The Obama administration this weekend was insisting that the assault on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed an American ambassador and three others was nothing more than a spontaneous mob lashing out at a YouTube video about the prophet Muhammad.
Right. This spontaneous protest came complete with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades – and the heavily armed mob just happened to storm the consulate simultaneously from three directions, a la a military assault.
Sorry, but the more details that emerge, the more the White House’s story smells like a fish market.
Also calling into question the administration’s “spontaneous” theory is this from CNN: “Three days before the deadly assault on the United States consulate in Libya, a local security official says he met with American diplomats in the city and warned them about deteriorating security.”
And Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif flatly declared, “The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous.”
It’s possible they’re both partially right – that there were organic protests about the anti-Muhammad video, but that al-Qaida or other organized terrorists used the cover of the protests to attack – on the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, no less. But if so, that too would debunk the Obama administration’s stated claims of a wholly unplanned blitzkrieg.
If the administration is indeed whitewashing what it knows about the Libyan assault and murders, then it is dishonoring the memories of the dead, while failing to learn from what appear to be obvious catastrophic failures in intelligence and security.
Even if the administration were correct, it was still caught with its guard down – in a very dangerous, unstable country. And on Sept. 11.
It will be fascinating to see to what extent the “mainstream” media give the administration a pass on all this. Can you imagine the media firestorm had this sort of fatal miscalculation happened on George W. Bush’s watch? It would’ve been labeled a foreign policy “Katrina.”
The Libyan president argues that the attack bears the imprint of al-Qaida. You have to wonder if the Obama administration is overlooking that possibility as dismissively as it did the warnings beforehand.