So those people who attacked our embassy in Benghazi and killed four American were not terrorists.

(CNSNews.com) – Shortly after being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama expressed his view that “people who engage in terrorism” are not “terrorists.”

“We’re not fighting terrorists, we’re fighting people who engage in terrorism,” he said at a Nov. 23, 2004 book-signing for his first autobiography, Dreams From My Father.

Obama appeared at a bookstore in New York City just months after delivering the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, which elevated him to the national stage.

“Ultimately, terrorism is a tactic,” Obama said. “We’re not fighting terrorists, we’re fighting people who engage in terrorism, but have a whole host of rationales and excuses for why they do this.

On Sept. 16 of this year–five days after terrorists attacked the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya and killed four Americans–Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations went on Sunday talk shows and suggested that what had occurred in Benghazi was not a preplanned terrorist attack but a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim YouTube video.

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