Timeline of events, comments surrounding Benghazi

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  • Reporterson Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    If Obama was saying it was a premeditated attack, why, in the opening seconds of his speech, did he refer to the video immediately after discussing the Benghazi attack:

    "Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts."

    Oct. 20, 2012 10:33 p.m.

    Well there are certainly a lot of gullible people, willing to believe any line Obama gives them. If Obama characterized the Benghazi situation as a terrorist attack, which he did not, why then did his spokespeople tell us for 2 weeks in contradiction to Obama's comments, that it was, "in fact," a spontaneous mob that overreacted to a crummy video? I don't think there's any spin around that one, but I'm sure Obama will give it a try on Monday.

    And Obama should thank his lucky stars that there are still a lot of gullible people, otherwise he could have started packing a long time ago.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 20, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    @say no
    its not Obama trying to parse words, he referred to it as an act of terror the day after, read the timeline, you can try to twist and turn but the news conference was called to address the attack not some "general" statement about terror around the world.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 20, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    Obama did NOT call it a terrorist attach the next day in the Rose Garden. He was speaking in general terms, just as he would a crazy man shooting people in a movie theater.
    He was parsing words then and in the debate. Even Candy Crowley realized the true context of the phrase within minutes of the end of the debate and made her own correction.
    The truth is that the official White House/Secretary of State explanation for two weeks after the attack was that it was a spontaneous film protest that got out of hand.
    We have come to learn that the official explanation was wrong.
    Try reading the timeline. You clearly missed a few details.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 20, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    the incompetence that lead them to increase security and the incompetence that lead him to call it an act of terror the day after the attack. try reading the timeline you clearly missed a few details.

    Oct. 20, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    @spring street - no conspiracy theory needed. By all indisputable facts and evidence, there was clearly an unacceptable level of incompetence with regard to acknowledging the reality of likely violence in Libya and ensuring adequate security.

    There are only two possible conclusions that can be drawn regarding the administration's post-attack narrative, neither of which reflect well on the Obama Administration.

    One, that there was a nearly inconceivable level of abject incompetence in the interpretation of post-attack intelligence. Or, that the Obama Administration lied to America to preserve a campaign narrative that they had nearly defeated terrorism.

    Given that everyone, including Libyan officials and pinheaded news pundits knew immediately that the Benghazi incident was a planned terrorist attack and not the result of spontaneous mob outrage over a video, it's really unbelievable to me that our intelligence branch fed such wrong information to the administration. That requires an extremely high level of gullibility.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 20, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    First off, this film trailer was translated and broadcast by al Jazeera back in JULY.
    Second, it was the anniversary of 9/11.
    There is no excuse for what happened, except Obama's false hope that the Muslim world would be peaceful simply because he has asked them to be. Presidents work with NATIONS, not religions. From his first week in office Obama has courted Islam.
    But I've never been sure if he was a Sunni or Shia supporter.
    Given the times and the flow of intelligence warnings, the ambassador should have been better protected or perhaps called home. But that would have been offensive to Muslims and look bad in an election year.
    Obama thinks he's solved the Anti-American problem in the Middle East and refuses to take action that would make it appear otherwise. He's living in a dream world.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 19, 2012 10:15 p.m.

    interesting time line, lets see how the conspiracy theorist try to spin this one