Both the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee released statements Wednesday criticizing President Obama for not explicitly classifying the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya as “terrorist attacks” in public appearances over the past two weeks.
At the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Obama called the violence, “attacks on America,” but stopped short of labeling the perpetrators as terrorists.
“There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice,” the president said.
When specifically asked whether the strikes were terrorist attacks during a television appearance on ABC’s The View on Monday, Obama wouldn’t say.
“We're still doing an investigation,” he said. “There's no doubt that the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn't just a mob action. Now, we don't have all the information yet, and so we're still gathering it, but what's clear is that around the world, there's still a lot of threats out there.”
RNC Press Secretary Kirsten Kukoswki sent an email to reporters Wednesday afternoon asking, “If the president believes we were attacked by terrorists on 9/11 why hasn’t he said so in the 15 days since the attack?”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney addressed the criticism in a gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday.
“The President spoke eloquently I believe about the attack that took the lives of four Americans at the United Nations General Assembly,” Carney began, before summarizing the president’s comments condemning the violence.
“The President - our position is, as reflected by the NCTC director, that it was a terrorist attack,” he continued. “It is, I think by definition, a terrorist attack when there is a prolonged assault on an embassy with weapons.
“The broader questions here about who participated, what led to the attack on the facility in Benghazi - all those questions are under investigation at two levels, by the FBI and by the Accountability Review Board established by Secretary Clinton to look at issues of security in Benghazi and security at other diplomatic facilities.”
Carney then reemphasized the administration’s position, “Let’s be clear, it was a terrorist attack and it was an inexcusable attack.”
When pushed on why the president passed on the opportunity to explicitly call the incident in Libya a terrorist attack when asked about it on Monday, Carney said the president had “answered the question that he was asked.”
That’s not exactly true. The question the president was asked by host Joy Behar on ABC included a description of the attacks and their probable cause, but ended with a very specific question that the president decided not to answer.
“I heard Hillary Clinton say that it was an act of terrorism,” Behar said. “Is it? What do you say?”
Carney insisted that there was no significance to the president’s decision not to label the attackers as terrorists.
“There's no reason that he chose the words he did beyond trying to provide a full explanation of his views and his assessment that we need to await further information that the investigation will uncover,” Carney said about Obama’s appearance on The View. “But it is certainly the case that it is our view as an administration, the President’s view, that it was a terrorist attack.”
Romney campaign spokesperson Ryan Williams piled on after the gaggle, sending out a statement saying, “This is now the second time the White House Press Secretary has said something that President Obama has declined to admit. If the President thinks the tragic events in Libya were acts of terrorism, he should say so himself.”
Why is CNN beating a dead horse? It WAS a terrorist attack so let the Administration deal with it ( we hope) and quit tap dancing around the situation!
Spontaenous protesters are now considered terrorists!?
But.., but,, what about the Occupy protesters? And all those supporting articles I read., right here??
Spontaneous demonstration? You still believe that is what it was? Do you not watch the news? Have you not seen the video's? There was no demonstration going on at the time the attack occurred.
Ok, Here it is!
What a JOKE!
Pretty Funny and WORTH A LOOK!
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CNN knew it was a terror attack. And chose not to report the truth because it would hurt Obama.
Thats the purpose of biased journlaism, and what you get when you listen on the lamestream media.
CNN better wake up and report both sides of the Stories it prints. Even the Dems know there is a big STINK coming out of the WH..
Oboma is a weak do nothing in over his head Pres. He was elected and since he has been doing a Victory lap expecting the country to run itself or his Socialist Buddies to give him talking Points to spew ever so often.
This countries worst time were when danger was ignored too long PEARL HARBOR 9/11 and many othes I could mentionWe haven't won a war since WWll
Money buys us Presidents they are all wealbut rarely qualified lately. Obama isn't poor didn't have a bad childhood but a privaledged one. His backers the Chicago Machine A Political Mofia has alwaystried to turn the tide for thier choice since JFK .
Where are the responsible dedicated Newspaper reporters today?
In fear of their JOBS? In fear of Obama losing? WHY Is He all he claimed to be NO!!
Do your job report responsibily and give the people a real chance to deceide on thier FATE because it will deceide our
future! Do you in the Media have any Respect for your profession at all?? Doesn't look like it.
Reporting responsibly is foreign to aloyu Lib Media..
Shame on you I hope you take the BLAME as well as the CREDIT for what you have reaped..
Nothing wwake to ill come of the things you do but distruction of a Freedom Loving Country and it's people hope you cantake it when you see the REAL OBAMA.to late.
