So, did he or didn’t he? Did President Obama refer to the terrorist attacks in Libya AS an “act of terror” or not? Sort of. As is almost always the case with everything that comes out of President Obama’s mouth, once again SEMANTICS is at play. (If you missed the discussion about Libya from last night’s debate, the entire exchange is posted in a video at the end of this post.)
During the exchange between Governor Romney and President Obama, Romney stated that Obama did NOT refer to the attacks as “terrorism” for 14 days. Obama told Romney to “check the transcript” of his initial remarks about the attacks. I did. (You can click on this link to see it in its entirety for yourself on the White House website.)
I’m going to highlight (in bold) a few words from the transcript of Obama’s September 12th statement:
What DID Obama say in his statement to the country on September 12th? He said:
Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi.
The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack.
And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.
And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.
No 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.
OK. So he DID say the words “acts of terror” and he DID refer to this as an “attack”.
Where the problem lies for Obama is in the fact that he was saying all of these things IN THE CONTEXT that this was a “protest” carried out by people who were reacting to that stupid YouTube video. Which, we all know now, was a LIE.
Below is the PROOF that what I just said about “context” is true.
In paragraph #4 out of the 13-paragraph transcript, Obama said the following:
Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.
Obama was saying that the PROTESTERS OF THE VIDEO were responsible for these “acts of terror”. There is no other possible explanation for his inclusion of his comments about “faith” in his initial statement. If he was simply calling this an act of terrorism, he wouldn’t have had any NEED to bring up “religious beliefs” of ANYONE involved. Because we all know he sure as hell isn’t going to utter the words “Islamic extremists” (also known as “terrorists”).
Obama LIED in the debate. The fact that he used the words “act of terror” in his statement does not absolve him of the fact that he was NOT calling this an act of terrorism. He was referring to the protesters, and the protesters ONLY, in reference to “acts of terror”. He was NOT referring to al Qaeda or any other terrorist group. He was NOT admitting that this was “simply” a terrorist attack. He was saying that this “act of terror” was a RESULT of the protests over the video. These are two very different and extremely important things to note. Obama lied about Libya tonight…again.
Furthermore, in another statement posted on the website for the Libyan Embassy dated September 12th, Obama stated the following:
I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
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.
AGAIN, he makes reference TO THE VIDEO by bringing up “religious beliefs”.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said basically the same thing on September 11th:
Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.
Read Sec. Clinton’s full statement HERE.
Don’t let them lie to you.
One thing to note in the video below, notice how QUICKLY Obama agrees to move on from the subject of Libya. Throughout the rest of the debate he couldn’t say ENOUGH about every other topic and kept interrupting Romney and Candy Crowley (the moderator) so that he could have his say…except on this subject.
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