An exclusive report in the New York Times today, “A Deadly Mix in Benghazi,” attempts to clarify the people and events that led to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The kicker? The New York Times found no link to Al Qaeda.
Insults to Islam fueled the assault? Are we still talking about that YouTube video? It seems we are:
Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault. The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi. And contrary to claims by some members of Congress, it was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.
What difference, at this point, does it make? Well, having a YouTube video to blame certainly would smooth the road ahead for one certain candidate for president.
We don’t either, sadly. But what has inspired the New York Times to at last take a serious look at Benghazi?
The whole article is worth a look, but as reporter David D. Kirkpatrick puts it, the real story is far murkier than anything we’ve heard so far. However, some points that seemed to have been settled are overlooked.