The following editorial appeared in Friday's Washington Post:
On Sept. 11 and for days afterward, U.S. embassies in Cairo and in many other Muslim capitals were besieged by demonstrators protesting an anti-Muslim video they believed was a U.S. product. President Barack Obama and the State Department were right to respond to those protests by condemning the video as well as the violence, and by defending free speech rights.
We now know, however, that an attack on two U.S. installations in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of Sept. 11, which killed ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, was not related to those protests. Instead, it was an organized terrorist attack by scores of heavily armed militants who overwhelmed five U.S. diplomatic security agents, a rapid-response force, and two or three members of a Libyan militia. Though the assault was probably staged by a local extremist group, U.S. officials now believe that the North African chapter of al-Qaida may have been involved.