Republican Talking Point Busted: Obama Called Libya Attack “Terror” On September 12
Republicans have been attacking President Obama for not referring to the Libya attack as an act of terrorism, when he did just that a day after the killing of American Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
“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,” Obama said in a Rose Garden statement on Sept. 12. “Today, we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”
Notwithstanding Obama’s initial statement, Republicans have faulted him for failing to use the word “terrorism” to describe the attack, even when he was asked directly about it during an interview on Monday.
“More than two weeks after the attack on our Consulate in Benghazi, President Obama finally called this what it clearly was: an act of terrorism, not a spontaneous protest against a disgusting video,” Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement Wednesday. “We recognize that Al-Qaeda involvement in a terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Libya is an inconvenient truth for a President who claims to be destroying Al-Qaeda. But it is not too much to ask why the President and his Administration have taken so long to state what has appeared obvious for a long time about what really happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.”