5 Takeaways From the New York Times Benghazi Investigation

Al-Qaeda was not involved; Innocence of Muslims video motivated the initial assault

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An in-depth New York Times investigation published Saturday sheds new light on questions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Questions surrounding the attack have become a major political flash point in Washington, but the report reveals a truth much murkier than either the Obama Administration or its critics in the GOP-led Congress have grasped upon. Here are five major revelations from the report.

1. Al-Qaeda was not involved in the assault
It has become an article of faith for some in the GOP that the Benghazi attack was a highly orchestrated terrorist attack led by the same group that carried out the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. “It was very clear to the individuals on the ground that this was an al-Qaeda-led event,” said Michigan Republican Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in an interview on Fox News in November. But according to the Times report, there is no evidence to support this assertion.

2. Anger at the Innocence of Muslims video motivated the initial assault and fueled the anger that powered the attack
After the online film was dubbed into Arabic in September 2012, media in Cairo played a major role in stoking the rage that led to an assault on the American compound in Benghazi. Witnesses on the ground at the attack recount numerous ways in which leaders of the assault used the video to stoke the rage of militiamen.

3. The spontaneous response to the video stoked another attack that was already in the works, planned by smaller militia not affiliated with al-Qaeda
Evidence suggests that hard-line elements within the complex web of Islamist militias operating in Benghazi, including an uneducated loner and contrarian named Ahmed Abu Khattala, had been planning an attack, though it’s unclear when they had intended to strike. The U.S. government has sought to have Abu Khattala apprehended in order to press charges, but authorities and powerful Islamist elements in Libya have closed ranks around the hard-liner.

4. American officials were overly reliant on moderate Islamist elements for protection
As the assault turned full-fledged, officials called on the leaders of militias that had been publicly friendly to the U.S. to come to their aid. But when the time came, almost none turned up to rescue Americans trapped inside the compound. “Whatever happened, they were other Libyans,” said one Islamist leader who eventually did enter the compound after resisting at first.

5. Inside the compound, attackers looted and plundered wildly
Witnesses describe men taking out suits on hangers, televisions and food they found. One man reportedly poured what appeared to be Hershey’s chocolate syrup into his mouth.

[The New York Times]

160 comments
naotachannel1
naotachannel1

At this very moment, the obama administration is looking for an al qaeda member, who they say planned the attack.


Liberals can't keep their lies straitght.


Liberals are mentally ill.

rhodiolataxi
rhodiolataxi

Pleas for help had been sent to her several times by our dead Americans and yet Hillary Clinton had the nerve to scream "What difference does it Make?" when questioned about it.   What has this "party first politician" done for this country??  Absolutely nothing. Do something for your country Hillary and disappear.

jjazznola
jjazznola

i wonder what Bill's title will be when Hillary becomes president?

mickrussom
mickrussom

Pure and utter yellow journalism by a lapdog liar media. This is a police state and we have a dictatorship and the media is clearly in cahoots to keep banking cabals, oligarchical collectivism and the police state firmly in place. Nobody believes this stuff besides party apparatchiks and sycophants. 

GeorgeDavidek
GeorgeDavidek

So, the NYT is calling Obama a liar, huh? After all, he did state in a press conference " I called it terrorism the very next day in the rose garden" Obama wouldn't know the truth if it smacked him in the head.  As far as that loon a few posts back that wants a "link to the truth" really?  You need links to truth? Ha Ha, you need a link to a brain if you can't recognize a lie or a truth.. Obama is a bigger than Nixon but at least Nixon was not trying to take down the country for a lie...


ChrisJackson
ChrisJackson

Really just one takeaway. The Times is gearing up for it's "elect Hillary" effort.  This report cherry picks certain things and ignores others and reaches conclusions that cannot be reached based on those cherries picked.  Not only that but it contradicts virtually every other NYT story on this previously.

richmulv
richmulv

The Times article is completely false and written with a political agenda of protecting Hillary Clinton and her boss. Did the Times interview the terrorists to see who they were affiliated with? People in Libya were unaware of any video since the communications within that country are almost non existent.Where did this so called outraged mob get their mortars and machine guns? The whole article is just so ridiculous. Hillary screwed up badly and her political allies within the New York Times are just trying to cover up for her. This is just a pathetic lie by a newspaper that no longer has any credibility and Time Magazine is not far behind.

VinceSardo
VinceSardo

The New York Times article by David D. Kirkpatrick on Benghazi is an attempt by Obama and Clinton to prove that the attack on Benghazi was not an Al Qaeda attack, in order to try and regain their credibility. The 2014 elections are coming and Obama is in fear of losing the Senate to the Republicans, and Clinton is in fear of not being able to win the race for the 2016 presidential election. Both of their involvement in the cover-up of the Benghazi debacle is worrying the Democratic Party, and has ruined the party’s credibility in a major percentage of the American voters.

