Intelligence on Benghazi shifted after Obama administration described attack as 'spontaneous'
October 19th, 2012
07:33 PM ET

Intelligence on Benghazi shifted after Obama administration described attack as 'spontaneous'

An Obama administration official whose now controversial comment that the attack on the U.S. mission in Libya was "spontaneous" relied on talking points provided by the CIA based on its assessment that an intelligence official said on Friday was updated days later with new information.

The disclosure to CNN appears to offer some clarity around the Obama administration's early stage explanation of the September 11 attack by armed militants that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

But CNN National Security Contributor Fran Townsend injected a new element into the crucial time line on Friday night, reporting on Anderson Cooper 360 that senior intelligence officials had multiple conversations with senior White House officials in the first 24 hours after the attack.

Townsend, a former homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush, added that "we don't know" what was said.

"But I can tell you from having lived through these crises, you're getting a constant feed of what the intelligence community understands about what is currently going on and what has happened on the ground," Townsend said.

She added that "they will caveat the information" because in the first hours there "will be all sorts of information, some of it which will turn out not to have been true."

Additionally, a senior Republican lawmaker said members of Congress had information from intelligence officials within a day of the incident that it was a military style attack.

President Barack Obama faces harsh criticism from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for his administration's handling of security in Benghazi ahead of the attack and its slow-to-evolve explanation of what occurred.

Also: Confusion and contradiction about Benghazi suspects

The issue is expected to be highlighted on Monday when the candidates square off in their third and final debate, which will focus on national security. Romney is trying to undercut Obama's perceived strength with the electorate on foreign affairs in a tightly contested campaign.

Romney has claimed the Obama administration's statements about the attack in the days that followed were confusing at best, and illustrate his contention that the president's foreign policy is incoherent and has made America less respected and more more vulnerable.

Republicans have seized on televised remarks made five days after the attack by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. In one appearance, she said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that an assessment based on the best information available indicated a spontaneous reaction to demonstrations over an anti-Muslim film produced in the United States.

Several senior administration officials told CNN that Rice's use of the word "spontaneous" came directly from an assessment provided to Congress by the CIA and was not edited by the White House.

"The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations," the document stated.

But the intelligence official said it took days to sort out information around the attack.

"It wasn't until after the points were used in public that people reconciled contradictory information and assessed there probably wasn't a protest around the time of the attack," the official told CNN.

With regard to initial thinking the incident started as a protest – an administration official maintained that intelligence coming from human sources and intercepts all indicated there was a protest on the scene. At the time, there were many demonstrations across the Middle East over the film.

The early talking points outlining the incident as spontaneous were written so members of Congress and senior officials could say something publicly about the attack, the intelligence official said.

"A key question early on was whether extremists took over a crowd or if the guys who showed up were all militants. It took time—until that next week—to sort through varied and sometimes conflicting accounts to understand the group’s overall composition,” the intelligence official said.

But House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, told CNN that the panel had information from the intelligence community within 24 hours of the incident that it was a military style attack.

"If you look at all of the information leading up to (the attack) from an intelligence perspective, it's really confounding how you can come to a conclusion and then promote it for days in the face of all of that information that this was about a video," Rogers said.

The new disclosure, however, raises the question of whether intelligence officials are now being blamed for confusion about Benghazi events.

"The intelligence community is not being blamed. Administration officials have made it very clear, the (intelligence community) is providing the best possible assessment it can, another U.S. intelligence official said. "There is no sense anyone is throwing the (intelligence community) under the bus."

Separately, a Senate committee has requested documents and a classified briefing from intelligence officials about the Benghazi time line and whether statements by administration officials were inaccurate.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also wants to know about threat assessments and security concerns before the attack. A hearing is planned when lawmakers return to Washington after the election.

Romney suggested at Tuesday's debate in New York that the Obama administration played politics by failing to immediately acknowledge what occurred in Benghazi was a terror attack. Obama bristled, calling that claim "offensive."

When Obama said he described the attack as an act of terror the day after it occurred, Romney challenged him. Obama responded by saying, "check the transcript" of White House remarks on the incident.

CNN's Pam Benson and Suzanne Kelly contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 Election • Ansar al Shariah • Barack Obama • Congress • Libya • Libya • Rep. Mike Rogers • Romney • State Department • Susan Rice
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  1. mane

    The GOP is hoping for bad events to befall the United States of America just to score political points. They can't come up with any policy beyond what President Obama already has in place and have to resort to playing politics with the death of Americans. When did the interest and well-being of other Americans become important to the GOP? From their policies on healthcare, equal pay for equal work, college admission, immigration, foreign policy and the economy. The GOP would let American without health insurance die rather than cover them; they would let women work for less money for same amount of work. The GOP does not care about other Americans unless for political gain. Stop wondering what happened to the Americans in Benghazi. You don't really care about them.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • obamaliar

      Hmmmmmmmmm looks like the truth comes out and the truth is Obama is a liar and a friend to muslim terrorists

      October 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
      • Barbara Lightfoot

        I agree. If Obama stays in office it will take years and years to recoup if ever. Just look at where our country is today with our economy and where its headed on next four years of changes are not made and your choice should be clear.

        October 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  2. lizzytalorburton

    The truth is, Obama doesn't answer the simple question that has been asked over and over and over, why the Ambassadore was refused more security like Marines and real Bulletts when Stevens and others asked and begged over and over through written communications and e-mails for more help. He and the Admin. won't answer any questions truthfully because they won't admit that they are inept and stupid. When Hillary Clinton took the fall, she didn't really take the fall, she added on after taking responsibility that experts had decided what to do about Libya, not her??? Obama said he was offended?? America is really offended and we should be and more than offended. These people should be charged with dereliction of duties. People died and the President and Hilllary Clinton are responsible, not only for Libya, but for the 250 Mexicans and 6 Americans murdered in Fast and Furious too, because of him and Holder. Don't people realize this is about death??? and that Obama and State Dept caused hundreds of deaths and the Admin cannot be trusted to protect us. The first thing Obama and Hillary Clinton said was that it was an American video?? Again, America is blamed by him and his commies. He only changed his story when he had to.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
    • NS Bingo

      Many questions and few answers. This whole affair has about as much credibility as the Rose Law Firm records mysteriously appearing in the living quarters of the Clinton WH and nobody knew JS about it.

      October 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  3. John

    Interesting that the following pertinent information is not receiving any press

    The GOP controlled House cut Obama's foreign embassy security budget request, respectively by 128 million in 2011, and by a whopping 331 million in 2012......and look who is pointing the finger of blame?

    October 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
    • Michelle

      And how much of those figures were above & beyond the amounts they got the year before? Let's have all the math.

      October 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
    • alienmom

      How many budgets has the President signed since 2009? You can talk abouts cuts,however without a passed budget ,nothing happens.Prove your statement please

      October 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
      • Rev

        How do you expect a budget to pass if the republican reps keep inserting their own crap into the budget that they know the democrats will have no choice but to vote down? It's funny how republicans are hoping, nay PRAYING that American goes over the fiscal cliff so they can start pointing fingers and go "see we were right", all the while they were the ones who did everything they could to sabotage recovery in the first place. Every republican rep should dress up as gremlins for halloween, as it would be quite fitting.

        October 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
      • Lance

        Maybe the President could submit a budget that at least 1 Democrat would be willing to vote for....

        October 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
      • NS Bingo

        How many progressive legislation and budgets bills were passed during the two years democrats controlled the house, senate and executive branch?

        October 20, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • bear

      Blaming the budget is just stupid. You have hundreds of millions of dollars to provide security. You decide to put 200 security people in places like Paris and Berlin and then cry that you do not have enough money to put 5 in Bengazi. That is not a budget problem. That is incompetence.

      October 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
    • bear

      Blaming the budget is just stupid. There were hundreds of millions of dollars for security. They decided to put 200 people in places like Paris and Berlin. Only 2 in Bengazi. That is not a budget problem. That is incompetence.

      October 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • obamaliar

      time to impeach Obama. He has to pay for the 4 Americans he has killed

      October 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
      • Hillcrester

        You give new neaning to the term "too stupid to live."

        More Americans died in Afghanistan that day than in Benghazi. If we weren't in a heated election campaign where the hate-filled bigots want to defeat a Black President they detest, this would be a quickly-forgotten, unfortunate incident.

        October 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
  4. Kamil Zawadzki

    Reblogged this on Outspoken.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • Michelle

      What is Outspoken?

      October 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  5. Name*Don

    Why cant you people at CNN report the truth!!!!

    October 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • NS Bingo

      They finally are. For weeks, only a few sources were telling the "truth." Sources such as the BBC, Al Jazera, and yes, Fox News. Oh, and lets not forget the Libyan President.

      October 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  6. NoTags

    In the now famous speech Mitt made to his loyal supporters in Florida where he talked about the 47% he also made this statement saying he would use a hostage crisis or a situation where Americans died to gain favorability.

    "And yet, in that election, in the Jimmy Carter election, the fact that we had hostages in Iran, I mean, that was all we talked about. And we had the two helicopters crash in the desert, I mean, that was the focus, and so him [Reagan] solving that made all the difference in the world.

    I’m afraid today that if you simply got Iran to agree to stand down on nuclear weapons, they’d go, ‘Now hold on. It’s really a…‘ I mean, if something of that nature presents itself I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity."

    Romney will use the death of U.S. personnel to further his political agenda.

    October 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
    • Lance

      "Never let a serious crisis go to waste"

      Rahm Emanuel
      Who was at the time Obama's Chief of Staff

      October 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
    • obamaliar

      Obama will blame the deaths of 4 Americans that he personally caused on Bush. Obama is a coward

      October 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Reply
      • BO2012

        Under Bush 3000 Americans were Murdered and still he was chosen for the 2nd term. He couldnt even come close to finding bin laden forget about killing him. He used stupid excuses to go for the war in Iraq and wasted billions of dollars. He blew off all the surplus and landed the country in a hole. If not for the stimulus money, god knows how many companies like GM would have gone bankrupt. You gotto spend/invest to get the country out of ditch otherwise country must have gone to the double dip recession with an official unemployment rate of at least 20% like 3rd world countries. Obama 2012. How can anyone think of voting for Romney when he uses tax loopholes and pays effective tax rate of 14%??thats absolute nonsense. A family makes $200k pays much more in tax rate.

        October 21, 2012 at 2:37 am |
  7. robertmiii

    This entire issue was created by Frances Townsend (a GOP operative) and CNN... GOP menbers used CNN reporting to attack the President... It's been a political witch hunt from day one to get Romney elected, on the backs of the dead.

    October 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
    • NS Bingo

      And your source for this earth-shattering revelation is.......

      October 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
      • Hillcrester

        . . . Fran Townsend herself. I watched her twice give apparently authoritative reports on CNN that turned out to be misleading.

        October 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • obamaliar

      Obama is a coward. He killed 4 good Americans and now he wants to talk about binders full of resumes. What a low life

      October 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  8. Rev

    So if US intelligence found no evidence that it was an al quada attack, and yet Romney denounced it as an attack almost 24 hours BEFORE the attack even occurred, does this mean Romney was the one who instigated the attack? Duh duh duhhhhhh..... Oh man I need a shower, I sound like freakin limbaugh.....

    October 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • SIMPLE

      looks like BS .... smells like BS.... bet you it is BS,,,,, before he ever got us involved over there some people in the intel field had raised concerns about who he was going to back in this country, CIA knew that here was AQ there before we helped them assassinate Qaddafi

      October 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • dn

      I think it is very sad that the Republicans are creating this issue for political reasons and CNN is enlarging it for ratings. What has happened to pride in America? Is political gain more important than showing a United front against our enemies? I believe our country should come first. I am ashamed of the Republicans and CNN (w
      ho seems to be getting more lime Fox news every day).

      October 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
      • NS Bingo

        "...more lime.." Perhaps you have had too many limes in whatever you are drinking. Politics? Are you kidding? One would have to go back to the Nixon WH to find the same level of lies and deceit that has occurred under this administration with the Libyan tragedy. Go read the story about the numerous requests that were made by Stevens for additional security, which in turn were denied by our State Department.

