During his September 12 comments on the killing of Ambassador Stevens the night before, President Obama spoke of “brutal killings,” praised the work of our diplomats, and called for religious tolerance. He ended on a general note that “no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.”
Ignoring mounting evidence that the attack was planned, the Obama
administration launched a full scale campaign to peddle a
spontaneous-mob-incited-by-the video narrative on the next day. The most
notable operation was Ambassador Rice’s September 16 statement on the
Sunday talk shows: “Our current best assessment, based on the
information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began
as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo….”
The spontaneous-mob-video narrative continued until September 20,
when the press secretary announced that it is “self-evident that what
happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.”
As Romney explained this sequence of events at last night’s debate,
Obama interrupted and told him to “get the transcript” of his remarks.
When Romney persisted, Crowley interjected: “He did in fact call it an ‘act of terror.” Crowley continued: “It did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea of there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.” On both counts, Crowley was outright wrong.