I wonder how many favors by the Obama administration were promised to the author of this article and the New York Times to print such a far out lie, in an attempt to smooth over this Benghazi matter with the American voters. We all know that the mainstream media is in the pocket of this administration, and Obama will go to the farthest ends of
the earth to make this debacle go away.

noblebutts
noblebutts

Americans are unable to focus on more than one enemy at a time.  Therefore, all Arabic "terror" groups must be Al, Qaeda, Al, Qaeda oriented, Al, Qaeda allied, Al, Qaeda,inspired, Al, Qaeda, friendly, Al, Qaeda affiliated or "loosely affiliated".  War without end, Amen.  When will we realize that the path to peace does not lie with the annihilation of our enemies.

mrjonessr41
mrjonessr41

For a Party constantly complaining about money and spending, they sure waste a lot of money on witch hunts.

sfnmbrewer
sfnmbrewer

You gotta be a fringe lunatic to beleive anything the GOP, and Fox News, say or want you to beleive.

William Lowell Kees
William Lowell Kees

#1-you cant trust the media #2- you cant trust the government #3 you cant trust the terrorists...i only needed three.

misterwilder
misterwilder

Republicans used to be MUCH better at making up lies in their endless quest to bring down the Clintons. Gotta blame the tea party for significantly lowering the intellectual level and abilities of the GOP.

Mark Camenzind
Mark Camenzind

If that were the case the info here would have been what they asserted earlier, not this.

Warren Loomis
Warren Loomis

The issue is not "WHO" carried out the attacks, the issue is who didn't' do their job to protect the embassy, who ordered the Marines to 'Stand Down"? Who ordered the Marines to not carry loaded weapons. Nice attempt to deflect NYT

ErickBlair
ErickBlair

This is nonsense.The NYT propaganda piece is rubbish.It is a cynical, childishly dishonest effort to absolve Hillary of the blame and condemnation she rightly deserves for failing America and ambassador Stevens in Benghazi.The NYT is nothing more than a propaganda arm of the far left, liberal elite who have only contempt for America.This essay is a ridiculous effort to give credence to shallow spin.

jjazznola
jjazznola

You do realise how silly you sound?

jjazznola
jjazznola

You took her comment totally out of context. Get ready for 8 years of Hillary!

mickrussom
mickrussom

@ChrisJackson Yep. NYT is in cahoots with the police state. They have worked against freedom, liberty and the truth. From Tuwana Brawley to today, NYT bias has been out of bounds, criminal and extreme for some time. 

mickrussom
mickrussom

@noblebutts "terror", dude, all the major terror attack are state sponsored and islamic terrorists. China, USA and Russia have the SAME PROBLEM with this group of people as well. So lets get real here and at least admit the Islamic terrorist is a real threat. Now another threat is YOUR GOVERNMENT , Russia and China stealing all the freedom and liberty in the name of terror, thats another problem. You elected this evil, freedom and liberty stealing police state dictator Obama. 

mickrussom
mickrussom

@mrjonessr41 Right, because a dictatorial administration who has run up trillions in debt and deficits and debased the currency and oversee an U6 UE rate of ~20% should not be investigated. Only a maoist like you wouldnt want to know the truth. 

ChrisJackson
ChrisJackson

@sfnmbrewer"If you like your plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep him. Period"

DennisMcHale
DennisMcHale

@dannichols21 We weren't just sending ARMS to Syria, we were transporting Libyan Militia to Syria as well.  That is what Stevens was talking with the Turkish Diplomat about minutes before he was killed.  The Turkish Diplomat was allowed to leave before the attack began.  If there was this Spontaneous Mob waiting outside the Consulate, Stevens would have known.  He didn't know.

misterwilder
misterwilder

@dannichols21


Hahahahaha...Alex Jone's website is your source of "news"? Hey...you forgot the invisible black flying saucers sent by that Socialist Marxist Kenyan Barack Obama that can see through the tinfoil you wear on your head.

DennisMcHale
DennisMcHale

@misterwilder You just spew nonsense and offer nothing about the truth.  Why don't you stop being a LOW-Information person and educate yourself.  Its not about politics,and 'Gotcha'.  Its about whether you allow the leaders and the Media to lie to the American people.  I plead with you to educate yourself to the truth.  Democrats count on the American public to be uninformed and just attack with insults at those trying to EXPOSE them.  Please!  WAKE UP!!!!

hilotc@gmail.com
hilotc@gmail.com

@ErickBlair There is one thing that I can guarantee... I love my country. I love America and have sworn an oath to defend it. I would also bet that I have supported American interest than most citizens. I am a very proud "Liberal Elite" as well.... The propaganda is the wing of the isle. All of their spew about Benghazi is pure propaganda to get a small subset of our citizens riled up in order to collect donations and fund their next election..... Take a walk... let your blood boil a little... then when you calm down... be ready to accept the idea that you have been had buy the very ones that are pointing to the other side of the isle....... Remain a conservative.... just take time to become more moderate. I am a "Bleeding Heart Liberal" who is very thankful to have Moderate Republicans as friends. We can talk about ideas without the need to demonize each other... 

sfnmbrewer
sfnmbrewer

@ErickBlair the truth hurts doesn't it?  Fox News and Rush had you totally sold this "Benghazi thing" was a bonafide conspiracy.  Guess what?  You're a fringe kook for falling for it

DennisMcHale
DennisMcHale

@ErickBlair Erick, you are 100% accurate and it it is dumbfounding that those who defend Obama and Hillary offer nothing but calling those who seek the truth paranoid and not one fact to back up THEIR accusation.  THEY see everything through a political lens, why Americans who care, just want the truth.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@ErickBlair It's funny how paranoids always know what really happened but never have any proof to back it up.  

