November 15, 2012
Two days before the election, CBS finally decided to post additional segments of a September 12 60 Minutes interview with President Obama. As the Congressional hearings about the Benghazi attacks get underway, these excerpts provide a revealing look into the administration’s thinking. It’s not pretty.
According to the newly released excerpts of the interview, President Obama neglected to label the Benghazi consulate attack as an act or terrorism during the statement he made in the White House’s Rose Garden earlier on September 12.
In the interview, CBS’S Steve Kroft asked:
Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word “terrorism” in connection with the Libya attack. Do you believe that this was a terrorist attack?
President Obama responded:
Well, it’s too early to tell exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.
President Obama’s answer is totally misleading. Stevens had been pleading for months for additional security in Benghazi and believed his life was in danger. He had also informed the Administration that Libyan forces were insufficient and unreliable as protection.
Why CBS chose not to post the above portion on the Internet until November 4 is a mystery. It was done entirely without fanfare and was revealed by Fox News’s Bret Baier.
Many unanswered questions remain, especially the reasoning behind CBS’s decision not to reveal the full interview when it was first aired.
With the House hearings on the Benghazi now underway, hopefully some of these questions will be answered.
Why do you think CBS didn’t release the interview in its entirety?