On Monday night, Congressman Trey Gowdy took exception to a recent New York Times article by David D. Kirkpatrick that claimed al Qaeda was not involved in the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012, and that the attack was "fueled in large part" by the infamous YouTube video "Innocence of Muslims."
"In the months leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, the Obama administration received intelligence reports that Islamic extremist groups were operating training camps in the mountains near the Libyan city and that some of the fighters were 'Al Qaeda-leaning,' according to American and European officials."
Speaking on Fox News Channel's "On the Record With Greta Van Susteren," Gowdy noted that the assertion that al Qaeda was not involved was incorrect, as reported at Newsmax, and the Islamic militants were, at the very least, sympathetic to al Qaeda.
Gowdy said sarcastically to Dana Perino, who was filling in for Greta Van Susteren,
"Whether it was al Qaeda or a subsidiary or a holding company or a limited partnership, to quote Hillary Clinton, 'What difference does it make?'"
A report by Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News back in March focused on emails related to the terror attack in Libya that were released to the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to "garner GOP support for Obama picks for Defense Secretary and CIA Director."
She wrote in part,
"'most if not all contact' between officials in Libya and Washington, D.C., once the attacks began reference al Qaeda, al Qaeda-affiliated cells or both as being the suspected instigator from the very start."
Attkisson also wrote that initially, "al Qaeda" was a part of the now-infamous Susan Rice talking points, but were later removed.
Additionally, Catherine Herridge of Fox News reported on comments made by U.S. officials and others who disputed Kirkpatrick's claims that al Qaeda had no role to play in the attack and that the "Innocence of Muslims" was the main antagonist.
Regarding the role of the YouTube video, Gowdy asked,
"What in the world explains the violence in Benghazi prior to the video being translated and released? Our consulate was attacked way before the video was released. The British Ambassador was almost assassinated way before the video was released. The International Red Cross was attacked twice in Benghazi, well before this video was ever released."
If the YouTube video had a part to play in the attack, as asserted by the incomparable Lee Stranahan, it likely only played a peripheral role, as the evidence based on countless reports indicates that the Sept. 11 attack on the CIA outpost in Libya was not a "spontaneous protest," as asserted initially by the Obama administration.
Gowdy finally criticized the fact that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not mentioned in the New York Times piece.
"I've read this New York Times article, Dana, six times," Gowdy told Perino. "I want you to read it six times and tell me if you can tell who the secretary of state was when Benghazi happened."
The attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.