CHICAGO - Sunday, Tribune columnist John Kass warns Americans against tuning out the newest Benghazi developments because that's exactly what the Obama Administration is banking will happen. Four Americans were killed in a planned attack - a fact that should remain at the center of the discussion, he says. That's what's important.
Remember that the attack in Benghazi took place on Sept. 11, 2012, just as President Barack Obama was beginning his final push toward re-election. The Democratic National Convention had just ended, and the message was: Obama had killed Osama bin Laden, and terrorism had been caged.
The terrorist attack in Benghazi was immediately characterized by the White House as spontaneous protests, prompted by a crude anti-Islamic video on the Internet.
That wasn't the case. There was nothing impromptu or spontaneous about the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens and the three others. It was a planned terrorist strike.
And still, even though this was known, the White House sent then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice out on the Sunday talk shows to sell the video story and set that false version in the public's mind.
Why? My take is because to talk about a planned terrorist strike — rather than a spontaneous uprising over a ridiculous video — would have directly undercut the president's politics and his message that al-Qaida was dead.
And getting re-elected was more important to the Obama White House than telling the truth about four dead Americans.
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