New video released yesterday by CBS of President
Obama's September 12th interview with 60 Minutes shows
that President Obama did not believe the Benghazi terror
attack was terrorism. President Obama was asked point blank whether he thought
the attack was terrorism. President Obama did not categorize the attack as
terrorism, claiming he didn't want to "jump the gun." The relevant
part of the transcript is below:
KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way
to avoid the use of the word terrorism in connection with the Libya Attack, do you believe that this was a terrorism attack?
it’s too early to tell exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans.
And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure
that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.
KROFT: It’s been
described as a mob action, but there are reports that they were
very heavily armed with grenades, that doesn’t sound like your normal
OBAMA: As I
said, we’re still investigating exactly what happened, I don’t
want to jump the gun on this. But you’re right that this is
not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt.
And my suspicion is there are folks involved in this. Who were
looking to target Americans from the start. So we’re gonna make sure that
our first priority is to get our folks out safe, make sure our embassies are
secured around the world and then we are going to go after those folks who
carried this out.
in mind, this interview was conducted shortly after the President supposedly
called what happened in Benghazi
terrorism in his address in the Rose Garden. In this exchange, he avoids
calling the attack terrorism. The video of the whole
segment can be seen here.