The White House’s official spokesman, Jay Carney, continues to believe that the attacks in Cairo and Benghazi were reactions to “The Innocence of Muslims.”
Carney is only speaking for his boss, President Obama. What he says should reflect what the president believes. That is what makes his exchange with Jake Tapper today all the more disturbing.
JAKE TAPPER: [unintelligible] that the anniversary of 9-11 would be a time when you would want to have extra security around diplomats and military posts?
JAY CARNEY: Well, as you know, there, we, are very vigilant around anniversaries like 9-11. The president is always briefed and brought up to speed on the precautions being taken. [crosstalk] But let’s be clear. This, these protests, were in reaction to a video that had spread to the region. [crosstalk] We don’t know otherwise. You know, we have no information to suggest that it was a pre-planned…attack.
That’s a lot of false information to pack into one short soundbite. The foreign office in Benghazi was not secured, so the administration was not vigilant. The president tends to skip his daily briefings. He even skipped the briefing on the day after the attacks. The attack was pre-planned; we posted the warning here on Monday regarding the embassy in Cairo. It was not in reaction to a film, but an attack staged by terrorists on the 9-11 anniversary.
Let’s watch Carney spread some more malarkey.
In that clip, Carney says that there was no actionable intelligence that an attack was imminent in Benghazi.