The latest intelligence assessment of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi indicates there was little if any pre-planning for it and that it was in part an opportunistic response to the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack, which has become a political hot potato in the presidential campaign with questions over when the Obama administration called the attack an act of terrorism. "Right now, there isn't any intelligence that the attackers pre-planned their assault days or weeks in advance,"
Comments: It was Sept. 11th in a country filled with radical Islamic elements. That in itself means you can be attacked at any moment.
The official said the assessment evolved once again as "it was clear from the outset that a group of people gathered that evening." He added, "A key question early on was whether extremists took over a crowd or if the guys who showed up were all militants. It took time-until that next week-to sort through varied and sometimes conflicting accounts to understand the group's overall composition."
Like Romney's sons as kids, they keep hoping that if they repeat this long enough, it will magically become fact.
Rewritten headline: "Administration acknowledges lack of intelligence in its response to Benghazi Consulate Attack". I hope Romney can slam-dunk this issue without getting down into the weeds. It was a political response to a terrorist attack, plain and simple.
Who is the Intelligence Officer briefing this and who is he briefing it too...there was a seven hour battle...with preplanned mortar fire...so I guess this is what you would call a spontaneous-non-planned-out-of-no where-9-11 attack
According to the Christian Science Monitor of September 12, "Elite Marines sent to Tripoli in wake of Libya attack":
But a US counterterrorism official said the Benghazi violence was "too coordinated or professional" to be spontaneous. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly.
We know there were other statements similar to the above and that the Prime Minister of Libya kept insisting it was nothing to do with the video. It's not that difficult to find them in articles published by reputable news sources on the net, just time-consuming.
For those of you unfamiliar with mortar fire, the positions for firing the mortars are some distance from the target. And those positions are mapped out beforehand, in order to not kill your own troops. there are also forward spotters, in some cases. hussein obama is quite a guy. he corrupted the labor department and BLS, and now he has corrupted the CIA. And, they want us to believe that the obamabots have proven a negative.
All of this is to reinforce the "fog of war" concept that information was and is just too sketchy, and therefore everything the administration did was perfectly reasonable, see? Including of course, Sec. of State, who once the election is over will turn on Obama like you won't believe to ensure that she was out of the fake video story, but went along with the narrative to speak with one voice.
"Right now, there isn't any intelligence that the attackers pre-planned their assault days or weeks in advance,"
Is the "right now" important in this sentence? Should we expect that right after the election, there will be intelligence? Or should we focus on "there isn't any intelligence?" Did all of it burn up in the consulate? Or have the shredders and hard drive cleaners been in action? Or should we note that they used "day or weeks" and left out "months?" Perhaps the very fact that the event itself revealed coordinated attack does not count as "intelligence?"
More likely this means that "We were totally caught off guard and did not have a clue that this might happen on 9/11 in a place where al Qaeda was active and an active war was in progress, even though our own ambassador had warned us about it."
Ah, yes...I was out for a bit of fresh air and a lemonade. As I was walking home, instead of taking my usual route through the gardens to smell fresh blossoms, I pulled an RPG out of my backpack and stormed a US consulate. s/o
I do believe the headline is incorrect. It should read: "Planning shows no intelligence." The administration seems to be doing a lot of planning/squirming how to get out of this one, but intelligence - no sign of that.
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The number of visitors to the federal government´s HealthCare.gov Web site plummeted 88 percent between Oct. 1 and Oct. 13, according to a new analysis of America´s online use, while less than half of 1 percent of the site´s visitors successfully enrolled for health insurance the first week. The new numbers on the Affordable Care Act — released by Kantar US Insights, and based on an assessment conducted by the nonpartisan research firm Millward Brown Digital — provide a snapshot of how the federal health-care exchange has fared since it launched at the start of the month. Based on a
DENVER — Colorado released a first look Monday at how many people have signed up for health insurance using its new state exchange. Officials with Connect For Health Colorado said 226 people have signed up for insurance using the exchange, for a total of 305 people getting coverage. That´s the tally from the exchange´s first week, Oct 1-7. It´s a smaller number than reported in other states running their own exchanges. Kentucky, for example, had more than 18,000 people signed up by Oct. 9, and tiny Rhode Island had 580 signed up by Oct. 3. But officials with Connect For
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Watch out, Alan Grayson: you´ve got competition when it comes to uttering the ugliest slur on Tea Party Republicans . . . Sure, you´ve compared them to the Klan. But fellow Dem Steve Cohen has upped the ante. On Steve Kornacki´s MSNBC show this morning, Cohen called Tea Party congressmen: "domestic enemies" that he took an oath to defend the country against. Did Kornacki challenge Cohen´s libel? Hah! He merely observed that Cohen sounded "very pessimistic." View the video after the jump.Was Cohen´s calumny what President Obama had in mind when this past week he proclaimed that "there is no
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