State Department officials: Benghazi attack 'unprecedented'
October 9th, 2012
08:43 PM ET

State Department officials: Benghazi attack 'unprecedented'

From Jill Dougherty and Elise Labott

In the most detailed explanation yet of the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, two senior State Department officials said there was no prior indication that an attack was imminent.

The officials, who briefed reporters on background in a conference call Tuesday evening, said there was "nothing unusual" throughout the day of the attack, September 11. The ambassador held an evening meeting with a Turkish diplomat and then retired to his room in one of the compound's buildings at 9 p.m., according to the officials.

The call, a day ahead of a congressional hearing into security failings at the diplomatic mission, was an attempt to offer the State Department's view that the severity of the attack and speed at which it unfolded made it impossible to defend even with some of the increased security measures that had been requested - but not fulfilled - before September 11.

The first sign of a problem came at 9:40 p.m. when diplomatic security agents heard loud talking outside the compound, along with gunfire and explosions.

U.S. official sought more security for Benghazi post

Asked whether the attack was a spontaneous assault taking advantage of a demonstration, as originally asserted by Obama administration officials, one senior official said, "That was not our conclusion."

"We don't necessarily have a conclusion," the State Department official said.

The two senior officials offered riveting detail of the attack, by what one official described as "dozens of armed men," marauding from building to building in the enormous complex and, later, firing mortars on a U.S. annex less than a mile away.

The attack created havoc on the compound, which had four buildings, including one that was used as a residence with bedrooms. The ambassador and two of his security personnel took refuge in a fortified room in the residence but the attackers penetrated the building, said the official. The attackers doused the building with diesel fuel and set it ablaze. The three men decided to leave the safe haven and move to a bathroom to be able to breathe.

In the chaos and smoke they were unable to find the ambassador. One official said it still is unclear how the ambassador got to the hospital where he was declared dead. Hospital personnel found his cell phone in his pocket and began calling numbers. That, the official says, is how U.S. officials learned where he was.

The officials echoed what administration officials have maintained since the attack: that U.S. and Libyan security personnel in Benghazi were out-manned and that no reasonable security presence could have fended off the assault.

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As one official said: "The lethality and the number of armed people is unprecedented. There had been no attacks like that anywhere in Libya - Tripoli, Benghazi or anywhere - in the time that we had been there. And so it is unprecedented, in fact, it would be very, very hard to find precedent for an attack like (it) in recent diplomatic history."

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  2. Muzzie Dick

    Stink like sheep.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  3. Jerome wright

    HOW CAN OUR PRESIDENT AND TOP OFFICIALS, LIKE AMB. RICE, LIE TO US, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? DO'NT WE CARE ANYMORE? A STRIGHT FACED LIE, ON SUNDAY MORNING! WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON AT THAT WHITEHOUSE THAT THEY ARE COVERING UP?

    October 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  4. doabitofhomework

    Judging from the enormity of the attack, the embassy might not have been able to fend it off even with a whole division of Marines at their back. No security would have been enough, even the security applied to high-risk situations.

    After having helped Libya free itself from Kadafy, many Libyans were grateful. Moreover, they liked our ambassador. They respected him, because he was DOING things to help the people there. He was sincere about it, and was very popular. There was less pragmatic reason to enhance security than they would have for doing so in, say, Egypt or Tunisia. Terror groups exist, of course, in every nation, particularly those with a majority Muslim population. But in the case of Libya, it'd be hard for terror groups to gain support, or to recruit from the public, since they liked our ambassador so much. It is a rare man who can earn that much popularity and respect among Muslims. His loss was the loss of a rare national treasure. If he was killed because he WAS so popular, how could our government have anticipated THAT?

    All ambassadors in ALL Muslim lands feel the threat of terror attacks. I wasn't shocked that one of our embassies had been attacked. It was the fact that it was in Libya which shocked me. They've been very friendly since Khadafy was overthrown. Our government can only make decisions on additional security based on what knowledge they have of the risks. Libya, as Muslim nations go, was not viewed as high risk. There was no reason to. And even the Libyans have – in DROVES – been railing at the Muslims who attacked our embassy. It is extremely rare for Muslims to castigate other Muslims publicly, yet they did it.

    Our government had every reason to think Libya was a much more secure consulate than most of the others in the Islamic world. They can't be soothsayers. Nor is it uncommon for ambassadors to ask for more security, once they realize how unstable and violent that part of the world is. Finding themselves in the thick of a culture that hates everything about the free world is bound to generate a lot of fear. A person has to be very brave to even accept a post in the Islamic world.

    I hope Ambassador Stevens is given the Congressional Medal of Honor. He earned it.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  5. JIminUT

    Nice place to put this story CNN! What is this the equivalent of page 6 in the newspaper. The only news team that has dared run with this story is ABC. No wonder ya'll are in last place.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  6. doabitofhomework

    I can tell when right-wingers are commenting based on keywords and reciting by rote from places like Fox and our neocons. The constant reference to "Chicago-style politics" is one of them.

