DID THE PRESIDENT USE THE WORD TERRORISM THE DAY AFTER BENGHAZI? NO. What he did use was the word terror and he used it in the context of 9/11, Foreign wars, and those individuals buried in Arlington National Cemetery. For the next two weeks the Obama team trotted out the surrogates including the UN Ambassador Rice to say the events at Benghazi were a spontaneous response to the movie. He used the word “terror” and the word was used in the context of all events dating from the 9-11 attack in New York to the present.
THIS IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID beginning with 3:21 minutes into the speech: “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 the 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 of this attack in Benghazi. As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because of our people who fight for it, who are willing 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 both civilian and military that 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 for more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act, and make no mistake, justice will be done. We also know that the lives of these Americans led, stand in stark contrast to those of their attackers. These four Americans stood up for freedom and human dignity. They should give every American great pride in the country that they served and the hope that our flag represents to people around the globe who also yearn to live in freedom and with dignity. We grieve with their families but let us carry on their memory and let us continue their work of seeking a stronger America and a better world for all of our children. Thank you. May God bless the memory of those we lost and may God bless the United States of America.”
Not only did the President not use “terrorism” in the speech, he embedded the word “terror” into the speech to cover all those who died including Iraq and Afghanistan, those buried at Arlington etc. If this was not sufficiently fuzzy, for the next two weeks the Administration at every opportunity attributed the cause of the deaths to movie trailer.
Although Ambassador was raped and mutilated, the lack of outrage in the President’s speech would indicate that the President was not addressing this incident as terrorism; but, in the President’s mind, it was a time to reflect on the past contribution of the dead to freedom and human dignity. The fact that violent death, mutilation and a fully armed military attack were omitted clearly indicates the President was not putting this into the category of terrorism.