        October 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
      • dn

        Sorry Bingo. You are right about my typo. I have been reading about the request for more security. Not sure how that translates to the administration lying however.

        October 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • JD in GA

        CNN enlarging this? They are barely covering it

        October 22, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  9. Name*Chuck

    What exactly did Mitt say that was so wrong? Was it related to the fact that our response to the act of terror (presidents words not mine, lol) should not be to apologize for the video because of our 1st amendment right of speech as the president, state department and press secretary were doing! Why did the state dept take down their message of the video not representing the us? Mitt sounded more presidential that day than did our current apologizer in chief.
    Blame the intelligence communtiy all they want ghe reason they cant get their story straight is simply because everything they try to explain it away with comes back as a lie because of something else they said previously contradicts an earlier statement.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • Mackmoy

      Not every misstatement of fact is a lie. Your knee jerk response to try to find something nefarious in everything the president does is pretty sad. Please read this and it may clarify things for you a bit:

      http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-attack-20121020,0,95514.story

      October 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
      • Hillcrester

        Yes, reports of CIA interviews with Libyans who were on the ground outside the Consulate, reported today, confirm the initial explanation Obama gave about what happened. I hope the Prez rips RomneyBain a new one about this at the next debate.

        October 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  10. Mackmoy

    I think the rabid rightees are about to look pretty silly:

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-attack-20121020,0,95514.story

    October 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Reply
    • Michelle

      Yeah, that's 24 hours old & read the comments. I'm not 'radical right' because I'm not happy about Romney eother, but I am for truth & a lot of prople who are being accused of being right wing are really just people who read the news & want to be told what's going on instead of being lied to. Both parties do it & we're about sick of it.

      October 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
      • Mackmoy

        It sounds like you're not one of the rabid ones. And I appreciate your response.

        October 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Michelle

      Wow! Thank you sir :) @ Mackmoy

      October 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • NS Bingo

      The LA times – now that's a credible and unbiased source... How about you and Sarge taking a break. Go read the story on the many security requests that were made by Stevens and denied by our State Department. His last update regarding the deteriorating security conditions was made on the day he died. After you read it, come back and lets hear more of your diatribe.

      October 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • MD

      Checked the L.A. Times story out. Don't believe it is entirely forthcoming and true. However, let's suppose it is true. So, it is that easy to attack our embassy and kill our ambassador and other Americans? So it doesn't even take a long, well – planned attack. Now everyone knows, you can simply and spontaneously decide to attack U.S. Embassy's and it's that easy to kill U.S. diplomats. Planned attack or unplanned attack...either way it shows Obama and his administration are very incompetent. Ask yourself this. Would you want to be at the mercy of Obama's decisions when your life or a loved one's life is in danger? I say no way. Obama needs to go.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:20 am | Reply
  11. cadillacrich

    SECURITY DENIED
    AMERICANS DIED
    0BAMA LIED and now he is FRIED

    October 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Mackmoy

      Here's what you call a lie:

      http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-attack-20121020,0,95514.story

      I think this is gonna do it for quickdraw Romney.

      October 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  12. 2020

    Dagny_Tag DON'T CHASE YOUR OWN TAIL.

    When 4 americans died, our focus is on getting the facts, not bit and piece, constantly updated changed from the Intel community.

    Whether the attackers wear uniform or underwear is immaterial at this point. Hold yourself back, wait for the full report to come out. DON'T JUST YAK, MEANINGLESS.

    October 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  13. 2020

    of course, right wing hate Obama. Obama destroy their dream of building this war industry, selling toilet paper $150 a roll.

    Obama ended Iraq war, on his way ending Afghanstan war, bring home our soliders, and save those billions wasted. AND build a new economy for the MIDDLE CLASS. Cheney hates it, and his gang hates it.

    The stupidity of congress like Mike Rogers cannot find anything else to do except picking their nose.

    If Romney is President, you can be assured he will start a war with Iran, with Syria. He plays fireman of the world when nobody wants him. Romney summer foreign trip spoke of his incompetency.

    October 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  14. Dagny_Tag

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press.

    Please explain this Libs, B.O., Clinton/Rice, CrowleyGate, NY Slimes, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSDNC and last but certainly not least....C.orrupt "N.ews" N.etwork.

    October 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • lulcianne

      Actually it appears that he reported to the CIA in McClain and it is not clear where that information went after that. Did it even make it to State or the White House

      October 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • Mackmoy

      Read it and weep. You've wasted a lot of time and vitriol on nothing:

      http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-attack-20121020,0,95514.story

      October 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
      • Lance

        Mackmoy – But I believe the Republican position was that the Obama administration didn't call it a terrorist act, but blamed it on the film. How does the terrorist attack not being perpetrated by al-Queda change that??

        October 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  15. 2020

    The Congress just made a bit deal out of thin air. They know full well the administration has the same source of info as the Congress has. If there were multiple sources of intel sources, that what they were. DON'T TRY TO SPLIT HAIR, Mike Rogers.

    The President has acknowledged in the Rose garden the very second day that "NO ACTS OF TERROR WILL GO UNANSWERED" that is crystal clear. Even Bin Laden understood that.

    Think of the chaos the nation has on the morning of 911 in NEW York, before everyone's eyes. After the first plane hit the first tower, it was talked about A SMALL PLANE accidentially hit the tower.

    It took time to get the facts sort out.

    When it comes to foreign issues, I trust President Obama 500% protecting American interests. His past 4 years record spoke for itself, second to NONE.

    Mike, you can spin what and how you want to. To this day, you have not catch one Al Qida, not one rat. My advice to you is SHUT UP, instead do some real work for the country who feed, house and pay you.

    October 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  16. Opposing Politics

    And Check out my blog: http://opposingpolitics.blogspot.com

    October 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  17. Opposing Politics

    I don't know how I feel about this exactly. I believe we should act on it right away, at this moment, right now. We should buff up our securities of ALL our embassies, and buff up the Libyan government to be able to sustain themselves. Yet, we should keep the power of those governments in check that need help from us, so we won't create a new dictator.

    October 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  18. Ayb Lyncoln

    The whole Defense Department needs to be looked at,done over,wiped clean and get in all new fresh faces. The Dept. of Defense, The House Armed Service Committee and Congress.... Get rid of everyone of these characters and lets get in some brighter thinkers. Start with Rep. Susan Davis of California and Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. and whoever else upheld the age cap for the military...then we'll keep on pressing forward from there.

    October 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  19. woody

    Legitimate News Services have reported the CIA determined it was a Terroist Attack within 24 hrs.

    Rice spewed her fecal blizzard 5 days later. She's still LYING

    October 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • Mackmoy

      Read it and weep Woody:

      http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-attack-20121020,0,95514.story

      You guys have gone and shot yourself in the foot again.

      October 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  20. Ayb Lyncoln

    Sad, Obama and the WH Staffers are trying to down play this until after the elections.... Too afraid this might "hurt" their image,,,Very sad!

    October 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
    • bill

      Spare us the partisan pity. We all know how fluid and subjective CIA information can be and has been in the past. If they, the CIA, thinks something other than what was correct was siad on purpose by the admnistration, they should speak up. Otherwise back up what their civilian leaders have explained. And yes, we know too that the CIA can have groups within it that are based on political affilitions – so they should do what right and truthful to the country they serve.

      October 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • Mackmoy

      Please read this. You guys are about to look very silly.

      http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-attack-20121020,0,95514.story

      October 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
      • Maihoa44

        If I were you I would not trust LA Times.

        October 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  21. Michelle

    This is why I'm angry & why I've said from day obe Obama lied. What I know just from reading the news from multiple sources.
    There are actual conflicting reports about whether there was a small, non violent protest going on spurred by the Cairo incident.
    There were TWO sustained attacks, very coordinated. They used weapons advanced beyond normal, everyday tribepeople skills & availability & in a tactical manner that spoke of at least modrate training (advance, retreat, respond and advance)
    There seems to be some dispute as to why Stevens body was removed from the site when clearly from some very disturbing photos when he is being carried away, he's already gone (Rest his soul) and at what point certain atrocities happened to him (forgive me)
    There are photos that show people in t-shirts, shorts & flip-flops wandering around the building as it's on fire. Pretty calm if rioting were happening.
    We would know NOTHING of what we know if CNN hadn't blown the lid off this with the release of the diary, so everyone stop talking about their bias. Yeah, sure, they are, but in this case? God bless 'em!
    The guy that is supposed to be our number one suspect is sitting in hotel lobbies in Libya giving interveiws to reporters while the powers that be say he can't be found.
    Obama muttered something about terrorism, swore up & down for a while he never meant that, then during a debate swore he did. In any case, if you read the news of the past, he either lied or he lied.
    We know from the diary that problems were dated back as early as Feb & someone in the administration knew.
    I don't really need to go on do I?

    October 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  22. hastim

    Obama speaking about the tragedy in Colorado.... “We may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil is senseless. It’s beyond reason,” he said.
    Words well spoken and heartfelt...by our President.
    Ask yourself do the words 'acts of terror' or 'to terrorize' carry the same connotation as 'terrorist attack'?
    A choice of words which are carefully spoken are used by both the honest and dishonest....

    October 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • Lahdee Dah

      Yes, they do mean the same thing. Try as you might to change that fact, you cannot.

      October 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
      • ccap

        If they mean the same thing I suppose a 5th grader that terrorizes a 4th grader in school is a terrorist and you consider that as a terrorist attack?

        October 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  23. w bullock

    I am belived that obama are trying keep liar his story

    October 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  24. Leftcoastrocky

    The Los Angeles Times reports the Benghazi assault "appears to have been an opportunistic attack rather than a long-planned operation, and intelligence agencies have found no evidence that it was ordered by Al Qaeda." This is the direct opposite of what Romney has been saying.

    October 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  25. w bullock

    Families outraged obama says ft hood shooter not terroist

    October 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
    • Chooch0253

      No he did not. He said that it could be considered an act of workplace violence. He never said it was not a terrorist attack.
      As an after thought based on observation, why do the "people" that support Romney seem to be lacking in basic writing skills?

      October 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  26. Disturbed

    There's a lot to be disturbed about in this deal. First... that CNN isn't really persuing the story, and the only story they post is in the Politics section. The other thing that nobody is talking about... the day after the attack... we (The US Government) picks up the idiot that made the film for "questioning"... on some trumped up charge. Isn't anyone disturbed by the image of the brown shirts escorting this guy to jail? Yes... he's an idiot, but there is no law against being an idiot... and his freedom of speech is supposed to be protected. This is an OUTRAGE! This is so against what we... as Americans.. are all about. Also... the President doesn't seem to be leading on this topic... he is playing it as apolitical exercise. What has happened to my Country? I would like it back.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • One one

      Also, the administration tried to get YouTube to remove the video. All of these things (along with Rice's road show) seemed to be calculated to keep the focus on the video rather than the administration dropping the ball.

      October 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • Chooch0253

      Your lack of knowledge is astounding. This ignorant bigot was picked up for violating his parole. Not the video sock puppet. Care to try again?

      October 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
      • Disturbed

        Really? It's just coincidence that they decided to pick the guy up for some parole violation... Ummm... you actually buy this? Yes... of course I am aware of the "parole violation" charge... but any thinking person will see this for what it was.

        October 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Dubhly

      actually if you had read that article not just looked at the pictures you would have known he violated probation. He is a convicted felon and violated the terms of his parole. Also if you had a brain you would have realized they probably did it for his own protection, since there are still quite a few radical muslim inside the US and if the media knew who it was and printed it( as they had) anyone could have found him. Instead you choose to try to turn it around and use it as a political tool...well tool...it did not work

      October 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
      • ccap

        The insult and ridicule from Obama supporters is really becoming intolerable! Look at these two previous posts. The insults are astounding, apparently you feel that only liberals have the ability to reason and think. And at the same time it appears you believe that this man was picked up for a parole violation just a day or so after the consulate was attacked. Doesn't that seem like a heck of a coincidence to you? And our second poster believes he was picked up for his own protection! So they pick him up in front of the worlds cameras and then release him hours later and this was for his protection?

