Obama Administration's Libya Spin Unravels
11:14 AM, Sep 27, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
At the Washington Post this morning, Glenn Kessler posts a collection of the Obama administration’s evolving statements on Libya and some important reporting of facts surrounding the attacks.
Kessler writes: “We will leave it to readers to reach their own conclusions on whether this is merely the result of the fog of war and diplomacy — or a deliberate effort to steer the storyline away from more politically damaging questions. After all, in a competitive election, two weeks is a lifetime.”
Several other data points, however, help us resolve this question. There is considerable contemporaneous reporting that demonstrates the Obama administration knew long before it said so publicly that the attacks were planned and likely the work of al Qaeda-related terrorists.
From the start, prominent Democrats, and even an administration official, told reporters that the attacks were planned. Senator Carl Levin, emerging from a briefing on the attacks with Secretary of Defense, responded to a question about whether the attacks were planned. “I think there’s evidence of that. There’s been evidence of that,” he responded, adding: “The attack looked like it was planned and premeditated.”
Representative Adam Smith, a Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, offered the same assessment. “This was not just a mob that got out of hand. Mobs don’t come in and attack, guns blazing. I think that there is a growing consensus it was preplanned.”
According to CNN, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy “has said that the attack appeared to be planned because it was so extensive and because of the ‘proliferation’ of small and medium weapons at the scene.”
And when did the administration understand the attacks were acts of terror?
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