By Marta Mossburg
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Oct 23, 2012, 04:48 PM EDT
On Sept. 13, the same day the video was being blamed for the deaths by anyone connected to President Obama, an anonymous state department official told CNN that, "It was not an innocent mob. ... The video or 9/11 made a handy excuse and could be fortuitous from their perspective, but this was a clearly planned military-type attack."
Anyone who had seen footage of the attack would have surmised the same thing. People do not carry rocket-propelled grenade launchers to spontaneous demonstrations.
Yet there was no change in the party line from the White House, as if this were some dispute about the president's golf score, not about the first U.S. ambassador killed since 1979 and three other American deaths.
Worse was yet to come. On Sept. 16, five days after the attack, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice visited Sunday talk shows to proclaim what everyone already knew to be false: the video did it.
After her appearance, however, the party line began to look like one of Jackson Pollock's drip paintings, with one set of Obama officials contradicting another set on an almost daily basis. For example, claims that no one asked for more security at the consulate were shot down by a state department official. According to the Associated Press, the official said, requests for more security in Benghazi were turned down "because the department wanted to train Libyans for the task. Another U.S. official testified he had argued unsuccessfully for more security for weeks."
And earlier this week President Obama said he called the murders of the four Americans an "act of terror" from the beginning in his debate with Republican rival Mitt Romney. He didn't.
What he said in the Rose Garden on Sept. 12, the day after the attack, was: "No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for."
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