Unplanned? Unlikely

Obama camp's explanation of Libya attack increasingly suspicious

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More than one observer has noted how sad a day it is when the head of Libya appears more believable than the American White House.

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.

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fedex227
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fedex227 09/17/12 - 11:20 pm
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There was a time.

There was a time in this country that any attack on the United States and it's sovreign territory was met with unified condemnation. The Black September group attempts at car bombing Israeli diplomats in New York City during the Nixon administration; the Iran Hostage crisis during the Carter administration; the 1983 bombing of the Beirut barracks during President Reagan’s tenure. The firing on CIA Headquarters during George Bush’s administration; the first World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombings under Clinton. The World Trade Center destruction and anthrax scares under George W. Bush. All were met with a unified front. American outrage and American unity in our resolve that we were untied regardless of internal political differences.

It’s a shame that entities like the Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff attempt to thwart any attempt at national unity in a condemnation of acts of terror on this country to further its own efforts to ‘put a Republican in the White House’. It’s revealing to say the least. And justified I guess when you consider that President Obama, well, he doesn't deserve our support since he's not really one of us.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 09/17/12 - 11:52 pm
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What fedex227 said. Some kind

What fedex227 said. Some kind of Patriots we have down there on Broad street. Shamefull and a disgrace to the news profession.

faithson
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faithson 09/18/12 - 12:57 am
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Hate is a terrible basis to argue from

The visceral HATE I experience on a daily basis from republicans commenting on our President and his administration is appalling. It is remarkable how the republican wagons have been rounded and all we hear is 'preaching to the choir', a choir that only wants to hear what it wants to hear, damned be the facts or anyone who is not in their circle of wagons.

Jane18
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Jane18 09/18/12 - 01:32 am
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A different feeling............

It is not hate that I feel faithson, it is Disgust!

carcraft
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carcraft 09/18/12 - 03:52 am
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Typical liberal Response to the Truth

The US embassy in Cairo issued a statement apologizing for American freedom of speech. Romney condemns the statement. Obama then condemns Romney’s statement. Then Obama distances it’s self from the Embassy statement. Hillary Clinton then basically says the same thing the Embassy statement said. Obama gets ask if Egypt is an ally and President Obama says they aren’t an Ally or an enemy. Clinton then says they are an Ally. The Obama State department says Egypt is an ally. Confused yet?
When the attack on the Embassy in Libya occurred one needs to be aware that in June of this year there were several attacks on Consular out posts in Libya, one in the US Embassy in Benghazi, one against the British ambassador, and against the Red Cross. The Libyans are saying they met with US officials and told the US officials 3 days before the attack that the situation was deteriorating in Libya, terrorist fighters were in the country. Soon after the attacks occurred and Stevenson was found dead (while Obama was busy parting and fund raising in Vegas) military analysts came forward and said they felt this was a well-coordinated attack. These analysts said there was indirect fire, supporting fire and coordinating of the attack. The analyst note that most spontaneous demonstrators don’t carry heavy machine guns, rocket propelled grenades and arms to demonstrations. Where in other demonstrations have demonstrators had these weapons during the demonstrations? The Obama administration has stated this attack was the result of a demonstration. We now have intelligence assets on the ground in Libya saying there were no demonstrations going on. WE have eye witnesses saying there was no demonstration in Libya. We have the President of Libya saying this was a terrorist attack after his government says it has arrested people involved in the attack. So please explain to me why I shouldn’t be skeptical of the story the Obama administration is putting out? Please tell me why the press finds Romney’s statement more important than the inconsistencies issued by the Obama administration concerning the death of a US ambassador and the riots that are now inflaming the whole Middle East? The truth of the matter is that Obama got caught with his pants down and is, as usual being covered for by the “gang of 500” as one of the press corps called them selves!

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Riverman1 09/18/12 - 04:56 am
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Obama's Cairo speech

Obama's Cairo speech precipitated much of the Arab Spring like he was community organizing Chicago street thugs to demand Bank America give loans to unqualified borrowers. He didn't comprehend things get out of hand with these idiots who will decapitate Americans on video for the fun of it.

