Lord have mercy on our souls.
This despite the fact that the State Department’s Charlene Lamb was following the assault on Benghazi in near-real time. Bloomberg reports:
Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary of state for international programs in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, said a security agent activated a danger-notification system as the attack began shortly before 10 p.m. local time on Sept. 11.
“From that point on, I could follow what was happening in almost real time,” Lamb said in written testimony prepared for a hearing today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been investigating the attack and whether security was adequate.
State Department officials said yesterday they had never concluded the attack grew out of a protest over a video depicting the Prophet Muhammad, as some Obama administration officials had said last month. The officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, said there had been no protest at the U.S. consulate that day and the attack came suddenly.
So they knew what happened blow-by-blow. They never believed in the video. So where did the story that the attack was provoked by a video come from? What was the provenance of this “best intelligence” as Debbie Wasserman Scultz put it, if the State Department practically had a ringside seat on proceedings?
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