Obama’s Emptiest Benghazi Talking Point

On Sept. 12, 2012, President Barack Obama vowed to "bring to justice" the perpetrators of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. On Oct. 26, 2012, Obama said his "biggest priority" was bringing the "folks" in Libya responsible for murdering four Americans to "justice." Tick, tock, tick, tock.

While White House press secretary Jay Carney sneers at the GOP’s "obsession" with what went wrong at the besieged Libyan consulate, Obama continues to ply his emptiest talking point. On May 13, 2013, more than eight months after the bloody disaster, Obama snippily reminded reporters that he had told us all back in September that "we would find out what happened, we would make sure that it did not happen again, and we would make sure that we held accountable those who had perpetrated this terrible crime."

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Justice delayed is justice denied.

A little more "obsession" from this administration with hunting down the jihadist killers would be a good thing. How about a little more anger directed at the perpetrators and a little less rage aimed at the conservative press? Nah. Team Obama seems more singularly focused on blaming its opponents, smearing whistleblowers and deriding those who are trying to hold the president to his words, words, words.

Perhaps with their newfound skepticism toward the lying liars of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the former lapdogs of the White House press corps will start asking questions like this: Where the hell is Sufyan Ben Qumu a.k.a. Abu Sufian bin Qumu?

Qumu, a suspected Libyan Islamic Fighting Group militant with ties to the financiers of the 9/11/01 attacks, was held at Guantanamo Bay for six years. The Bush administration foolishly handed him over to the Gadhafi regime on the promise that he would remain imprisoned. In 2010, Qumu was granted amnesty and released.

Contrary to the delusions of the International Gitmo Bleeding Hearts Fan Club, the supposedly poor and oppressed Qumu did not content himself with writing poetry or farming potatoes. A week after the 9/11/12 attack, the Ansar al-Sharia leader was named a possible chief plotter in the deadly terrorist assault on our consulate personnel, staff and private security contractors in Benghazi. In April, international media outlets reported widely that Qumu had survived an assassination bid.

Two weeks ago, the FBI finally got around to publicizing photos of three individuals at the Benghazi murder scene who are wanted for questioning. Congressional and intelligence sources have said the probe has moved at a snail’s pace. There’s been a "near total lack of progress," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said in December.

It’s all par for this administration’s foot-dragging course. Remember: The FBI conducted a drive-by investigation last fall, flying in and out of Libya after a paltry 12 hours on the ground. What difference did the phony YouTube narrative plied by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton and President Obama make? As former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Greg Hicks testified last week that the damage done was "immeasurable" because it delayed the FBI probe. Classified documents were left unsecured at the compound. Critical time and evidence were squandered.

As Hicks explained, the YouTube fable publicly contradicted Libyan President Mohammed Magariaf, who had immediately reported after the 9/11/12 Benghazi attack that "this was an attack by Islamic extremists." The nonsense YouTube talking points "affected cooperation with the Libyans," Hicks said. "I firmly believe that the reason it took us so long to get the FBI to Benghazi is because of those Sunday talk shows." Meanwhile, the Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz reports, Qumu’s Ansar al-Sharia goons "continue to operate freely" in Benghazi and spread jihadist ideology.

Instead of keeping as many terror operatives as possible off the streets and out of commission, the Obama administration is once again vowing to shut down Guantanamo Bay. Attorney General Eric Holder, whose former law firm Covington and Burling represented 18 Gitmo detainees demanding freedom, announced "a renewed effort to close Guantanamo" this week. This despite the chilling disclosure by the office of the director of national intelligence that 27.9 percent of the 599 former detainees released from Guantanamo were either confirmed or suspected of later engaging in jihadist attacks. That’s a "2.9 percent rise over a 25 percent aggregate recidivism rate reported by the intelligence czar’s office in December 2010," according to Reuters.

Closing Gitmo, you should note, just happens to be the top policy goal of the left-wing Center for Constitutional Rights. CCR is the U.S. group of jihadi-sympathizing lawyers who helped spring none other than Benghazi terror plotter Abu Sufian bin Qumu from Gitmo.

Social justice for Qumu and the Gitmo Goon Squad. No justice for the Benghazi Four. When it comes to Obama’s vow to hold the killers accountable, there is no there there.

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.


  • GailWehling

    He would have to bring himself to justice and we can just forget that!

  • joepotato

    Sideshow Barry and his advisers determined that it would be fair to give the perpetrators of the Benghazi attack a head start to escape. This makes sense if the “attack” was kidnapping gone wrong… Some say that Sideshow just wanted the Ambassador (and crew) kidnapped so they could have a negotiated release of the “Blind Sheik.” That would’ve made Sideshow a hero just before the election, and would also make sense for the “stand down” orders that no one has yet claimed as their own. There, may lie the reason for the coverup… and there…

  • Wil

    Hicks emails:

    § [Hicks:] As I remember Sept. 11th, 2012, it was a routine day at our embassy and — until we saw the news about Cairo. And I remember sending a text message to Ambassador Stevens saying, Chris, are you aware of what’s going on in Cairo? And he said, no. So I told him that the embassy in — in another text, that the embassy had been stormed and they were trying to tear down our flag. And he said, thanks very much. And, you know, then I went on with business.


    § [Hicks:] I got the ambassador on the other end, and he said, Greg, we’re under attack. And I was walking out of the villa on my way to the tactical operation center, because I knew we would all have to gather there to mobilize or try to mobilize a response. And it was also a bad cellphone night in Tripoli. Connections were weak. And I said OK, and the line cut.

    — — — It Sounds like a demonstration had gotten nasty to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/douglas.makinen Douglas Makinen

    The FBI should add three additional photos for “folks” wanted for questioning. B,Obama, H. Clinton, E. Holder.

    • Bud Mulqueeney

      YES, and they should have numbers placed across their chests before facing a much needed firing squad on the National Mall and televised world-wide!!!

  • Bruce A.

    Michelle, the entire Obama presidency is an empty talking point. Why pick out just one failure.

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      Barack Hussein Obama (aka Barry Soetoro, Harrison J. Bounel, Barack Obama Soebarkah, Barack Soetoro {name used while attending Columbia} he has used all these names at one time or another) entire life was a LIE. He was never eligible to be POTUS. Back when the liberal BIRTHERS spent two months investigating John McCain’s “natural born Citizen” status the Republicans should have taken advantage of that opening and investigated Barry Soetoro’s “natural born Citizen” status thus witnessing why the founding fathers added that requiement so as to protect us from frauds like Obama.
      You would think conservatives like Michelle Malkin would be all over the many fraudulent activities Barry has been involved in. To name a couple, a forged birth certificate, an E-verified flagged and fraudulent SS# and a frauduient registration with the Selective Service in 2008, any of which would have ended this nightmare. Shame on the conservative media.

      • joepotato

        Nice post… I’ll bet these “talking haids” really hate it when they’re exposed as semi-frauds themselves for not exposing the O’soetoro fraud … gotta keep on’em…

      • Bud Mulqueeney

        ………….and SHAME on the Congress for NOT vetting this fraud,

  • Wheels55

    When Obama says these things, these promises, these statements that make him sound engaged, he isn’t talking to you and me. He is talking to the disengaged public who sleep better at night thinking that Obama is on top of things. So, will all of these so-called scandals bring him and his down? I bet that in 2016 we will see that it sadly does not. If Republicans can find someone that the public truly likes and trusts, maybe there will be a shift in power. Scandals don’t hurt, they just make people take sides. So far, Obama is winning this American President Idol contest.

    • veeper

      he’s a democrat and he’s black….

      to black to fail….