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Obama Tears Apart Benghazi Conspiracy, ‘Who Stages a Cover Up for Three Days?’

Posted by on May. 13, 2013 at 6:52 PM
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President Obama took questions on Benghazi after his presser with British PM Cameron on Monday. When asked if his administration misled the public about the talking points, the President firmly said, “The whole issue of talking points has been, frankly throughout this process, a side show.” He tore into the Republican conspiracy theories, asking, “Who stages a cover up for three days?”

When asked about the news that the IRS may have targeted conservative groups, Obama said he learned about it during same news reports as others on Friday. He said that if IRS personnel engaged in these practices and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that’s outrageous and they have to be held fully accountable. He said you should feel that whether you are Democrat or Republican, “Either way, you don’t want the IRS to be perceived as biased, as anything less than neutral… If you’ve got the IRS operating in anything less than neutral and non-partisan way, it’s outrageous and people have to be held accountable… I will not tolerate it.”


Asked if the White House misled the public about its involvement in the Benghazi talking points, the President responded, “On Benghazi, we’ve now seen this argument that’s been made by some folks on Capitol Hill for months now. Here’s what we know: Americans died in Benghazi. Clearly they were not in a position where they were adequately protected. The day after it happened, I acknowledged that it was an act of terrorism.”

Obama explained that he said we needed to figure out what happened and that’s exactly what they have done. He said he would hold those responsible accountable. At the time, the government did not know who was responsible, or what was taking place. He pointed out rather irritably that the emails referred to by the reporter were provided by the White House to congressional committees months ago. Those committees concluded nothing wrong had happened. Then, three days ago, they were “spun up”.

Obama called it out, “The whole issue of talking points has been, frankly throughout this process, a side show. We have been very clear that we were not sure how it had been carried out, who was responsible… Nobody understood exactly what was taking place during the course of those first days. The emails you referred to were provided by us to congressional committees.”

“There’s no there, there. Keep in mind, these so called talking points, five-six days after the attack occurred pretty much matched the assessment I had.” He said that 2-3 days after Susan Rice appeared on TV shows with the talking points, he sent out the information that became the basis for assuming it was terrorism. If this was an effort to downplay what was happening, it would be odd for the White House to put out the information showing it was a terrorist attack. He asked, “Who stages a cover up for just three days?”

The President said we should be focusing on protecting diplomats, not on playing these kind of political games. That is what he has been trying to do. We dishonor them when we turn problems like this into a political circus. He referenced Tom Pickering’s report, and the recommendations that the review board came up with after determining “harsh judgments” on how the government protected consulates, which are being implemented.

Obama said that political motivations are behind this. Opponents have challenged the integrity of Hillary Clinton and others in his administration. He said it is not surprising they are challenging Obama’s integrity too, but he’s used to it. “It’s a given that mine (integrity) gets challenged by these folks. They’ve used it for fund-raising.”

Obama says he has taken responsibility for the fact he could not prevent these four deaths.

Obama challenged Republicans by saying if anyone out there wants to actually focus on how we focus on how to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again, he would be happy to do anything he can to make that happen.

When the former President Bush’s administration was found to have told at least 935 public lies based on false talking points unsupported by the intelligence in the lead up to the Iraq War, Republicans were not very interested in investigating it. They put off the investigations for years, conveniently postponing them until after elections, and then failed to release all of the findings.

So, to answer the President’s question about who stages a cover up for three days, well, no one, because that’s no kind of cover up. But if you ask who successfully stages a cover up for years and then declares the truth unimportant after 100,000 plus deaths, the answer is the Republican Party.

 http://www.politicususa.com/president-obama-calls-politicization-benghazi-calls-gops-accusations-side-show.html

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-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on May. 13, 2013 at 6:52 PM

MelanieJK
by Silver Member on May. 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Most of the electorate doesn't keep informed on these things.    When the event first happens,  they get the initial reporting and  answers and move on.    So YES a "three day cover up" (absurd presmise but let's play along) was a real cover up.    It was the first and only thing that many watching most of the news would ever hear about it if it wasn't for "political motivations".     

It's political motivations that force these things out in the open.    That's how democracy is supposed to work.

12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on May. 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

So what has Obama taken responsibility for?  What has been done to bring justice to the perpetrators? 

The only person who has been arrested is the guy who made the youtube trailer Obama used as propaganda.

krysstizzle
by on May. 13, 2013 at 7:40 PM

When has any high ranking official been held accountable for crap the federal government/CIA/etc has pulled? The Contras, supporting human-rigths violating dictators, WMD.... the list goes on and on.

Except Nixon, I suppose. That fool definitely got thrown under the bus. 

Not that people shouldn't be held responsible for atrocities and idiotic screw-ups alike; just saying I would keel over from shock if it actually happened.

Quoting 12hellokitty:

So what has Obama taken responsibility for?  What has been done to bring justice to the perpetrators? 

The only person who has been arrested is the guy who made the youtube trailer Obama used as propaganda.


jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on May. 13, 2013 at 7:45 PM

So, the guy who weighed the options and made the decision to send a crack Navy Seal team in to a dangerous compound, based on intel that Bin Laden was there, doesn't want justice.  The guy who is signing off on far more drone attacks than I and most folks are even remotely comfortable with, yeah, no guts there.  etc etc etc.

BTW, if you can specifically point me towards propoganda regarding that stupid film and it's use by Obama, much appreciated.  And don't bother with the heavily edited Rice talking points unless I've not seen something new - to my knowledge, the original still held language about a protest.

Quoting 12hellokitty:

So what has Obama taken responsibility for?  What has been done to bring justice to the perpetrators? 

The only person who has been arrested is the guy who made the youtube trailer Obama used as propaganda.



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