White House pressured to tell more about Benghazi attack
Nearly two weeks after the attack in Libya that killed the US ambassador, it remains unclear what prompted it or the degree to which Al Qaeda or some other terrorist organization was involved. Critics say President Obama needs to explain and respond more fully to what happened.
President Obama is under increasing pressure to explain and respond more fully to the Sept. 11 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which the American ambassador and three other embassy personnel were killed.Skip to next paragraph
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“The president needs to go on TV and set this right. It can’t be about the election. It has to be about an American ambassador who was killed,” Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a former FBI agent, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “He needs to be out front and leading on this issue. He shouldn’t wait until after November.”
Over on “Fox News Sunday,” Obama campaign adviser and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was pushing back against critics who say the administration's message on the issue has been conflicted or confusing.
"Absolutely no one intentionally or unintentionally misled anybody involved in this," Mr. Gibbs said. “Nobody wants to get to the bottom of this more than the president and the secretary of State so that we can protect our missions and our consulates throughout the world and remain engaged.”
Nearly two weeks after the attack in Benghazi, it remains unclear what prompted it or the degree to which Al Qaeda or some other terrorist organization was involved.
Early on, the Obama administration said the protest against a crude US-made anti-Islam YouTube video “seems to have been hijacked … by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons," as UN Ambassador Susan Rice said last Sunday. In other words, it wasn’t a coordinated, pre-planned attack but something more spontaneous for which there was no “actionable intelligence,” as Ambassador Rice put it, that might have alerted officials able to protect against it.