What Happened in Benghazi?

9/11Tonight’s
foreign policy-themed presidential debate
, apparently focusing

almost exclusively
on terrorism and the Middle East/North
Africa, will certainly hit upon the attack on the U.S. consulate in
Benghazi. The topic was brought up in last week’s town hall debate,
with President Obama and Mitt Romney vigorously arguing over

whether the president characterized the Benghazi incident as a
terrorist attack
the next day. Even the moderator, Candy
Crowley, joined in, though her bungled and unsure interjection had
the effect of taking the conversation off track rather than
providing any clarity to the facts.

 Afterwards, Crowley admitted
she was wrong , that Romney was “right in the main” about President
Obama and his administration’s evolving narrative on Benghazi but
that Romney “picked the wrong word”—Obama said he called the
Benghazi attack an “act of terror” at the Rose Garden on September
12 and Romney seized on that. Obama did, however, say in those

remarks
that “[n]o acts of terror will ever shake the resolve
of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of
the values that we stand for.”

However, this 9/12 characterization came within the context, the
Administration insisted, of anti-American demonstrations (including
a purported one at the Benghazi consulate) spurred by an
anti-Islamic film whose trailer could be found on YouTube. Whether
or not Obama considered the Benghazi assault a “terrorist attack”
is immaterial, he and his administration also
undeniably
pushed the narrative that the violence in Benghazi,
and in Cairo, and in Yemen, and, in fact, all the anti-American
demonstrations occurring the week of 9/11, were ignited
solely
by the YouTube clip.

blame it on bad intel? sounds familiarAnd, most importantly, Susan Rice, the U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations, went on the major Sunday
political talk shows to push just that narrative: that the 9/11
attack “began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had
transpired some hours earlier in Cairo,” where violent
demonstrations had taken place. The brother

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