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Obama Refused to Call Benghazi Attack Terrorism Day After

Fox News’ Bret Baier notices this key exchange from President Obama’s September 12 CBS interview (this section of the interview previously hadn’t been released):

 

KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word terrorism in connection with the Libya Attack, do you believe that this was a terrorism attack?

OBAMA: Well it’s too early to tell exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans.  And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.  

During the second debate, of course, Candy Crowley infamously spoke up to say that Obama had called the Benghazi attack terrorism the day after. But while Obama did mention the phrase “acts of terror” in his remarks the day after, the context was extremely ambiguous: if he had meant to state that the Bengahzi attack was an act of terror, he should have fired his speechwriters for doing a horrific job. But as this interview quote shows, it’s highly implausible that Obama did mean to call the Benghazi attack terrorism, because if he did, why wouldn’t he have in this interview when asked directly about it?

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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