Corruption: The Democrats have complained that the Benghazi hearings have been a partisan exercise. They easily forget that the White House's attempt to cover up the cause of the Benghazi attacks is as partisan as it gets.
Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who in this April 11, 2011,
photo was U.S. envoy to Libya, died in the attack on his
diplomatic compound a year later. AP
Within hours of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ran with the narrative that they were merely protests over an Internet video offensive to Muslims. At around 10 p.m., Clinton issued a statement saying that "some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet," according to Factcheck.org.
The next day she made a State Department speech in which she used language almost identical to her initial statement, saying the "vicious behavior" was "a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet."
Also on Sept. 12, 2012, President Obama alluded to an anti-Muslim video as being the cause of the attack. He also discussed "acts of terror" in a general way, but wouldn't call the violence that killed four Americans terrorism because, he said, "it's too early to know exactly how this came about."
Five days after the Tuesday attack, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice appeared on five talk shows to explain that the assault was spontaneous. She called it a "consequence of a video."
What the administration said behind closed doors, however, was a different story.Read the rest of this IBS editorial HERE.
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