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CBS reports - According to witnesses, there was no anti-American protest at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. There was only a terrorist attack, planned for the anniversary of 9/11:
So much for the deaths of the American ambassador and three other Americans being about a movie mocking Mohammed. If this report is accurate, that is not the case.
The money line in the CBS report: "What's clear is, the public won't get a detailed account of what happened until after the presidential elections". How convenient for the most transparent administration in history.
I suppose the rocket-propelled grenades used by the Benghazi attackers should have tipped off the Obama administration that this wasn't a spontaneous protest of outrage over a movie clip. I'm assuming the average Libyan doesn't have military weaponry lying about his house.
For some reason, the White House didn't admit until yesterday that this was a planned terrorist attack, when it was no longer possible for them to deny it.
One possible reason for the administration's denial is that the Obama administration declared "the war on terror is over" about five months ago. It appears the terrorists didn't get that memo.
Another possible reason is that the touted Arab Spring, for which Obama took much credit, has turned into an Islamists bonanza. America didn't make new friends, it made new enemies and orchestrated their rise to power.
A third possible reason is that Libyan officials say the Obama administration was warned in advance of the attack, and took no additional security measures on the anniversary of 9/11. The administration denies that it was warned. The Benghazi attack immediately followed a call for revenge from al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri for the killing of a top al Qaeda leader.
A fourth possible reason is that the suspected leader of the attacks was held as a terrorism suspect at Guantanamo Bay, who in 2007 was released by the Bush administration to Libya, on the condition that the Libyans keep him in jail. Obviously, Libya didn't keep it's word. Not a very bright move by the Bushies, but we all remember who applied the pressure, who whined the loudest about closing Guantanamo Bay, who cried about how awful it was to hold terrorist suspects indefinitely, and who mewled about how Gitmo was a violation of America's ideals. The head cheerleader for that view was none other than Barack Obama. Here's a little reminder for those of you who would rather forget:
"There is also no question that Guantanamo set back the moral authority that is America's strongest currency in the world. Instead of building a durable framework for the struggle against al Qaeda that drew upon our deeply held values and traditions, our government was defending positions that undermined the rule of law. In fact, part of the rationale for establishing Guantanamo in the first place was the misplaced notion that a prison there would be beyond the law--a proposition that the Supreme Court soundly rejected. Meanwhile, instead of serving as a tool to counter terrorism, Guantanamo became a symbol that helped al Qaeda recruit terrorists to its cause. Indeed, the existence of Guantanamo likely created more terrorists around the world than it ever detained.So the record is clear: Rather than keeping us safer, the prison at Guantanamo has weakened American national security. It is a rallying cry for our enemies." - Barack Obama
For the record, Guantanamo Bay is still open nearly four years into Obama's presidency. Apparently, Obama's concern for America's "moral authority" and "deeply held values" came with an expiration date.
Note to progressives - If you want to see REAL torture, search the internet for the final moments in the life of the American ambassador. I'm not going to provide a link, because the photos are too gruesome.