Is the White House slowly changing its tune? It seems so after days of saying the attack on the Libyan embassy was spontaneous, today Matt Olsen director of the National Counterterrorism Center called the killing of Ambassador Stevens and three others Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, both former Navy SEAL commandos working as diplomatic security officers and was Sean Smith, an information management officer as a terrorist attack.
Of course not wanting to create a scenario that would make the President look bad, it was a spontaneous terrorist attack.
“Yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy,” Matt Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said during a Senate hearing Wednesday.
Olsen echoed administration colleagues in saying U.S. officials have no specific intelligence about “significant advanced planning or coordination” for the attack.
Consider this scenario, two Libyans were hanging out, and one says “Hey Achmed, whattaya want to do today, go to the Movies?” “No Mahmoud, nothing good in the movies, whattaya say we go to your brother-in-law’s house, pick up the rocket launcher I lent him and then go attack the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi? “Achmed that’s a great idea.”
Some Senators thought Olsen’s scenario was a bit odd also.
Sen. Susan Collins, the Republican vice chairman of the panel from Maine, is convinced the incident was a premeditated, pre-planned attack tied to the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the United States.
“The attack in Benghazi was not a black swan, but rather an attack that should have been anticipated based on previous attacks against western targets, the proliferation of dangerous weapons, the presence of al Qaeda in that country and the overall threat environment,” Collins said. “I just don’t think that people come to protest equipped with RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and other heavy weapons.”
Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut Independent, said he tended to agree with Collins, but would wait for the investigation to conclude.
While the administration was tap dancing around the truth, Fox News is reporting that intelligence sources are convinced the deadly
attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was directly tied to Al
Qaeda — with a former Guantanamo detainee involved.
Sufyan Ben Qumu is thought to have been involved and even may have
led the attack, Fox News’ intelligence sources said. Qumu, a Libyan, was
released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2007 and
transferred into Libyan custody on the condition he be kept in jail. His
Guantanamo files also show he has ties to the financiers behind the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Olson, repeating Wednesday that the FBI is handling the Benghazi
investigation, also acknowledged the attack could lead back to Al Qaeda
and its affiliates.
“We are looking at indications that individuals involved in the
attack may have had connections to Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda’s affiliates, in
particular Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,” he said at the Senate
Homeland Security Committee hearing.
Don’t expect full disclosure on the source of the horrible attack until November 7th the day AFTER the election