Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Two Hours

Gary L. Bauer
Campaign for Working Families

Benghazi-gate did not come up in Monday night's debate, but the issue isn't going away. News broke last night that the State Department sent three emails to the White House and other government agencies on the afternoon of 9/11 informing them of the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

The first message, reporting the attack, was sent at 4:05 PM. The second message, sent at 4:54, reported that the firing had stopped. The third message, sent at 6:07, reported that an Al Qaeda linked group, Ansar al-Sharia, was claiming responsibility.

So within two hours of the initial report, the White House knew the Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack, not a spontaneous mob protesting over an Internet movie. Yet for two weeks that lie was spread repeatedly by Barack Obama and his top officials. If Barack Obama were a Republican president, the media and its left-wing allies would be chanting, "People died and Obama lied!"