        October 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
      • Disturbed

        LOL... you crack me up. I am quite certain that every oppressive government has some legal reason for any particular action. Like... back some years... a black man may have been pulled over for a busted tail light, searched... ooo... no insurance card? Gotta take you to jail! But you suddenly have no problem with this... or at a minimum... you're not in the least curious about how, why, and the timing this idiot was picked up off the streets... oh.. and paraded for the news media. Nah... nothing weird going on there. right?

        October 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • lulcianne

      Free speech does not apply to incitement to violence or terroristic threats. Someone clearly funded and made this film intending to cause harm. Someone else saw that it was brought to the attention of the Arab world right around 9/11. We certainly do not have all the facts – so far, we have heard from NO ONE who admits denying additional security, we don't even know who was contacted, or why the security was not provided. We need to SHUT UP and wait for the facts to develop.

      During Obama's watch this is the only successful terrorist attack. Four Americans died, which is very sad. But this is a war and people die in wars. Far more of our own died in Iraq. Hundreds of thousands more civlians died in Iraq, not just a few here and there from a targeted drone attack. The New York towers and our own Pentagon should have been the safest places on the planet, and the previous administration had plenty of intelligence to warn them. This is a dinky little puddle, not even an embassy, in the middle of a civil war in a region where we have ots and lots of enemies. Maybe calling it a terrorist attack right away would have encourged copy cat murders of other Americans in other places. We don't know who did what, we don't know who was at fault, and we need to find out the full facts before eveeryone gets their nickers in a twist.

      October 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Reply
    • Mackmoy

      Please read everyone:

      http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-attack-20121020,0,95514.story

      October 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
      • Maihoa44

        Again I would not trust LA Times.

        October 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  27. enfilmigult

    All you folks talking about "spin" and "coverups" and "lies" should head to the Fox News website and read their latest Libya story, pronto. They have what appears to be an exclusive from an anonymous intelligence official...saying that they're STILL not ruling out the role of the anti-Islam film in this, and that it appears not much planning was involved and it may indeed have been an opportunistic attack made when they heard about the protest in Egypt.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  28. Anna

    Spin away Obama the WH knew 24 hrs after the terrorist attack it was a terrorist attack and still sent out Susan Rice to lie to the American people (oh and if Obama didn't know he should resign or be impeached) for dereliction of duty – whether he likes it or not the buck stops with him. Oh and somebody tell Chris Matthews to change his pants the stain running down his leg is disgusting!

    October 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Dubhly

      really? hmm we did not impeach Bush who was warned about 9/11 loss of life 3000, nor when he led us to war illegally with false information...loss of life 100k+ nor when he decided NOT to go after bin laden anymore ( abandonment of duty as head of the executive branch), any of that ring a bell....and you are going off becuase Obama did not say it was a terrorist attack supposedly? whew talk about important....btw he did call it an act of terror....even if it was mob violence that would have been an act of terror and was called so with in the first 24 hours, twice in two days. he has done a hell of alot better then the republicans did in 8 years in office and you guys cannot handle that. He wil go down as the man who tried to revive america and if not re-elected it will become known as the day that failed and america died.

      October 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
      • mcfarlas47

        Obama will go down in history as one of the worst presidents we ever had. Mark my words.

        October 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • lulcianne

      Comments like yours about Crhis Matthes are what is disgusting. Have an opinion, express it, defend it. But talking like a street corner wh*re does nothing to improve debate. Ut dies refkect verey badly on your own character, however.

      October 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Mackmoy

      Please read this Anna:

      http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-attack-20121020,0,95514.story

      October 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
    • Ojaigirl

      It is bizarre that the aftermath of Libya attack (i.e., Obama waiting for all the facts and speaking judiciously before he had more information) is being trumped up by radical rightwingers as some kind of indictment of Obama's foreign policy.. it reeks of longterm hypocrisy, else why did we hear no uproar at Bush2 from radical rightwingers in 2004 campaign over the 2977 deaths of 9/11?... why was there no rightwinger uproar at Reagan in 1984 over the 241 American servicemen killed in the bombing of our barracks in Lebanon in 1983?
      What was Romney's first impulse this time? Verbally attack "the administration" (actually our embassy in Cairo, and by extension the President) over what Romney claims is an "apology" they sent out:

      http://www.factcheck.org/2012/09/romney-gets-it-backward/

      October 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  29. One one

    Not only did they bungle the security arrangements, they bungled the cover up as well.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  30. w bullock

    I said mocking out of presdient obama that he said fort hood is not terrorty killing of 13 army
    Kicjk out ass of presdient obama

    October 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • Chooch0253

      Do yourself a favor go back to school.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • Guest

      He called the Fort Hood massacre "workplace violence." He's on another planet.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • Mackmoy

      Latka? Is that you?

      October 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  31. Guest

    The embassy attack last more than 5 hours. And we have jet fighters all over the middle east. Why did no one come to the defense of our embassy. It is inexcusable that this admin is so inept.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • Chooch0253

      You must not know anything about "airspace". Do you think the United States can just send jets anywhere in the world? News flash: It can't.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
      • Guest

        And you must not know that we can go anywhere we please.

        October 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
      • NS Bingo

        Hmmm, was that not the reason a DC-3 was requested to fly security forces in-country to where they were needed on short notice? Now, lets see, who turned down the request for the aircraft and additional security personnel. From reading your previous postings, it sounds like your are conveniently glossing over some very important facts. Your hostile responses also show how shallow your points really are.

        October 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
      • Mackmoy

        btw, you and Ccap just got schooled by Chooch0253. (well played sarge)

        October 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Chooch0253

      Not hardly you simple minded sock puppet. I am a career military man,, and you are?

      October 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
      • ccap

        Pardon me General, I'm sure this is far below your pay grade but western forces have been flying over Libya since the ouster of Gaddafi. I'm not suggesting they should or could have fired on the terrorists but you should be more informed before calling people you don't know "sock puppets" and suggesting others "go back to school".

        October 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
      • Chooch0253

        lmao,, okay. Flying aircraft over Libya under what organizations authority? The U. S. has no authorization from Libya to fly over Libya, contrary to your opinion. The U.N does. Any American aircraft flying over Libya are doing so, under the direction of the United Nations. Keep trying SOCK PUPPET.

        October 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
      • NS Bingo

        Career Military Man – yeah, sure you are. You probably even made E-5. Now, back to your assertion that only UN aircraft are flying in Libyan airspace. Care to provide something resembling a reference? Hurry back, we are waiting.....

        October 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Mackmoy

      You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. You've obviously played too many video games.

      October 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  32. Hillcrester

    What GOP garbage. Read the most recent reporting. Libyans on the scene report the event was cayued by the trashing if their prophet abd by similar angry rioting in Egypt. Obama accurately stated egat the early intel provided, which turns out now to have been pretty accurate. Most of the assailants were lightly armed or unarmed civilians, joined by RPG-wielding anti-US militias.

    If you Obama haters would back iff from calling every mistake, and even every truth you don't like, a lie, maybe some of what write could be read seriously.

    Facts do matter to the rest of us!

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

      Associated Press reported Friday that the CIA Station Chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours after the attack informing the State Department that there was no protest in Benghazi the night of the attack and that evidence showed it appeared to be premeditated. Despite this, the President went on Letterman and had also had Susan Rice and Jay Carney blame the attack on the stupid anti-Muslim video for roughly two weeks after this report reached the state department. The administration cannot keep distorting the truth. This inconsistency resulted from either purposeful deception or willful blindness.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
      • Chooch0253

        Total b.s posting. Obama did not "have" Rice or anyone else make misleading statements. That is total garbage. In addition since you seem to like posting unfounded rhetoric, let me refresh you on what PRESIDENT Obama said the Following day in the Rose Garden: "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. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done."

        October 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
      • ccap

        chooch0253, Ambassador Rice is the US ambassador to the United Nations. She is an employee of the US State Department and therefore is under the direction of the administration. If you believe that she went on several Sunday political talk shows and the administration (President) did not know what she was going to say, that would border on incompetence on the part of Pres. Obama.

        October 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
      • Mackmoy

        Please read this Andrew:

        http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-attack-20121020,0,95514.story

        October 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  33. Lenny Pincus

    As though the winger inspired "al quada is everywhere" is not a spin. Sober thought in such matters escape the Darrel Isssa's and Mitt Romney's of the world when there is a chance to rile the simpletons in the base.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  34. MitziW

    "Obama's perceived strength with the electorate on foreign affairs" ?! Yes, it's definitely a sign of strength when you run off to a Las Vegas fundraiser the same day your embassy is attacked and your ambassador murdered. When Obama said the words "act of terror" in the Rose garden speech, he was referring to the original 9-11. Nice revisionist history, CNN!

    October 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • Lisa

      Perfectly said Mitzi-we have read the transcript, we have watched the words coming out of his mouth, and we KNOW indisputably he was addressing it by talking generally about acts of terror on 9-11.....and it's even more interesting that on the day he was fundraising for himself. 9-11 to most is an almost sacred day of scarred memories and moments frozen in time that will haunt us forever. It's perfect Obama felt it appropriate to serve himself at a lovely Vegas soiree during the same time period, and even another terrorist attack didn't thwart him. Also interesting to note I have tried to post twice and my posts keep mysteriously not getting put on this board.....

      October 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
      • Chooch0253

        If your posts are not being posted maybe someone besides me realize there is no reason to post ignorant rhetoric.

        October 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • enfilmigult

      Why do you think he mentioned acts of terror in that speech and others about the incident in Libya, because he was saying it WASN'T one of those? Don't be ridiculous.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • Chooch0253

      The only revisionist is you and the other misinformed tool is Lisa. You both apparently did not read the press statement or have severe reading comprehension difficulties. You 2, like all simple minded sock puppets refuse to accept facts: You obviously have never even read the entire news conference that you claim or you are intentionally lying? Which is it?

      "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. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done."

      If Obama was referring to the original 9/11 incident, why would he use the words "four more Americans".

      You both are just simple minded sock puppets. Period.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • Mackmoy

      Working those talking points like a heavy bag. Rush must be proud.

      October 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  35. Ken from FL

    Absolutely incredible that the authors of this piece gloss over the fact that Obama lied when he claimed he called this specific incident a terrorist attack the day after. Romney was right on target, as even Crowley admitted later. However, hear we have the President let off the hook by his quote about reading the transcript. The problem for Obama is that people HAVE read the transcript. Thank you, CNN, for once again being in the pocket of the Administration.

    October 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • Hillcrester

      "Fact that Obama lied," huh?

      "Lie" means he said something incorrect and knew it was incorrect when he said it.

      What he first said turns out to have been essentially correct, and there is no evidence that he knew the minor inaccuracies/incompleteness were wrong.

      Read the latest reporting!

      October 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • Chooch0253

      Another GOP fool that either can not read or can not comprehend what they read.

      Part of the statement given by PRESIDENT Obama in the Rose Garden, Sep 12, 2012, (the day after the attack).

      "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. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done."

      Any other FALSE statements you want to make?

      October 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  36. hastim

    Obama & Nixon have more things in common than just 5 letters in their last name..... Oops did I just say that?!?!

    October 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • Howard

      Obama, and his obama stooges, are all over the map, tripping over each other, in order to COVER UP their blunders on how they mishandled, lied, and covered up the obama/Libya tragedy. The fist step to saving, and rebuilding America, is to get Obama, and his lying, incompetent, stooges out of Washington !!! Save America ... Elect Romney & Ryan on November 6th.

      October 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  37. Mike

    This article is an attempt to help Barry cover up this fiasco. Even if it were spontaneous, there is no excuse for apollogizing and giving extremists a victory.

    October 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  38. Bruce Miller

    WOW, A VERY HOT TOPIC, SHOULD BE GREAT DEBATE ON MONDAY.

    October 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  39. Roninaustin

    What a load of "We need to cover the Administrations Butts) CNN knows full well that their were eyewitnesses filming with their phone cameras and then up loading to YouTube! This was available as early as 4 hours into the attack. (Which lasted about 5 hours). It clearly showed NO Protesting, rather it showed the armed men forming and then being led in the attack. If Ted Turner was already in his grave he would be spinning very very fast at what has become of his unique and revolutionary idea! It is indeed an inditement of our media when Al Jazeera is more fair and balanced than CNN!