    Unless they'd lived in Chicago, they can't know jack about Chicago politics. Moreover, Obama DID try to win an election – fighting AGAINST the Chicago political machine – and he won. He knew what the politics there were about, and condemned them. The right-wingers keep insisting he'd JOINED them! Yes, Obama knew Chicago politics, and he was smart enough to know how to make its own corruption work against it.

    He isn't remotely a part of the political "machine" of Chicago.

    But ignorance is an attribute that makes people vulnerable to lies. Nothing said by any right-winger who makes the "Chicago politics" claim can possibly be worth anything. Because it is based on ignorance, and the comments are playbook Republican tactics. They aren't smart enough to realize how they're being manipulated and USED by Republicans. They just comment the way they've been instructed to comment. Supremely stupid.

    Pity them? Maybe. But not when their intellectual laziness is on such a grand scale that they can get a predator elected as president. Right-wingers don't even know what they are really FOR. They only know what they're AGAINST. And they're against Obama, mainly because he's black, and no black man has any right to be competent. Two grave offenses to the political right. So nothing he does can EVER be conceded as beneficial.

    Even when it is.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
    • michanda

      You win. The Most Ignorant Post Ever Award. Congrats!!! Now crawl back onto your trailer, open a can of Schmidt's, and await your next free hand out.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Bob C

      We conservatives DO know what we're for. We're FOR traditional familes (you know, like a male dad and a female mom, in case you forgot about that concept), we're FOR self sufficiency versus dependence on government, we're FOR private sector business, we're FOR a smaller, more efficient government. But since you have already decided that we're simply against blacks, that explains everything for you, so why even engage you in a discussion?

      October 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  7. Clinton

    Romney lied about meeting Doherty, He had that "emotional" speech about meeting Doherty and he was full of crap... His best friend was just interviewed on a local Radio station here and had this to say about Doherty's response to meeting Romney "He said it was very comical," Ellefsen said, "Mitt Romney approached him ultimately four times, using this private gathering as a political venture to further his image. He kept introducing himself as Mitt Romney, a political figure. The same introduction, the same opening line. Glen believed it to be very insincere and stale."

    October 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      Later in the Interview Doherty's friend of 20 years said this "He said it was pathetic and comical to have the same person come up to you within only a half hour, have this person reintroduce himself to you, having absolutely no idea whatsoever that he just did this 20 minutes ago, and did not even recognize Glen's face."

      October 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
      • shizuoka

        I think I would take the word of the wife over someone claiming to be a neighbor on a local radio show.
        More of the OBAMA spin at work.

        October 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  8. shizuoka

    Every person in America was focused on the event of 9/11, except the State Department.
    This is total lack of focus by the Administration. The fairy tale bubble around the White House needs to be burst. There is a real world out there and Fairy tales and Hope do not solve the problems of the World or the Country. Hard work and sound judgements are needed. The Administration is showing it has neither.

    The lessons of the Terror attacks of 11 years ago didn't sink in to the minds of the beaucrats in Washington. When your own people cry for help with security and you ignore it you are guilty.

    October 10, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • shizuoka

      CNN was at the attack site 3 days after sept 11th. They recovered Journals and other items?????? The FBI took weeks because it wasn't safe?????????
      The real reason is to stall until after the election and try to make this go away.

      This so reminds me of the Carter days. Don't do anything to offend the people that kill and hate us.
      Are we American's or are we Cowards. If you have confidence in who you are don't be ashamed and make excuses. Maybe the Obama's are not that proud of America. Maybe things are going there way enough right now. Conditional pride in America???????? Even if we do "All of this for a Damn Flag" as the First Lady complained about in New York at Ground Zero.

      October 10, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  9. Blaster34

    Nothing unusual in the streets around the Consulate? Just a few Libyans walking around protesting an anti-Muslm film that was produced months before, a folm no one had even seen and these innocent civilians were only out for an evening stroll, lol, with mortars and RPG's. And yet Sec Rice and the rest of the obama team stick to this total fabrication of events. obama's chickens are coming home to roost. Wonder who will throw who under the bus, obama or Hillary. My money is on Hillary and Bill.

    October 10, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  10. vicjr

    What about the part in the State Department reports that there were NO PROTESTS PRIOR TO THE ATTACK on the Benghazi embassy about 9:40pm on 9/11.
    I watched CNN Newsroom at 9:00, Elise Labbott's report, and she totally left out any mention of these reports.
    Are you guys scared to report these things?...afraid Obama will be angry with you?...Come on, we the public want to know all the news, not just the parts you want to spin for us!!!! PLEASE!

    October 10, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
  11. Jab3698

    Can we get our money back for the ads on Mid East TV ?

    October 10, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
  12. jason

    "Nothing unusual" on the day of the attack?? Nothing...like, you know, maybe the fact that is was September 11th?? Nah...no...nothing...nothing "unusual" at all CNN............

