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Kudlow: White House Benghazi Blunder Grows Even Worse

Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:48 PM ET
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

With each passing day it seems the White House response to the Libya attacks grows all the more baffling. Larry Kudlow smells a rat.

New information suggests within 24 hours of the deadly attack, the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington that there were eyewitness reports that the attack was carried out by militants.

That information directly contradicts early reports from the administration that the violence was due to an angry protest that spiraled out of control.

Also new documents just released show Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack warned the administration for months that the region was becoming a dangerous vortex for jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda.

Those same documents released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform suggest Stevens was also concerned the consulate didn't have enough security.

For weeks the White House has come under scrutiny, with Republicans charging that the administration deliberately tried to put spin on events, in an attempt to cover-up an al-Qaeda comeback in Libya.

Obama's Benghazi Bungle
NBC's Jim Miklaszewski reports on documents released today that show safety concerns in Benghazi; and Paul Wolfowitz, American Enterprise Institute scholar, weighs in.

Speaking on The Kudlow Report, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and former World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz shared the skepticism.

"Personally – I think there is some degree of denial or deception. It seems as though it goes against the grain of (the message) bin Laden has been killed. That it's hard to admit," Wolfowitz said.

GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is equally frustrated. "They refuse to answer the basic questions about what happened," insisted Ryan. "More than a month later we still have more questions than answers."

Larry Kudlow finds developments outrageous. In addition he's irate with what he considers President Obama's insensitive behavior on a TV talk show.

Speaking about the attacks with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show President Obama said, "If four Americans get killed, it's not optimal; we're going to fix it"

"Not optimal. The death of an Ambassador as well as other Americans – not optimal? That's about as cold as it gets as far as I'm concerned," said the Kudlow Report host.

In an interview with MailOnline, Pat Smith, whose son Sean died in the raid, said she also found the commentary offensive.

"It's insensitive to say my son is not very optimal - he is also very dead. I've not been "optimal" since he died and the past few weeks have been pure hell."

The White House has, in the past, denied any intentional cover-up and counters that it has been completely transparent – providing its best intelligence on the attack, and then refining it as more information came to light.

The FBI is still investigating the attack. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also has named a State Department review panel to look into the security arrangements in Libya.

On September 11, 2012 Ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and the other Americans were killed after Islamist gunmen attacked the U.S. consulate and a safe house refuge in Benghazi.

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  • Lawrence Kudlow is a CNBC senior contributor. Previously, Kudlow was anchor of CNBC's prime-time program "The Kudlow Report"