Nonsequitur: When Did the Obama Administration Call the Benghazi Attacks “Terrorism”?

October 17, 2012

In the debate last night, Obama challenged Romney, claiming that he called the attacks an act of terrorism in a speech the day after the attacks.  Candy Crawley, the debate moderator, affirmed that the President was correct.  However, now she states that Romney was “right in the main.”

According to the transcripts of the Rose Garden speech on September 12, Obama does use the term “acts of terror.”   It is in paragraph 13, about 3/4 of the way through the speech.  But it follows a paragraph describing the general strength of American resolve.  Specifically, the president says:

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.  

Of course, subsequent statements by the administration (Ambassodor Rice, Secretary Clinton) asserted that the attacks were linked to the video that generated other spontaneous riots around the region.  When President Obama went on “The View” on September 24th, he did describe the attack as more than just “mob action,” but did not call it an act of terror.

Officially, the Obama administration identified the attacks as terrorism on September 19th in a Senate hearing.  This identification was confirmed by Matt Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

A full timeline of events is available in an earlier post.

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