    October 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Chooch0253

      right you mental midget. Those attacking the Consulate were also holding up signs that said.. "We are not attacking because of a video". There were protests that had erupted in a number of countries on that day. They were all because of this disgusting video. Of course everyone in the Obama Administration "had to have known" this was different than the rest of the "protests" that had erupted. Exactly what makes you think anyone knew that this was not simply a protest, until the next day. And quite obviously, they knew it was a terror attack because Obama addressed it and held a press conference in the Rose Garden, in which he clearly stated "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. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done."

      Next.

      October 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
      • Chooch0253

        * And quite obviously, they knew it was a terror attack the following day because Obama*

        October 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
      • Harvesting

        WHen did he go in front of the UN? What did he say then?

        October 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  40. joe

    its not like the republicans really care that people where killed. Evidenced by mitten statements that very day. They just want to discredit the president. This phoney group of unpatriotic trurds are out to score points not really concerned about America or the the pain that is inflicted on the families. The thought of mittens being in charge is frightening and if you think the president didn't do a good job what makes you think mitt the twitt is fit for foreign policy??? WWIII

    October 20, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • Harvesting

      Since you can't build you decide to destroy huh? See how that works out for you long term.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  41. sam

    If Townsend says "we dont know" what was said then she should fabricating scenario. The journalist was probably more accurate to say it chaos over there and it might have been a combination attack spontaneous too. but CNN doesnt want to focus on that issue.

    October 20, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • kay

      Very true and why are they so focus on the issue of Bengazi as if those others who died because of helping the country don't t matter. CNN has to explain why since Obama took office we don't hear anymore about code red, orange or white? That's important for people to hear and those explian how safe the country has been this past 4yrs.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  42. DJESQ

    POLICY & POLITICS

    1. Are BO's ME policies correct?
    2. Is it okay to fashion responses based on domestic politics when handling an issue?

    From your answers to those simple questions, you have already drawn your conclusion(s) ...

    October 20, 2012 at 11:03 am | Reply
    • harrylook

      1. it's hard to point to any successes in the middle east under obama. iran closer than ever to a bomb. missed opportunities to knock out regime. islamist regime replaces friendly one in egypt (prez says not sure if egypt's our enemy). prez ousts kaddafi from the sky then takes no responsibility for the ground – islamists take over benghzai. al qaeda flags fly over gov't bldgs. intelligence says amb. stevens is on an al qaeda hitlist. stevens pleads for security. the british and red cross leave. administration doesn't want to offend anyone with soldiers on the ground. stevens didn't have to die. in afghanistan, we're talking about negotiating with the taliban while the Taliban shoot little girls who want to go to school. policy not based on objectives but predetermined, arbitrary timeline.
      2. domestic issues are related to foreign policy. wars cost money. but appearing weak invites war. the president doesn't want to talk about any of that. he'll talk about big bird, binders, bain, and bush instead. no solutions. no hope and change. no reason to vote for the guy.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
      • harrylook

        i'm happy bin laden is dead and obama decided to adopt the bush doctrine to assassinate him. however, i hope on monday he will explain why it is legal to kill american citizens overseas (even if they are dangerous jihadis) without even a warrant. His administration says these americans have no due process rights. KSM should go to civilian court, but american citizens can be executed without a warrant? i need an explanation of that.

        October 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
      • Chooch0253

        You have to kidding. 1940 is the year the U.S. first got involved in the Persian Gulf/Middle East. Since then we have spent trillions fighting wars, propping up puppet governments, arming resistance fighters (do you remember that guy, what's his name? Oh yea Osama Bin Laden.. guess who "created him"? We did.) We armed and trained "resistance fighters" to oppose the Russians when they occupied Afghanistan. We armed Iraq to the teeth in the late 70's to make sure our ally "Saddam Hussein" could defeat Iran in the Iran/Iraq war, then went back to fight Saddam Hussein's military, that we armed and trained, not once but twice now. Does it sound like anyone has accomplished anything in that region after over 70 years? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. We need to get the hell out of the Persian Gulf/Middle East and stay out. Mind our own freaking business, develop alternative power and fuel resources. We should have done it 70 years ago instead of this total disaster of a foreign policy to keep the flow of oil, flowing. The only reason we have ever been in that region of the world is oil. Anyone saying differently to include any President is full of crap and never studies history.

        October 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  43. DJESQ

    BO will know how to deal with the angry mobs …

    Luckily the Department of Homeland Security recently purchased 2 billion rounds of ammunition … they’re expecting a big crowd with torches and pitchforks after this election …

    … it’s gonna get messy, methinks …

    October 20, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
  44. All of America

    It's time to face the facts that deadbeat obama and his entire administration are a huge failure at everything and the past 4 miserable years have proven that. Our country needs real leadership and President Romney can get us out of the mess that freeloader obama has dragged us into. Our country cannot afford another 4 years of deadbeat obama and his corrupt administration . Obama has done enough distruction to our country and its security and now it's time fo him to go.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • Charlie Ammen

      And 'deadbeat' & 'freeloader' are code for? Spoiler Alert: This a rhetorical question.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • Chooch0253

      Do yourself a favor. Go to school and get a proper education. While you are at that, try to find some brain cells. Your posting is not only illiterate rambling, it is based entirely in unfounded rhetoric. You are fully qualified to call yourself a Republican. The mantra of the Republican Party is "we will not let facts define us". You fit that perfectly.

      October 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
      • Richard Hertz

        Follow the timeline and read the prevarications.

        If Obunga called it an act of terror, why did Rice and Carney-boy go out of there way to say it was not? Why did OB say the same onhis favorite Puff Shows?

        Reality does not match their messiah's narrative.

        October 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  45. 2HalfBrain

    Did Obama say during the second debate that he did call it a terrorist attack the very next day?
    Now his folks are claiming they didn't have information leading to that conclusion at that time?
    So he is having it both ways?

    October 20, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • Alex

      Any violent act used against a US outpost Embassy or Consulate IS an act or terror in itself. You don't need people with " I'm a terrorist name tag " to make that conclusion..So Obama was right on the money with his statement ...did they know exact specifics that it was preplanned attack with rockets and mortars ..no that takes time to filter in. Take the Bias blinders off and look at the facts and remember who released a press release to make a political point without knowing any facts on the ground hrs earlier only to release them at the same time the news of the Ambassador was released ..Oh yes that would be Mr Romney...Heaven forbid facts get in the way of the truth. This was a tragedy with loss of life show the families a little respect and leave partisan politics out of it .

      October 20, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
      • 2HalfBrain

        Alex, spin is not going to work in this case. If the ambassador's death were caused by spontaneous demonstration because of outrage over the video, then the president would not consider it a terrorist attack. So either he called it a terrorist attack, which I doubt, or he did not, which means he lied during the debate.

        October 20, 2012 at 11:57 am |
      • Chooch0253

        @Halfbrain Obama most certainly did declare the attack a terrorist act the day after the incident. Your apparent refusal to acknowledge the facts comes as no surprise.

        part of Obama's statement made during his press conference in the Rose Garden, Sep 12, 2012.

        "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. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

        Look at the third word in his address to the press. What is it? Look at the second sentence. Note it refers to 4 Americans.

        You might want to do like someone with normal intellect would do. Research before repeating unfounded and uninformed rhetoric.

        October 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
      • Dubhly

        yes actually it would be still an attack of terror. Do you think a crowd riled up and moving with deadly intent would not be an act of terror even if spur of the moment? Romney is playing a stupid card, but that does not mean it will not work with the same type of people who cannot look beyond political rhetoric.

        October 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
      • 2HalfBrain

        @Chooch0253, you don't seem to get my point. If the intelligence suggested it was a mob, which is what they are arguing now, why would Obama called it a terrorist attack then? You can't have it both ways. Mob attack or terrorist attack? If you are not sure at the time, that's fine also. But don't claim you declared it was a terrorist attack then.

        It shouldn't be hard to understand my logic here.

        October 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
      • Chooch0253

        @Halfbrain Those attacking the Consulate were not holding up signs that said.. "We are not attacking because of a video". There were protests that had erupted in a number of countries on that day. They were all because of this disgusting video. Of course everyone in the Obama Administration "had to have known" this was different than the rest of the "protests" that had erupted. Exactly what makes you think anyone knew that this was not simply a protest, until the next day? Quite obviously they had determined by the following day it was most likely a terrorist attack, not necessarily related to the "movie" or else Obama would not have held a press conference in the Rose Garden and made the following statement: 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. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

        I know Republicans would like Romney to be President. Democrats want Obama. But does anyone really think that distortion, outright lies, embellishment, and rhetoric is helping anyone to make an informed decision? Or is the goal to make sure nobody is informed and blindly following like sheep?

        October 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
      • 2HalfBrain

        @Chooch0253, you still don't get my point. The White House is arguing that they didn't have intelligence that pointed to terrorist attack then. So if that is true, how can Obama knew it was an terrorist attack the very next day and declared it? If you argument is true, then White House's current argument is wrong. You just can't have it both ways.

        I don't vote simply along the party lines. I voted against both Bush and Obama and am proud of my record.

        October 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • jm

      2 halfbrain
      You really have about an 1/8 of a brain. What a moron

      October 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
      • 2HalfBrain

        @jm, what about a logical response that shows you even have 1/8?

        October 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
      • JD in GA

        It doesnt matter if it was planned or not. The ones to blame,overall, is the musli extremistsCOWARDS

        October 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  46. Jim

    Why can't people just admit that Obama sometimes fires before he aims? I expect that from a man who called the police "stupid" when his friend was questioned at his own home, and a man who admitted he did not know the details of the Trayvon Martin shooting before he started commenting on that. The man has an insatiable need to comment on everything, as as quickly as possible.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
    • jm

      Jim
      When you say "What you expect from a man" you mean to say "What I expect from a Black Man?" , your words speak for themselves

      October 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  47. Thomas

    I love how people seem to think this is so cut and dried. This place is like a unstable war zone. In the end the US must keep people there and it is a very un safe place. What about all the people the GOP killed in Iraq, George Bush and the rest should be in jail. How can the GOP ever be trusted again?

    October 20, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
    • Name*Chuck

      Thanks for pointing this out! Because if this would have happened during George Bush's presidency the media and people like you would have been calling for his head. Apply the same standards to Obama as you would George Bush you hypocrite.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
      • TNPatriot

        Actual Chuck, a similar incident DID happen while Bush was President. It was 9/11/01, it took YEARS to complete the investigation, and although the president was WARNED about this attack one month prior, he dismissed the warning and ignored it. Knowing this, the political BS that the GOP is now pushing was put aside by Democrats to rally behind our nation and our president. Romney was the FIRST to attempt to turn this tragedy into political fodder and THAT conduct PROVED him to be unqualified to lead this or any other nation.

        October 20, 2012 at 10:53 am |
      • Name*Chuck

        What exactly did Mitt say that was so wrong? Was it related to the fact that our response to the act of terror (presidents words not mine, lol) should not be to apologize for the video because of our 1st amendment right of speech as the president, state department and press secretary were doing! Why did the state dept take down their message of the video not representing the us? Mitt sounded more presidential that day than did our current apologizer in chief.
        Blame the intelligence community all they want the reason they cant get their story straight is simply because everything they try to explain it away with comes back as a lie because of something else they said previously contradicts an earlier statement.

