IN SENATE testimony today, Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, verified what U.S. Ambassador said on the Sunday talk shows, that there is no evidence the Benghazi raid was pre-planned.
“Yes, they were killed in a terrorist attack on our embassy,” said Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
[...] “The best information we have now, the facts that we have now, indicates an opportunistic attack on our embassy,” Olsen said at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on threats and agency responses.
“The attack began and evolved and escalated. It appears that individuals who were certainly well-armed seized on the opportunity presented as the events unfolded.
“What we don’t have at this point is specific intelligence that there was a significant advanced planning or coordination for this attack. We’re still looking for any indications of substantial advanced planning. We just haven’t seen that at this point.”
It’s hard to believe this is where it ends.
I remain skeptical. The consequences of saying it might have been pre-planned, with people then jumping to the conclusion that people in the consulate didn’t take precautions, or Secy. Clinton and the State Department ignored warnings, would be turned toward President Obama, quickly turning a tragedy into, as Romney would say, an “opportunity.”