All Benghazi, All the Time — Until the Jobs Report Comes Out
Tomorrow’s jobs report is important, and the economy is still issue #1 — but this Benghazi thing is hard to ignore, isn’t it, Mr. President (try as you might)?
You had a meeting the day before September 11 about 9/11 threats. We’re all kind of wondering what you were told in that meeting. Did Libya come up?
(I’ll note one other thing that happened on September 10: Marc Thiessen was asking why, unlike President Bush, you skip about half of your daily intelligence meetings.)
And why didn’t you convene the Counterterrorism Security Group on 9/11?
CBS News has learned that during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Obama Administration did not convene its top interagency counterterrorism resource: the Counterterrorism Security Group, (CSG).
“The CSG is the one group that’s supposed to know what resources every agency has. They know of multiple options and have the ability to coordinate counterterrorism assets across all the agencies,” a high-ranking government official told CBS News. “They were not allowed to do their job. They were not called upon.”
Information shared with CBS News from top counterterrorism sources in the government and military reveal keen frustration over the U.S. response on Sept. 11, the night ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other Americans were killed in a coordinated attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
The circumstances of the attack, including the intelligence and security situation there, will be the subject of a Senate Intelligence Committee closed hearing on Nov. 15, with additional hearings to follow.
We’ll get to the bottom of this, er, after the election!
Except I want to know now. Why wasn’t it convened? Ace has a suspicion: “It was decided from the first moments that this wasn’t terrorism, because it would be politically harmful if it were terrorism.”
Well, sir, if you won’t tell us, all we can do is speculate.
That should be enough to keep us going until the jobs report. Hey, last month is going to get revised upward, isn’t it? So we can see an increase in employment this month. Did I guess right?
UPDATE: Upward, not downward. Duh.