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Repulicans took Barry's Milk Money!
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10 to 1
Thats the time spent reporting attacks on Romney vs the time spent reporting attacks on Obama. CNN included.
What wonderful journalism schools America has now.., NOT!
The point: Obama's campaign beat Romney over the head by claiming this was a "spontaneous" demonstration. That is, they knew it was a sophisticated attack but wanted to use it for political purposes. That means the lied about American's being murdered so Obama could keep his job. That's Nixonian.
The American people are being mislead with the unreliable poll results.
Check out: http://www.unskewedpolls.com/
Of course it was a planned terrorist attack ... and, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Susan Rice made FOOLS of themselves ... whether the media makes excuses for them or not.
According to Obama it was the video only. Some guys walked by who normally always carry RPGs on them and said "What the heck, let's burn the embassy and kill the ambassador". - At least that's how Obama and his crew said it happened.
rpgs are a dime a dozen in the middle east, black hawk down?
Thats not true at all. They said that the protests of the video were used as cover for a group of douches (my language, not theirs) to seige the consulate.
"According to Obama it was the video only."
Maybe you could tell us when and where Obama said that. Lots of repugs make such claims, so where is the tape?
Obama DID say: “We're still doing an investigation”. It's called Diplomacy. Something repugs know nothing about. Your leaders claimed Bin Laden was behind 9-11; he wasn't. Your leaders claimed Sadam had nukes (and then started a war killing thousands of American troops); he didn't.
Maybe Obama wants some FACTS before he starts shooting off his mouth. I believe he WILL see to it that the perps behind the attack on our Embassy are dealt with, whatever name you want to put on them. He's good at doing that, as opposed to repug leaders who said getting Bin Laden wasn't really important.
Obama doesn't care about facts, or the truth. Obama will say or do ANYTHING to hold onto power.
"Your leaders claimed Bin Laden was behind 9-11"
Meant to say: Your leaders claimed Sadam was behind 9-11
Guess nobody reads these comments, anyway.
Sometimes it is unnecessary to point out when someone's post is completely moronic. We were trying to be polite! Check out the speech he gave to the UN General Assembly TWO DAYS AGO! Geez, it should not be up to others to help you educate yourself! In promoting the video over the real act of terrorism, the protests multiplied across the middle east, and he didn't have to answer for not having the embassy secure. Talk about shooting his mouth off!
Have you not been watching the news or press releases either? Obama stated it on two different occasions shortly after the attack. His press secretary said it on numerous occasions during press briefings. Sec. of State Clinton said it repeatedly also. They flat out denied it was a terrorist attack until they could not do it anymore, then they claimed they had to wait till the FBI finished their investigation. Now they say for sure it was a terrorist attack even though the FBI investigation has not even started yet.
Obama and his corrupt administration, are still blaming the Libyan murders on the video, and a spontaneous mob ... unbelieveable !!! Obama could not possible win an honest campaign. Throughout his political career, he has resorted to dishonest Chicago politics, and rigging the election. In his run for senate, he touted the registering of minority voters, while taking their votes away, by disqualifying his opponent on a technicality. He made scores of empty promises in 2008. Today, he not only is depriving military voters of their votes, and eliminating I.D.'S to vote, but by pushing early voting, he is relying on votes, prior to the debates. If Obama wins a second term ... it will be for all the wrong reasons.
And, CNN buries the story in the internet equivalent of "below the fold." This is a habit with the left leaning media. If it doesn't play well for Obama, BURY IT.
Romney and GOP never learn their lesson.
Both sounded like kintergarden kids. oh, no, wow, what? really?
"Romney and GOP never learn their lesson.
Both sounded like kintergarden kids. oh, no, wow, what? really?"
Your attacks are Against the Person or the Group,
Your arguments have nothing to do with Facts!
"Both sounded like k,,, kids"
Dedicated to 2020 the Lesson-Learning-T-u-r-d!
Called Ad Homenin Attacks,,,
Look it up!
Learn a little!
Might I add that you need to improve your argument, and your English?
LOL HAHAHAHAHA LOLOLOLOL
It is strange that no one is claiming responsibility for this if it was a terror attack
obama refuses to use the word TERRORIST, you might want to wonder why...unless of course you can't thing for yourself.
Who gives a crap if its designated terrorism or just an attack. Only people trying to poltiicize this event would harp on something as idiotic as that.
