Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Whose fault is the debacle in Libya re the murder of our ambassador?

According to Rush:
ALLER: I was calling because I'm listening to the stuff about the intelligence on this terrorist attack and everything, and it reminds me of when the Democrats and liberals came down so hard on Bush about 9/11, and the failure of intelligence and what a big debacle it was, and now that the tables are turned --

RUSH: You know what? This is an excellent point. And how about the intel failure of weapons of mass destruction?

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: That was worldwide intel. That was the CIA, that was MI5, it was MI6, it was Interpol, it was everybody. Everybody said Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. It was intel. And they ripped Bush a new one for listening to the bad intel, for having bad intel, for not having good intelligence. And now this bunch is using bad intel as an excuse. In fact, I just got audio sound bites from some of the stuff that's happened since the program began. They are trying to bail Susan Rice out at this State Department hearing by saying, "Well, it was just bad intel," even though they've got their own intel unit at the State Department, they report to the White House. This cover-up is inept, but it's underway.

Let's go to the sound bite. Here is Jay Carney this afternoon at the press briefing in the White House, and this is during an answer about the newly released information that there was no protest before the attack on the consulate. It was not something spontaneous. It was not a video that started it. Here's what Carney said.

CARNEY: The information she had at that point from the intelligence community is the same that I had at that point. As time went on, additional information became available. Clearly we know more today than we did on the Sunday after the attack. The point we have made all along, initial assessments in the immediate aftermath of the attack in Benghazi were made, and it was a government-wide assessment that was the foundation of what Ambassador Rice said, what I said, and what others said. It is what we knew based on the limited facts we had available to us at that time. They were conclusions of the intelligence community for the entire government.

RUSH: This is shameless. I told you earlier we had a story, shared the details with you from the US News & World Report, or maybe it was the Washington Examiner. At any rate, this is exactly what they're trying to do now. Bail Susan Rice out, it was bad intel. Jay Carney, what he's telling you here is, "I thought it was the video. For eight days I thought it was the video and the president thought it was the video because we got bad intel. It was a government-wide assessment that was -- all we could do was deal with the intel." She's exactly right, bad intel is an understandable, acceptable excuse. Nothing to see here, folks, don't blame us. We just had bad, bad intel. But the State Department threw this overboard.

But according to someone at one of the briefings (and I just heard a snippet of it on the news) Obama had wanted to send more protection to embassies over his tenure...but the Congress rejected his request for funds.

All the funding cuts to save's never a program that needs to be cut, never the high mucky-mucks making hundreds of thousands of's always the little people who actually work...

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