Three separate intelligence sources confirmed to Lake that "early information was enough to show that the attack was planned and the work of al Qaeda affiliates operating in Eastern Libya."
The issues raised here are matters of extraordinary moment.
Did the United States have advance intelligence saying an attack was being planned against the Benghazi consulate or U.S. personnel in Libya on Sept. 11?
Was the post-attack intelligence Lake describes provided to Clinton, Rice and the White House? If so, Rice not only deceived the nation but did so with the knowledge, if not complicity, of the secretary of state and the president.
What did Hillary and Obama know, and when did they know it?
Other issues have been pushed into the public sphere -- or should have been -- by this act of barbarism.
After the Benghazi attack, al-Qaida has called for attacks on other U.S. diplomats in the region. One or two more such atrocities could bring withdrawal of U.S. diplomats, businessmen and tourists, dramatically reducing the chances the Arab Spring could succeed.
And lest we forget, we invaded Afghanistan to eradicate al-Qaida after 9/11. Yet today, we read of al-Qaida in the Maghreb, al-Qaida in Iraq, al-Qaida in Pakistan, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and al-Qaida in Syria. And Ansar Dine, an al-Qaida affiliate, has taken over northern Mali, a slice of land the size of France.
Though Vice President Joe Biden has Democratic crowds shouting "USA! USA!" when he bellows that "General Motors is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead," who is really winning this war between radical Islamism and America?
It seems the longer we fight the more enemies we create.
Are American values increasingly victorious?
Obama went before the U.N. to defend the First Amendment right to editorially and verbally assault the sacred beliefs of all faiths.
In direct rebuttal, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi channeled Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Speaking of the video insulting the prophet, Morsi said:
"The obscenities that I have referred to that were recently released as part of an organized campaign against Islamic sanctities are unacceptable. ... We reject this. We cannot accept it. We will not allow anyone to do this by word or deed."
Translation: In the Islamic world, our values apply, not yours. If you cannot respect them, we cannot respect you.
The bottom is falling out of Obama's Middle East policy, while the media chortle over the latest Obama polls.