Crowley: Benghazi Attack Cover Up Is Worse Than Watergate

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, to comment on the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) 

In late winter of this year, I put the finishing touches on my new book,  ”What The (Bleep) Just Happened?”  This is how I concluded the chapter on  Libya:

“The Libyan operation was sold as a mission on behalf of human rights of an aggrieved people. It ended with a U.S. partner murdered by a wild-eyed Islamist mob, the rise of al Qaeda and other terrorist and militia groups, and an emerging violently anti-American Islamist regime. If that’s what  Obama had intended all along, then his motives for the Libyan war were sinister. If it wasn’t what he intended, then his policy has been an abject  failure, with U.S. interests far more threatened than they had been before.

“The answer may be found in what was flying over Benghazi within days of  Gadhafi’s death: the al Qaeda flag.”

I wrote all of this at the beginning of this year. The fact that al Qaeda and other Islamists were running the show in Benghazi and elsewhere in Libya
was not a surprise. And yet, the Obama Team’s lies about the terrorist attack in Benghazi have flowed relentlessly since it occurred on September 11.

Their lies: It wasn’t a “pre-planned, pre-meditated attack.” It was some sort of “mob action” that got out of control. It was provoked by an obscure video.  They didn’t see it coming.

All lies.

As reported immediately after the overthrow of Gadhafi and in my book, al Qaeda controlled Benghazi. Everybody knew this. Al Qaeda and its
affiliates had attacked our consulate there repeatedly and attempted to assassinate the British ambassador. The pattern of planned terror attacks was well-known. The new head of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, had called for attacks on U.S. interests in Libya after a drone strike had killed a top Libyan al Qaeda operative. Our now-dead Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and his team had repeatedly reported the escalating violence and had repeatedly requested more security. They were denied.

They were even denied in death, because as we now know, the White House and intelligence agencies were made aware of the attack that killed him IN REAL  TIME, AS IT WAS HAPPENING…..AND THEY DID NOTHING. NOTHING. We even had a drone overhead monitoring and reporting the attack, and still they did NOTHING. They waited seven hours before they moved.

According to three newly released emails dispatched on the afternoon of September 11—as the attack was underway—the State Department Operations
Center alerted multiple government offices, including the Pentagon, the CIA and other intelligence agencies, and the White House Situation Room
(including the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper) that the assault was happening. Reuters reported this morning

“The first email, timed at 4:05 p.m. Washington time – or 10:05 p.m. Benghazi time, 20-30 minutes after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission  allegedly began – carried the subject line ‘U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack’ and the notation ‘SBU,’ meaning ‘Sensitive But Unclassified.’

“The text said the State Department’s regional security office had reported that the diplomatic mission in Benghazi was ‘under attack.Embassy in Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well.’

“The message continued: ‘Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four … personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.’

“A second email, headed ‘Update 1: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi’ and timed 4:54 p.m. Washington time, said that the Embassy in Tripoli had reported that “the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi had stopped and the compound had been cleared.’ It said a ‘response team’ was at the site attempting to locate missing personnel.”

Here is the smoking gun:  “A third email, also marked SBU and sent at 6:07 p.m. Washington time, carried the subject line: ‘Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia
Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack.’

“The message reported: ‘Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on
Embassy Tripoli.’”

Crowley: Benghazi Attack Cover Up Is Worse Than Watergate

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking ondeadly attack in Libya, during a speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. (Credit: AP) 

So, in real time, hundreds of top national security personnel and advisers to the president were made aware that it was, in fact, an organized
terrorist attack. They KNEW it wasn’t a mob action gone awry. They KNEW it had nothing to do with some obscure video.

And yet for weeks, Obama and those top advisers fanned out to spread a Big Lie. Fourteen hours after the attack, Obama sat down with Steve Kroft of
“60 Minutes” and babbled about the video being the cause. Most infamously, UN Ambassador Susan Rice went on five Sunday morning talk shows–five days later!–and claimed it was all about the video. Hillary Clinton–whose own Department sent the original emails reporting the terror attack–kept
blaming it on the video. She and Obama actually spent a few million taxpayer dollars on making their OWN video to tell the people of Pakistan that
the U.S. government had nothing to do with the video. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was sent out to perpetuate the lie.

Four Americans are dead: our Ambassador, two former Navy SEALs, and a longtime foreign service officer. Obama and his team DID NOTHING while our compound was under attack and our fellow Americans were being slaughtered. Then they spent weeks lying about it.  And all of these professional liars still have their jobs. Incredible.

To add even more outrage to the mountain of lies, Obama and his team of liars went to sleep that night not knowing the location of our Ambassador or whether he was alive or dead. And the next day, even after he knew that Stevens had been killed, Obama jetted off for a fundraiser. Vegas, baby.

This is worse than Watergate. Much worse. Watergate involved a cover-up of a third-rate burglary in which nobody died. Small potatoes compared to
this. Here, we’ve got a serious body count…and an avalanche of lies to cover-up a major national security scandal (did Obama authorize the sale of
weapons to al Qaeda?  Is that what he’s actually trying to cover up?  Hello, reporters??).

Did the Commander-in-Chief allow his personal representative in Libya and three others to die needlessly?  What did he know and when did he know it? Follow the money.

These three emails are the smoking gun. This is the stained blue dress.

Stick a fork in Obama, because he’s done.