Jay Carney is learning the age old lesson:
Bad news doesn’t get better with age.
It’s past beginning to look bad for Obama, it’s REALLY looking bad for Obama.
What was a slowly developing bad news story for the administration has quickly gained steam and is now looking to be a major cover up. After the news that the administration received e-mails from the consulate just 2 hours into the attack, Obama can only be reeling:
(Reuters) – Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.
The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.
The brief emails also show how U.S. diplomats described the attack, even as it was still under way, to Washington.
Further, there is video footage that shows there was no protest that night in Libya:
In addition to the footage from the consulate cameras, the U.S. government is also poring over video taken from an overhead U.S. surveillance drone that arrived for the final hour of the night battle at the consulate compound and nearby annex.
Video from the compound’s cameras debunk the initial line from the Obama administration that there was a protest in front of the consulate on the night of the attacks, according to one of the U.S. intelligence officials who has seen the footage, and a senior Obama administration official familiar with what they show.
I get that assessing reports and data real time is tough and can often be wrong. But as the days and weeks advanced, Obama continued to tell us that what happened in Benghazi was something other than what it was:
Just in this montage, the administration mentions the video at least 7 times over 6 days. This is a massive failure in terms of obtaining the truth and an absolute failure in dealing with the American people’s faith and trust in the government.
The fact is this, the administration had reason to believe in the first 2 hours that we were dealing with a terrorist attack and certainly within the first 2 days this was crystal clear.