    October 10, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
  13. really

    People died so Obama lied.

    October 10, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • GEdwards

      Good one.....if it weren't for being so tragic and true.

      October 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  14. Unafilliated

    So it turns out that Romney was correct in his statement that was ridiculed by the press, and our Commander-In-Chief was knowingly lying. All of the middle east experts knew immediately, you know Obama was briefed by U.S. intellegence as to what the situation was. Instead of being the CiC and the leader of our country he was playing politics, WITH THE LIVES OF 4 U.S. CITIZENS WHO WERE HONORABLE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY. Ambassador Stevens served the U.S. AND Obama bravely and Obama cowered in the corner and APOLOGIZED to the killers of Americans! Anybody who can seriously support Obama is a mindless drone.

    October 10, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
  15. jamesr1976

    Obama lied to the American people and had his team out there lying too. The intelligence dept and the state department knew the next day that it was a terrori st attack and not because of the video. I'm sure they informed the President. Obama was hoping, I guess, to cover it up and CNN did all they could to help him as they ran the Romney 47% story as much as possible for those days following the 9/11 attack. Meanwhile, Obaba goes off to Las Vegas to campaign and the by Letterman, then the beyonce party. His place should have been at the white house with his security advisors and then on TV consoling the American after a terrorist attack.

    October 10, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
  16. wolfpackbob

    Will someone in this administration stand up and take responsibility for this fatal flaw in policy and procedures? Anyone? Or are they all feckless cowards scrambling to CYA? Now we have the Attorney General involved. That noble statesman, Eric Holder. God help us.

    October 10, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • really

      Obama would like to paraphrase a real president... The buck stops over there, or there, or there. Not here. Was it maybe Bush's fault?

      October 10, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
  17. Walt Merritt

    What's going to be funny is that the lack of an increase in spending allowed by the Republicans will be the ultimate reason why security wasn't increased due to the costs. You reap what you sew GOP.

    October 10, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
    • michanda

      Or (I know it's difficult for you to "not" lay blame for everything on Republicans) the embassy could have simply been evacuated like Great Britain's. Again, anything Obama does wrong is still seen as Republican failure...this one was simple...get 'em out! Failure, but nice attempt again to pass the buck.

      October 10, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
  18. Matt

    People need to go to jail for this! This article still shows officials are trying to cover up the truth. They finally come out with a few facts and immediately say they couldn't have prevented it. Such lame and shameful people need to sit in a jail cell. The media also deserves justice for their aiding and abetting this flagrant cover up. They have violated the trust of the people in such a profound way I am almost speechless. Almost.

    October 10, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
    • Michael Wensink

      The Sinaloa Federation launched the Bengazi attack to undermine Obama's leadership. The Sinaloa Federation is composed of several factions including American, Israeli and Lebanese. Under the leadership of Eric Holder the US Justice Department has been attacking the Sinaloa Federation successfully. They want a friendlier administration in the Whitehouse.
      I have filed a civil RICO lawsuit against the Sinaloa Federation in the Northern Judicial District of Ohio 1:12 CV 2501.
      Joaquin Guzman Lorea, Ismael Zambada Garcia, Darrell Edward Issa, Charles Ellis Schumer, Orrin Grant Hatch, Robert Swan Mueller III, Cesare Frank Figliuzzi, Douglas H Shulman, Jose A.Gonzalez, Robert T. Bennett, John Richard Kasich, Edward Fitzgerald, Thomas P. Perciak and others known and unknown, are members and associates of the Sinaloa Federation AKA the Sinaloa Cartel, AKA the Federation a criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in: (a) the illegal trafficking of cocaine and marijuana; (b) the laundering of drug proceeds; and (c) acts of violence, including, kidnapping, torture and murder of those who lose or steal assets from, are disloyal to, or are perceived as enemies of the Sinaloa Cartel, and which operated principally in the United States of America, the Republic of Mexico, the Northern Judicial District of Ohio and elsewhere in the United States.

      October 10, 2012 at 10:02 am | Reply
      • b

        Tell us again how the bush administration blew up the world trade centers so he could go war.... I love the version. also, please adjust your tin foil.

        October 10, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  19. Redeye Dog

    CNN taking up the back story after it is obvious the truth can no longer be contained...

    October 10, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
  20. Tom Mix

    looks like cnn is trying to cover up the obama/clinton cover up.

    October 10, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • Jim

      How can CNN be covering it up when they were the ones who first broke the story that the ambassador requested additional forces before the attack?

      October 10, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
      • tamtag

        Because the anchor on CNN News Room this morning is talking a lot about the Republicans making this a political issue instead of taking this story seriously. He is ignoring the fact that Susan Rice came out several days after the attack and said "in fact, this was not a terrorist attack" when she new it was.

        October 10, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  21. sumguy2006

    I hope the U.S. is doing all it can to put a few rounds in the tool in the photo wearing the wife beater t-shirt and girly sandals.

