Appearing on the Monday edition of "Wall Street Journal Live," Thomas Joscelyn, senior fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies spoke to host Mary Kissel about the controversial NY Times report which concluded that an anti-Muslim video incited the attack on the US Mission in Benghazi, and that al Qaeda was not involved. Joscelyn opined that David Kirkpatrick’s reporting in the controversial piece was extensive but the conclusions he reached were "very wrong." The defense expert added that if there was a political objective to the Times piece, it most certainly backfired.
Joscelyn said that the distinction that the NY Times used (that there is a difference between al Qaeda central and its affiliate groups) to claim that there was no al Qaeda involvement in the Benghazi attack was a common, phony distinction:
Al Qaeda’s always been this international network. The idea that, somehow, that Al Qaeda is just this core group in South Asia that we need to kill with drones and everything else is unaffiliated with Al Qaeda is just simply false.
Joscelyn discussed his Weekly Standard post which cited NY Times articles from 2012 to demonstrate that the recent controversial piece omitted several key players, for example Mohammed Jamal an Egyptian linked to al Qaeda, who trained Benghazi attackers.
Implying that the story had a political purpose, Kissel asked if the article may have backfired against the NY Times. Joscelyn responded:
I though it was dying down as an issue and here we are talking about it again, so I think it has backfired.