Did Clinton and Obama Believe Their Benghazi Baloney? – Michael Barone
By Michael Barone
What were Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton thinking? Why did they keep pitching the line that the 9/11/12 Benghazi attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans started as a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim video?
…It’s undisputed as well, after testimony at the House committee hearing last week, that Beth Jones, acting head of State’s Near Eastern Division, emailed on Sept. 12 that “the group that conducted the attacks, Ansar al-Shariah, is affiliated with Islamic terrorists.” That email went to Clinton counselor Cheryl Mills and State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland, among others. You may remember Mills as one of the lawyers defending Bill Clinton in his impeachment trial.
… Obama continued to attribute the Benghazi attack to a protest against a video on Sept. 18 (“Letterman”), Sept. 20 (Univision) and Sept. 25 (“The View” and the United Nations).
There were obvious cynical political motives for attempting to mislead voters during a closely contested presidential campaign. Obama did not want his theme of “Osama is dead, al-Qaida is on the run” to be undercut by an Islamist terrorist attack on our ambassador.
Clinton did not want her department’s denial of pleas for additional security in Libya to become known. But maybe they were also trying to deceive themselves. Which may be even more disturbing.