« | »

NYT: Benghazi Attack Ringleader ‘Scoffs At US’

From the New York Times:

Suspect in Libya Attack, in Plain Sight, Scoffs at U.S.

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK | Thurs October 18, 2012

BENGHAZI, Libya — Witnesses and the authorities have called Ahmed Abu Khattala one of the ringleaders of the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission here. But just days after President Obama reasserted his vow to bring those responsible to justice, Mr. Abu Khattala spent two leisurely hours on Thursday evening at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments.

This is being reported by the New York Times?

Libya’s fledgling national army is a “national chicken,” Mr. Abu Khattala said, using an Arabic rhyme. Asked who should take responsibility for apprehending the mission’s attackers, he smirked at the idea that the weak Libyan government could possibly do it. And he accused the leaders of the United States of “playing with the emotions of the American people” and “using the consulate attack just to gather votes for their elections.”

Mr. Abu Khattala’s defiance — no authority has even questioned him about the attack, he said, and he has no plans to go into hiding — offered insight into the shadowy landscape of the self-formed militias that have come to constitute the only source of social order in Libya since the fall of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi…

Nobody has questioned him? Mr. Obama’s investigation is obviously doing a bang up job.

[A]lso troubling to the United States is the evident tolerance shown by other militias allied with the government, which have so far declined to take any action against suspects in the Benghazi attack.

According to previous reports, the FBI has not even been allowed to question the suspects that the Libyan authorities rounded up. But who knows if they have even asked to question them?

Although Mr. Abu Khattala said he was not a member of Al Qaeda, he declared he would be proud to be associated with Al Qaeda’s puritanical zeal for Islamic law. And he said that the United States had its own foreign policy to blame for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “Why is the United States always trying to impose its ideology on everyone else?” he asked. “Why is it always trying to use force to implement its agendas?”

Owing in part to the inability of either the Libyans or the Americans to mount a serious investigation, American dissections of the assault on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi have become muddled in a political debate over the identities and motivations of the attackers.

But we have been told by both Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton that the US is conducting a deadly serious investigation.

Some Republicans have charged that the Obama administration initially sought to obscure a possible connection to Al Qaeda in order to protect its claim to have brought the group to its knees.

What other possible explanation is there?

Mr. Abu Khattala, 41, wearing a red fez and sandals, added his own spin. Contradicting the accounts of many witnesses and the most recent account of the Obama administration, he contended that the attack had grown out of a peaceful protest against a video made in the United States that mocked the Prophet Muhammad and Islam…

Hilarious. Now we know where this fairy tale came from.

He also said that guards inside the compound — Libyan or American, he was not sure — had shot first at the demonstrators, provoking them…

Except we now know the hired guards were only armed with flashlights and batons. They were not allowed weapons.

Although Mr. Abu Khattala’s exact role remains unclear, witnesses have said they saw him directing other fighters that night. Libyan officials have singled him out, and officials in Washington say they are examining his role…

Let’s hope they don’t jump to any conclusions. But wouldn’t you think "examining" someone’s role might include questioning them?

Witnesses, Benghazi residents and Western news reports, including those in The New York Times, have described Mr. Abu Khattala as a leader of Ansar al-Shariah, whose trucks and fighters were seen attacking the mission. Mr. Abu Khattala praised the group’s members as “good people with good goals, which are trying to implement Islamic law…”

We thought they were just protesting an anti-Muslim video.

Anyway, this article goes on for a dozen more paragraphs singing the praises of Mr. Khattala. But the New York Times was careful to note this error in an earlier edition of the piece.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: October 19, 2012

An earlier version of this article described incorrectly a beverage that Ahmed Abu Khattala was drinking at a hotel in Benghazi, Libya. It was a strawberry frappe, not mango juice, which is what he had ordered.

What a commitment to the truth they have at The Times!

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 19th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NYT: Benghazi Attack Ringleader ‘Scoffs At US’”

  1. GetBackJack

    No kidding

    This is the kind of stupidity that every few centuries allows the Islamists to make gigantic inroads through violence into Western Civilization

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    “Although Mr. Abu Khattala’s exact role remains unclear, witnesses have said they saw him directing other fighters that night. Libyan officials have singled him out, and officials in Washington say they are examining his role…”

    Sure hope the police don’t act stupidly on this one.

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    “Why is the United States always trying to impose its ideology on everyone else?” he asked. “Why is it always trying to use force to implement its agendas?”

    Yeah.

    Coca-Cola
    blue jeans
    smoothies[It was a strawberry frappe]
    cars
    radios
    TV’s
    DVD’s
    post 7th century music
    pencils
    airplanes
    new-kew-lar weppins

    Yeah, stuff like dat dare.

  4. Right of the People

    “—Mr. Abu Khattala, 41, wearing a red fez and sandals,—”

    My gosh, I hope he was wearing something else besides just a fez and sandals. Images of a middle eastern porn movie pop into my head and I feel like I’m going to throw up.

    Khattala: “Mind if I lick your couscous?”

  5. canary

    That’s twice recently the media has corrected tiny mistakes for a Muslim I noticed.
    The media probably get’s violent threats if they don’t.

    It just hit me it’s probably not just Obama’s threats of lawsuits that douses the media, but his gangsta company are probably pretty scary too.


« Front Page | To Top
« | »