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State Dept. switches from lying about Benghazi to lying about having lied about it

You know things are getting bad for the Obama administration when they have to give in and acknowledge consensus reality. NYT:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton indicated for the first time on Wednesday that there was an explicit link between the Qaeda franchise in North Africa and the attack at the American diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans, including the ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens…

“Now, with a larger safe haven and increased freedom to maneuver, terrorists are seeking to extend their reach and their networks in multiple directions,” Mrs. Clinton told world leaders assembled at the United Nations meeting. “And they are working with other violent extremists to undermine the democratic transitions under way in North Africa, as we tragically saw in Benghazi…”

Mrs. Clinton’s remarks appeared to go beyond comments made last week by Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, who said intelligence analysts were investigating ties between local Libyan militias and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, but had not yet come to any conclusions…

Mr. Olsen said the assault on the American mission and a nearby annex in Benghazi was a “terrorist attack,” the first time the administration had ascribed the attack to terrorists. The next day, Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said on Air Force One, “It is self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.” He added, “Our embassy was attacked violently, and the result was four deaths of American officials.”

“Self-evident.”

Wait. So it wasn’t because of a YouTube video mocking Islam? It wasn’t because of the “slander” of Mohammed, as the Greatest President Ever put it just yesterday?

The wonderful thing about doublethink is that it can be both. Politico reports:

Though he has so far declined to use the word, the White House confirmed that President Obama does believe the attack against four Americans in Libya was an act of terrorism.

“It is the president’s view that it was a terrorist attack,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters en route to Ohio on Wednesday.

Oh, okay. I’m sure that’s a great consolation to the guy they’ve scapegoated, who’s now in hiding for fear of his life. Hey, he should’ve thought about that before he exercised his right to free speech in America, right?

You might be wondering why Obama and Clinton and Carney and the rest of them insisted it wasn’t a terrorist attack, even though they knew it was within 24 hours. Even though it was obvious from the start. Why did they continue to lie about it for two straight weeks?

The answer is simple:

Shut up.

P.S. Media Silent After Intelligence Sources Claim Obama Admin. Misrepresented Facts About Libya Attack.

P.P.S. Courtesy of Ace, witness as Ann Curry does her damnedest to protect herself from the truth:

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