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Carney Won’t Say Libya Security was Adequate

by Keith Koffler on September 18, 2012, 12:35 pm

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.”

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Cooper September 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Nothing coming from this administration is truthful or factual. It’s all spin and bullshit designed to deceive and manipulate.

Langley Spook September 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

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…

Sadie September 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

“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”.

Julie Brueckheimer September 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm

People should be calling for the resignation of the greatest Secretary of State ever.

Not Nabob September 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I second that motion,but suggest you emend it to read: “the biggest joke”. Thank you.

pianogirl88 September 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

They haven’t had time to spin the roulette wheel to see what today’s talking points might be.

Chas September 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Jay Carney, Art Carney, one of them made us laugh, the other, make us laugh at him. What a joke this guy is.

srdem65 September 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm


Lizzy September 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm

If his lips are moving then yes that would be true.

Girly1 September 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

The enitre Obama administration shall henceforth be known as Baghdad Bob & Co.

Cooper September 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

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.

Not Nabob September 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

The only security boy Carney know is the security blanket his Master Obama gives to him.

Just2old September 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm

So, what Bagdad Bob is saying it that Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf is a liar? This administration continues to amaze!

Russell September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

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.

mo1 September 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

How stupid does Obama think the American people are?

Star September 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm


lc southern September 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

He thinks we are very stupid. Guess we will show him in Nov if he is right or not.

cincycinco September 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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.

KmB September 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

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.

Susan September 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm

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.

cincycinco September 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

‘… 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…

Langley Spook September 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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

DeniseVB September 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Probably and he’ll let that one sizzle too. Oh LQQK, Romney made a gaffe !

As the World Burns :(

JustSaying12 September 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Why isn’t this the leading story on the news right now?

Susan September 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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.”

aunty M September 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Paper Tiger, anyone?

Lizzy September 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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!

rulierose September 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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?

gracepmc September 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

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.