Fundamentalist Islamists are on a rampage throughout the Mideast like Attila the Hun taking Egypt and anything else that gets in their way. We have completely lost the Mideast. Israel has no one watching its back now and knows it. Thanks, Mr. Community Organizer.

myfather15
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myfather15 09/18/12 - 05:00 am
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How does it feel liberals?

When liberals questioned President Bush (Even calling him a murderer for an unjust war) they were hailed as Patriots for questioning. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, they are calling names and saying we are divisive. If anyone questions this Apologist in Chief (Their Messiah), they are racist, bigots, unpatriotic, ect. I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who once said we should "Question with Boldness" and I shall do so, towards any politician, without regret or apologies. This article is perfectly correct, something stinks here and anyone without bias realizes this. It just doesn't make any sense, AT ALL.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/18/12 - 05:51 am
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Remember 9/11/2001?

"Can you imagine the media firestorm had this sort of fatal miscalculation happened on George W. Bush’s watch?" I believe there was a miscalculation (or a few) during Bush's watch. I remember watching television on and after 9/11/2001. What I saw was very somber reporting, repeated showing of the videos, and the reporters almost in shock as they commented. Members of both parties standing on the Capitol steps singing "God Bless America". Republicans and Democrats condemning the attacks and presenting a united front. What I did not see was, 2 hours and 28 minutes after we learned Americans were killed, a member of either party releasing a statement attacking the President. The AC editorial staff must have missed that.

freeradical
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freeradical 09/18/12 - 06:03 am
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The last time americans died

The last time americans died as a result of this lying administration's incompetence we

got nothing but a slippery claim of

" exectutive privledge "

At which time the mainstream media all fell into line and assumed the

position .

I'm glad there is some media out there more resistant to being bent over.

avidreader
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avidreader 09/18/12 - 06:22 am
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Right Wing Republican News!

To those of you who constantly bash the Chronicle for its Republican bias, please log on to AJC (Atlanta Journal Constitution) or the Washington Post. The AC has always been an over-the-top Republican newspaper, and it always will be. Some of you act surprised, as if your indignation is going to change the political views of the Chronicle. Just do as I do, find some humor in their bias. And this coming from an Independent voter.

The AC is like McDonald's -- one always knows what to expect. So, quit complaining and get over it.

myfather15
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myfather15 09/18/12 - 06:26 am
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Why is it.....

Why is it Obama always supports "Revolutions" against Countries or leaders that have signed treaties with Israel, and does nothing to assist "Revolutions" against such Countries as Iran and Syria??? He actually armed Al Qaeda in Libya when everyone knew Al Qaeda was the resistance against Moammar Gadhafi. Why didn't he arm the resistance against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran during the 2009 Revolution?? Why does he sit quietly by while tens of thousands die in Syria? Yet he calls the Revolutionaries in Egypt "Heroes" knowing the Muslim Brotherhood was behind the whole revolution. Seems he is for anyone who is against Israel.

How many times has he visited Israel (Our most loyal Alley) during his first term? You don't have to know how to count to figure that one out, the answer is ZERO!! He even called for Israel to go back to the pre-1967 borders, knowing this would leave them defenseless. Why would he do this? He tells the American people one thing and does the complete opposite. Liberals want us to look at a terrorist and see George Washington. They tell us they love America and want us to be the strongest Country in the world, all the while doing everything they can to weaken us.

Since Obama took over, our nuclear weapons have reduced from 5000 to 1500. Yet, Russia, N. Korea, Pakistan, have reduced theirs ZERO. He banned offshore drilling for American companies but allows Petrobraz, a Brazilian oil company to come into the Gulf and drill for OUR oil with OUR ships. Does this make sense to anyone with a brain?? Why will we not take steps to make ourselves independent? We have the resources but refuse to become self reliant. Maybe because we have leaders who DO NOT want the US to be the most powerful Country in the world. We need to start watching what people do and not listening to what they say.

