How the New York Times tried to airbrush al Qaeda out of Benghazi

Featured image Yesterday, in discussing the New York Times’ claim that, as far as it can tell, neither al Qaeda nor any other international terrorist group had a role in the Benghazi attack, I wrote: The Times chooses to focus on a militia leader named Ahmed Abu Khattala, whom it characterizes as “an erratic extremist” and very much his own man. But I believe that other leaders connected to the attack have »

The New York Times’ revisionist account of Benghazi

Featured image The New York Times is out with a revisionist account of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. The Times says that in months of investigating, it “turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault.” The Times also claims that the attack “was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.” I »

Obama’s Middle East abdication

Featured image David Ignatius shows how Obama administration policy towards Libya fits a familiar pattern of unwillingness to support anti-jihadist forces and governments in the Middle East: For a case study of why America’s influence has receded in the Middle East, consider the example of Libya. Some simple steps over the past two years might have limited the country’s descent toward anarchy. . . . When Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan visited »

Obama keeps hands off Benghazi terrorists while lawyers build criminal case

Featured image We’ve always viewed the Benghazi scandal in terms of (1) the Obama administration’s failure to provide requested security before the attack, (2) its conduct, or lack thereof, during the attack, and (3) its cover-up after the attack (along with, as we recently learned, its retaliation against those who didn’t feel comfortable about the cover-up). But there’s always been a fourth element — the administration’s failure to bring the attackers to »

100 Christians Arrested, Reportedly Tortured In Libya

Featured image The Arab Spring is looking more like Springtime For Hitler all the time. The latest outrage comes from Libya, where 100 Christians from Egypt were arrested, allegedly for proselytizing. Representatives of the local Christian church say the men were working in Libya, but not proselytizing. Be that as it may, telling others about their religion is something they had a right to do. The creepy video below shows the men, »

Arab Spring, Libya Edition

Featured image In Benghazi, four alleged Christian missionaries–from the U.S., Egypt, South Korea and South Africa–have been arrested for distributing extracts from the Bible, and may face the death penalty: Four foreigners have been arrested in Libya on suspicion of being missionaries and distributing Christian literature, a charge that could carry the death penalty. The four – a Swedish-American, Egyptian, South African and South Korean – were arrested in Benghazi by Preventive »

Reconsidering Michele Bachmann

Featured image The Washington Post reports today that al Qaeda’s successful attack on the Algerian natural gas plant has greatly boosted al Qaeda’s prestige in Africa. Along the way, the Post notes rather casually: The assailants were well-trained and armed with what appear to have been weapons from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s arsenal. The overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi has turned out to be a terrible blunder. It has empowered radical »

Al Qaeda Offers Bounty on American Ambassador [UPDATE: Obama–Benghazi Was “Just Some Sloppiness”]

Featured image Well, why not? They’re one for one so far. Maybe someone will claim the bounty by organizing a group movie review. The AP reports: Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen has offered to pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country. An audio produced by the group’s media arm, the al-Malahem Foundation, and posted on militant websites Saturday »

Yet another Benghazigate question

Featured image Last night, John wrote about the information revealed in documents found by two reporters for Foreign Policy when they visited the Benghazi consulate, six weeks after the terrorist attack there. The documents include letters, drafted on the day of the attack, that suggest the compliticity of Libyan officials in the terrorist attack on the consulate. The discovery of these documents raises additional questions relevant to Benghazigate. A threshold question, propounded »

Will Obama’s Benghazi Cover-Up Succeed?

Featured image Barack Obama’s prospects for re-election have been fading for some time now. As Mitt Romney surges, Obama flails, embarrassing himself with silly trivialities that are often summed up as Big Bird, binders and bayonets. That’s what happens when your record is so bad that you can’t talk about it; not truthfully, anyway. So it has been clear for a while that Obama’s re-election hopes can’t absorb another blow. Which the »

Return to Benghazi

Featured image After the opening moments of last night’s debate, Benghazi went virtually unmentioned. But that doesn’t mean that the Obama administration’s most disastrous security failure will soon be forgotten. The Young Cons, Riddle and Rufful, made this excellent, brief video that exposes the administration’s dishonesty–assuming, as Obama says, that he knew by the next day that the murder of four Americans was a terrorist attack and not, in Mark Steyn’s immortal »

The White House’s less than optimal effort to defend against the Benghazi attack

Featured image The Benghazi fiasco has led to many questions, all of which cast the Obama administration in a bad light. For example: why was the U.S. consulate in Benghazi still open, given how dangerous the place had become; why, given that the consulate was still open, wasn’t there more protection; why, after the attack, was the White House so dishonest about what had transpired; and what is the U.S. going to »

It Was All About the Video!

Featured image That is what the Obama administration told us for a couple of weeks; we can speculate about why they thought this falsehood would help Barack’s re-election campaign. Michael Ramirez reviews the history, and Candy Crowley plays an unwitting part at the end: »

Mother of Murdered Diplomat Slams Obama’s “Not Optimal”

Featured image This is brutal: in an interview with the Daily Mail, Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, the diplomat who was murdered by terrorists in Benghazi along with Chris Stevens and two former SEALS, blasted President Obama for his “not optimal” response on a cable TV comedy show: Pat Smith, whose son Sean died in the raid, said: “It was a disrespectful thing to say and I don’t think it’s »

The ordeal of Pat Smith

Featured image Sean Smith was a foreign service information management officer who was killed along with Ambassador Stevens and two other Americans during the 9/11 assault on our consulate in Benghazi. John’s post with the State Department account of the assault contains an excruciating account that appears to detail how he died during the attack. Last week Sean Smith’s mother, Pat Smith, appeared on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show to complain that she »

What Happened In Benghazi

Featured image The State Department has released a transcript of a briefing that two high-ranking department officials gave to a number of reporters via conference call on October 9 (Tuesday). I am not certain about this, but I believe the transcript was only made public today. You should read it in its entirety; it is the most detailed description I have seen of the events in Benghazi on September 11. While this »

Whose failure?

Featured image Over at NRO, Patrick Brennan has posted yesterday’s statement by former CIA director Michael Hayden and former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff on Vice President Biden’s whopper throwing the intelligence community under the bus during Thursday night’s debate: During the Vice Presidential debate, we were disappointed to see Vice President Biden blame the intelligence community for the inconsistent and shifting response of the Obama Administration to the terrorist attacks in »