Well it is a crazy issue but don't blame your president, when the American people are disrespectful to the BLACK PRESIDENT just because. This is how we lose power as a nation. Those not standing behind him as a nation is those who don't stand for America. But, maybe you think Obama made this happen please the invasion of Afaganstan and Iraq are mostly to blame. (BUSH time as pres.) Funny how people use the Obama as the goat, the floor and anything they wish but he can't count on American Support. So unAmerican to disrespect your President. Stick together AMERICANS. Only if its a WHITE PRESIDENT RIGHT?
Absolutely, it was. Yet, Obama still is lying about that.
What lies are you talking about? Just like all those non-existent apologies for american values conservatives made up because Obama wasnt giving the finger to the rest of the world in his speeches.
Be as quick to call white supremacist who commit their acts of terror on fellow Americans, terrorist. For their current actions and when Obama win this election, watch out for their homegrown terror campaigns. Or are they isolated acts.
OR ... on the contrary ... when Obama looses in November, watch for Alinsky radicals, black radicals, Occupiers, socialists, and freeloaders, to inflict their domestic terrorism on responsible and law abiding citizens.
Ronald Reagan: "Message to terrorists everywhere: You can run, but you can't hide."
Margaret Thatcher: "We're determined to stand together... and we're determined to take action."
Ronald Reagan: "We're not going to tolerate these attacks from outlaw states."
"We will not cave in."
"Today, we have done what we had to do."
"They counted on America to be passive... they counted wrong."
With Obama in the White House the last line reads: "They counted on America to be passive... They counted correct"
AND YET WHICH OF THOSE I WONDER HAS ACTUALLY ORDERED MORE TOP RANKED TERRORISTS TO BE TAKEN OUT SUCCESSFULLY AND LITTLE TO NO AMERICAN CASUALTIES. SOMETIMES WORDS ARE JUST WORDS.
Sometimes words are just words ... like ALL THE EMPTY PROMISES that got Obama elected in 2008.
EMPTY? WHEN THE SEALS LAUNCHED THE ATTACK ON ABBOTTABAD, IT WASN'T EMPTY. WHEN THEY FINISHED SHOOTING HOWEVER, YOU COULD SAY THEIR CLIPS WERE EMPTIED. BEYOND THAT, THERE WAS NOTHING EMPTY ABOUT THAT PROMISE.
Um, the seals killed Osama. Any American would have given the order.
I thought that all Caps were yelling.
How can we deal with trolls that are yelling?
What ever can we do?
YOU COULD TRY GOUGING YOUR EYES OUT. PLEASE?
I'm old enough to remember what the world thought of America after just four years of Carter and then again after 8 years of Clinton...they thought we were a paper tiger, because we were... Carter handed over the Panama canel and Iran and made agreements with the USSR who then turned right around and invaded Afghanistan..the USSR even moved nukes back to Cuba whiole he was president, and Carter did nothing. So, here we are again...and Jimmy Carters idiot grandson down loads a utube video of Romneys speech (2 mins missing) and Carter tells him "atta boy!" Just imagine if we had had another four years of carter...and his incompetant staff...oh my. Another four years of obamma, the pseudo president would be just as harmful...as China, Russia, and the Muslim Brotherhood pushes him around...vote Romney or else.
I'm with you
WAIT, WAIT. SO AFTER TAKING OVER 2 COUNTRIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, OCCUPYING THEM FOR YEARS WITHOUT ANY PLAN ON EVER LEAVING. YOU ARE WORRIED THE WORLD THINKS WE ARE A 'PAPER TIGER?' HOW MANY MORE DRONE KILLS DO YOU THINK BEFORE THEY ARE CONVINCED WE ARE THE REAL DEAL?
I SWEAR, SOMETIMES I WONDER WHAT PLANET YOU PEOPLE LIVE IN TO COME UP WITH THIS STUFF. IT IS BEYOND ALL HUMAN LOGIC.
boy, you need to stop drinking when your on line. That one went right over your head.
YEAH I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER THAN TO RESPOND TO NONSENSE BUT DO TELL WHAT THAT LITTLE RANT ABOUT CARTER'S GRANDSON IS REALLY ABOUT. WERE YOU SO UPSET THAT YOU SAW (OR MORE IMPORTANTLY WE ALL SAW) A SIDE OF MITT ROMNEY YOU WOULD RATHER HAVE BURIED SOMEWHERE IN A MOON CRATER? YOU SHOULD BE THANKING MR. CARTER BECAUSE NOW YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT MITT ROMNEY THAN YOU EVER DID BEFORE.
