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Morning Examiner: Obama’s Libya lies crumble

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

We seemed to have reached a tipping point in the liberal media’s coverage of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. This morning, The Washington Post has published to the web a devastating timeline of Obama administration statements on the attack that clearly demonstrate Obama has been lying about the incident for political gain from day one. The Post writes:

In any kind of confused overseas event, initial reports are often wrong. But the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including the ambassador, is a case study of how an administration can carefully keep the focus as long as possible on one storyline — and then turn on a dime when it is no longer tenable.

For political reasons, it certainly was in the White House’s interests to not portray the attack as a terrorist incident, especially one that took place on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Instead the administration kept the focus on what was ultimately a red herring — anger in the Arab world over anti-Muslim video posted on You Tube. With key phrases and message discipline, the administration was able to conflate an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt — which apparently was prompted by the video — with the deadly assault in Benghazi.

President Obama appears to be the only member of his administration still sticking to the original lie that the Benghazi attack was prompted by a video. The head of Obama’s National Counterterrorism Center, White House Spokesman Jay Carney, and even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have all admitted that the Benghazi attack was terrorism. But there was Obama Tuesday in the United Nations, droning about the initial YouTube cover story. He’s going to have to admit his video cover story is false eventually. If not now, then definitely in the debate next week. And when he does, he will face a slew of related questions. The Wall Street Journal sums up:

Imagine the uproar if, barely a month before Election Day, the Bush Administration had responded to a terrorist strike—on Sept. 11 no less—in this fashion. Obfuscating about what happened. Refusing to acknowledge that clear security warnings were apparently ignored. Then trying to shoot the messengers who bring these inconvenient truths to light in order to talk about anything but a stunning and deadly attack on U.S. sovereign territory.

Four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi in a terrorist attack that evidence suggests should have been anticipated and might have been stopped. Rather than accept responsibility, the Administration has tried to stonewall and blame others. Congress should call hearings to hold someone accountable for this debacle.

If Congress does not hold Obama accountable, eventually the American people will.

From The Washington Examiner
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Brian Hughes: Looming federal budget cuts dampen local economy

Campaign 2012
Obama: The Obama campaign’s money advantage is allowing them to get steep discounts on television advertising rates that are not available to Mitt Romney. Obama’s latest ad calls for “a new economic patriotism.”
Romney: According to Democratic ad buy sources, the Romney campaign is phasing out all other television ads, in favor of a minute-long spot that features Romney directly telling the camera that he and Obama “both care about poor and middle class families.”

In Other News
Associated Press, New US home sales edged down 0.3 percent in August: Sales of new homes in the United States dipped in August by .3 percent. Analysts had been expecting a 2.2 percent hike.

The Wall Street Journal, CEOs Turn Less Optimistic as Fiscal Cliff Nears: The Business Roundtable‘s third quarter CEO Economic Outlook Survey found more top executives now expect their firms to cut jobs rather than add them in the next six months. Fewer of those leaders expect sales and capital investment to increase in the near future than they did in June.

USA Today, Growth higher in red states than blue, swing states: The income of those living in red states has climbed 4.6% since the recession began in December 2007, a USA TODAY analysis of total increases found. The average income of those living in blue states and swing states saw a much slower increase. The personal income of blue states has increased 0.5%, while in the swing states, income increased 1.4%.

The Washington Post, After union rejects offer, Pepco may face strike: The union representing Pepco workers overwhelmingly rejected what the company called its final contract offer Wednesday, putting the electric utility that serves much of the Washington region on the brink of a strike.

The Wall Street Journal, Big Firms Overhaul Health Coverage: Two big employers are planning a radical change in the way they provide health benefits to their workers, giving employees a fixed sum of money and allowing them to choose their medical coverage and insurer from an online marketplace.

Righty Playbook
The Weekly Standard‘s Michael Warren reports that Eight House Republicans have signed a letter to President Barack Obama to demand more information regarding the September 11th attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Walter Russell Mead asks if the Libya debacle will be the “MSMs Tipping Point On Obama in the Middle East?”
At The Corner, Mark Krikorian reminds that there is nothing more permanent than a temporary immigration status.

Lefty Playbook
Talking Points Memo details Democrat plans to knock off some high profile Tea Party names.
Slate‘s Matt Yglesias claims Romney is abandoning his tax plan.
Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi argues that Obama should be crushing Romney right now.

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