On Sept. 11, 2012, the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya, was attacked by heavily armed militants, leading to deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. While the White House initially insisted that the violence unfolded spontaneously in reaction to an anti-Islamic YouTube video, evidence later emerged that contradicted the administration’s talking points. Given the highly charged political environment at the time of the attack, the administration’s handling of the crisis has been subjected to withering criticism, raising questions about its interpretation of events. Since then, demands for the truth have grown as Libya continues to face violence from insurgents exploiting the unstable environment since the death of Moammar Gadhafi.
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What exactly is al-Qaeda? And who cares? Confusion about how to define the terrorist group is rife. Was al-Qaeda involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya , that left four Americans dead? The Obama administration says no.
Today’s announcement of the appointment of Susan Rice to replace Tom Donilon as national security adviser comes as no surprise.
It is clear even now, however, that the Obama administration’s willful blindness to the continuing threat of international terrorism is a major reason for its mistakes before, during, and after the murders of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his colleagues.