Benghazi: White House Changes Story On Phone Calls Again
by Tim Brown
Last Friday I wrote about how the White House had sent aletter to Congress that said that Barack Obama didn’t make one single phonecall on the night of September 11, 2012 as the attacks on the U.S. consulate inBenghazi were taking place. Well just how the narrative on Benghazi has changedover and over with this administration, they have changed their story again.Now, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that Obama Called then Secretaryof State Hillary Clinton at approximately 10pm EST on the night of the Benghaziattacks.
CNS News reports,
That was more than six hours after the attacks started, morethan an hour before Tryone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed–and about thetime that Clinton first released a statement linking the attacks to“inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” a reference to an anti-Muslimvideo on YouTube.
“Like every president before him, he has a national securityadviser and deputy national security adviser,” Carney told CNSNews.com onTuesday. “He was in regular communication with his national security team directly,through them, and spoke with the secretary of state at approximately 10 p.m. Hecalled her to get an update on the situation.”
Carney was responding to questions from CNSNews.com aboutwho Obama communicated with on the evening of Sept. 11, 2012. Outgoing DefenseSecretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs,told the Senate Armed Services Committee they first notified the president ofthe attack during a Sept. 11, 2012 meeting that began at 5 p.m. and ran for about30 minutes. They also told the committee they did not talk to Obama or anyoneelse at the White House after that meeting.
The Washington Times made clear that, “The White House hassaid Mr. Obama was kept up to date on the attack by his staff, though afterbeing alerted to the attack in a pre-scheduled afternoon meeting he never spokeagain with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Joint Chiefs of Staff ChairmanMartin E. Dempsey or then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
It was on that night the Secretary Clinton released astatement on the attack in Benghazi in which she linked an anti-Muslim video asthe cause of it. “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as aresponse to inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” Clinton said. “TheUnited States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religiousbeliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the verybeginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justificationfor violent acts of this kind.”
CNS confirmed with several news outlets, including theAssociated Press, Reuters, and FactCheck.org, about the timing of their storiesabout Clinton’s statement. The stories hit the wire within the hour ofClinton’s statement being made public around 10pm.
I’m wondering how much longer the Senate Armed ServicesCommittee is going to put up with the blatant lying of this White House andit’s administration before they have had enough. In fact, I’m wondering whenthe American people are going to seriously burn up the White House phone linesdemanding an end to this nonsense and real accountability, responsibility andpunishment for all involved in what is becoming more clearly understood to be acover-up in which American citizens died.