The State Department said Tuesday it never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam, raising further questions about why the Obama administration used that explanation for more than a week after assailants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
The revelation came as new documents suggested internal disagreement over appropriate levels of security before the attack, which occurred on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the U.S.
That is going to be a big shock for a lot of people. Not people in this community. C.I. told you Victoria Nuland was lying (State Dept. spokesperson) some time ago. They lied and they lied intentionally.
What you're going to find out in tomorrow's hearing is that as soon as the State Dept. knew Ambassador Chris Stevens was dead, they knew that it was a terrorist attack. They knew then it had nothing to do with some YouTube video.
Or you'll find that out if the Committee is smart enough to get a timeline from their witness present. The House Oversight Committee already knows this. It's just a matter of them conveying it to the American people.
They need to get it on record.
The White House knew and they lied. They lied because they'd made the calculation that adequate security staff wasn't necessary.
When Mitt Romney released his statement and the press and bloggers piled on, the White House decided to run with that and were fairly confident that the faux outrage would keep anyone from finding out what happened until after the election.
They deceived the American people. You may remember the worked up outrage on Romney -- 'He's making hay out of this tragedy!' No, he was raising issues and it turns out that they needed to be raised. But that b.s. that Barack offered about Ambassador Stevens over and over? That was lying.
Just like Bush kept falsely linking Iraq to 9-11, Barack kept falsely linking a YouTube video to the attacks in Libya.
That is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity.
It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well -- for as the city outside these walls makes clear, we are a country that has welcomed people of every race and every faith. We are home to Muslims who worship across our country. We not only respect the freedom of religion, we have laws that protect individuals from being harmed because of how they look or what they believe. We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them.
That's Barack speaking to the United Nations on September 25th -- 14 days after the Libyan Consulate was attacked.
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