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Obama’s delusion about what he said in the Rose Garden on 11 September, 2012 persists, but facts are facts. He did not refer to the attack in Benghazi as an act of terror. Instead, he spoke in generic terms about America’s reaction to the September 2001 attacks. Here’s the relevant portion of the transcript:

Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks. We mourned with the families who were lost on that day. I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed. And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.

As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it. Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

But let’s be generous. Let’s concede that Obama made a generic, backhand reference to terrorism. If he genuinely thought it a terrorist attack, why did he all his UN Ambassador to declare that it was not terrorism?

Here is the transcript from Susan Rice’s lie fest at ABC:

TAPPER: So, first of all, what is the latest you can tell us on who these attackers were at the embassy or at the consulate in Benghazi? We’re hearing that the Libyans have arrested people. They’re saying that some people involved were from outside the country, that there might have even been Al Qaida ties. What’s the latest information?

RICE: Well, Jake, first of all, it’s important to know that there’s an FBI investigation that has begun and will take some time to be completed. That will tell us with certainty what transpired.

But 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. In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated.

We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to — or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo. And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons, weapons that as you know in — in the wake of the revolution in Libya are — are quite common and accessible. And it then evolved from there.

We’ll wait to see exactly what the investigation finally confirms, but that’s the best information we have at present.

Tapper correctly noted that reports from Libya indicated the attack was carried out by a group with ties to Al Qaeda. But Rice disagreed. She insisted that it was inspired by a video and carried out by a flash mob.

A few days later, Obama’s on The View and is given a softball chance to define Benghazi as an Al Qaeda terrorist strike. He punted:

He was still talking about the video even though State Department had told the President on the 12th of September, 2012 that the attack was an organized strike and had nothing to do with the video.

It is not enough to admit that this was just a “terrorist attack.” Despite Obama’s prior insistence that he killed Bin Laden and Al Qaeda is on the run, it turns out Al Qaeda still had the ability to kick our ass in Benghazi.

The shameful, disgraceful thing about Obama is that in the immediate aftermath of the attack he left Washington, DC to go fund raising rather than stay on the job and ensure the FBI could get into Benghazi to conduct the investigation. Obama did nothing to facilitate their deployment. On this point both Hillary and Obama share blame. Neither did their job to get the FBI into Libya in a timely manner. Such is the dearth of ledership by Barack Obama.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.