CNN, we know you are in the tank for this President but PLEASE STOP IT or you will have no one left to listen to you. It is sickening the way you twist this crap. It WAS a terrorist attack. We knew it the day after it happened and THIS ADMINISTRATION KNEW THE DAY AFTER IT HAPPENED (OR BEFORE)! The fact that the administration, and the President LIED to the American people seemed to escape you and and those who listen to the media. Just yesterday on the view the President couldn't bring himself to say YES, IT WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK. The best he could muster was WE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING. Really??? It's a sad day when I believe the President of Libya over the President of the United States. The sad thing is, if he wins reelection he won't have any reason to give two craps about what any right minded citizen thinks. Worse than Bush. Way worse.
IF YOU WANT TO BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT OF LIBYA OVER THE FBI, THEN BY ALL MEANS RUN YOUR OWN INVESTIGATION. THAT'S HOW ALL THOSE 9/11 CONSPIRACY THEORIES CAME UP. WE ALL WANT JUSTICE DONE BUT WE ALSO WANT IT DONE RIGHT.
HAS AL QAEDA ACTUALLY TAKEN CREDIT FOR THIS ATTACK? I HEARD THEM CALL IT A 'GIFT' WHICH IS AN ODD WAY OF TAKING CREDIT. THERE IS SOMETHING STRANGE ABOUT THIS ATTACK. BUT HEY, THAT'S MY THEORY.
What's strange about this attack? The news has already reported that it was Al Qaeda and some other wanna be group. It is what it is. Something strange...... another way of saying 'we're still investigating'. What is hard for Obama fans to believe is that his policy is a complete failure. He's done and is doing exactly what he wants to do....bring Israel down to 'level the playing field'. Sound familiar? He's done the same thing to the citizens of this country.
COMPLETE FAILURE? HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO KILL BIN LADEN? SO I GUESS BY ALL STANDARDS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY WAS A COMPLETE FAILURE. I HAVE MORE FAITH IN OBAMA GETTING JUSTICE AT THIS POINT. YOU HAVE NO LEG TO STAND ON.
Now that I have no eyes,,,
I can still smell you!
You are so full of IT,,, you need a MOVEMENT !!!!
You are not arguing FACTS!
Try Facts and Magnesium!
OH LOOK, THE SUB-HUMAN DIARRHEA HAS ARRIVED TO CRAP ON THE ADULT CONVERSATIONS. IT TOOK YOU LONG ENOUGH. DID YOU FORGET YOUR WAY OUT OF THE SEWER?
The FBI has not even started yet! Obama won't let them investigate, afraid much
the media reported today the administration knew it was a terrorist attack immediately and they are trying for all its worth to cover up their knowledge prior to the attack...hiillary clinton has a history of destroying evidence(Rose Law Firm) so I'm sure she is back in that mode...sooner or later she is going to take a fall. She was on the commission that were trying to impeach President Nixon...so what goes around will come around for her...she is a dirty as they come.
NJB...you are spot on...obama already gave the russians an off mic heads up...he will defy even his own party, whats left of it. God help us.
LET US KNOW WHEN THE COMMIES REACH YOUR BASEMENT, ERR BUNKER. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC MUST BE WARNED.
the reason he doesnt admit it is the same reason he hasnt admitted all his other mistakes – vanity
The O-media team continues to pander with a question when clear thinking Americans already know the truth..
This is why CNN is no longer the most trusted news source in America..
I have noticed that anytime someone says Obama's foreign policy is a failure , the left responds with "Bin Laden". Is that it? What else is there beside Bin Laden? Good move to get him, Bush didn't and neither did Clinton! But what else you got? Drones? Bush had drones too! What else you got?
IT IS NOT JUST BIN LADEN. LOOK UP ALL THE OTHER DRONE KILLS OF AL QAEDA LEADERS. IT'S ALL THERE.
SERIOUSLY, ARE WE NOW AT THE POINT WE ARE NOW SAYING IT IS 'JUST BIN LADEN? LIKE IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL? OOOKAY.
I mentioned drones!
"COMPLETE FAILURE? HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO KILL BIN LADEN?"
these are your words at September 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm.
You are not the first to answer criticism in this manner!
THE ARCHITECT OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS AND MANY OTHERS, THE PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER 1 FOR MANY YEARS, IS NOT JUST SOMEONE. TO SAY 'IS THAT IT' IS RATHER LUDICROUS. IF YOU CANNOT GIVE CREDIT TO OBAMA FOR TAKING DOWN BIN LADEN AND MANY TOP AL QAEDA OPERATIVES THEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY TO YOU.
I do give credit to the President for taking down Bin laden. In my 1st post I said:
"Good move to get him, Bush didn't and neither did Clinton" My question was and still is "What else"?
