Obama Administration Claims Libya Attack Was Spontaneous While Libyan Officials Insist It Was a Planned Assault
The Obama administration is saying that the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya last week was spontaneous. Four people were killed in the attack, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., claimed that the violence stems solely from reaction to an anti-Muslim video, saying, “The best assessment we have today is that, in fact, this was not a pre-planned, pre-meditated attack, that what happened initially is that it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo as a consequence of the video.”
Libya’s president, however, disagrees claiming that the violence was indeed planned, and was likely the work of militants linked to al Qaeda.
KT McFarland and Stephen Hayes joined America’s Newsroom to comment on the situation.
McFarland asserts that the Obama administration knows that this was not a spontaneous attack, but ahead of the election is trying to place the blame elsewhere, “so that nobody can blame them for a failed Middle East policy.”
Hayes said that throughout the president’s time in office, his administration has repeatedly tried to downplay any previous attacks and to suggest that there was nothing that they could have done to prevent them.