    October 10, 2012 at 9:43 am | Reply
  22. Jean

    Why wasn't the headline "National Security Takes a Backseat to Obama Politics"? Susan Rice should be ashamed, she was willilngly used by the Obama administration to deceive and distort the facts. If it weren't for the brave reporting of a few non-CNN reporters, this entire story would have been swept under the rug by the Obama administration. Osama bin Laden may be dead. But so is our Libyan ambassador and 3 other honorable Americans.

    To President Obama: You can't fix problems until you face them!! Grow up and be the President.

    October 10, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
  23. danita

    Blah – Ener1, an electric car battery company that the Obama administration awarded a $118 million stimulus grant to expand its operations, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Ener1 is the third company to seek bankruptcy protection among those the Energy Department backed as part of the president’s signature program to invest in clean energy. Solyndra, a California solar-panel maker, and Beacon Power, a Massachusetts energy-storage firm, entered bankruptcy court proceedings in the fall, after having received taxpayer-guaranteed loans of $535 million and $43 million, respectively. You think Obama has a brain. He wasn't being nice doing the debates he just has an empty head.

    October 10, 2012 at 9:25 am | Reply
  24. Willie12345

    So much for investigative reporting. CNN is a joke and lacks the character needed to be a real news outlet.

    October 10, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply
    • sumguy2006

      Weren't CNN the the first ones ones on the scene...weeks before U.S. oficials (FBI) got there?
      On what planet is that pathetic reporting?

      October 10, 2012 at 9:41 am | Reply
  25. argos

    OK CNN I will point you in the direction you should be going to do your job – request the chat records from EVE the game Sean Smith was playing. The Mr. SMith (always referred to as the gamer it seems) who was killed was in game for a good part of that day. Well before the attack he sent an in game message that said ”Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.”" This is significantly before his final in game message of "F*&% GUNFIRE". The game site put the posts up the day after the incident. The people that died knew it wasn't spontaneous

    October 10, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply
  26. Robert

    The real story is how many staffers have met how many times to come up with this cover story of "there was nothing we could have done even if we had sent all the security requested."

    October 10, 2012 at 9:03 am | Reply
  27. Bill

    So why hasn't CNN asked the Obama administration if they knew so soon after the attack that it wasn't related to the video or a protest outside the compound, why was the US UN diplomat Susan Rice making the rounds on the talk shows 5 days later saying it was?

    October 10, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply
  28. Blaster34

    Now that BengahziGate is blowing up in front of obama's eyes, who will be blaming who? Hillary blaming obama or obama throwing Hillary under the bus? We all know that obama is a Narcissist and a pathetic pathological liar, so I'm betting obama will attempt to throw Hillary under the bus. If that happens look for Bill to endorse Romney. This is becoming way to funny and far too sad, especially since the death of our Ambassador was the result of White House or State Dept negligence or most probably both.

    October 10, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • Balanced99

      Sadly – He hasn't had to throw anyone under the bus – as most of the media refuses to do all the reporting or ask the normal questions.

      I've been reading reports Fox has on this – and they're actually doing journalism. Here's a simple fact – the current administration is comfortable that it can lie, cover up and change it's story and that they won't be questioned on it by CNN, CBS, NBC, the NY Times, etc.

      The first amendment was created for the fourth estate – to protect us from government.

      We're in a sad state.

      October 10, 2012 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • LG

      The Obama administration is now trying to blame the Republicans for this fiasco. The Obama administration looks clueless and are trying to cover up the real truth.

      October 10, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
  29. Volcano0201

    Once again the United States Of Ameria should attend to the citizens of this country who have gotten destroy because of the street law where I dont see it as a laughing matter what they have done to me and also you need to stop sending innocents people to fight a war for them to get destroy also and what kind of country we are living in the 1 that like to kill people withing it while getting kill also in 1 that is so far away from this 1 like the middle east where I really believe the citizens of United States Of America should wake up with this game of killing people while serving a war and resolving the problem of a person in this country done to me by the street law

    October 10, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
    • Jim

      Are you even American? Your weak grasp of our language and feeble attempt at spewing tree-hugging propaganda makes me wonder if you are affiliated with the same groups determined to destroy us.

      October 10, 2012 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • jorline

      Your sentence looks like a lava flow.

      October 10, 2012 at 8:44 am | Reply
    • danita

      Bless your heart! I think someone named crack destroyed you and not the law...

      October 10, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
  30. TownC

    Nothing unusual? It was 9/11 and we had an ambassador asking for more security. If our State Department says there was nothing unusual, this was truly a major fiasco and intelligence failure.

    October 10, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
    • GEdwards

      And Pres Obama had bombed the country just the year before.

      The question now is: "Is this Administration more incompetent with foreign policy or the economy?"

