Following the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that the deaths of four American diplomats there were the result of a planned terrorist attack ("Investigation of Libya attack challenged by circumstances," Oct. 6).
For more than a week, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and President Obama himself repeatedly claimed that a "spontaneous protest" sparked by an anti-Islamic movie trailer had led to the attack.
As it turns out, at the time of the attack, there was no demonstration or protest outside the consulate, just heavily armed terrorists, who scaled the walls and murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens and his colleagues. Moreover, the State Department knew there was no protest within 24 hours of the attack.
Since then it has come to light that the security officers and Ambassador Stevens himself had requested more security at the Benghazi consulate in the weeks leading up to Sept. 11 — requests which were denied.
Now the State Department and the administration are denying they ever concluded that the attack was a result of the fictitious protest. Congressional hearings on the attack began this week.
It's clear that the Obama administration's description of the incident as a "spontaneous protest" was a fabrication aimed at covering up fact that the consulate's request for increased security had been ignored — and downplaying criticism of Mr. Obama's reelection boast that he had al-Qaida's terrorists on the run.
J. Shawn Alcarese, TowsonCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun