Briefing Bites: Was strike on Libyan consulate a 'terrorist attack'?
September 26th, 2012
03:39 PM ET
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Briefing Bites: Was strike on Libyan consulate a 'terrorist attack'?

(CNN) - Both the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee released statements Wednesday criticizing President Obama for not explicitly classifying the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya as “terrorist attacks” in public appearances over the past two weeks.

At the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Obama called the violence, “attacks on America,” but stopped short of labeling the perpetrators as terrorists.


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  1. Harmon

    Everyone but the President seems to know it was terrorists.

    September 26, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. DJ

    Ditto to what Harmon said

    September 26, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    Nothing to see here people.... just more "workplace violence" just like we saw at Ft. Hood. A coordinated attack on 3 sides by over 100 people at night carrying automatic weapons and RPGs, with indirect fire from mortars. Just your average demonstration in Libya. Trust Obama, he wouldn't lie to the American people to conceal his administration's total incompetence in protecting our embassies and consultants on the anniversary of 9/11 while he ws fund raising in Nevada. And of course the LSM would never question ANY of this and make their chosen candidate in the least bit uncomfortable.

    Wake up America!!!!

    September 26, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    The answer is clear. The Obama campaign strategy and his subordinate sin the LSM simply cannot admit a terrorist attack on US installations resulting in the death of an ambassador and other Americans a few weeks before an election. It would invite too many embarassing and damaging questions like "WHERE WAS THE SECURITY?!"

    September 26, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Evidently the Romney campaign is grasping for anything in the hope that it sticks. The attack was an attack on Americans. You would think that with the Romney campaign now getting Intel Briefings that they would not try to jump the gun on this. But what do you expect from the Romney campaign when most of the advisors are from the Bush Administration!

    September 26, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Wow. CNN pulling out all the stops to try to distract from the prevailing narrative of "boy is Mittens it already over?"

    September 26, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    The fact is that Obama's actions and backing of the "Arab Spring" has made the middle east a more dangerous and violent place for Americans. It has allowed radical muslims groups to take charge of governments (egypt), countries to break out in civil war (Syria) and terrorist groups the freedom to attack us with all of their new found weaponry (Libya). Obama's naive when it comes to the middle east is now becoming obvious and our ambassador paid for it with his life, and 3 others did too.

    September 26, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. myviewis

    Poor Obama, he is still trying to call terrorists bad people that do bad things or was that Napolitano because she was afraid of the word terrorists, maybe it was both of them that fear the word terrorists. Either way, the rest of us called it a terrorists attack on our Ambassador and he is dead along with the other 3 young men. And it is said it was planned.

    September 26, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. lnd72

    Did the administration ignore warnings that we would be at risk on September 11th?

    Did the administration intentionally mislead us by blaming this on an internet video?

    Why doesn't the WH give a straight answer about what happened?

    September 26, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Thomas

    It's better to be cool and act smartly then to be reactionary . Get the fact's and take the appropriate messurs .

    Who was President , and who sent Seals into Pakistan to remove OBL ?

    Terrorists love it when we act impulsively and reactionary . It gives them the power of fear .

    Those responsible will be dealt with in time , that puts the fear into them !

    September 26, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Hammerer

    Thomas- Who was President and who sent Seals to remove OBL-

    Who was President when four Americans including an Ambassador and two ex-Seals were slaughtered? And responded that this was not terrorism just a mob protesting a video.
    That was not responsible nor the truth.
    Guess he did not get the facts before he reacted or he will not admit to the truth!

    September 26, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Bill from GA

    President Obama has not publicly acknowledged nor denied that this was a terrorist attack.

    Obama DID say: “We're still doing an investigation”. It's called Diplomacy. Something repugs know nothing about. W & his bunch claimed Bin Laden was behind 9-11; he wasn't. W & his bunch claimed Sadam had nukes (and then started a war killing thousands of American troops); he didn't.

    Maybe Obama wants some FACTS before he starts shooting off his mouth. I believe he WILL see to it that the perps behind the attack on our Embassy are dealt with, whatever name you want to put on them. He's good at doing that, as opposed to repug leaders who said getting Bin Laden wasn't really important.

    And BTW, on Sept. 12, the AP claimed: "A movie attacking Islam’s prophet Muhammad sparked assaults on U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya ". For what it's worth.

    September 26, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Does anybody even listen to the gop goofballs party about any issue anymore ???? The answer is

    September 26, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Rhonda

    DUH!! Enough said.

    September 26, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. truth hurts

    Sniffit - Wow. CNN pulling out all the stops to try to distract from the prevailing narrative of "boy is Mittens it already over?"
    Yeah.... wouldn't want to let the inconvient death of our ambassador get in the way of Obama's re-election. That's why he sent the clueless ambassador to the UN out on the Sunday talk shows to lie for him. How many people are going to pay for Obama's incompetence with their lives??? The tally is already in the hundreds with this and Fast and Furious. It is in the tens of thousands if you count Syria.

    September 26, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Low key

    Just call it like it is people we are divided nation based on party lines and prejudice. If its black its bad if its white it's right. Ameicans are like crabs in a barrel they keep pulling each other down. That is why there is no support in the gov. Senate or House they are crab cakes. LOL People think that Romney will do better he won't he will just have the support of the Republicans as support to the President, unlike the current issue they oppose everything he does? Why is that? We know why. LOL Democrats and Repulicans have worked accross party lines before but the one thing no one has done before is work accross racial parties as the President before. Go ahead say it aint true anybody?

    September 26, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Dolan

    CNN was one of the few news groups to say anything about the duplicitous and outright lies from the Obama administration. I have not seen a lot about Ambassador Chris Stevens' diary found at the scene. Don't you think the US government should have been combing the scene prior to news organizations. Thats what you call Obama leadership – nonexistent & pitiful. He is too busy jacking around on the View to run the country and meet with foriegn leaders.

    September 26, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |