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Obama Lied? On eve of House hearings, State Department finally admits.....

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The State Department said Tuesday it never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam, raising further questions about why the Obama administration used that explanation for more than a week after assailants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

The revelation came as new documents suggested internal disagreement over appropriate levels of security before the attack, which occurred on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the U.S…

But asked about the administration’s initial – and since retracted – explanation linking the violence to protests over an anti-Muslim video circulating on the Internet, one official said, “That was not our conclusion.” He called it a question for “others” to answer, without specifying.


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_US_LIBYA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-10-09-18-50-07
by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:58 AM
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jcrew6
by Jenney on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM
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Quoting jaxTheMomm:




http://m.youtube.com/?reason=8&rdm=5181#/watch?v=b4rtIu0SRzI&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Db4rtIu0SRzI

Obama mentions protests. However, it has been confirmed there were NO protests.
_Kissy_
by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Jason Chaffetz Embassy Cuts
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) voted to cut back on funds for embassy security. (AP Photo/J. Scott)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) acknowledged on Wednesday that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010.

On Wednesday morning, CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked the Utah Republican if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security."

"Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”

For the past two years, House Republicans have continued to deprioritize the security forces protecting State Department personnel around the world. In fiscal year 2011, lawmakers shaved $128 million off of the administration's request for embassy security funding. House Republicans drained off even more funds in fiscal year 2012 -- cutting back on the department's request by $331 million.

Consulate personnel stationed in Benghazi had allegedly expressed concerns over their safety in the months leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks that killed four Americans, including Amb. Chris Stevens. Chaffetz and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, claim those concerns were ignored.

"It seems to be a coordinated effort between the White House and the State Department, from Secretary [Hillary] Clinton to President Obama's White House," Chaffetz told Fox and Friends on Tuesday.

Chaffetz and Issa co-signed a letter to the State Department, demanding answers on to the Benghazi security detail. State Department officials and other witnesses will testify before the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations on Wednesday.


Ahead of the hearing, some Democrats claim that partisanship and campaigning are corrupting the Libyan investigation, The New York Times reports. The charges come as some GOP members attempt to frame the incident as a failure of the Obama's foreign policy and to call criticize the administration for engaging in a "cover-up" of what really occurred.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/10/jason-chaffetz-embassy_n_1954912.html

jcrew6
by Jenney on Oct. 10, 2012 at 8:01 PM
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Who refused the request for more security? Congress or the state dept? Had the state dept shared concerns with congress, what might have happened. Did The state dept and Obama admin FAILED to communicate?

"Army National Guard Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, who from February until August headed a 16-member security team in Libya, told members of the House committee that the State Department had refused a request to keep his security team there, even as the country was becoming more dangerous for Americans."



Quoting _Kissy_:

Jason Chaffetz Embassy Cuts
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) voted to cut back on funds for embassy security. (AP Photo/J. Scott)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) acknowledged on Wednesday that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010.

On Wednesday morning, CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked the Utah Republican if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security."

"Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”

For the past two years, House Republicans have continued to deprioritize the security forces protecting State Department personnel around the world. In fiscal year 2011, lawmakers shaved $128 million off of the administration's request for embassy security funding. House Republicans drained off even more funds in fiscal year 2012 -- cutting back on the department's request by $331 million.

Consulate personnel stationed in Benghazi had allegedly expressed concerns over their safety in the months leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks that killed four Americans, including Amb. Chris Stevens. Chaffetz and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, claim those concerns were ignored.

"It seems to be a coordinated effort between the White House and the State Department, from Secretary [Hillary] Clinton to President Obama's White House," Chaffetz told Fox and Friends on Tuesday.

Chaffetz and Issa co-signed a letter to the State Department, demanding answers on to the Benghazi security detail. State Department officials and other witnesses will testify before the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations on Wednesday.


Ahead of the hearing, some Democrats claim that partisanship and campaigning are corrupting the Libyan investigation, The New York Times reports. The charges come as some GOP members attempt to frame the incident as a failure of the Obama's foreign policy and to call criticize the administration for engaging in a "cover-up" of what really occurred.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/10/jason-chaffetz-embassy_n_1954912.html

jcrew6
by Jenney on Oct. 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM
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What did Hillary Clinton do on Sept 13th? Speak of the YouTube video. NOT the terrorists or an investigation

Sept 14th. Jay carney blames a YouTube video.

Sep 16. Ambassador Rice, blames a spontaneous reaction from the video.
Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Oct. 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

$$$$ and cents-Who appropriates spending? Who reduced the spending?

The Reps have come clean today.

Catch up ladies, catch up.

jcrew6
by Jenney on Oct. 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM
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Quoting Sisteract:

$$$$ and cents-Who appropriates spending? Who reduced the spending?

The Reps have come clean today.

Catch up ladies, catch up.





If they don't have ALL of the information, HOW are they suppose to accurately appropriate funds?
Carpy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Isn't the next debate about foreign policy?  Should be interesting.

Quoting itsmesteph11:

 I cannot believe the conservatives are not trying harder on this issue. I know they are now having hearings that will bring out more facts but  the general population isn't really paying much attention.  It's Obamas scandal, he lied, his state department lied at first and are just now admitting things but still not admitting they were lying in the first place. They are still trying to crawl out from under this.  There is no doubt now that our Government lied to us and we still are not sure why aside from trying to normalize things over there. A HUGE mistake!  Obama and his corrupt administration CANNOT be reelected.


gsprofval
by Gold Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM
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Has anyone else noticed that Hilary and obama are silent on this for about a week now?

Bet they are trying to colloborate stories to get the lies straight. Fortunately, we have tv coverage of both of them lying.

We all knew right away is wasn't the vidio and that it was planned--the rest of the world all reported it, but not obama. He was waaaayyyyy tooooo busy appearing on tv and fund raising.

jcrew6
by Jenney on Oct. 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM
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Quoting gsprofval:

Has anyone else noticed that Hilary and obama are silent on this for about a week now?


Bet they are trying to colloborate stories to get the lies straight. Fortunately, we have tv coverage of both of them lying.


We all knew right away is wasn't the vidio and that it was planned--the rest of the world all reported it, but not obama. He was waaaayyyyy tooooo busy appearing on tv and fund raising.





Yup. the Obama admin was ALL over the media sept 12-17 talking about this. Now? Silence.
jaxTheMomm
by Gold Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 8:53 PM

That was what, less than 12 hours after the initial attack?  Even the Libyan media was reporting the same thing at that time.  Everybody that wasn't there thought it was the same thing.

BTW, not to split hairs here or anything, but he didn't mention the video.  What he said was, "The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts," and, "there is no justification for this -- none."

I'm sorry, you guys want this to be some kind of "gotcha" moment and it's not.  What it does seem to be, however, is an exuse for Romney supporters to use the death of a man that dearly loved the Libyan people, and several others, to try and sway this election.

Quoting jcrew6:

Quoting jaxTheMomm:




Obama said, "While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants." - Sept 12.

He blamed a you tube video.


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