Fox: Benghazi attack might be tied to video

Fox’s Peter Doocy said on Friday that one of the supposed ringleaders of the deadly attack on our consulate, and newly-outed CIA facility (thanks to GOP Cong. Chaffetz we now know that there was a CIA station next to our consulate), claims the attack was in fact inspired as a response to the now infamous anti-Muslim hate video:

The New York Times caught up with Abu Katala at a luxury hotel in Libya and he says he was just trying to break up a traffic jam near the consulate, and that he was not participating in the raid, but that the attack was tied to that anti-Islamic video.

More from that NYT story referenced Doocy’s piece:

Witnesses and the authorities have called Ahmed Abu Khattala one of the ringleaders of the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission here.

Mr. Abu Khattala, 41, wearing a red fez and sandals, added his own spin. Contradicting the accounts of many witnesses and the most recent account of the Obama administration, he contended that the attack had grown out of a peaceful protest against a video made in the United States that mocked the Prophet Muhammad and Islam.


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This would seem to contradict Mitt Romney’s claim that we knew the attack Al Qaeda or some other terrorist group, and premeditated, and thus not inspired by the hateful anti-Muslim video.

What the Fox report shows is that even one month after the attack, we’er still getting conflicting reports as to exactly what happened, which is the norm.

Still unanswered is why it even matters whether the Obama administration was able to conclude who committed the attack, and why, in the first few hours, or even days, after the attack. Does Romney think the President just waves a magic wand and suddenly the CIA will know, for certain, ever, who committed the attack?

It doesn’t work that way. And if anything, Romney’s insistence that the Obama administration must have known, from the git-go, who actually committed the attack is less evidence of the Obama administration complicity and more evidence of Mitt Romney’s ignorance.

One almost gets the sense that Romney, and the rightwing noise machine, are defending the anti-Muslim hate video. Remember how that was Romney’s initial line of attack, that the administration was “apologizing” for the video. That was before Romney himself apologized for the video.

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