      October 10, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • Jim

      @ Blah blah -> Your evaluation is incorrect. Are you so naive as to believe simply because someone disagrees with Obama he is a "right-winger"? Ponder the following idea.. that realistic assessments are based on fact and not emotion. I would say the same thing if the administration were republican. The President is an employee of the American people. As his employer, I refuse to accept him placing blame on his predecessor after he's had four years to fix it. That is bad leadership, and inability to take responsibility. Obama's legacy will be that he incited class warfare, for the first time making some American believe that success in life is a bad thing. America is a corporation in trouble. Mitt is a successful businessman. He gets my vote.

      October 10, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        @ Jim

        Perhaps you're not a right winger. But then what have you to say about the domestic and foreign policy failures of the previous administration? I guess Bush's failures are Clinton's fault right?

        October 10, 2012 at 9:25 am |
      • Jim

        @Blah --> After four years no President who can rightously call himself Leader of the United States of America should blame anyone but himself for his own failures. Why are you so intent of focusing on the past? Who cares about Clinton or Bush? They are gone. What they did they did. End of story. I am hoping soon America can say the same of Obama. What a disappointment that man is.

        October 10, 2012 at 9:37 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        @Jim

        Furthermore, President Obama does not go aroung the country blaming Bush for the sh–t he inherited. A matter of fact, the President hasn't even blamed the GOT for their deliberate obstructionist measures. But the reality is that the President inherited a whole lot of sh–t from the previous administration and every time he tries to do his job, the GOT steps in the way to stall progress. And by the way, when the President asks millionaires and billionaires to pay a little more so that the economy can improve and the middle class can recover from this crisis after the wealthy got 8 years of tax breaks on the backs of the middle class, that is not class warfare. Its call doing your fair share. Furthermore, when you take away the collective bargaining rights of the middle class, force them to accept furlough days without pay, implement forced retirements, deprive workers of promotions and pay raises that they earned, force them to pay as much of 7% of their pensions for health insurance and take away Earned Income Tax Credit from over 5 million low income working Americans and slash domestic spending that fund nursing homes and dialisis treatment for over 2 million recipients nationwide, do you know what that is called? Its is called "REVERSED CLASS WARFARE."

        October 10, 2012 at 9:43 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        @ Jim

        No you're wrong. We cannot forget especially when it is what the President is still dealing with today, thanks to the deliberate obstructionist measures by the GOT . And especially when Bush's failures of the past ( two deadly and costly wars that have inflated our national deficit = 5.2 trillion dollars to be exact) and an economic crisis are what President Obama has to deal with in the PRESENT . And its what the President is wrongfully being blamed for while the GOT are deliberately, stepping in the way and stalling progress.

        Furthermore, thousands of our troops have died in Iraq over a lie, so my question to you is this, can you look the parents of these deceased soldiers in the eyes and tell them to forget the past? No, you cannot! Likewise, our trops are still dying in Afghanistan today because GWB and the GOP deliberately and recklessly abandoned and prolonged the Afghan war to invade Iraq. So can you look the parents of the deceased Afghan war veterans and tell them to forget the past? No, you cannot. But if you want to be persistent and say we should forget the past, then the attack of our consulate in Benghazi Libya is also the past.

        October 10, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  31. Balanced99

    The real story here is that bias in the media has grown to complicity. Where are the headlines on 9/11 Terror Attack. Where's the questioning of why they sent Rice on the Sunday morning talk show bonanza to say it was a spontaneous protest when the knew it wasn't. Where's the questioning on what's been a complete fumbling/cover-up by the White House.

    Could anyone even imagine the coverage if Bush was in office?

    This is only being reported because it can no longer be avoided. The media is spending all it's time on the events in Libya vs. questioning Hillary and Obama because they don't want to print any bad news before the election.

    We've reached a very sad state with both this administration and the media (CNN, NBC, CBS, NY Times, Washington Post, etc.) that are trying so hard to get him re-elected.

    October 10, 2012 at 8:03 am | Reply
  32. clarinet

    Sounds like BO & CO has too busy smoking Maher's million dollar weed.

    October 10, 2012 at 8:02 am | Reply
  33. michaelfury

    "the severity of the attack and speed at which it unfolded made it impossible to defend even with some of the increased security measures that had been requested – but not fulfilled – before September 11."

    Same old story.

    http://pulverizedtonearpower.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/pulverized-to-near-power/

    October 10, 2012 at 7:56 am | Reply
  34. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Let's forget foreign policy for a brief moment!

    SO IS MITT ROMNEY REALLY GOING TO WIN THE ELECTION?

    Let me see if I get this right...

    Mitt Romney has gained significant ground in the national polls simply because President Obama did not attack Romney on Bain Capital, on outsourcing of American jobs, on laying off American workers, on calling for the auto industry to go bankrupt, on tax evasion, on saying its not his job to worry about 47% of the American people, on saying that he's not concerned about the poor because there's a safety net for them, on saying that he likes to fire people, on Massachusetts being 47th in job growth, on saying its not worth moving heaven and earth to find Bin Laden...???

