Until now, the Obama administration has strenuously insisted that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was an entirely spontaneous event, as “unexpected” as each new unemployment report. But that seems to be changing, as Fox News reports White House spokesman Jay Carney announcing an FBI investigation into “the precipitating cause of the protest and violence based on the information that we have had available.”
The Libyan government has been saying that the consulate attack was premeditated, and entirely separate from the furor over the “Innocence of Muslims” video. In fact, Fox News has an intelligence source who maintains “there was no major protest in Benghazi before the deadly attack which killed four Americans.”
Libyan president Mohammed el-Megarif has been growing rather irritated about the narrative put forth by the Obama Administration. In an NPR interview, he went as far as saying, “The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous. We firmly believe that this was a pre-calculated, preplanned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. Consulate.”
Megarif says the attack was orchestrated by foreigners with al-Qaeda ties, who infiltrated his country and recruited Libyan assistance. The scale of the attack, involving something like 150 terror operatives equipped with serious firepower and rocket-propelled grenades, argues rather strongly against the “spontaneous protest” storyline.
So do the increasing, and disturbing, reports that the State Department was warned up to 48 hours in advance to expect violence. The UK Independent says it has “reported diplomatic sources who said that the threat of an attack against US interests in the region was known to the US administration 48 hours before it took place.” The White House has repeatedly denied this report, but it uses rather specific denials about receiving “actionable intelligence,” which are not wholly incompatible with the Libyans’ assertions that they reported a more general threat against American interests.
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