Man-Caused Disaster

Obama reportedly admits Libya attack premeditated; refuses to say ‘terrorism’

September 24, 2012

After more than two weeks of futile denials by his administration, it took the ladies of ABC’s "The View" to get President Obama to come clean on the real source of the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi.

According to the White House pool report from the president’s visit to "The View" in New York City, he finally admitted the attack was an act of terror, if he didn’t explicitly use the term "terrorism."

BARBARA WALTERS: Was the Libya attack terrorism?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: There's no doubt that the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn't just a mob action. What's clear is that, around the world, there are still a lot of threats out there.

The fact that President Obama refuses to use the term terrorism comes as no surprise to astute White House watchers. The Obama administration's efforts to eliminate the phrase date back to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s 2009 use of the term "man-caused disaster" to describe acts of radical Islamic terrorism in order to "move away from the politics of fear."

The success of this U.S. policy remains unclear, as the radical Islamic terrorists who orchestrated the murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were unavailable to comment as to whether they were aware of the Obama administration’s policy.