September 27, 2012…81 days since Elizabeth Emken challenged Dianne Feinstein to debate

Posted: September 27, 2012 in Dianne Feinstein, Elizabeth Emken, Foreign Affairs, U.S. Senate
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From Elizabeth Emken for U.S. Senate:

Let’s look at an opportunity for California’s U.S. Senate candidates to have an open public discussion on the issues affecting our state and our nation:

Feinstein Sees `No Evidence’ Deadly Libya Attack Planned

SHOT: The White House announced today that there is now clear evidence that the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11th were premeditated and orchestrated by Al Qaeda. The facts contradict the statement on the attacks made by Dianne Feinstein on September 13th that reversed her original position:

Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate intelligence panel, said she sees “no evidence or no assessment” that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was preplanned.

Feinstein, a California Democrat, spoke today on CNN after the committee was briefed for several hours by Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus. The Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. mission that killed four Americans may have begun as a spontaneous protest, which some in the crowd exploited to escalate the violence, she said.

“There was a protest, and it could well be that quickly some two dozen people took that as an opportunity to attack,” she said.

It was a reversal for Feinstein, who a day earlier was among lawmakers saying that militant groups such as al-Qaeda may have engaged in a premeditated attack that ended in the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The attack may have been preplanned because “the weapons were somewhat sophisticated, and they blew a hole in the building and started a big fire,” Feinstein said yesterday.

CHASER: “It sounds like it’s a question of what didn’t Dianne Feinstein know and when didn’t she know it,” said Ron Nehring, chief strategist for the Emken for U.S. Senate campaign. “This is the third time in the past three months that Mrs. Feinstein has backpedaled on an intelligence controversy and retracted her original statement — and this time, she still didn’t get it right.”

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