SueLawson
SueLawson

@DennisMcHale Please post the link with the "truth." You don't know any more than anyone else, probably just what you heard. So please, show your link to what you believe is the truth. Thank you.

DennisMcHale
DennisMcHale

@hilotc@gmail.com @ErickBlair Then tell me what happened in Benghazi?  Answer that question, and you will find NOBODY is making up propaganda.  My sources are NOT FauxNews, or RUSH, or Hannity.  In fact, it started in the NYT.  Can you admit Crowley lied for the President during Obama/Romney Debate, because she admitted it.  Calling others names, or suggesting that they are not WORTHY of your attention, is doing nothing more than sticking your fingers in your ears, and closing your eyes to the truth.  You and the 'Liberal Elite' are trying to 'Birther' this issue, because you blindly want Hillary Clinto to be your next President.  Being a Conservative or a Moderate, or even a Liberal has nothing to do with trying to get to the truth.  Liberals play politics 24/7 with every issue, suddenly being asked to hold Hillary accountable, is playing politics?  How absurd.  Go ahead and put your head in the sand, and you wonder why nobody listens to LIBS when they scream that Bush LIED about WMDs.  Fools!

DennisMcHale
DennisMcHale

@sfnmbrewer @ErickBlair Did an Ambassador DIE?  Yes!  WHY?  Please answer that.  You really believe a Law-abiding Spontaneous Mob got angey at a Movie-Trailer nobody saw or ever heard of, at 9:00 PM, AFTER the Turkish Diplomat was allowed to leave?  be honest- YOU haven't a clue what took place in Benghazi.  Its all in the Press.  It was in the NYT on 9/12/2012, but the LEFT is afraid to admit their beloved Media covered up the story AFTER the Obama Administration told them to do so.

jqjqjq
jqjqjq

@DennisMcHale @ErickBlair It's tough to be on the losing side. We sympathize with your pain, but last time I checked you still need to provide evidence to score a point in a debate.

hombreprimero
hombreprimero

Wait! You mean sworn testimony at congressional hearings by State Dept employees and emails from various Administration official are not "proof?"

Who knew?

Lefty logic abides. LOL.

ErickBlair
ErickBlair

@roknsteve@ErickBlairCongratulations! You completely missed my point.  The NYT opinion piece is a cynical effort to confuse people about what happened.  It is a love note to Hillary Clinton.  It should be dismissed out of hand.

ErickBlair
ErickBlair

@DennisMcHale@hilotc@gmail.com@ErickBlair No, your "sources" are the left wing trolls like "Time", the NYT, the "WaPo/". They love submission to left wing shibboleths and hate reality because it might affect their coffee shop appointments.  There is not the slightest doubt they hate the truth if it doesn't conform to their fantasies of superiority to all of humanity..  Their credo is, arrogance ,ignorance and stupidity. (those are f course their favorite insult words for conservatives) and they are well aware they shouldn't look in the mirror. They exist (over the last 6 years) only to worship their Messiah, the buffoon clown Kenyan/Indonesian, Barry Soetoro.

kelly557
kelly557

@SueLawson@DennisMcHale Big difference: no one went on for weeks claiming it was about a video in Pakistan. It doesn't take much to connect dots of what is known: There was communication between Benghazi US folks and DC the night of the attack. They knew it wasn't about the stupid video the night it was happening. Shame on us for making this about anything other than what it was: shameful incompetence by the State Department and the WH.

SueLawson
SueLawson

@DennisMcHale

March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name "David Foy." This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what's considered American soil.)

Why weren't Republicans whining then? You also have NO CLUE what went on in Benghazi.



hombreprimero
hombreprimero

@mrjoness, @jqjqjq, etc.: How about reams of testimony taken under oath at congressional hearing and emails from Administration officials published by CBS that support alQaeda's presence, advance planning of the attack and State Dept spin on the event.

Delusional lefty drivel from the "all the news that fits" fish wrapper carries the day for Obamadupes, without regard for contradictory evidence.

But never mind. You can keep your health plan and your doc and save $2500 besides. And anyway, what difference does it make?

Nitwits.

ErickBlair
ErickBlair

@mrjonessr41@ErickBlair@roknsteve"Thoughtful journalism"?    That must be some great "choom" you're smoking.  Did Barry send that to you so you'd vote for him (or maybe you had to settle for a mere ObamaPhone).  "Time", the "NYt", the WapO" and the alphabet networks are servile tools of the elitist, white snobs that the democrat party.  They are a joke and deserve only derision.

jqjqjq
jqjqjq

@ErickBlair We would prefer to dismiss it based on evidence that contradicts the findings of the New York Times' investigation, rather than the rantings of an angry conservative.