        October 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
      • Ojaigirl

        "Chuck"
        It is bizarre that the aftermath of Libya attack (i.e., Obama waiting for all the facts and speaking judiciously before he had more information) is being trumped up by radical rightwingers as some kind of indictment of Obama's foreign policy.. it reeks of longterm hypocrisy, else why did we hear no uproar at Bush2 from radical rightwingers in 2004 campaign over the 2977 deaths of 9/11?... why was there no rightwinger uproar at reagan in 1984 over the 241 American servicemen killed in the bombing of our barracks in Lebanon in 1983?
        What was Romney's first impulse this time? Verbally attack "the administration" (actually our embassy in Cairo, and by extension the President) over what Romney claims is an "apology" they sent out:

        http://www.factcheck.org/2012/09/romney-gets-it-backward/

        October 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Guy

      Lets look at the facts that were known at the time Facts by definition are indisputeable truths. 1, There were additonal sercurity requests from the embassy .. 2. The American Cross left Benghazi. 3. The British pulled out 4.. The Al Qaeda flags were flying in Benghazi.... 5.. The head of sercurity team that was ordered to leave said " we were the last flag standing". 6 The consulate had been attacked in June.... 7. It was 9/11 ..If on any day there should have been more security ON SITE it would have to had been on 9/11 Im concerned that a simple man like myself can figure that out I;m concerned about our intelligence communtiy I think Mr Webster may have to change his definition of Intelligence

      October 20, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • JD in GA

      Turned down security requests, not due to funding,. What more needs to be said???

      October 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  48. Ben

    We knew it wasn't an anti-video demonstration within 24, but rather than say we weren't sure, it seemed better for our presidential campaign to them keep pushing the video story so we can chill the concept of free speech and vilify an American citizen on international tv. We don't lie, we just tell you things that we know aren't true, and CNN covers for us. – The Obama Administration's Official Stance

    October 20, 2012 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • Chooch0253

      ""We knew it wasn't an anti-video demonstration within 24, but rather than say we weren't sure, it seemed better for our presidential campaign to them keep pushing the video story so we can chill the concept of free speech and vilify an American citizen on international tv."

      Really? Are you a pull string puppet? Have you ever heard the word research? How about verification? You post this b.s comment based on your ignorant opinion and disdain for Obama. You might want to try using facts instead of uninformed rhetoric if you want to support your case. Thus far you have posted nothing but ignorant rhetoric, not facts. I know the mantra of the Republican Party is "We will not be defined by facts" but you are preposterous.

      Part of Obama's press conference held in the Rose Garden on Sep12, 2012, the day after the incident.

      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. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  49. Name*Chuck

    I would just like to know the following:
    1. Why was the administration so reluctant to call this a terrorist attack?
    2. Who initially thought this attack was the result of a video that had been on the net for the prior 6 months?
    3. After supposedly 24hrs into the initial investigation when it was becoming apparent to some that this was more than a protest/riot did the administration continue to blame the video?
    4. Where is the apology to the person who made the video that we now know was not the cause of this tragedy?
    5. When will the mainstream media actually do their freaking jobs and ask the tough questions and find out the truth instead of being complicit in the appearance of a co
    er up?
    What's truly sad is that Republicans have been blamed for politicizing this issue but if they wouldn't have kept pushing for answers we would all still be blaming the video because the media would have just kept repeating what the administration was putting out there.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply
  50. Dan5404

    At last, there is one thing Romney could use as an argument, even if not exactly true, about foreign policy. I doubt that the American people will want to hear 90 minutes of trying to say Obama really caused the deaths and then trying to say the one attack means Obama's entire list of successes against terrorists means nothing. I don't think anyone except righ-wing extremists will believe that. Nothing short of shooting someone suits them. Well, don't worry, Obama has a good record of finding and killing murderers. Watch for symptoms of Romnesia Monday night.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • myway

      The people jumping on the pundit bandwagon in the Benghazi case are almost all individuals who draw their information from warching Fox news or listening to biased commentators like Limbaugh. Several of my friends and acquaintences fit this description. They're always up to speed on the same current "scandal" hoping for the silver bullet that'll swing the upcoming election their way. They have a very difficult time listening to alternative views, let alone accepting them as valid. Many comments here serve as evidence the emotionally and ideoligically charged presentation of rumors mixed with cherry picked facts by Fox and Limbaugh is being taken way too seriously. News casters and talkshow hosts are well paid entertainers hired because they sell advertising on their programs, not for being ideological political missionaries. Making the audience believe they are is their job, not their mission.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:46 am | Reply
      • Mike

        If you don't sometimes go over to FOX and see what they are saying, then you are a product of CNN's propaganda. Just don't think of yourself as smarter than your fox friends. If any of you are getting your news from only one source, then you are getting a biased view.

        October 20, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  51. myway

    The administration has absolutely nothing to gain by misinforming the public regarding the Benghazi attack. To the contrary, as it is evident here, inaccurate statements in such matters lead to confusion and relentless attacks by critics. Therefore it's safe to assume there's no conspiracy here. Now for the critics, where's the beef? Pure allegations do not equal evidence no matter how many times they're being echoed.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • Mike

      Very faulty logic. You can't say they don't have anything to gain. You don't know that this is the case. It is more logical to say: they did put out a false story so what it is that they are trying to cover-up?

      October 20, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • cami100k

      Yes they did have something to gain. They pulled security away in August that would have fought off the terrorist attack that they were warned ahead of time, would happen. The whole mission was left with little defense to the promised terrorist attack. The mission including ambassador Stevens himself, asked for increased security but instead lost a whole team of security personnel– just one month prior to the attack.
      What better way to spin this than to say it was a spontaneous reaction to a video, than telling the truth, that it was the terror attack that we were warned about, but did nothing to protect against.

      October 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  52. REDFIRESTORM

    Oba-nixon covered up the terrorism to prevent americans from knowing that killing bin laden didn't stop it before election

    October 20, 2012 at 8:16 am | Reply
  53. Should Not Have Been There

    The real story is that our ambassador SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THERE PERIOD! The Red Cross and the British had already left because it was too dangerous and no longer safe. He should have been pulled out ....while they were leaving, we were trying to "normalize" our position there......when the evidence points to the fact we should not have been there. They knew they screwed up leaving him there.......
    For those that don't think this is a cover up........when do you think this transparent administration is going to let us know who was leaking all the intelligence info this past year.........I am sure that will never be known as well......

    October 20, 2012 at 8:14 am | Reply
    • Dan5404

      He was not stationed there. It was a visit prior to closing it down completely. This was a consulate, not the embassy in Tripoli, where he was stationed. He also had a history of walking among the citizens with security driving behind him., not walking with him. He believed in making friends and he was very successful at it. However, there are still too many warring groups that hate each other to maske anywhere in that country safe. In this case, even if a couple of dozen Marines had been there, they couldn't stop 4-5 pre-aimed mortars and multiple RPGs along with outnumbering attackers. The fact is, it is still dangerous for any American there.

      October 20, 2012 at 8:44 am | Reply
      • ande123

        wow, you are really smart. to somehow imply that the ambassador was there because he wanted to blissfully walk through the streets holding hands with rebels is hilarious!!! he was NOT in the streets, making friends, with his security off to the side. he was scared for his LIFE in benghazi! have u not been paying attention? diary entries, multiple requests for more security, the British had already removed their diplomats and yet you think he's "visiting" as if its a vacation?? yeah. you sound reeeeeeaaaallly smart and well informed. =)

        October 20, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • myway

      Intelligence leaks are as common as people making biased and inaccurate statements like yourself. Leaks are sometimes intentionally planted, as shown during the Bush era , or they're being randomly spread by individuals pushing their ideological agenda. In the Benghazi case it's clear assumptions were made by some officials influenced by regional events and incomplete or inaccurate intelligence. The only problem I see is that premature statements were made to the media, prior to having solid facts and throughly reviewed statements and talking points. That's all.

      October 20, 2012 at 8:47 am | Reply
      • Mike

        Go back and watch the videos of Susan Rice and BO explain what happened during the two weeks after the event. Now imagine them saying "we are not sure what happened and it is prudent to not speculate." Big difference. They actively pushed false information. The question is "why?"

        October 20, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  54. Carol Dempsey

    The Romney campaign is working their base into a frenzy over Benghazi and is working hard to distract from what really matters in this campaign – the economy. It is funny to watch how good Romney is good at manipulating his base. Romney is losing ground on the economy, women’s issues, and immigration. His 47% remark, which made it clear whose side he is really on, is resonating with the majority of hard working Americans who resent that remark and as much as he tries to flip flop and say he cares for everyone that doesn’t ring true. The tragic fact is that many people who are commenting here are part of the 47% that Romney looks down upon, but they don’t get that.
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last month unemployment in Ohio dropped to 7 percent, in Iowa the rate declined to 5.2 percent and in Wisconsin it dropped to 7.3. In Virginia the unemployment rate is 5.9 percent and in New Hampshire it is 5.7 percent. Housing starts are on the rise and the housing market is recovering. Won’t hear that from the Romney campaign…….

    October 20, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • scott

      my god women what planet are you from ??

      October 20, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
      • Pete

        She's from planet truth?

        October 20, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • mfb

      four out of the five states you listed have republican governors. interesting.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
  55. Radgast

    I am not sure why all the embassy attacks are not being reported as a factor into the big picture

    October 20, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
  56. tuscany590

    Expect a drone strike Monday, & stories that we brought the people who did this to justice, to coincide with the last debate.

    October 20, 2012 at 7:30 am | Reply
  57. Duke

    CNN's every "political" article carries with it a leftist slant. Supwitdat?

    October 20, 2012 at 6:59 am | Reply
    • markntx

      Because you've been brainwashed by hannity, limbaugh, beck and Faux News to fear 'the liberal media'...which of course is all medium except Faux News and their cronies. They Report. You Believe.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
      • Mike

        And you know this because you watch FOX news? Or did the unbiased media and their sheep tell you so? Certainly there is bias on FOX, but how do you know that your news is not biased? If this doesn't make you stop and think then you are not really interested in the truth.

        October 20, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  58. Patchygroundfog

    The Obama administration screwed up in the run-up to the Libyan attack and 4 U.S. lives were lost. The president has taken full responsibility and promised the process will be fixed and terrorists brought to justice. Give it a rest. What more do the cynical GOP neocon über trolls want? More blood? Additional anti-American GOP political points after all the other things Obama has done to keep us safe? I'll take a 1-loss Team Obama security Detail over an untested and intellectually and emotionally stunted Mitt Romney Team Gargoyle Now Unleashed upon the Globe all day long. Easy choice. Romney's going to blow his foot off. Or yours.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:49 am | Reply
    • luckjoe

      The president did not take full responsibility. The president has attended only 42% of his security briefings. Hillary Clinton
      conveniently took full responsibility the day of the second presidential debate.

      October 20, 2012 at 6:05 am | Reply
      • John

        Did you not watch the debate? He said then that he was ultimately responsible...

        October 20, 2012 at 7:40 am |
  59. Borninvegas

    To liberals...to quote Tom Cruise "You can't handle the truth" on the mistakes of this administration. Really ,when is expecting the truth and answers from the people we elect "Offensive" Mr. Obama? In this great democracy we all belong to are we still allowed to question our leaders and expect answers that don't insult our intelligence? Mitt Romney had every right to ask Obama those questions at the debate and Candy Crowley robbed America of a true defining moment.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:43 am | Reply
    • Ben

      You mean Jack Nicholson

      October 20, 2012 at 6:15 am | Reply
    • John

      Pleease....bitter your guy lost?

      October 20, 2012 at 7:41 am | Reply
  60. Michele

    Amazing how it was a big uproar for months over Valerie Plame who was supposedly outed but is still very much alive and writing books. But when Obama has an Amabassador and 3 other people plus 16 wounded which they never mention and they try to cover it up it is nothing at CNN. What can you expect from people who support Crowley, she is a liberal hack for the Obama campaign. Obama never said nor did ANY OF HIS PEOPLE that it was terrorism in Benghazie, he was using it as a general term and we all know it. CNN COVERED HIS BUTT as usual. They have a tape that was running the whole time and show what was going on. They pulled out a team of 16 security forces per the State Dept request one month before the attack and left these guys out to dry although they asked repeated for help. He did not want to admit defeat as you remember it was his idea to bomb and help Quadafi get killed. Now they are killing us, somme Arab spring. THey say Al Queda has taken over in that region. We are going to get our butts handed to us again due to his policies just like we did on the first 9/11 after 8 years of Bill Clinton. As we all know those terroists came in on his time and one was released from the Israeli govt per US request.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:23 am | Reply
    • Anna

      Candy Crowley is a bull dvke, she's do what it takes to get Obama re-elected. No surprise there.

