Benghazi deceits: Evidence mounts
Having captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah and begun prosecuting him as the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration has shown the cards it’s playing against him. And in the process, it has tipped its prior Benghazi hand as the failed bluff that it was.
Mr. Khatallah’s indictment “spells out a calculated conspiracy” behind the Benghazi attack, The Washington Times reports. The indictment says Khatallah, a commander of terror group Ansar al-Sharia, conspired “to provide material support and resources” to himself and other terrorists “in preparation for and in carrying out” the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
That makes the indictment “a death knell for a theory that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest against a U.S.-produced video,” The Times says. The administration pushed that theory during the 2012 campaign’s home stretch, hoping it would stick.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, formerly No. 2 in Pentagon intelligence, says Khatallah’s whereabouts were known in late September 2012 but the administration “had to see how the video story was going to play out and how big the whole Benghazi issue was going to be” before capturing him.
With Khatallah now in custody, it’s an even bigger issue than it was on Election Day 2012. This indictment makes the Obama White House’s Benghazi deceit clearer, and more shocking, than ever.