Just a few days after the September 11, 2012 attack on our consulate, CIA annex, and people in Benghazi Mr. Obama had this to say
“What I want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow Americans to justice,” Obama said at a campaign speech in Golden, Colorado referring to the death of four Americans including the US Ambassador to Libya.
“I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. It will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America,” he vowed.
No one should be particularly surprised that the comments were made during yet another campaign speech post-Benghazi. He has since talked about “bringing them to justice” multiple times in the over one year since 4 Americans, including our Ambassador, were murdered by Islamic jihadis. Meanwhile (and wait till you get a view of the administration rationale)
(Fox News) The State Department’s “Rewards for Justice” program — which offers multimillion-dollar payouts for tips leading to wanted terrorists — does not include suspects in the Benghazi terror attack.
The State Department has not offered an explanation as to why those individuals are not on the list. Pressed by Fox News and The Associated Press on Thursday, spokeswoman Marie Harf suggested the important thing was that the Obama administration is resolved to find those suspects.
“This is nothing at all to do with politics. We’ve made crystal clear that we want to find these people and bring them to justice,” Harf said. “Whether we pay a couple million dollars isn’t the point — the point is we believe it’s a priority … and whether they are on a website or not doesn’t change that.”
That’s some amazing spin, wouldn’t you say? Glad to know that Team Obama is taking the murder of Americans so seriously. Adam Gadahn, the American born mouthpiece of Al Qaeda, has a $5 million price-tag on his head for information leading to his capture or killing. But, don’t fully blame Eric Holder for this one
The decision to include an alleged terrorist in the program is made by the State Department after consulting with the FBI, CIA, Justice Department and National Security Council staff.
Paging John Kerry. Will some intrepid reporter ask him why there are no Benghazi suspects on the Rewards for Justice program list? Kudos to the AP’s Matt Lee for asking Harf questions in the first place, and trying to keep her from playing the spin game
As Harf started to cite what President Barack Obama has said in the past, Lee interrupted her.
“Matt, come on,” she said. “Can I finish my sentence please before you try to interrupt me?”
“Well, the problem is you’re trying to answer my question by not answering it,” Lee shot back.
That’s just one portion of a reporter attempting to get an actual answer. The Washington Free Beacon has the full transcript.