That has to be the modern take on Howard Baker’s Watergate line, “What did the president know, and when did he know it”?
President Barack Obama called Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at approximately 10 p.m. on the night of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CNSNews.com.
That was more than six hours after the attacks started, more than an hour before Tryone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed–and about the time that Clinton first released a statement linking the attacks to “inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” a reference to an anti-Muslim video on YouTube.
Say, you don’t suppose there’s a connection, do you?
You might suppose right:
Over the course of a week–from Jan. 8 to Jan. 15–CNSNews.com tried to get the State Department to simply say when exactly on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, the department issued this statement. The State Department would not respond. CNSNews.com called again Tuesday to inquire what time the statement was released. The State Department again did not respond.
However, the Associated Press confirmed to CNSNews.com that at 10:58 p.m. Eastern time that night, it ran a story quoting from Clinton’s statement linking the Benghazi attacks to “inflammatory material posted on the Internet.” Also, FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has reported that the State Department released Clinton’s statement “about 10:00 p.m.”–which is when Carney tells CNSNews.com Obama phoned Clinton.
FactCheck.org also pointed out that MSNBC posted a Reuters story at 10:32 p.m. that night, which quoted Clinton’s statement linking the Benghazi attacks to “inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”
The Benghazi attacks later were determined to have nothing to do with a protest over the YouTube video–although administration officials, including the president, continued to make that inference for days after the attacks.
You may well ask (shout rather), what difference does it make?!
Oh, I don’t know. But how about this?
CNSNews.com also asked Carney about the Senate testimony of Panetta and Dempsey: “Panetta and Dempsey said after they were finished with the 5:30 meeting–the meeting from 5 to 5:30–that they weren’t in contact with the White House.”
Carney responded, “No. They didn’t say that. They said they hadn’t spoken with the president. The president has a National Security Advisor as has every president before him dating back many, many presidencies.
At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Feb. 7, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R.-N.H.) asked Panetta: “Did you communicate with anyone else at the White House that night?”
“No,” said Panetta.
So, Obama phoned Clinton just before she issued a phony story (known to be phony at the time). And Carney claims Panetta was in touch with national security personnel at the White House even though he testified two weeks ago that he wasn’t.
Their lies are breeding like rabbits!
Oh yeah, Ambassador Stevens and three others are still dead.