The White House on Tuesday explicitly left open the possibility that last week’s dramatic attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens dead, was a preplanned attack.
Press secretary Jay Carney suggested the assault could have been the work of an armed group looking to “take advantage” of unrest he blamed on an anti-Islam video available online.
Carney repeatedly described that footage as the “precipitating” cause of the protests and the violence targeting American diplomatic posts in Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia and elsewhere.
The film did not “precipitate” the attacks. It has been and still is a pretext by which the region’s manipulators rally up the brand-named Arab Street and keep the the fire burning. But baby steps, baby steps. At least the White House is allowing for the possibility that someone wanted to attack us on the anniversary of another time that somebody attacked us.
Perhaps Carney and company will grok the jihad by, maybe, 2016 or so.