BENGHAZI ATTACK: The Benghazi attack that claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, lives on another day. The Republicans, lead by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte released a press release claiming President Obama didn’t actually call the attack an ‘act of terror.’ You say potato, I say po-tat-o. Here’s an excerpt for the three senators:
“During a press conference this afternoon, President Obama claimed that, ‘The day after [Benghazi] happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.’ This statement contradicts his comments over the course of two weeks after the attack in which the President repeatedly and specifically refused, in the heat of his re-election campaign, to label Benghazi a terrorist attack, despite the fact that there was compelling evidence that it was an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist attack.
“To be clear, on September 12th in the Rose Garden, President Obama made a generic reference to ‘acts of terror.’ But that same day he was specifically asked by Steve Kroft of CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’ if he believed Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and the President refused to say so, stating, ‘it’s too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved.’ Six days later on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman,’ the President was asked what happened in Benghazi and responded by blaming the attack on an ‘extremely offensive video.’ Two days after that on Univision, the President said ‘we’re still doing an investigation,’ and blamed it in part on ‘the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video.’ Four days later on ‘The View,’ Joy Behar asked specifically if it was an act of terrorism, and the President again said ‘we’re still doing an investigation.’ The next day, in remarks to the United Nations in New York a full two weeks after the attack, President Obama still made no reference to Benghazi as an act of terrorism but blamed recent violence on ‘a crude and disgusting video [that] sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.’
It’s also interesting that Rep. Darrell Issa, House Oversight Chairman, suggested that President Obama sought to downplay the severity of the Benghazi attack by describing the murders of the four Americans as an “act of terror” rather than a “terrorist attack.” Um, I’m sorry, isn’t that the same thing? The Republicans are playing pin the tail on the donkey, only they can’t find the donkey. Unbelievable.
Watch Darrell Issa reason like a toddler: