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President Obama and his officials were directly involved in the “blame the video” narrative following the Benghazi terror attack in 2012. This is confirmed by some new documents that have surfaced recently from Judicial Watch below.
These are documents that were released by a Freedom of Information Act Request. They show how the top Obama officials were involved in determining how to mislead the American people about the reason behind the terrorist attack that took the lives of 4 of our men.
We are all well aware that not much can happen in the White House without being confirmed and approved by the president. At some level, President Obama was involved in the construction of this narrative, even if his name isn’t on ‘from’ line of an email, and now we have the documents that show that.
Judicial Watch’s coverage of the cover up reveals some fascinating information:
“A September 11, 2012, email sent at 6:21 p.m. by State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland to Meehan [Bernadette Meehan, a spokesperson for the National Security Council], Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, and Clinton’s personal aide Jacob Sullivan shows that the State Department deferred to the White House on the official response to the Benghazi attack. Referencing pending press statements by Barack Obama and Clinton, Nuland wrote: ‘We are holding for Rhodes [then-White House deputy strategic communications adviser] clearance. BMM [Meehan], pls advise asap.’
“Meehan responded three minutes later, at 6:24 p.m.: ‘Ben is good with these and is on with Jake now too.’”
This clearly indicates that the White House was calling all of the shots on what information went to the public, including the false narrative about Muslim unrest over a Youtube video.
Additionally, an email sent by Rashad Hussain, the Obama administration’s special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), on September 12th stresses the need to blame the attack on a film.
“I am sure you are considering putting a statement on the film and the related violence. In addition to the condemnation of the disgusting depictions, it will be important to emphasize the need to respond in a way that is consistent with Islamic principles, i.e. not engaging in violence and taking innocent life …”
Yes, by all means, let’s make sure to not offend the people who just butchered American citizens.
Another email, sent on September 14th by Ben Rhodes to prep former Ambassador Susan Rice stated, ” ‘Goal’: To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.” (H/T Judicial Watch)
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