    So doesn't President Obama get any credit at all for stabilizing the American economy, for saving the auto industry, for creating 5.2 million private jobs, for saving 2.2 million public sector jobs, for making healthcare affordable for all Americans, for reforming Wall Street to safeguard against another catastrophic economic meltdown, for ending the illegitimate Iraqi war, for setting a deadline to end the Afghan war, for getting rid of Osama Bin Laden and other al Qaeda operatives, for restoring our image, trust and credibility abroad...???

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    October 10, 2012 at 7:54 am | Reply
    • Jim

      @ Blah blah –> 5.2m private sector jobs? Perhaps a true number but the reality my friend is that AFTER you subtract the 4.7m jobs LOST under Obama's administration, the net gain is only 500,000. To break it down so your kool-aid covered head understands it better, that's only 125k jobs each year over the last four years. Oh, wait! Almost ALL the jobs lost were high paying, highly skilled jobs. Oh, wait! Almost ALL the jobs gained back are low paying, unskilled labor in the 17-24 age group. You, my friend, are a retard. So much so I won't even address your other moronic remarks. Just like your Lord and Idol, you take numbers and flout them without mentioning the rest of the story.

      October 10, 2012 at 8:06 am | Reply
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        @Jim

        You're a typical brainwashed right wing racist troll. So did you expect the economy to be 100% stabilized overnight after the President inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great depression? Not to mention the record nember of job killing measures employed by the GOT to stall progress??? Remember we went from a surplus under President Clinton to an economic crisis under GWB?

        October 10, 2012 at 8:11 am |
      • jorline

        @ blaa blaa

        Typical liberal, I did see one racist statement in his response to you. Sling mud and see what sticks I guess.
        You did address one item he brought up to refute your statement.

        BTW...Clinton's .com bubble burst before leaving office...recheck your figures. Clinton was blessed with with an economy that bought stock at $300 a share from companies that never made a dime...then someone wised up and the NASDAQ crashed...remember when it was pushing 5,000?

        Provided you a link...check out where that crash stated...lol

        http://www.fedprimerate.com/nasdaq-composite-history-chart.htm

        October 10, 2012 at 9:25 am |
      • jorline

        @ blaa blaa

        PIMF...that should be didn't see one racist comment and didn't see you address any of Jim's comments.

        October 10, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • Balanced99

      Sadly – you believe all the one sided garbage that spews (unchallenged by the media) from Obama's mouth. Your figures and facts are wrong.

      Obama has one skill – reading from a teleprompter.

      October 10, 2012 at 8:06 am | Reply
    • GEdwards

      "restoring our image, trust and credibility abroad"

      =====================

      ROTFLMAO!!! What credibility? Did you not see the anti-US rioting in dozens of countries last month???

      October 10, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Our government is not responsible for an offensive film or the the Quran burning at some local church that offends Muslims. Our image, trust and credibility have been restored since GWB and the GOP fabricated a lie and invaded and destabilized Iraq and killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians. Furthermore, our image may not have been totally repaired as far as average citizens in the Muslim world is concerned and perhsps it never will be because they hate the West nontheless but our image , trust and credibility have been restored as far as the leaders of the Muslim world and those of the free and democratic world is concerned.

        October 10, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • scranton

      Romney owned Obama in the debate and spinning all you want will not change that. When Obama continued to look down and not look Romney showed that he is a coward and intellectually inferior. Spin away little one, spin away.

      October 10, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Obama is the coward? "Its not worth moving heaven and earth to find Bin Laden" The words of the coward Mitt Romney.

        October 10, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  35. Nothing unusual?

    Sean Smith was online gaming telling his fellow gamer she wasn't sure if he'd live through the night because his 'police guard' was taking pictures of them

    October 10, 2012 at 7:47 am | Reply
    • Nothing unusual?

      typo meant "he"

      October 10, 2012 at 7:47 am | Reply
  36. liberal disease

    Nothing unusual except the people inside couldn't get protection from their own government after asking for it numerous times..Where was Barry at Clooney's house?

    October 10, 2012 at 6:43 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      WMDs anyone???

      October 10, 2012 at 7:21 am | Reply
      • Lolo Sotero

        Blame Bush for Libya 2012? Do you not see what is apparant to any rational thinking human being or are you just determined to ignore it and deceive yourself because you dont want your Kool-Aide dispenser (Obama) tampered with. I hear you like it Grape flavored and Ice Cold. Looks like Obama will be the mayor of Hawaii in 2013, maybe you can follow him there.