The FACTS are:
As they Climbed the walls at the embassy,,,
As they Marched in the Streets,,,
As they were Recorded,,,,
They SHOUTED OUT,,,,
WE ARE ALL OSAMA
We are all DEcember 2012
WE are all Full of it and NEED A MOVEMENT! (WINK)
IRAQ WAR IS OVER. THERE'S LIBYA, AND EGYPT WITH BOTH BRUTAL DICTATORS OUSTED. THERE'S IRAN HAVING ALL KINDS OF COMPUTER PROBLEMS AFFECTING THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM COURTESY OF THE CIA. THE MOST SEVERE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN. MORE NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT DEALS WITH RUSSIA AND OTHERS. I"M SURE I'M FORGETTING SOME MORE BUT YOU GET THE PICTURE.
December my friend, Bush set the timetable for the end of the Iraqi war! We replaced dictators in Libya and Egpyt with what? I hear you on Iraq but we can't get anything done due to China and Russia. Israel does not know where we stand! As far as computer problems in Iran, was it us or Israel (asking because I don't know)?
From my point of view, I see little that is solid. I do know everything is not made public (does not need to be) but I am simply sharing what I see or better yet what I don't see!
If there were never enhanced interogations, you know, the ones Obama does'nt believe in, Bin Laden would probably still be alive. And my 8yr olds could of made that call............
obama holds on to the bin laden killing with dear life...it is all he has. His foreign and domestic records are horrible...a mess everywhere he has acted. And, yes anyone could have ordered that killing...if they had thought it prudent and some day it might just be admitted that it was not prudent just another political grandstand for a very inept pseudo president. obama is certainly not above any trickery, manipulation, lie, or deed for power...and he proves it daily.
Steveo don't u know its impossible to argue with liberals. They didn't hate Bush bc of the things he did. They hated him bc he was republican. Obama could kill baby in the streets of DC and they say it was just a late term abortion. Btw killing UBL is not a foreign policy. But u can't explain that to a liberal. So why try. Did u notice DEC never commented on the facts. And never really read what u or NJB wrote. It's obvious from his responses.
SON, I SUGGEST YOU LET THE ADULTS DO THE TALKING. YOU SOUND LIKE A CHILD LOST IN A MALL.
Just another Ad Homenin Attack from a DemocRAT!
Can you say Ad Hominen?
Ooops,,, I lifted my left cheek and let another DEcember2012,,, Whew,,, that one smelled like Jean2009!
Ad Hominen arguments are against people, and not the facts....
Trillions in Debt,,,, FACT
Whew,, that DEcember2012 is a Hanger!
High unemployment,,,,, FACT
Can we spray a little air freshner here???
Fast and Furious and Libya Lies from the White House and it's Departments and Administrations,,,, FACT
MOST LIBERALS are ATTACKING the person and NOT THEIR RECORD,,,
MOST LIBERALS want to see the USA along side of CUBA and NORTH KOREA...
MOST LIBERALS want to be in Burkas and Hijabs!
Just sharing my point of view to provide food for thought! if we are both yelling and screaming, nobody is listening or even considering the other side may have a point. I do understand when you are coming from because there are closed minded folk everywhere!
AWWW, DID YOU JUST LEARN SOME BIG WORDS? GOOD FOR YOU. *CLAP CLAP*
HOW DOES IT FEEL WHEN DESPITE ALL THOSE FACTS, OBAMA STILL HAS A VERY GOOD CHANGE OF WINNING? IT MUST BURN YOU DEEP DOWN. DON'T HOLD BACK ON ENDING YOURSELF ON MY ACCOUNT. THE HUMAN RACE WILL MANAGE SOMEHOW.
Just wondering if you are an ANTI-AMERICAN free speech advocate,,,
Do you want America to be like CUBA? EGYPT? North KOREA? IRAN? GREECE?
Watch this one!
BIG GUBMENT Guy FIGHTING to make sure you lose your FREEDOM in a Night Club!
This issue has run its course.. Some are working hard to make this tragedy a political issue to impact the election (CNN's Frances Townsend and Fox News) but it won't work. Mistakes have been made but blaming Obama for this is irresponsible, look to those on the ground in Libya not Washington... If I see that burning Humvee on CNN one more time I'm going to boycott CNN for a year... Stop it CNN!!!!!!!!
I fully disagree. If the issue has run its course , they is no need for an investigation. Which would mean somebody explained what happened and systems are in place to keep this from happening again!. Too many unasnwered question to say this has run its course. It has not! I am sure the family members of those who died would disagree agree with you too!
Obama lied, and US Ambassador and 3 marine's died
Actually I did see something yesterday that said the FBI were still not on site. I did not see any details!
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