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Kudlow: Did White House Lie About Libya Attacks?

Larry Kudlow is hearing from his beltway sources that the President may have put politics ahead of national security in the wake of the Libya attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

A vehicle sits smoldering in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012
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A vehicle sits smoldering in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012

Kudlow, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and other skeptics charge the administration deceived the nation when it said the attacks had not been planned in advance.

Those same skeptics say the administration via UN Ambassador Susan Rice deliberately downplayed events in Libya to preserve Obama’s image as the President who had won the war on terror by killing Osama Bin Laden.

“They sent (Susan Rice) out for political reasons,” said King on The Kudlow Report. “The Obama administration wants people to believe that the war against terror is over.”

In other words, if the White House admitted Libya was a terror attack – it would have called the campaign message into question – something Democratic strategists didn’t want to do.

Instead, the GOP says the administration shifted attention to a movie that depicted Islam’s prophet Muhammad in an unflattering light – a movie that sparked protests in Egypt – knowing that was not the catalyst.

“They wanted people to believe the violence was caused by a few malcontents,” King explained, but it was actually something much more sinister.

“They don’t want the appearance that Al Qaeda has come back but the truth is Al Qaeda has never gone away,” said King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

“I see this as nothing short of a cover up,” added Larry Kudlow.

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton shares the sentiment.

"The administration could have said from the beginning, 'We don't know all the facts, and therefore, we're not ruling out any potential explanation,'" said Bolton in a published interview.

"But that's not what they did. They came down in the midst of great uncertainty and said it was spontaneous. It was not terrorism.

On Tuesday, September 20th, the White House did in fact describe events in Libya as an act of terror. “It is self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack,” said White House press secretary, Jay Carney.

However, Carney also noted that the killings are still under investigation, and, "we have no information at this point to suggest that this is a significantly pre-planned attack."

Asked about the Libyan attack during a forum in Miami, President Obama said: "We're still doing an investigation ... I don't want to speak to something until we know all the information."

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