      October 20, 2012 at 5:38 am | Reply
    • john

      complete fantasy. everything you say is false.

      October 20, 2012 at 6:13 am | Reply
    • John

      I'd like to know how you navigate your day to day life...what with your eyes tightly closed and all...

      October 20, 2012 at 7:43 am | Reply
  61. Too Much Info

    The republicans cut security funds. They didn't care about security and they are the very people crying foul. Pathetic.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:16 am | Reply
    • rosethornne

      IOKIYAR

      Revolting

      October 20, 2012 at 7:33 am | Reply
    • Jasoner

      For the last time, Charlene Lamb, at the Bengazi Hearing, clearly said that funding was not the cause for not adding additional security per Nordstrum’s request. Wise up, Lib.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
  62. Too Much Info

    First people want too much information and some of that information maybe sensative for a reason. Also funding was cut by the Republicans. Also this was a consulate NOT AN EMBASSY. A consulate is more of an office than an Embassy so it got even less funding. This was also a CIA headquarters that they didn't want to draw to much attention to.
    ISSA is nothing but a witch hunter. It is too bad everything has become so polarized. Also, although this was tragically only 4 lives, and our hearts go out to the families, the Republicans did far worse when they were in office. THousands are dead because of their lies and Romney would get us into war with Iran and Syria. Be careful what you people ask for. You may just get something you really don't want.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:13 am | Reply
    • Jasoner

      For the last time, Charlene Lamb, at the Bengazi Hearing, clearly said that funding was not the cause for not adding additional security per Nordstrum’s request. Wise up, Lib.

      And the cuts you speak of were bipartisan.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  63. Bettyuann

    Terrorist used the protest in Egypt as a cover to attack the embassy. Republicans are using the attacks on the embassy to embarrass the president. Isaa is using hearings to intimidate state department officials. Romney is using the deaths to win the election. The president is using the conspiracy theories to set the republicans up.No one cares about what really happened or how the families if the victims are doing.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:12 am | Reply
  64. RND

    So now it looks like Susan Rice and the intelligence officials will be thrown under the bus just right before the election to save Obama's a$$, this bloody administration is nothing but a disgrace to our nation.

    October 20, 2012 at 2:57 am | Reply
  65. w bullock

    I am feeling belived that presdient obama are keep lied to usa I don't undrestand why he make too liar talk with people amecrian what happened about on 2008 also I m serouis belived that obama is strongset of his muslim but obama are trying more blame other someone or services or congress or senate
    Middle east or all ccountry are well know that obama was born in keynea also untied states amercian would get kick out of presdient obama

    October 20, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
    • Mimi

      There 3 thing that black people are good at :
      -Lying
      -Stealing
      -Killing

      So deal with that! It's a fact of life.

      October 20, 2012 at 3:02 am | Reply
      • Mimi

        *There are 3 things*

        October 20, 2012 at 3:04 am |
      • Soleil

        Ignorant and narrow-minded people like you, makes this world a very scary place.

        October 20, 2012 at 4:37 am |
      • Really?

        This article is about a terrorist attack on one of our embassies and all you can think to do is spread hate and filth? Someone should really consider growing up.

        October 20, 2012 at 5:27 am |
      • David

        If you are Republican, then you are an embarrassment to the party. I have nothing but contempt for racism.

        October 20, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  66. D-Nice

    Does it really matter what the immediate reaction was to the event to anyone beside rabid republicans that are trying to publicize the deaths of Americans to helps their candidate? The only reaction the American people should be worried about is what is going to be done in the future to prevent this type of tragedy. The Obama administration's reaction would have not saved a soul. The attack was over. Republicans are too stupid to realize that they should probably be hammering him on what happened before the attack. Then again Obama can bring up that Paul Ryan voted against extra funds for embassey protection. it's a sad situation but this isn't the game changer that the GOP thinks it is. Just look how hard Romney's re-election HQ (aka Fox "news") and the GOP minions are trying to push it. Just a reminder GWB got elected after the WMD debacle. Just think 4000+ dead Americans in iraq because of GWB intel failure. Makes Libya t look like small potatoes.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:37 am | Reply
    • Dee

      why say anything then if it dosn't matter? you are a blind follower of a president that did say something and it was a lie no changing that and for what reason? do you know why?

      October 20, 2012 at 2:36 am | Reply
      • john

        Just where was the lie? There was no lie. Conflicting intel coming in hourly / daily. Few Americans on the ground over there who could provide accurate information. Who is to say what was and was not the truth in a war zone at such distance?

        October 20, 2012 at 6:20 am |
    • David

      Many things have changed in the last 4 years. One of the most troubling though is that unfortunately we are no longer united as Americans, we are now solely Democrats and Republicans. This country appears to be more divided than ever. As a registered Republican, I have been disappointed in the past by some within the party, including our most recent former President Bush.
      I did not vote for President Obama in the last election however I remained very optimistic about his term due to the fact that he promised two important things, transparency within the government administration and bipartisanship. To my dismay, these things never happened. As a matter of fact, it appears that just the opposite took place and not what was promised. Honesty and integrity are attributes that should be expected by all of us as a nation. I don't feel that coming from this administration. Even more troubling is that the media is now taking sides. We used to be able to count on the truth from them whether good or bad. They too, appear to have their own agenda. Walter Cronkite was a liberal but he was a journalist first and foremost. He did not compromise himself by putting a political spin on various events as they unfolded, HE JUST REPORTED THE NEWS. These are troubling times for this country in more ways than anyone can truly imagine. Who do we trust? The government? The media? In God we trust is a phrase that was a format for our own governmental and judicial existence. It became our national slogan. It is something that would help create an avenue for truth for all Americans. We admire and respect our founders of this great country but to be honest, I think that if they were all alive today, they would be deeply and emotionally disappointed in all of us.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
      • mcfarlas47

        Well said.....well said.

        October 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  67. YOU CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH

    MONEY CANNOT SAVE HUMANITY BUTTT! THE CONSCIENCE, OF MAN WILL.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:24 am | Reply
  68. AZBrian

    Come on CNN! Show the world you're a better news orgizination than Fox and cover the story. Fox was all over this from the beginning but you've tried to ignore it. Now that it's all over the news, you're finalely reluctantly covering it. What you are writing is days late since so many of your points have already evolved with the evidence being uncovered. I never thought I'd say this but maybe watch Fox NNews to come up to date on what's happening.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
    • john

      There is a difference between being "all over it" and having useful / accurate information to present. Fox almost never relies on reliable sources. It has no foreign correspondents. Just talking heads screaming and posturing. Why would anyone waste their time on that channel?

      October 20, 2012 at 6:24 am | Reply
  69. lily

    It is really sad that some in the media have tried to avoid reporting on this whole Libya story–it has been relegated to a bottom of the page item on a line–right under a story about Beyoncy or Timberlake. I am truly embarrassed for the people that report for them. Obama's handling of this is a National Disgrace, as well as the most deceitful thing a President has done since President Johnson lied about the Gulf of Tonkin!!

    October 20, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
    • D-Nice

      I guess you were in a coma when George Bush lied us into a war with Iraq. Remember WMDs that were never there. How many Americans have been killed in that debacle?? 4000+ a thousand times more than in Libya. Not to mention the 100,000+ Iraquis that have died sicne we invaded. A war that cost well over a trillion dollars that was never claimed on the budget. What a hack you are. Just give up.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:16 am | Reply
      • D-Nice

        And I'm sure you voted to re-elect Bush after that was public knowledge. The GOP is desperate and grasping at straws to prop up their pathetic candidate.

        October 20, 2012 at 1:17 am |
  70. BeJust

    I think you can draw an underlying correlation between the administration's reluctance to initially categorize the Benghazi attack as a premeditated act of terror with President Obama's decision to not sit down and meet with any of the world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly two weeks after the attack. During his brief visit to New York to address the U.N., President Obama did find the time, however, to sit down and speak with the ladies of "The View." It's obvious that the president's overriding priority is his reelection campaign, and Obama's national security record, the centerpiece of which is the killing of Osama bin Laden, is one of the clear highlights in a record that is a bit short on unequivocal accomplishments.

    October 20, 2012 at 12:45 am | Reply
    • john

      So jeez, let's ask Bibi what really happened in Benghazi. Or how about David Cameron. Moron.

      October 20, 2012 at 6:27 am | Reply
  71. JGHM

    4 Americans are dead. There may or may not be a cover up and this story is hiding small on cnn.com. I've become so dissapointed in journalism. Big Beard and women in binder and Biden's gaffes seem to be hot cake stories whereas something like this is in the back end. Shame shame shame.

    October 20, 2012 at 12:18 am | Reply
  72. FBowman

    Well Obama said "4 dead Americans isn't optimum" maybe he wanted it to be more? And he told us that there would be "bumps in the road." Obama is nothing but a POS narcissist freak.

    October 20, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
    • Vicki

      No deaths are optimal and that was the term used by Jon Stewart. President Obama will do what he is good at and will track down these killers and bring them to justice. Yes republicans who let every rotten and terrible thing Bush did in his Iraq War of choice go by, but will make this as big and terrible as they can. We know it is terrible and we know that it was tragic that the consulate was attacked by terrorists. We are very sorry about the America lives lost. But the GOP has no credibility with their determination to cut financies to the State Department and their cutting of funding for our embassies and consulates by millions on dollars.

      October 20, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
      • Roninaustin

        Perhaps the President should not have repeated it once Stewart stated it... Like saying this is not even a proper discussion for what we are facing! Just saying, we only have one President at a time for a very good reason. But we kind of need them to unite and lead us and not quibble about how this effects their campaign!

        October 20, 2012 at 12:41 am |
      • ceejay

        Bring the killer to justice? The terrorist will be happy to trade his life for the ambassador's life anyday.

        October 20, 2012 at 1:08 am |
  73. @Guest

    No, George W. Bush was knee deep in it. When Obama became President he can't just pick up and bring everyone home overnight, but they will be coming home much sooner then Mitt would bring them home. Mitt would start more wars starting with Iran and make sure that his sons find another "MISSION" to serve for their church. Obama got us out of Iraq, It takes time to clean up after ELEPHANT" droppings. The "DONKEY" is always hard at work.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      The donkey is hard at work destroying America and leading us down a road of destruction. He is a smooth talker and that is all he is, a talker. His allegiance is not with America. he apologizes to the Islam for a video on the morning four innocent American's were killed which had nothing to do with it. He is not a leader but a dictator. How can a man who claims Rev. Wright his "mentor" for over twenty years be committed to helping America. Obama was drilled under Wright's ministry to hate America. Set the parties aside my friend. Democrates and Republicans can work together for the best of the American people. It is this President who has divided our country and our politicians. Hillary, Obama and Ried are running this country their way with no other input. Joe is sitting in the background laughing. Real funny. America is in trouble. We need out quick before it is too late

      October 20, 2012 at 12:09 am | Reply
      • Vicki

        Dan you have a problem with the truth. President Obama will protect our embassies and our consulates. The big issue is that traitorous idiot who got all the Muslim world in an uproar with that anti-Muhammad video. That made it more dangerous and easier for these terrorists to decide to attack the Libya consulate. But that it took some time to get the facts from Libya is not the easiest thing to do when they were being attacked. I believe that it is the GOP that made the financial cuts to the State Department and to our embassies and consulates security that caused this to happen. The GOP has no integrity and no common sense about anything. To say I don't trust anything Romney or Ryan say is putting it mildly. These two men are liars and they lie often and maliciously.

