Analysis

US Will be Forced to Admit Attack on Consulate in Libya Was Planned
Libyan investigators leave the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, September 15 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)
September 17, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
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Mounting evidence will likely force the Obama administration to reverse itself and admit that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 was not spontaneous but was in fact a pre-planned act of terrorism and a major failure of U.S. intelligence. As late as yesterday, the administration was insisting that the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens was not planned in advance, but this ignores what is known from sources on the ground in Libya and from the Libyan government itself.

The anti-American protests began last week, but their origin is disputed. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said yesterday that the “best information we have today” indicates the attack on the Benghazi consulate that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans was spontaneous and not pre-planned. White House and State Department officials have repeated this claim and blame the attacks entirely on a YouTube video reportedly made by a group of Americans mocking the Prophet Mohammed.  Obama officials have also refused to call the attack an act of terrorism.  However, there is growing evidence that the controversial video was probably used by radical Islamists to instigate protests that they could exploit to stage the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

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