By Columnist Jim Kouri
President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, while serving as U.S. ambassador to United Nations, was coached by the White House to say the Benghazi slaughter of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans was a spontaneous act by protesters who were angered by a YouTube video rather than a planned Islamist terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, according to Fox News Channel’s Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge on Tuesday.
According to Herridge’s report, a major “Inside the Beltway” public-interest group, Judicial Watch, released new documents on Tuesday that reveal the Benghazi cover up went directly into the Obama White House and was an intentional effort to mislead the American people.
As a result of Herridge’s report, the Law Enforcement Examiner contacted Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch’s director of Public Affairs, and obtained the information upon which Fox News based its report.
For example, a Sept. 14, 2012 email indicates that Ben Rhodes, the White House Deputy National Security Advisor, told Rice to emphasize the YouTube video angle rather than the attack’s al-Qaeda-connection during her appearances on five Sunday morning news shows.
Prior documents have shown that U.S. Department of Defense officials on the night of the violent attack told the Obama White House that the Benghazi killings and destruction was perpetrated by Muslim terrorists possibly linked to one of al-Qaeda’s branches.
Rhodes urged Rice “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video, and not a broader failure of policy,” the emails reveal. He wrote:
“(W)e’ve made our views on this video crystal clear. The United States government had nothing to do with it. We reject its message and its contents. We find it disgusting and reprehensible. But there is absolutely no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence. And we are working to make sure that people around the globe hear that message.”
Judicial Watch’s perusal of the documents revealed that Rice was not the only one of Obama’s minions to receive Rhodes’ emailed memorandum. He copied Obama’s Press Secretary Jay Carney and his deputy Joshua Earnest, as well as then-White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, then-White House Deputy Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, then-National Security Council Director of Communications Erin Pelton, Special Assistant to the Press Secretary Howli Ledbetter, and then-White House Senior Advisor and political strategist Davie Plouffe.
The Rhodes email urged its readers to depict President Barack Obama as being “steady and statesmanlike” throughout the hours-long attack on the hapless Americans. Rhodes advised the recipients “[T]o reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”
Judicial Watch also reveals that Rhode’s later includes as a “Top-line” talking point:
“I think that people have come to trust that President Obama provides leadership that is steady and statesmanlike. There are always going to be challenges that emerge around the world, and time and again, he has shown that we can meet them.”
“Now we know the Obama White House’s chief concern about the Benghazi attack was making sure that President Obama looked good,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And these documents undermine the Obama administration’s narrative that it thought the Benghazi attack had something to do with protests or an Internet video. Given the explosive material in these documents, it is no surprise that we had to go to federal court to pry them loose from the Obama State Department.”
And Mike Snopes, a former police detective from a counterterrorism unit, said, “This once again shows that the lives of four Americans took a backseat to making an ‘empty suit’ look presidential, and I still want to know: Where was President Obama that night?”