CBS Finally Reports: Benghazi a Planned Attack


60_1027_Logan_620x350The Obama White House said last July that it considers the controversy over the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack to be one of the “phony scandals” that President Obama had accused his adversaries of exploiting to distract the American people from more important issues. But there is nothing phony or distracting about insisting on the unvarnished truth regarding the death of four American public servants at the hands of al Qaeda on the anniversary of 9/11.

“We’re here to kill Americans,” were the chilling words the al Qaeda jihadists used as they undertook their attack that claimed the lives of the four brave Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, John Christopher Stevens. The victims’ families deserve to know the truth. The American people deserve the truth. More than a year later, however, the Obama administration has continued its stonewalling, preferring instead to cast stones at those who insist on accountability for what happened.

By now, Obama and his apologists have probably convinced themselves that they had successfully buried the Benghazi scandal for good. Indeed, much of the mainstream press has been complicit in Obama’s wall of silence, leaving Fox News and some persistent Republican congressmen and senators to try to unravel the web of lies while facing charges of bias and partisanship.

To this day, nobody has been held accountable for the failure beforehand to provide adequate security for Americans in Benghazi, for the stand-down order issued in the midst of the fighting that prevented a possible rescue, or for the cover-up that tried to falsely characterize the pre-meditated jihadist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and CIA facility known as the Annex as some sort of spontaneous mob reaction to an anti-Islam video. But the truth has a way of emerging sooner or later. Finally, the wall of silence, fortified by a pliant mainstream media, is beginning to crack.

CBS News put Benghazi back on the front burner with a scathing report on “60 Minutes” this past Sunday. The “60 Minutes” twitter that supplemented the TV report concluded: “Contrary to early WH statements, Benghazi was a planned, sophisticated attack by Al Qaeda against the barely protected American compound.”

That’s a 180 degree turn from last year when CBS News helped the Obama administration deep six during the presidential campaign a clip of an interview for “60 Minutes” with President Obama on Sept. 12, 2012, one day after the Benghazi attack. In the originally unaired clip, Obama suggested that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was premeditated, rather than a spontaneous reaction to an obnoxious video that became the administration’s talking point.

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan, no shrinking violet as she proved during a personal assault she suffered at the hands of Islamists while reporting from Cairo, delivered the no-holds-barred account of the Benghazi saga. She better have a tough skin. Her CBS colleague Sharyl Attkisson, who had been looking into Benghazi as well as the Fast and Furious scandal, discovered that her computer was hacked by an unauthorized party on multiple occasions.

Lara Logan interviewed several individuals with first-hand knowledge of the mounting security concerns during the months preceding the attacks. Their concerns were conveyed to Washington and ignored. She interviewed “Morgan Jones” (pseudonym), a former British soldier involved with training the unarmed Libyan security force who manned the Benghazi compound’s gates. While performing his duties, he noticed that the separate armed militia hired by the State Department to defend the compound in the event of an attack were not up to the job. “I was saying, ‘These guys are no good. You need to– you need to get ‘em out of here,’” he told Ms. Logan. The warnings went unheeded.

Ambassador Stevens’ deputy based in Tripoli, Greg Hicks – a 22-year veteran of the Foreign Service who testified earlier this year before Congress – told Ms. Logan that, after already having been rebuffed twice in his request for additional security assets, he “was in the process of trying to frame a third request but it was not allowed to go forward.”

There were also clear warning signs that senior Obama administration officials chose to ignore. Green Beret Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Andy Wood, who was one of the top American security officials in Libya where he remained until three months before the attack, was quoted by Lara Logan as saying: “We have learned the U.S. already knew that this man, senior al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi was in Libya, tasked by the head of al Qaeda to establish a clandestine terrorist network inside the country.” It was not until more than a year after the attacks that this al Qaeda leader was arrested by U.S. forces in Libya and then transported to New York City where he will face a trial in federal court on prior charges relating to his alleged role in bombing two U.S. embassies in Africa.

The failure of the Obama administration to heed multiple warnings to more effectively secure the Benghazi facilities in time and capture or eliminate Bu Anas al-Libi before he could carry out his al Qaeda mission was inexcusable in itself. But the failure to use all possible resources to attempt a rescue of Americans while they were actually under attack was a case of wilful abandonment.

Here is a chilling exchange between Lara Logan and Greg Hicks:

Lara Logan: You have this conversation with the defense attache. You ask him what military assets are on their way. And he says–

Greg Hicks: Effectively, they’re not. And I– for a moment, I just felt lost. I just couldn’t believe the answer. And then I made the call to the Annex chief, and I told him, ‘Listen, you’ve gotta tell those guys there may not be any help coming.’

Lara Logan: That’s a tough thing to understand. Why?

Greg Hicks: It just is. We–, for us, for the people that go out onto the edge, to represent our country, we believe that if we get in trouble, they’re coming to get us. That our back is covered. To hear that it’s not, it’s a terrible, terrible experience.

