NY Times: Benghazi Attack ‘Fueled in Large Part by Anger at an American-Made Video Denigrating Islam’

Posted by on Dec 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

You cannot be serious.

Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault. The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi. And contrary to claims by some members of Congress, it was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.

A fuller accounting of the attacks suggests lessons for the United States that go well beyond Libya. It shows the risks of expecting American aid in a time of desperation to buy durable loyalty, and the difficulty of discerning friends from allies of convenience in a culture shaped by decades of anti-Western sentiment. Both are challenges now hanging over the American involvement in Syria’s civil conflict.

The attack also suggests that, as the threats from local militants around the region have multiplied, an intensive focus on combating Al Qaeda may distract from safeguarding American interests.

Gee, we almost expect a victory lap from the Obama administration.

Fifteen months after Mr. Stevens’s death, the question of responsibility remains a searing issue in Washington, framed by two contradictory story lines.

One has it that the video, which was posted on YouTube, inspired spontaneous street protests that got out of hand. This version, based on early intelligence reports, was initially offered publicly by Susan E. Rice, who is now Mr. Obama’s national security adviser.

The other, favored by Republicans, holds that Mr. Stevens died in a carefully planned assault by Al Qaeda to mark the anniversary of its strike on the United States 11 years before. Republicans have accused the Obama administration of covering up evidence of Al Qaeda’s role to avoid undermining the president’s claim that the group has been decimated, in part because of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The investigation by The Times shows that the reality in Benghazi was different, and murkier, than either of those story lines suggests. Benghazi was not infiltrated by Al Qaeda, but nonetheless contained grave local threats to American interests. The attack does not appear to have been meticulously planned, but neither was it spontaneous or without warning signs.

Thanks for clearing that up. The allegations of the video being responsible are here and here, also containing this assertion.

There is no doubt that anger over the video motivated many attackers. A Libyan journalist working for The New York Times was blocked from entering by the sentries outside, and he learned of the film from the fighters who stopped him. Other Libyan witnesses, too, said they received lectures from the attackers about the evil of the film and the virtue of defending the prophet.

No doubt, huh? So, guess that’s the end of the story now.


8 Responses to “NY Times: Benghazi Attack ‘Fueled in Large Part by Anger at an American-Made Video Denigrating Islam’”

  1. Casey M on 28/28/13 at 9:00 pm

    All the news that fits, we print. If it doesn’t fit we use scissors until it does.

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  3. Mike Giles on 29/29/13 at 11:23 am

    Yep! Hillary is running in 2016 all right. They’re already “clearing the battle space” for her.

  4. Lightwave on 29/29/13 at 1:01 pm

    “I won’t say the NYT is full of crap.

    I will say the NYT story smells very odd.”

    I’ll go there. Pravda on the Hudson is outright lying to protect Hillary with a lie that’s 16 months old. They owe the families of those killed in Benghazi — BY AL QAEDA AGENTS, by the way — a retraction and a public apology.

    Rep. Issa and Rep. Rogers need to drag these Democrat party operatives in front of House hearings and get some answers, then drag Hillary up there again and threaten her with contempt of Congress and prison time until she admits the truth.