        October 10, 2012 at 7:32 am |
      • jeff

        Yea, I have heard just about as much as I can stand from you. I myself have much dislike for the Bush admin and voted for Obama as well, but I still love my country more than a persona. 1. WMD's, prior to our second Invasion of Iraq it was stated that there is a good chance that the WMD's had been transfered to Syria, and wouldn't you know it 10 years down the line Syria is openly admiting it is hiding WMD's, let us not also forget that Sadam used WMD's on his own people. 2. Yes the Bush economy sucks, but Obama PROMISED un-employment would be under 6% by now, a failed promise. The proof is in the pudding, and the proof is that Obama is at best an ameture and must be removed from office. So which is more important Blah Blah, the country or Obama's fake persona?

        October 10, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  37. Patrick

    The White House lied, the State Department lied, Susan Rice lied AND Obama's media operatives collaborated to to conceal the truth from the American people. Congressional hearings covering the administration's coverup of these terrorits attacks address only half of the problem. Those 'media' outlets that knowingly parroted the party line, without question, must also be publicly investigated. They are just as much of an equal threat to the security of the United States as the current administration is.

    October 10, 2012 at 6:35 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      WMDs anyone?

      October 10, 2012 at 7:20 am | Reply
      • Lolo Sotero

        Time Warp circa 2004, we have a citizen stuck backwards in time and he cant get the word Bush, Bush, Bush out of his head. he keeps banging his head against the wall murmering Bush, Bush, Bush, WMD WMD WMD and not in that order. Be sure to give this one the "Free" Birth control pills and the 9.00 Sandra Fluke(puke) Cadillac health plan.

        October 10, 2012 at 7:39 am |
    • Mike

      Dead on the money Patrick. Benghazi is either an obscene act of incompetence by the Obama administration or Nixonian style attempt to cover up the truth prior to an election. Either way the short coverage by CNN and others completely validates the fact they are liberal activists trying desperately to get the president reelected. "Move along. Nothing to see here. " CNN's credibility is worthless. There are good reasons why more people tune in to the Daily Show than any of your broadcasts.

      October 10, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply
  38. Triple A

    two senior State Department officials said there was no prior indication that an attack was imminent. Well except for the fact that foriegn News Media not up Obamas' butt is reporting that Israel, Egypt and Libyia all gave the US warnings as well as Stevens himself. Even on the day of his death he reported his concerns of escalated violence. but other than that they had no idea... Lies pretty much anything after "two senior state officals said....."

    October 10, 2012 at 6:31 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      To lie or not to lie, that is the WMD question...Just ask GWB and the GOP!!!

      October 10, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
      • danita

        Blah – Let me clap for you as we all know that you are a dem... You just run your mouth with no facts to back it up. Obama has not saved the auto industry for one of you wrong statements. Right now, the federal government owns 500,000,000 shares of GM, or about 26% of the company. It would need to get about $53.00/share for these to break even on the bailout, but the stock closed at only $20.21/share on Tuesday. This left the government holding $10.1 billion worth of stock, and sitting on an unrealized loss of $16.4 billion. Right now, the government’s GM stock is worth about 39% less than it was on November 17, 2010, when the company went public at $33.00/share. However, during the intervening time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen by almost 20%, so GM shares have lost 49% of their value relative to the Dow. This is old news, but you are a dem. just like your no brain president.

        October 10, 2012 at 9:17 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        @danita

        And the sky is green right?

        October 10, 2012 at 9:22 am |
      • danita

        get a job and get off of welfare...

        October 10, 2012 at 9:26 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        @danita

        I do have a job, I make over 100,000 annually and I'm not on welfare.

        October 10, 2012 at 10:02 am |
      • Jim

        @Danita , not sure if you're aware but the government didn't bailout the auto industry to make money. So even if your numbers were true (I'm sure they're not even close) they did save the auto industry. Are american workers still making automobiles? Are american workers still getting paid real money to make these automobiles?

        October 10, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  39. noreen

    Our government lied to us and CNN does not choose to put this front and center??? The reason your ratings are in the tank is because more and more of us have discovered that you only report what you want to report. We need to go elsewhere for the full story. Shame on all of you!!!!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:50 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Hey CNN, its time you come clean and tell the American people, the United Natios and the world community what part of Crawford Ranch the WMDs are hidden...

      October 10, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply
  40. KP1708

    So Obama lied from the start.
    Why is this story on the front page of every other news agency,
    and buried at this one?

    October 10, 2012 at 3:58 am | Reply
    • Curt29

      KP, it's only buried if you don't know how to find the front page.

      October 10, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
  41. Jody

    He just showed up at the hospital? Apparently it must have been enroute while they were busy dragging him through the streets. Stop covering this up!

    October 10, 2012 at 3:53 am | Reply
  42. brian meyer

    Actually there are threats on a daily basis, they were in the middle east which is hostile territory. A diplomat cannot do his job if an embassy is run as an armed camp which seems to be what people think should have happened, and we happen to be on the winning side of the revolution, in a country that was and basically is, grateful for our help in their revolution.

    20/20 hindsight is easy, but an embassy is not there to be safe, it is there to engage other countries and their people in discourse. And the results of this attack was the libyans rising up against the militants to support us, and those militants peacefully disbanding.

