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October 19, 2012

CIA: Hey We Knew Benghazi Was A Terrorist Attack On Day 1

Alternate title: CIA to Obama: Hey Barry, you know what's "not optimal"? Your sorry ass.

The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press.

It is unclear who, if anyone, saw the cable outside the CIA at that point and how high up in the agency the information went. The Obama administration maintained publicly for a week that the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans was a result of the mobs that staged less-deadly protests across the Muslim world around the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S.

I love them hemming and hawing about "how far up the chain did this go?". That's just the AP covering for their boyfriend.

Remember how people (rightly) complained about the CIA pretty much openly engaging in war against George W. Bush (think the ridiculous 2007 NIE on Iran's nuclear program)? Everyone talked about how the CIA was actually a hotbed of liberals. That may or may not be true but it's clear their political allegiance is first and foremost to their agency.

I'm not getting into kooky, "the spies are staging a take over" stuff but there is a much broader problem here with the CIA that needs to be straightened out. But that's a long term thing. In the near term, it's another line Mitt gets to use at the foreign policy "debate" on Monday (if the "moderator" shuts up long enough to let him).


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