Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought up the now infamous anti-Muslim video at the transfer of remains ceremony held at Andrews Air Force Base, upon the arrival of the remains of 4 Americans killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The ceremony, where President Obama also spoke, was held September 14, three days after the attack, and was broadcast live across the nation on television.
The video, the Obama administration long suggested, was what sparked attacks against Americans, in Libya and elsewhere across the Muslim world. And bringing up the video at the transfer of remains ceremony helped build that false narrative.
But now, nearly a month later, the Obama administration is changing its story altogether about what happened at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The AP reports:
"The State Department now says it never believed the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a film protest gone awry, giving congressional Republicans new fodder for criticizing the Obama administration's initial accounts … The State Department's extraordinary break with other administration offices came in a department briefing Tuesday, where officials said ‘others’ in the executive branch concluded initially that the protest was based … on a film that ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad. ‘That was never our conclusion,’ a senior official told reporters."
Indeed, there was no protest at all there since it was a coordinated attack by al Qaeda on the eleventh anniversary of the most deadly terror attack against America ever, the attacks of September 11, 2001.
But that's not at all what Clinton said at the time.
"This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on September 14, 2012. "We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with. It is hard for the American people to make sense of that because it is senseless, and it is totally unacceptable.
"The people of Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Tunisia did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. Reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. And we will, under the President’s leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the world."
In fact, there is now evidence that suggests all those attacks--in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Tunisia--were planned, coordinated, and carried out by al Qaeda, and therefore had nothing to do with any anti-Muslim video posted on the Internet.
But that has not stopped President Obama from campaigning with this line, "today, al Qaeda is on its heels and Osama bin Laden is no more."
And despite the State Department apparently not believing the video had anything to do with the attack, Hillary Clinton stood directly in front of the dead bodies of four Americans killed while serving their country and said otherwise.
Note: This post has been updated.