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White House Displays Rapid Fire Flip-Flops on Libya

September 23rd 2012

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After almost one week of blaming the terrorist attack of a U.S. consulate in Libya and the killing of the American ambassador on an obscure YouTube.com video and denying a terrorist connection to the attack, the President Barack Obama, the White House and the Obama administration on Thursday and Friday slowly changed their tune with a near-perfect example of a political flip-flop.

The administration on Thursday slowly moved away from their first report and talking points about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi calling it "a spontaneous reaction" to an anti-Islamic movie, and the allegation that the attack was a terrorist act planned in advance was unlikely. "The Obama administration were certain that most of the mainstream news media would echo the 'party line' but they weren't able to prevent people such as Fox News Channel's top national security correspondent, Catherine Herridge, who exposed the deceitful comments emanating from the White House and the State Department," said former U.S. Marine scout-sniper and NYPD sergeant Harold McCallister.

"In the immediate aftermath of the attack, administration officials appeared reluctant to call the attack a terrorist attack, preferring to portray it as part of the spontaneous eruption of Muslim anger. This initial reading of the attack reflected lack of specific information, but also a recognition that if the attack were to be portrayed as a preplanned terrorist attack, then questions about potential intelligence failure would likely be raised," according to a report from the Washington Times.

According to a U.S. counterterrorism expert, the terrorists attacking the consulate found it convenient to launch the attack during the period of heightened anger in the Muslim world over the anti-Islam movie in Egypt Yemen, Pakistan, Tunisia, and other places. A conflict now exists between the Congress and the Obama administration when several lawmakers became critical about a briefing on the 9/11 anniversary attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya, which the administration had said was a spontaneous response to an anti-Islam video.

According to Homeland Security News Wire, 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 Thursday. “Our embassy was attacked violently and the result was four deaths of American officials. That is self evident.” Carney's credibility has suffered with most Americans since he originally called the attack and killings merely outrage over a film that denigrated Prophet Mohammad. Obama's people should be angry with him. He sent them out to lie to the American people with statements that sounded ridiculous," said former NYPD detective and terrorism task force member Peter Pierrot.

Even a Democratic congressman told Fox News Channel there was an al-Qaeda connection to the incident. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told Fox that he has discovered there was “some pre-planning” involved. He also said that Sufyan Ben Qumu -- a former Guantanamo inmate released to the Libyan government in 2007 -- did come up in the briefing as a “person of interest.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and other members of the so-called Obama national security team were involved in extensive briefings on Capitol Hill late Thursday and on the traditionally slow news day, Friday.

"This country is in deep trouble with these people in charge. The CIA is suffering, the FBI is hogtied, and the military is being sacrificed on the altar of progressivism," said Mike Baker, a political consultant.

Jim Kouri is the the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for The Examiner, from where this article is adapted.


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