The editorial You Tube Videos Don't Kill People is worth taking the time to read in its entirety:
"The October surprise is that the final presidential debate may be the
last chance before the election to clarify who knew what, and when,
about the role of an anti-Islam Internet video in the deadly attack on
the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. For weeks, instead of blaming organized
Islamist terrorists, the Obama administration claimed this
made-in-America video turned demonstrators into killers.
A timeline disproves the
administration's story. The murder of four Americans, including the
ambassador to Libya and two Navy SEALs, happened on the anniversary of
Sept. 11, but the relevant facts start earlier:
In March, the State Department's regional security officer on the
ground, Eric Nordstrom, began asking for additional security for
Benghazi. He was rebuffed. "It was abundantly clear: We were not going
to get resources until the aftermath of an incident," he said in
congressional testimony this month.
In April, two Libyans threw a bomb over the fence of the consulate.
In June, assailants blew a hole "big enough for 40 men to go through" in
the consulate's north gate.
The infamous video was posted on YouTube in July. The amateurish
14-minute trailer did lead to protests in many cities, but not in
Benghazi the night of the attack.
On Sept. 8, the Libyan militia protecting the consulate cited
numerous threats and called the security situation "frightening." On
Sept. 10, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called on Libyans to avenge
the death of his Libyan deputy in a drone strike in Pakistan.
On Sept. 11, armed gunmen attacked and
torched the Benghazi consulate. Eyewitness accounts, including live ones
on the BBC, described dozen of members of the Islamist group Ansar
al-Shariah, which has close ties to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,
entering the consulate armed with rocket-propelled grenades.
Nevertheless, President Obama's Rose
Garden remarks on Sept. 12 began by blaming the video: "We reject all
efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is
absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence." Note:
"violence," not "terrorism." He concluded with a reference to terror—but
in the context of recalling the 9/11 attacks of 2001, not the events in
On Sept. 13, White House spokesman Jay Carney said: "The protests
we're seeing around the region are in reaction to this movie."
On Sept. 16, Susan Rice, the U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations, went on the Sunday talk shows, calling
the video the "proximate cause" of the murders.
On Sept. 20, Mr. Obama told Univision: "The natural protests that
arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by
On Sept. 25, the president blamed the video several times in his
address to the United Nations: "There is no video that justifies an
attack on an embassy," he said, adding, "The future must not belong to
those who slander the prophet of Islam."
Then, on Oct. 9, the day before congressional hearings, the State
Department finally admitted that the murders were by organized
terrorists, not a crowd protesting a video. Officials said "nothing was
out of the ordinary" outside the consulate before the attack.
A reporter asked what "led officials to believe for the first several
days that this was prompted by protests against the video." A State
Department official replied: "That is a question you would have to ask
others. That was not our conclusion."
So there were warnings about the situation in Benghazi for months
before the attack, and intelligence officers suspected organized
terrorists right away and knew for certain well before the Obama speech
to the U.N.
Why did the White House keep pointing
to the video instead of terrorists? Recall the great lengths to which
the administration went to blame the video. The White House brushed
aside the First Amendment by asking YouTube to consider censoring the
video. The Egyptian-born Coptic Christian who made the video was
arrested in California, in handcuffs, supposedly for violating terms of
his parole. The State Department created an advertisement apologizing
for the video and bought airtime in Pakistan to run it.
Mr. Obama recently acknowledged the resurgence of Islamist terrorists
in Libya and elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East, at least by
omission. His standard stump speech had long used the phrase "and
today, al Qaeda is on the run." This phrase was deleted last week in a
speech he gave in Iowa.
But Silicon Valley has noticed that it got blamed and not the
terrorists. "If you were paying attention last month," an article on the
technology website CNET said last week, "you might remember alarming
headlines reporting an anti-Islam YouTube video 'Sparks Violence in
Libya,' is 'Inciting Violence' and caused 'U.S. Embassy Workers'
Deaths.' One problem: Those reports were untrue."
The Internet may be a powerful medium, but it isn't an all-purpose
scapegoat. Islamists remain a present danger. YouTube videos don't kill
people. Terrorists kill people."
I have nothing more to add to what this editorial has to say.
The facts speak for themselves.
As does the timeline.
Draw your own conclusions, as I'm sure you will.
I know I have.