The New York Times, contradicting its own report in September 2012 on the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which resulted in the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, claims to have “new” evidence indicating that Al Qaeda had nothing to do with the attack.
The “newspaper of record” claims the blame lies solely on an amateurish video criticizing the Prophet Mohammed. There was no link to Al Qaeda, the Times reports; no secret deal to send Mohammed Qaddafi’s abandoned nuclear and chemicals to Syria via Turkey
The Jerusalem Post, a fairly reliable Israeli newspaper stated from the beginning that the mobs were worked up over the video. Although Obama’s “red line” quote from Obama in early August 2012 regarding chemical weapons in Syria, “I have, at this point, no ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you [a report at the press conference] made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel. It concerns us. We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.
“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is [when] we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”
A “red line” was clearly on the mind of Sheikh Kamai Khatib, deputy chairman of the Islamic Movement in Israel. He told the Jerusalem Post at a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv that ‘America had put too high a value on freedom of expression, at the expense of hurting others’ beliefs.
“We have always said that the Koran, the Torah, the New Testament, all the prophets, all of them are red lines which no one should cross. Everyone needs to honor and respect them. Even if I’m not a Christian, I need to honor Jesus and even Moshe Rabeinu [Moses],” he said.
However, it’s more likely the mobs were using the video as an excuse to cross the red line in support of Syria and her chemical weapons.
Helle Dale, writing on The Foundry blog on Oct. 24, 2012, sums up the episode pretty succinctly:
“The e-mails sent around the federal government on the night of the September 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, have finally been obtained by the U.S. Media. Since the tragic events well over a month ago, members of Congress have been asking for a clear answer from the executive branch about what really happened on that Tuesday night and what the Administration knew about it.
“The evidence is clear: Despite having confirmed knowledge from day one that the attacks were pre-planned terrorism, the Administration chose to cover up that information and hide severe security inefficiencies and grotesque unpreparedness behind an immature YouTube video.
“All three e-mails that are now public were sent within two hours, updating in real time the events happening in Benghazi. According to an anonymous source, the cables were sent by the State Department Operations Center to e-mail accounts for the top national security officials at the State Department, Pentagon, FBI, White House Situation Room, and office of the Director of National Intelligence.”
What’s more, as the Benghazi attacks remain unsolved and resolved, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sees her chances of becoming President in 2016 withering in the flames of the Benghazi scandal. The NYT is such a propaganda puppet that it’s willing to contract its own initial report to clear the way for her candidacy.
Stevens and the others were killed as they tried to escape the safe house in a car. Someone with a rocket launcher basically the nuked the car. The Benghazi mob (led by a local, anti-American constable), the JP reported, were armed with small weapons and grenades. Supposedly, their protest was spontaneous. Who then was able to scope out a place to set up a rocket launcher and accurately vaporize the car? These are poor people. Benghazi is a run-down city. Who in Benghazi could even afford a rocket launcher? Either they looted Qaddafi’s ammunition supply or someone with deep pockets provided them with one.
No one doubts that there were mobs agitated over a stupid video. The riots provided the stage, the theater, for the killers to target the infidel ambassador, who was in Benghazi supposedly to dedicate a new hospital. A year later, a car bomb detonated across the street from the hospital, causing heavy damage.
Another reason for this “new” investigation is to heap humiliation upon Conservatives, still licking their wounds over the Media bruising they got for the government shutdown. The shutdown was a fight we couldn’t win, it’s true. We don’t have the votes. But we have the guts. Maybe that’s why the Rasmussen Poll voted Ted Cruz the third most influential person of 2013, right up there next to the Pope and Obama.
“What difference does it make,” Hillary infamously screamed, whether Ambassador Stevens was killed by Al Qaeda or an angry mob over the Syrian red line or an idiotic video? She’s right, in a way; that was never the question. The question everyone has been demanding an answer to is why our consulate wasn’t more secure and its occupants better protected, and why the response to their cries for help was virtually ignored.
Hillary was the Secretary of State at the time of Benghazi. No matter how the New York Times tries to cover up for her, smear mud on her critics, and confuse the issue, the question of Benghazi comes down to where she was at the time, as well as Obama, and why they didn’t respond better to the crisis, whether it was Al Qaeda or Islamic zealots rioting in the streets.