        October 20, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  74. mia in California

    Four American lives were lost. Every life is precious. But how soon we forget, in 1983 in the middle east the Marine base was bombed. Well over 200 of our finest were killed, buried in rubble after a suicide bomber drove past security and into the building. I will never forget because my unborn son's father survived that attack. Now, this was when Reagan was president. He soon withdrew our marines from that country. As long as their been a middle east, blood will be shed. That's how it's been and always will be. Stop the blame game.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  75. Dan

    This evidence, the investigation has finally revealed a cover up of information, the truth to the American people and the families of the four murdered Americans committed by terrorists. Rice, Clinton and the President should resign immediately as they have weakened our Great Nation, knowlingly allowed four innocent Americans to be unprotected in a state of high threat terror activity. How can America trust or have faith in an Adminstration that has deceived the American people. How much more has this Adminstration lied and deceived the American people. This Administration has failed the American people, they are not leaders, but dictators who are only interested in power to serve their interest. Honesty, Integrity, Faith, Hope, Trust, Character, Truth, These are not words known or displayed by this Administration. American lets change our course of direction on November 6th. Save America. Four more years will lead America to a road of destruction with no return. President Obama is dividing America. United we will stand. Divided America will fall. We are tumbling at an expedient rate.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
    • JHA in Texas

      The rush to judgement before a full detailed review by our intelligence agencies & White House of what occured in the attack on US Libyan consulate smacks of GOP election politics. In previous foreign attacks, we have had a unified support behind our President (no matter party affliation) against our attackers. The standard operating procedure, would be to sift through the details and fuse all the facts, identify the gulity and deliver justice where ever in the world they are located. But not this time, not with this attack during a election year, the GOP politicians have chosen to fashion a weapon out of the tragic loss of life in US Libya consulate attack, and use it as political assault against Pres. Obama right before Nov. 2012 election. How low can the GOP party, GOP congressmen and Romney campaign sink? After the twelve (12) terrorist attacks on US Embassies around the world during the Bush-Cheney presidency, their was no rush to skip over a full investigation or to play the blame game. After the 9 / 11 attacks in New York that brought down the Twin Towers, we rallied around President Bush, we did not point fingers within hours, days or weeks after the attack. There were no press release statements by Democrats stating Bush sympathized with our attackers, no one was calling Bush a muslim. Today we have GOP congressmen & the Romney campaign politicizing the event, they are trying to slap "Vote for Romney" bumper stickers on the gravestones of US embassy staff.

      For Historic accuracy:

      12 Terrorist attacks on US Embassies During Bush-Cheney Presidency

      1. Jan. 22, 2002 Calcutta, India Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami gunmen attack Consulate

      2. June 14, 2002 Karachi, Pakistan al-Qaeda truck bomb detonates outside Consulate

      3. Oct. 12, 2002 Denpasar, Indonesia Consular Office bombed by Jemaah Islamiyah as part of the Bali bombings

      4. Feb. 28, 2003 Islamabad, Pakistan Unknown gunmen attack Embassy

      5. June 30, 2004 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan suicide bomber attacks Embassy

      6. Dec. 06, 2004 Jeddah, Saudia Arabia al-Qaeda gunmen raid diplomatic compound

      7. March 02, 2006 Karachi, Pakistan Car bomb explodes outside Embassy unknown

      8. Sept. 12, 2006 Demasacuc, Syria Gunmen raid US Embassy

      9. Jan. 12, 2007 Athens, Greece RPG Fired at Embassy by Revolutionary Struggle

      10. March 18, 2007 Sana’a, Yemen Mortar attack against US Embassy

      11. July 09, 2008 Istanbul, Turkey Armed attack against Consulate

      12, Sept. 17, 2008 Sana’a, Yemen Two car bombs outside US embassy in Yemeni capital

      After such a deadly attack, our US govt. has moved to immediately reinforce security at US Embassy locations and launched a full investigation. Let us remember our brave diplomats & staff, hug their families and stand united with our President against those who would harm our people and our country. We are all Americans, even during a highly tense election season.

      October 20, 2012 at 12:27 am | Reply
      • chenko777

        JHA in Texas hit the nail on the head. This issue becoming a political game ball is a disgrace to our country. Where are all our patriots?

        October 20, 2012 at 6:59 am |
    • D-Nice

      GWB lied us into a war with Iraq that cost us 4000+ American lives and you think Obama should resign?? I'd like to remind you that Bush got re-elected after we found out there was no WMDs and I bet you voted for him. You are a hypocrite.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:21 am | Reply
    • john

      Well then shut up and stop dividing us. Your accusations against this administration are unpatriotic and delusional.

      October 20, 2012 at 6:32 am | Reply
      • SP11

        Wow you call the right unpatriotic?? You swim in bias! The first 9/11 was an unprovoked to the US.. WE along with 7 other allies with intel went back to kick their ass!! This Libyan attack on us was unprovoked... And this POS in office who will soon be gone did NOTHING to help our ambassador here are the docs he pleaded for help!

        http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/10/19/State-Dept-Cables-Prove-Benghazi-Attack-Was-Targeted-And-Discriminate

        October 20, 2012 at 9:34 am |
      • Dubhly

        absolutly the right is unpatriotic, they do not care about the country, but about how much they can get out of the country for their greed. Look at Romney, hides money over seas, hides his taxes and lies about them. Moves jobs over seas, invests over seas. Real patriot there.
        btw there was no attack from Iraq, there were no WMDs we simply attacked unprovoked becuase a republican wanted to one up his father. The republicans are delusional, and they are unpatriotic, and disagreeing with this simply proves the point.

        October 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  76. davidfarrar

    Who y'a gona believe: CNN or your own lying eyes and ears?

    ex animo
    davidfarrar

    October 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply
    • Kebo Yablonsky

      I'm just as hell that CNN is reporting on Bengazi. Looks like they finally heard about the scandal.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Reply
    • Kebo Yablonsky

      I'm just surprised as hell that CNN is reporting on Bengazi. Looks like they finally heard about the scandal.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  77. mohsin

    STOP Obama is not GOD he cant prevent and fix everything STOP politicizing . What about the Unwanted Iraq war and American lives lost over there how come no one holds BUSH or Republicans for over 8,000 american lives in IRAQ ???? yes the Unnecessary war.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • Guest

      You really want to pretend that President Obama didn't expand the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan FAR beyond what President Bush did? What about the targeted killing program?

      Face the facts, if you don't like the war in Afghanistan, you have to admit to yourself that President Obama is neck deep in it, same as his predecessor.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
      • John

        Umm...he ended the war in Iraq, he didn't expand it, and if Bush had focused on Afghanistan instead of getting us into an unnecessary war by lying to us, we'd be out of there too...you righties and your "selective facts" just crack me up.

        October 20, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • Greg Kells

      Nobody is blaming him for the attack, we're skeptical of his response, and would like to know who dropped the ball? HE has politicized this by pushing a story that wasn't true, and then lying about it in the debate. I read the transcript, and so have plenty of other people. I challenge you to read it and find the quote for me that implicitly states that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist act. I don't want an excerpt from the beginning spliced together with an excerpt from the end. Find one quote that supports the President's assertion that he called the Benghazi attack a terrorist act the following day. It isn't there. He uses the phrase "act of terror" only once, and it comes right after he mentions the attacks of 9/11/2001.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Reply
      • D-Nice

        Sure Greg, do you give a 9-11 speech on 9-12 and talk about Benghazi the sentence before you say act of terror?? All I can say is the GOP is desperate! A different reaction to the event would not have saved a soul. If it was a cover-up it was the worst one ever because they called it a terrorist act the day after it happened. Pathetic GOP trolls.

        October 20, 2012 at 1:07 am |
      • john

        Wilfully delusional. The only reason he was giving this speech in the Rose Garden was to acknowledge the Benghazi tragedy and state his policy for what to do next. It was OBVIOUS that the Benghazi killing and his use of the words 'acts of terror' were directly connected in the President's statement.

        October 20, 2012 at 6:40 am |
    • basadeed

      Here is a newsflash for you, Bush isn't running for president. The president decided a long time ago that his administration wouldn't use the word terrorist to describe the thugs that commit these heinous acts. Has he called this a terrorist attack or is it an act of terror?

      October 20, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
    • Vicki

      We do hold Bush and Cheney in contempt and guilty for their propaganda and march to the Iraq War. They wanted that war and they kept on until that got their way. My husband was in the Army and was sent to Iraq with his unit. There was lots of Bush love by the commanders. My husband has the real inside story about what was going on in that war that Bush and Cheney forced on this country. Fortunately many came home safely and my husband was able to retire so that he did not have to keep returning again and again as so many in the military have had to do. War is hell and really is hell to be forced to go back again and again where people are trying to kill you or blow you up all the time.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:09 am | Reply
  78. Kevin

    "It wasn't until after the points were used in public that people reconciled contradictory information and assessed there probably wasn't a protest around the time of the attack," the official told CNN.

    Isn't this quote telling? Let's put out a number of talking points and see which one the public likes the most. This means intel was not driving the narrative. Public reaction was driving the narrative. So close to an election and with much of the Arab Spring in shambles, the intel had to be massaged for public consumption.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Reply
    • D-Nice

      Because Obama was behind the Arab spring?? When are Americans going to realize that we can't control these countries. It's not our job to police the world, we don't have to cash to do it anyway.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
  79. Ben

    News flash to you all: it's not totally clear what happened in Libya and no Libyan is going to tell the intelligence community anything but what they want to hear. It's going to take time and a serious investigation, like any crime, to understand what happened. Not a Macarthyite panel of idiot republicans.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      Ben: Apparently you have not seen the news reports, investigation reports that were released tonight. It is clear what happen unless you have a pair of those special Obama's glasses on. yeah you look through a tunnel and only see and hear what Obama shows and tells you. I was going to get a pair but decided I didn't want to be kept in the dark.

      October 20, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
    • Vicki

      No Dan is you being a know it all. Know it alls are some of the most uninformed people who think they know it all.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
  80. fes

    Maybe 'Fran' (and everyone else) is tired of taking the blame for Obama's mistakes while he takes all the credit for the little bit of good he does. I don't understand how people blindly believe in him, follow him and defend him. I'm not saying he's terrible, but I don't see the wonderful things he's done or the positive changes he's made. I don't know about other people, but speaking for myself and my family- things have gotten worse for us over the past 4 years. That's not CNN or FOX talking-that's me.
    And as someone else said- as far as believing what FOX or CNN is reporting, or any other media source, check out the facts for yourself and don't rely on other people's opinions and perspectives on incidents.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  81. reg

    Here is a novel thought, both parties lie, are corrupt, etc. There is no doubt. If you believe otherwise you are hopelessly brainwashed. There all dirty.

    It would be great if every government email was captured for posterity. Some sort of data warehouse, a digital Panopticon. We could quickly get to the bottom of every falsehood, rather than this slow painful, partial, release of the truth. it's like peeling back a band-aid (the media is the band-aid btw).

    October 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  82. Nancee Kioudjian

    you have not told the american public the truth
    Stevens was murdered and the American government did notthing to protect and the media along with the government is still covering it up!

    October 19, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  83. nina

    the only person trying to capitalize on this whole tragedy is romney & the repubs in order to win an election! I do not recall this much buzz when Bush controlled the WH & a whole bunch of US embassys were attacked around the world. I also do not remember the media or anyone else for that matter question the US intelligence or bush/chaney etc on where the intelligence was prior to 911 – no instead your country used fear to get bush in for another 4 years. Me thinks the repubs are gonna try & use the same strategy again – FEAR!!!

    October 19, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      I see you attacking Romney and Ryan. Thank God for these men as the truth as been revealed there was a cover up, American people were deceived by this adminstration. You should be outraged four innocent Americans were murdered because our Adminstration failed to properly protect them and provide proper security and military personnel. Maybe it was your family member you would see things different. How can you ever trust this administration with anything after failing to tell the truth to the American people. Obama's allegiance is not to America or the American people. Wake up Nina before it is too late for us

      October 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Reply
      • john

        there was no cover up. I wish I could trust Romney but I have no idea what he stands for. I watched all the Republican primary debates during which he pronounced policies and ideas that are radically different from what he now says. How can you believe in a man with no core? He will say whatever to get elected.

        October 20, 2012 at 6:45 am |
  84. Elvis

    If Romney is smart, he will focus on the WHY there was not adequate security in place on the anniversary of 9.11. I think Obama campaign tried to cover up afterward, but they have done a good job of obfuscating it that it will difficult to prove easily to the general public. Obama will claim he is 'going after the people that did this', but the real issue is he had his eye off the ball focusing on the election instead of security for his foreign staff as Commander in Chief.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
    • reg

      I disagree. He has already shown that he is willing to throw Hillary under the bus, and she is willing to lay down for him. Romney needs to press for full transparency on Rice's Sunday morning talking points. Every state department email, and administration email should be public that lead to her appearances. The goal isn't to catch him being incompetent, that's fairly clear at this point. The goal is to prove that he misinformed the American public intentionally for political gain.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
      • john

        why should proving that Obama lied be the goal, when you obviously already believe it? I frankly don't care what you believe, and nor do I believe that Obama (or Rice) lied or 'covered up.' Did you make similar demands on the Bush administration concerning the dozen or so serious terrorist attacks on US embassies during his presidency? I didn't think so.