    We actually need to ensure if our enemy strikes our cheek, that we offer the other cheek. Of course that assumes our goal is actually peace and not just increasing and demonstrating our own power ( or just making our selves feel better about being americans ).

    October 10, 2012 at 2:23 am | Reply
    • Lolo Sotero

      Tell that to the familes of the victims, and im sure your cheek would run cross country if confronted with a situation that called for any kind of courage or bravery.

      You sir are not an American.

      It would be best if you kept this opinion to yourself. Tell it to a US Marine and I think youd find you dont have enough cheeks to offer for the heart of the matter.

      October 10, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply
      • Stephanie Weakley

        The fact is Ambassador Stevens knew the risk before he took the job. Just like anybody who is American in the Middle East. He assumed that risk. The same goes for military personnel and civilian contractors.

        October 10, 2012 at 9:07 am |
      • brian meyer

        Actually I was in the army from 1990 to 1993, served in Desert Storm, and can say I learned a thing or two about being afraid and still doing what needs to be done. I am quite simply, grateful to be able to write this and to have a family.

        I don't appreciate being accused of not being an american just because you don't like what i have to say.

        It's ignorant assumptions like that which led to the riots in the middle east.

        We need to learn what we have in common, how both sides share humanity, and sit down at the table of brotherhood together. That cannot happen if we live in fear with weapons drawn hiding in bunkers, we have to let our enemies learn their assumptions are wrong and americans are not the monsters we are made out to be in the arab media.

        October 10, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  43. retiredprosecutor

    It's been hard to keep track of the Administration's many lies in this situation, which was the worst terror attack on U.S. interests since 9/11/2001. But in about two weeks, their narrative has gone from "spontaneous street demonstration sparked by a YouTube video" to "a coordinated military attack unprecedented in lethality and the number of armed people." And they expect all of us to believe it and move along. Congressional hearings start tomorrow. I just hope that the UN Ambassador likes it under large, yellow, diesel-powered vehicles, because it may be every man for himself.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
    • Lolo Sotero

      Susan Rice will be the Ambassador to Siberia by the end of the week, but the "anointed one" will not be touched. All the bad press for his administration that the repubicans will be sure to draw every drop out of with this Libya situation, will chip away at his integrity though. Little by little until election day, and that is the plan. With obam every little bit helps since he has the nation hypnotised with kool-aid (grape flavor)

      Its ashame it took 4 Americans to die for obama to see how inept he is and ultimately unless he is a cold hearted reptile, hillary and Obama should feel some of the brunt of these guys dying. The buck used to stop at the whitehouse lawn in front of the oval office, not with this administration. Lies and deciet everyware you turn.

      October 10, 2012 at 7:17 am | Reply
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        I just wonder what was the mission and the end game in Iraq and Afghanistan. And I wonder how many innocent civilians and American and NATO troops lost their lives because of blatant and outrageous republican lies and flawed and ineffective leadership and war atrocities??? And I wonder where the WMDs are hidden???

        October 10, 2012 at 7:30 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Forget foreign policy for a brief moment!

        SO IS MITT ROMNEY REALLY GOING TO WIN THE ELECTION???

        Let me see if I get this right...

        Mitt Romney has gained significant ground in the national polls simply because President Obama did not attack Romney on Bain Capital, on outsourcing of American jobs, on laying off American workers, on calling for the auto industry to go bankrupt, on tax evasion, on saying its not his job to worry about 47% of the American people, on saying that he's not concerned about the poor because there's a safety net for them, on saying that he likes to fire people, on Massachusetts being 47th in job growth, on saying its not worth moving heaven and earth to find Bin Laden...???

        So doesn't President Obama get any credit at all for stabilizing the American economy, for saving the auto industry, for creating 5.2 million private sector jobs, for saving 2.2 million public sector jobs, for making healthcare affordable for all Americans, for reforming Wall Street to safeguard against another catastrophic economic meltdown, for ending the illegitimate Iraqi war, for setting a deadline to end the Afghan war, for getting rid of Osama Bin Laden, for restoring our image, trust and credibility abroad...???

        Obama/Biden 2012!

        October 10, 2012 at 7:42 am |
      • Jim

        @ Blah blah –> 5.2m private sector jobs? The truth my friend is that AFTER you subtract the 4.7m jobs LOST under his administration, the net gain is only 500,000 gained. To break it down so your kool-aid covered head understands it better, that's only 125k jobs each year over the last four years. Oh, wait! Almost ALL the jobs lost were high paying, highly skilled jobs. Oh, wait! Almost ALL the jobs gained back are low paying, unskilled labor in the 17-24 age group. You, my friend, are a retard. So much so I won't even address your other moronic remarks.

        October 10, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  44. tyler

    What happened to the statement where the State Department had information that got ignored prior to 9/11 attacks and the statements where they denied any connection to the youtube videos?

    October 10, 2012 at 1:37 am | Reply

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