Liberals can continue to blindly put their trust in Obama but I shall place my trust in God and we shall see very soon who benefits the most from their allegiance.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 09/18/12 - 06:29 am
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last morning security

last morning security breifing obumler attended was sept 6th ...obumler 23 % attendance...bush approx 100 % attendance..for such meeting on natioal security..white house reason obumler can digest theses breifing by himself..1] he must not be as smart as we are told with anniversity of 9/11 and warnings from abroad about trouble specfically in lybia and egypt ..not vague warnings ..our allies the brits and germans took them seriously..2] or as i quess he doesnt bother to read them ***those are the 2 choices i see ...whats the others?? help me belive as an american citizen that our commander n chief is not so callous that he fails to do his number one job.. what am i missing???

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InChristLove 09/18/12 - 09:16 am
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"There was a time in this

"There was a time in this country that any attack on the United States and it's sovreign territory was met with unified condemnation"

Yeah, well once we had a President that would rally our nation to be unified but those days were lost almost 4 years ago.

It's amazing that the first three posters want to condemn this media source for reporting the truth and continue to deny the fact that this President and his White House administration is feeding us a line of bull when they say this attack was a spontaneous protest and not a well planned out deliberate attack on the US?

We don't have to wait for other countries to destroy us...this President and his blind followers are doing a wonderful job of it themselves. Use to say God Bless America, I think the new motto should be May God have Mercy on America.

** Edit ** Sorry, in my outrage I should have taken the time to proof my comment. So there is no misunderstanding....this attack on our embassy and the deaths of Americans was not over some movie but a well planned out assault.

myfather15
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myfather15 09/18/12 - 06:45 am
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The only comfort I have is

The only comfort I have is that the Bible has told us these events shall happen. "When ye shall see Jerusalem encompassed by armies, know that the time is nigh, even at the doors". Every Country in the Middle East is being taken over by radical Islam. The Countries that have been moderate for 30+ years have fallen and are now in the hands of radicals. Obama even told one of our enemies he would "Have more flexibility to work with them after this election". If you don't think Russia is still our enemy, you're confused at best.

This President emboldens our enemies. They know he won't do anything to stop them. They realize they must take serious action during his last term and they shall do so. After Obama wins this election (yes, I think he will win) they will go into action. They will converge on Israel and force them to attack, it shall happen. Just remember friends, God is in control and He shall avenge. Those against Him shall be so ashamed they will call for the rocks and mountains to hide them from His face. God has promise us the final victory, we just have to be patient and withstand these times. We must put on the Armor of God (Ephesians 6) to withstand, having done all to STAND!!

Democrats denied God three times in public forum recently. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes. Prophecy is so AWESOME!!! He has foretold us ALL THINGS. Thank you Father for being our God. Thank you for the promise of victory in the end. Thank you for your promise of a trully peaceful world, called Heaven. Thank you for the end of all lies and deception. Thank you so much.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/18/12 - 07:06 am
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Inconsistent

We know the AC is in the tank for the GOP. We just don't like bull* going unchallenged. When Billy decides that he's giving up sucking off the government teat. I'll stop posting about the inconsistency of the AC's editorial page.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/18/12 - 07:35 am
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Amen my father! The others

Amen my father! The others very serious issue is that when The Obama spokes people appear on Television telling these lies we look very weak and foolish! These leaders of other nations, friendly and hostile, ask if Obama is so weak that he can't hang on to power with out lying? These leaders, having there own military analysis of the incident will reach the same conclusion our military analyst, working for news sevices came to! This leaves America looking weak AND foolish, but I guess Obama's re election is more important than American integrity!

carcraft
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carcraft 09/18/12 - 07:18 am
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Even McClatchy News service

Even McClatchy News service is raising questions abouts the Obama spin Machine story!!

carcraft
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carcraft 09/18/12 - 07:37 am
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Faithson, the lies this

Faithson, the lies this administration tells to you and the World don't bother you?

