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Carney Won’t Say Libya Security was Adequate

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today declined to say that security was adequate at the Libyan consulate in Benghazi during that the assualt that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya last week on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, saying the matter is being studied.

Asked by Ed Henry of Fox News is there was sufficient security at the consulate, Carney replied, “I am simply saying that this is a matter under investigation.”

Carney added, however, that there were  steps “taken both seen and unseen in advance in preparation for times like 9/11.”

Carney also softened his suggestions from last week that the the violence in Libya was mainly in response to a video denigrating Mohammed and not a pre-planned attack meant to mark the 9/11 anniversary.

“The cause amd motivation behind (the attacks) will be decided by that investigation,” Carney said. “There are other factors that were involved in the violence that ensued – other factors that are involved that are under investigation.”

Last week, he said: “And while the violence is reprehensible and unjustified, it is not a reaction to the 9/11 anniversary that we know of, or to U.S. policy.”

Carney continued to say that the video played a role, but this time he indicated that it played a more direct role in earlier protests in Cairo, and the the Cairo protests then spread to Bengahzi.

“It was video that cause the unrest in Cairo and the unrest in Cairo that precipitated the unrest in Libya and elsewhere,” Carney said.

But while flagging a potential change in position, Carney restated last week’s contention that the United States has “no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack.”

32 Responses to Carney Won’t Say Libya Security was Adequate

    • When it comes to anything the “Obama administration” says when it comes to “Foreign Policy-National Security” I need to take a few shots of Bourbon to keep from my head exploding from the B.S. the Obama WH, State Dept. & DOD are spewing…

  1. “Under investigation” – Isn’t that Carney-speak for after the November elections to be followed by a thorough fisking of MF Global bundler and thief, Jon Corzine, Fast and Furious, Eric the Holder of Information. No doubt the Obama admin. will classify the murders in Benghazi in the same file cabinet with Nidal Hassan as “workplace violence”.

    • That’s a slam against Baghdad Bob, the guy was hysterical. Unfortunately Carney is not so funny. But he is a wascally wabbit. Popping up from his wabbit hole to deliver more Obama drivel and spin.

  2. And we wonder why the world views the US as weak and incapable of driving a stake in the ground and being decisive.

    Where is Barry today? Oooh, right, he is with Letterman, checking out the womens basketball and preparing to meet with the muslim brotherhood.

  3. Were they able to protect the Ambassador? No?


    in·ad·e·quate [ in áddəkwət ] not enough or not good enough: failing to reach an expected or required level or standard
    Synonyms: insufficient, scarce, too little, derisory, laughable, poor, short, scant, scanty

    This isn’t what the meaning of “is” is. These people are serious. No equivocation is possible.

  4. Afghanistan is a complete mess now. For the first time since the Vietnam war the United States lost a sizable (8) number of aircraft on the ground (Harrier Jump Jets) which WILL greatly impact operations supporting ground forces. Obama is in control and directly responsible for this utter disaster and his policies should be held accountable.

    • That is another outrage that isn’t getting much press. The terrorists were dressed in U.S. Army uniforms and were able to infiltrate a so-called secure military base, killing two Marines, and destroying the aircraft. There is treachery all around our military in that desert hellhole.

  5. ‘… Carney restated last week’s contention that the United States has “no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack.”’


    “Libya’s president says he believes al-Qaida is behind a deadly attack in eastern Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other U.S. staffers.

    In an exclusive interview with NPR in Benghazi, President Mohammed el-Megarif says foreigners infiltrated Libya over the past few months, planned the attack and used Libyans to carry it out.”


    Nope, no information at all to suggest it’s a planned attack. Move on, nothing to see here…

  6. BTW… Does “Pres.” Obama know a ‘conflict’ between Japan and Communist China (PRC) over the “Senkakus/Diaoyou Islands” is brewing…???!!!

  7. Don’t worry “folks” the DOJ has been tasked with the investigation. Holder is getting right on the job. Right after he finishes his Fast and Furious investigation, and right after he gets his activist judges to settle those lawsuits against states fighting to enforce their voter ID laws, and then there is that pesky Arizona that keeps refusing to roll over. Too late Carney barker – we already know everything about what happened in Libya from the foreign press.

    By the way Mr. Shipman, did you happen to mention where you boss was while the world is on fire? He’s taking AF1 in for a day of fun and campaigning in New York City. What a life! Taping a late night talk show appearance in the afternoon and then watching your performance with all your pals who are paying you for the favor of your company. Sounds almost like the oldest profession in the world.

    Clint Eastwood is so right about this man – “President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”

  8. You know things are bad when you are more likely to believe what Libya says
    rather than the so called administration. Also you know when Bush quit golf
    because he didn’t want to see a mother find him on the golf corse finding out
    their son or daughter died. Well Obama not only doesn’t seem to care you’d
    have to look everywhere to find him. Golf, late night TV private parties with the
    rich and famous because he wouldn’t be at his desk or even in the WH!

  9. why does it matter what Carney says, or whether he says anything at all? 99.9% of the “reporters” there are going to write something positive about Obama anyway. so why not let them just make it up themselves?

  10. About security in Libya let me just say this — Valerie Jarrett 24/7 Secret Service protection.

    And after DOS shut down questions due to the “investigation”, and the FBI has yet to go in country due to safety/security concerns the Administration sends out the pathetic political hack Susan Rice with no area expertise to talk on the Sunday shows.

    And tonight Obama’s priorities are Letterman and B&JZ — pretty sure there is more security for all that then there was in Libya.