Barack Obama is not the first president of the United States to deceive his “fellow Americans” and he won’t be the last. We are not referring to the mountain of promises he made four years ago, and has failed to deliver, but to the deception he and his insiders used in telling Americans that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a “spontaneous reaction” to an anti-Muslim Internet video. That was what the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, proclaimed when speaking on nationally televised talk shows. It was considered the official administration response.

We discussed this in an earlier commentary and now Pat Buchanan has added his bit on the deception. His column is on this page.

Now the Obama administration has admitted that it was an act of terrorism. It was obvious from the initial report that the attack was planned and not just a reaction of an angry mob. The reason it was obvious is because of the indirect fire that was used and the weapons that were used. It was a well planned and successful attack.

Why would Rice lie? Well, it’s election time and Obama has been claiming that the terrorists have been brought under control, especially with the killing of Osama bin Laden, under his watch.

Rice is being touted as a possible successor to Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Was she used to mouth the initial political response of the Obama administration knowing that her words were not true? She and the other Obama insiders should have known that the initial response would be challenged. We all know Obama has a friendly media he can depend on, and which rarely looks very deep into his background and governmental affairs. But this deception was so obvious that the official word now that it was a terrorist attack had to be acknowledged.

What is so mind-racking is that the Obama insiders thought they could deceive the public in this matter and get by with it. The only answer we can come up with is that “The Amateur” tag that has been bestowed on Obama is deserving. That description has to go to his insiders also.

Now there is some indication that U.S. intelligence may have had an advance warning of a possible attack on the Consulate and on American personnel. Buchanan in his column asks the question of what did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the president know, and when did they know it?

Was there a coverup initiated by the administration?

Sad to say it is increasingly evident that we have not won the war against terrorism and in many countries al-Qaida operatives exist and are busy planning more attacks on the United States. Has our mission ever had any realistic chances of success against al-Qaida? There have been some successes. We have paid a high price for what successes we have had.

It won’t happen but President Obama should apologize for this attempt to deceive us. What this attempt at deception did was to widen Obama’s credibility gap. He’s no different than other high officials in our government in the past who have on occasions tried to deceive us. The truth eventually comes out.