Bantana
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Bantana 09/18/12 - 08:00 am
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MyFather

I do believe that "only" 1500 thermonuclear devices are more than enough to render life on this planet totally and completely nonexistent. However, if 5000 helps you to feel more comfortable, then by all means I won't stand in your way. It's only money.

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soapy_725 09/18/12 - 07:55 am
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Amen myfather15
Unpublished

When you see these signs, know that the time of My reappearing in nigh. The TRUTH of God's Word cannot fail. His word is the only rock and stronghold to which we can take refuge. A storm is coming like no other in human history.

As the many signs along old Hwy #1 proclaimed for so many years, "Now is the time to Repent and be saved".

The time of playing religion is over. The time of standing up for Christ or be killed by "beheading" of all things. Who would have thought the Bible knew what the mode of punishment would be in 2012? The twenty first century choice of weapon. The sword on the infidels neck.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/18/12 - 08:06 am
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Not one thing is unplanned
Unpublished

in the game of World Domination. And that is the game. For all of human history, kings, depots, fascists and communist have sought to rule the known world. Nothing has changed but the players. Power leads to territory which leads to money. All wars are to these ends and these ends alone. Simply look at history and the outcomes of all wars. How many of the world's population, 7 billion, are truly free in all aspects of their lives? Wars need munitions, planes and weapons of mass destruction. Wars create damage that must be repaired by contractors. Wars redraw land boundaries that result in later wars.

Bantana
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Bantana 09/18/12 - 08:06 am
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Carcraft

McClatchy News Service. What is it? A staff of three in Washington DC? And is not McClatchy owned by WM III? Yeah, that's open and objective.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/18/12 - 08:12 am
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Funny

You just have to laugh at the righteous indignation displayed by our leftist friends on here don't you. Like we don't remember????

Angie H
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Angie H 09/18/12 - 08:16 am
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Techfan. You don't like

Techfan. You don't like bull* going unchallenged? Really? OK then, tell us one thing in this editorial (and please provide evidence) that is untrue. I have challenged your bull*.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/18/12 - 08:17 am
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Bantana- Well can you deny

Bantana- Well can you deny the fact that this was a coordinated attack by terrorists instead of a demonstration gone wrong? Do you think other world leaders are as naive as the Obama supporters? When we lie about the circumstances of the death of one of our Ambassadors how does it look to the world! Do you think the British press is going to follow the Obama spin, I don’t think so, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/954... Well we look just stupid and Obama looks like the liar he is!

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Little Lamb 09/18/12 - 08:21 am
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Malkin

Townhall's web site has become annoying with animations and pop-up ads, but please take the time to go there and read Michelle Malkin's latest column. It reports on Obama's speech last after the killings at the consulate.

Perfunctory

She accurately nails Obama's allegiance to his Muslim brothers:

Teleprompter-less, he spent the majority of his fleeting five-and-a-half-minute appearance with eyes downcast on his script. With a grim Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looking over his shoulder, Obama delivered a flat, obligatory tribute to the murdered Americans. And then he read these words, drained of any iota of outrage, as if reading a local weather forecast. Or a fifth-grade book report. Or a dinner menu.

Angie H
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Angie H 09/18/12 - 08:23 am
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How many "spontanious

How many "spontanious protesters" bring rocket propelled grenades to a protest?

carcraft
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carcraft 09/18/12 - 08:24 am
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Bantana we have riots against

Bantana we have riots against America from England to the Horn of Africa, from the horn of Africa to Pakistan. One of our Ambassadors has been killed and the Obama administration policy of isolating Israel and supporting hard core Islamic nations is in tatters. 20X the news was spent on Romney's remarks than on analysis of these events! Does that sound right to you?

carcraft
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carcraft 09/18/12 - 08:26 am
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TechfanYou don't like Bull*

TechfanYou don't like Bull* But when Obama slings it is seems OK huh, a little hypocrisy there?

carcraft
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carcraft 09/18/12 - 08:27 am
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Little Lamb, Milkin's column

Little Lamb, Milkin's column was in the Chronicle yesterday!

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