        October 20, 2012 at 6:49 am |
  85. VAMike

    Why is CNN so afraid to tell the truth about Obama getting it wrong on Lybia?

    Just can't understand what is going on?

    Just seems if a republican was in the same situation, CNN would be all over it.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  86. Richard Hertz

    Feckless, arrogant, and dangerously naive.
    A complete disgrace.
    Patreus will not take the hit for Obungler.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  87. Whowillheblametoday

    Get Real "Get Real" the polls show Oblammer is going down in flames! All the same polls that were saying Oblammer was ahead prior to this Poop hitting the fan! Most people are not that stupid and can see that he's lying! History is about to repeat and it will seem like 1980 all over again! I predict Oblammer will Concede the Election prior to polls closing in California! At least the media has an out now!

    October 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  88. reg

    I wish someone in the military or intel community would offer up clear evidence on this.... Obama has outed their covert operations for media gain, undone their work, left them out in the cold, exposed, in dangerous situations in so many instances.... it's high time they return the favor.

    You can only imagine the tension in the briefing rooms when they're all sitting there together.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
    • john

      Actually the dangerous outing of sensitive information was the handiwork of Issa's committee hearing, not Obama.

      October 20, 2012 at 6:51 am | Reply
  89. Dagny_Tag

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press.

    Explain that Libs, B.O., Clinton/Rice, CrowleyGate, NY Slimes, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSDNC and last but certainly not least....C.orrupt "N.ews" N.etwork.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
    • Hillcrester

      The two are not incompatible. Mobs venting anger at the video–happening all over the Islamic world–were joined by heavily weaponed militias to attack the Consulate. Only people who already believed Obama persistently lies would insist this confusing intel situation was something else. I don't.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  90. tigertony1

    So how does this jive with todays article by Ken Dilanian and Shashank Bengali at the Los Angeles Times? They quote "no evidence found of Al Qaeda role in Libya attack". They also stated " witnesses said members of the group that raided the U.S. mission specifically mentioned the video, which denigrated the prophet Muhammad". They conclude with "Now, however, said another official with access to the intelligence, "it may turn out that the initial assessment was not that far off". If they have this report why doesn't CNN. If the Republicans have evidence of Al Qaeda involvement, bring it, if not pipe down.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • Dagny_Tag

      tigertony1, it's The Los Angeles Times........are you still confused? nevermind

      October 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • Hillcrester

      Facts just don't matter to Obama haters and will not reduce the venomous slurs during his second term.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  91. reg

    I think the easiest way to get to the bottom of this is to see the communications chain.... we're seeing the video that they all saw, the intel community has said that they thought it was terrorism with 24 hours. These are facts.

    The facts I want now are the chain of events and instruction behind the 'movie/protest' brief.... Why can't the state department just show us the emails and communications, everything is out already. Nothing needs to be redacted for secrecy or to contain exposure, right. Show us all of the direction that lead to Susan Rice's accounting on the 5 morning shows the Sunday following the attack.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • GetReal

      How do you know that everything is already out? If it is, what more do you want?
      You make many assumptions, then try to tell our intelligence agencies when and what to publish!

      October 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
      • reg

        Um... Get real, get real.

        At minimum they could give us a timeline on how the facts we already know came down the pipe. Should be pretty easy to see who got what, who was cc'd. Conversely, then show us the communication chain that lead to Susan Rice's talking points and her media appearances. Remember, she spoke on those shows 5 days after... Nordstrom and others have said that there was clear intel within 24 hours that the attacks were terrorist based. You're going to tell me that there was so much confusion (4 days worth) that somehow the State Department didn't distill this info to the person who was supposed to explain what went on to the nation. Don't be naive, get real.

        October 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  92. Whowillheblametoday

    Post by GET REAL: One fact is that the GOP cut funding for security in foreign embassies. (this maybe true)
    Really Get Real did you know the the foreign embassies budget has increased 118% since Oblammer took office! I can't wait until Mondays debate on Foreign Affairs, because the Liar in Chief will be further exposed on this outright LIE! Oblammer is going down in flames not even the Liberal Media can help him, not from lack of trying mind you!

    October 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • GetReal

      The cutbacks have been all over the news for a week. This matter is nothing more than a storm in a tea cup. Obama will prevail for another 4 years. But, who am I to burst your bubble?

      October 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  93. Dagny_Tag

    The classic Friday evening info dump.....for those of you still trying to defend this admin, who still believe what they are telling you is not a lie......who believe Crowley didn't stage a set-up and throw the debate.....who think B.O. going on Letterman, The View, The United Nations(!) blaming a video 2wks later (and jailing a U.S. citizen) wasn't OFFENSIVE........who believe that calling "actS of terror" in general referring to 9/11 _NOT Benghazi_ in the rose garden means the same thing................for those of you that believe these things, enjoy the movie..................this horror flick will soon be over. Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
    • GetReal

      I find obstructionists, conspirators, and traitors against our duly elected leaders to be OFFENSIVE.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
      • reg

        Love the drama Get Real. Violin playing here for you.

        October 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  94. thegame

    "It wasn't until after the points were used in public that people reconciled contradictory information and assessed there probably wasn't a protest around the time of the attack," the official told CNN.........

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press.-Kimberly Dozier...Really???

    October 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  95. Enough!

    More spin about how long it took the intelligence community to decide the attack in Libya was something other than a "spontaneous demonstration" gone awry? Within a couple of days (September 12th and 13th), the National Post of Canada and the New York Times had both published articles about how relief forces arriving to evacuate Americans from the secret "safe house" in Benghazi had been "ambushed" and the compound was hit by mortar fire. As the articles noted, an ambush using mortars is a military-style operation – not something that angry mobs do.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  96. Perdogg

    That's okay. CNN can try to spin for the adminstration all it wants, but soon we will have all the facts when all of the cables come out.; which I believe will be sooner rather than later.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
    • reg

      I hope we see the cables too. But I imagine we won't get to bottom of Obama's ruse until after the election. At this point it's pretty clear that Axelrod is trying to spread the floor and run out the clock. BTW – I don't care for Axelrod, but truly believe he is the brains behind the Administration, albeit very unethical.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  97. Fed up

    The truth will never be told on the Obama Media Network, this is such a sham, you should all be ashamed of yourself, but I believe in Karma and you will reap what you sew in time, just hope I live long enough to see that, you are pathetic.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
    • GetReal

      Will karma serve justice to the GOP for the killing of innocent lives in Iraq and Afghanistan or destroying our economy, just before Obama's 1st term? What have they sown since the midterm election? Nothing but obstruction.
      I also wait for justice to be served.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  98. GetReal

    This is an obvious case of the tale trying to wag the dog. Since when does politics dictate when and what our intelligence should say? Why should every foreign event be exposed to the public immediately, without consideration for what is happening on the ground and behind the scenes?
    The GOP needs to stop interfering with global situations. They are only fanning the flames and putting innocent people in potentially mortal danger.
    Remember the backlash against Bachmann's foolish rhetoric about this administration's links to the Muslim Brotherhood? Hillary Clinton's motorcade was attacked in Egypt, just because of irresponsible allegations.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • Fed up

      Because 4 Americans are dead, they repeatedly asked for more help and were denied, now the Commander in Chief, if you can call him that has spent weeks trying to avoid the truth – Open your eyes, this is just the tip of the iceberg, our leader is Muslim leaning – not America friendly

      October 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
      • GetReal

        President Obama IS our Commander in Chief, whether you like or not, Fed up.
        You should have realized that over the past 3 1/2 years.

        October 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  99. Something Wrong Here

    FACT1: Obama and company have been caught trying to cover up Benghazi attack by claiming common day protesters turned violet over a video…….WHY: They didn’t want Americans to know al-Qaeda is alive and well and our diplomats were not adequately protected……………Despite Several Request.

    FACT2: The video explanation was televised by Obamas administration on many talk shows and a UN speech……..This broadcasting of the Video incited many riots with additional deaths (mainly Muslim) …..Many Many Muslim knew little of video until after the Obama administration mass broadcasting of it.

    FACT3: A video of our own was created apologizing for the disparaging video (the one Obama and company advertised) and broadcast in Muslim countries on tax payer’s dime!

    This is impeachment material folks!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • GetReal

      Your beliefs are not necessarily facts. This administration had nothing to do with the anti-Muslim video that caused the riots.
      One fact is that the GOP cut funding for security in foreign embassies. That's why the requests were refused. Security is not cheap. Professionals are pretty reluctant to put their lives on the line for free.
      But, by all means, keep searching for right wing rhetoric and post it as fact!
      Whatever happened to patriotism, where citizens supported their elected leaders, instead of misusing freedom of speech to tear them down?

      October 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
      • Dagny_Tag

        WASHINGTON (AP) – The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press.

        Explain that Libs, B.O., Clinton/Rice, CrowleyGate, NY Slimes, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSDNC and last but certainly not least....C.orrupt "N.ews" N.etwork.

        October 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
      • Truth

        Actually, there was no funding cut. The repubs just didn't increase the budget as much as the administration wanted. There was still an increase in the budget fromthe year before. (isn't it lovely how Washington calculates that? They don't increasethe budget as much as they were planning to and it is considered a budget cut) Also, the State Department has come out and said that the "cuts" had nothing to do with the lack of security. Please inform yourself on this topic before you make ascinine statements.

        October 20, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • nhmtnbkr

      Something Wrong – what you state as facts, like many right-wing haters of Obama, are anything but – they are OPINIONS, which of course like the extremist mentality driving the Republican Party, is inevitably followed by ludicrous claims that if it were a cover-up, it's an impeachable offense, further elucidating your lack of real-world understanding of context and appropriateness.

      There is as yet, not clear evidence that there was a cover-up, at best looking like confusion and multiple parties being unable to get themselves squared away with regards to assessments and the subsequent information they portray. Your justification that they didn't want the information share was that it was because they feared everyone knowing about Al Qaeda is just asinine, because Obama's administration has been saying for months, if not years, that Al Qaeda remains a threat, despite being severely diminished, so your point only looks even more like irrational right-wing paranoia.

      As to you points 2 and 3, more crazy paranoid, non-fact-based hysteria which entirely too common within the right these days, trying to whip up emotions instead of analyzing things rationally.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
  100. Sick and tired

    Fran Townsend is a liar, CNN allow this woman to create conflict and mayhem, she is a liar. She knows nothing about foreign affairs, I am appalled CNN will call this breaking news. CNN allow this woman to call our President a liar, with these fake report that noone really knows what happened. CNN has resorted to making up crap, they are worst than fox news

    October 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • Karl Hungus

      Sounds as rational and unemotional an argument, as Eva Longoria makes. Not even MSNBC can spin their way out of Obama's latest disaster of incompetence, dishonesty, and misinformation. This President is clearly overmatched by the challenges of his Presidency. But keep screaming "liar", it's very effective.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
      • 2020

        you are incompetent, you are the liar, not only that, blind as well.

        Obama has 4 years of outstanding foreign issues record, and I will trust him 500% on him. Even Bin Laden understood Obama's skills and resolve.

        October 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • reg

      Are you serious? You need to forget about Fran, and begin to read. Digest many news sources, because they are all biased. Gather what little facts they provide amidst all the opinion and vitriol, which you're taking part in now BTW. Then when you have enough facts establish your own view of this issue not talking points from someone else. This is the problem with our news and Americans today, we're not really willing to educate ourselves.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • sam

      I agree 100%!! I like her but she WAS NOT there and then finally says we dont know what was said or what was going on after the attack. The journalist was correct to say it could have been a combination of spontaneous and planned attack
      .

      October 20, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
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