  3. very well written piece, Chuck, kej

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