After first suggesting the attack on the Libyan consulate was a spontaneous reaction to a movie depicting Mohammed, then saying maybe some bad actors took advantage of a movie protest, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today said the assault that killed our ambassador was indeed a terrorist attack.
I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Our embassy was attacked violently, and the result was four deaths of American officials.
Self evident? It wasn’t self-evident to the White House before.
Carney continues to say the raid was opportunistic and that the timing – Sept. 11 – might have been a coincidence. But he took another step back from this by saying there’s no evidence the attack was “significantly preplanned.”
So what constitutes significant preplanning? Ten minutes? Two hours? A day?