Who gave the stand-down order? Where was the commander-in-chief during the seven hours of the attacks? These are among the many lingering questions that the Obama administration refuses to answer. It is still stonewalling, but the stones are beginning to crumble.

As for CBS, Lara Logan’s report was a refreshing example of honest journalism in today’s mainstream media. But it may be an anomaly. A day after the “60 Minutes” report aired, CBS News announced that former Obama Chief of Staff Bill Daley is joining the network as a contributor. The revolving door between the Obama administration and mainstream media continues.

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  • solidspine

    The entire attack and murder of Americans was set up by Obama, to help improve his ratings. As everything else he has done it was a failure.

    But he will never be held accountable. That is sick!!!!

    • J Simson

      Set up by Mursi in order to release the Blind Sheik in a prisoner swap.

      • N. Wasse

        There is evidence that Morsi was aware of what really happened in Benghazi which makes him a terrorist and a criminal which in turns it means that our government is supporting criminals and terrorists

  • Mickey Oberman

    It is time for Americans to wake up and realize that their president elect is a closet Muslim out to destroy democracy not only in the USA but the world over.
    He is quite willing to annihilate Israel for a start.

    • DB1954

      Either a closet Muslim or a very enthusiastic Muslim supporter. It makes little difference except to the extent of Obama’s denials. He simply can’t deny his admiration for Islam and his loathing of all things American.

  • Maggie

    “A day after the “60 Minutes” report aired, CBS News announced that former Obama Chief of Staff Bill Daley is joining the network as a contributor. ” guess obama’s sticky fingers didn’t like this report

  • Donald J DaCosta

    If this investigation ever gets off the ground before November 2016 it will be a miracle. Dismissal of the Black Panther voter intimidation case, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Extortion 19, a rogue IRS, the constant barrage of slanderous demagoguery aimed at conservatives and the Tea Party, numerous violations of Constitutional law, open violations of immigration laws, the voter i.d. flap, etc., etc. and the obfuscation, misdirection and outright lies routinely disseminated by Congressional Democratic con artists.

    That perhaps, just perhaps the so called main stream press seems engaged in a quest for the truth, over 13 months after the event, is an indication of just how quickly the truth will come out, if ever. These articles, as they trickle out, inspire more frustration than an expectation that justice will prevail. Remember who remains in charge of the DOJ and, most of all, the liar in chief in charge of it all.

  • fredbailey

    There is no one in this current administration who isn’t scum. I wouldn’t piss in their mouth if their teeth were on fire. I wouldn’t bother to call 911 if their house was on fire and I could help save their sorry azzes…

    Scum!!

  • tracy

    When Bush and Cheney are held accountable then they can get Obama.Cheney is the last person on earth that deserves a heart,he obviously isn’t ruled by one.

    • reader

      What does your post have to do with Benghazi, or anything at all for this matter? You marxists are so intellectually bankrupt that you give turrets sufferers a bad name.
      Benghazi?
      Bush, Cheney!
      Obamacare?
      Bush, Cheney!
      Younameit?
      Bush, Cheney!

    • kikorikid

      Apparently you are still going with the Video story.

    • DB1954

      Whenever Lefties get caught in their own lies, they change the subject. It’s back to Bush, Cheney, Bush, Cheney, Bush, Cheney … blah blah blah …

    • http://eacafe.blogspot.com/ roma_caput_mundi

      Accountable for what?

  • GSR

    There has not been a president in modern times who is protected and worshiped by the media (news and entertainment), than Barry Dunham Hussein Sotoro Obama. He has been the worst president in modern times and yet the press hides his lies, his mistakes, his law-breaking. Most people simply don’t know it because the media doesn’t report it.

  • SoCalMike

    Every single mainstream reporter who lied about Bush and betrayed American forces for 8 years is currently working to circle the wagons for Obama.

    They deserve to be hunted down and spit on right in their homes and offices.
    At least we could put Madoff in jail. These malignant clowns get raises.

    • kikorikid

      Forget Bush-Cheney. You’ve got an arch Political Criminal standing in
      front of you NOW!

  • DB1954

    The idea that Benghazi was a phony scandal is so preposterous, one hardly knows where to begin to refute it. That’s probably why the White House put out this “phony scandal” line. I mean, what’s phony? Four dead Americans including the American Ambassador? It’s like a line that’s so nonsensical, you can’t even offer a response for the very reason that the phrase is so incoherent.

    • http://eacafe.blogspot.com/ roma_caput_mundi

      “The great masses will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one” – Adolf Hitler

  • edgineer

    A cretin could have seen BO coming 25 years ago. He is the genuine article. A dedicated Communist who intends to impose totalitarian rule on this country. Anyone with a bit of brains would realize that since Joseph McCarthy, JFK and RFK the Communist Party has seized control of the Democratic Party.

  • antioli

    The Media smells blood on the White House floor.

    When a member of the Pack shows weakness the others attack.
    Even Chris Mathews was in on it.