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October 23, 2012

Truth checks Obama's Benghazi distortion

What a great month for lies. It's almost as good as when the nation was forced to ponder the meaning of "is" by President Bill Clinton trying to wiggle his way out of the l'affaire Lewinsky.

The first ones started flying immediately after the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. They could be called "buy some time lies" or even "focus group lies," to see which of them would stick.

On Sept. 12 White House spokesman Jay Carney said, "It's too early for us to make that judgment (on whether it was a planned attack). I think -- I know that this is being investigated, and we're working with the Libyan government to investigate the incident. So I would not want to speculate on that at this time."

On that same day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insinuated it could have been prompted by Internet clips from "Innocence of Muslims," the anti-Islam movie made in the United States.

"We are working to determine the precise motivations and methods of those who carried out this assault," said Hillary. "Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet."

On Sept. 13, Mr. Carney's arduous quest for the truth ended: "The protests we're seeing around the region are in reaction to this movie. They are not directly in reaction to any policy of the United States or the government of the United States or the people of the United States."

Those statements could be forgiven as bad attempts to explain to the voracious 24/7 news media the situation during a chaotic time. But once made, the administration wouldn't back down in spite of a deluge of evidence contradicting official accounts.

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