May 10, 2013

Benghazi-gate is just getting interesting

It looks like the White House is getting close to panic mode on the ABC report today about the Benghazi spin and now it seems to be in cover-up mode.

Via ABC:
WASHINGTON - When it became clear last fall that the CIA's now discredited Benghazi talking points were flawed, the White House said repeatedly the documents were put together almost entirely by the intelligence community, but White House documents reviewed by Congress suggest a different story.

ABC News has obtained 12 different versions of the talking points that show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on the Sunday talk shows after the attack.

White House emails reviewed by ABC News suggest the edits were made with extensive input from the State Department. The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well as references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.

That would appear to directly contradict what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in November about the talking points.
That's not exactly a smoking gun, but it is damning and deserves to be investigated much more deeply than it has been.  Those who sought back in November to derail those who questioned why nothing was done and why the story out of the White House through it's speakers like Susan Rice was very different from what really happened.

Why is it flaring up now?  There are whistle blowers out there saying the official White House version of events on the ground is deliberately misleading.  They will get skewered (unfairly) for doing so. And more importantly the White House goes on the offensive and Press Secretary Jay Carney is out there blaming the right, again.
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Friday continued to downplay the Obama administration’s role in editing official talking points following the deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, and in doing so took a swipe at former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, as well as former president George W. Bush.

“This ongoing effort [to compile the talking points] began hours after the attack, when Mitt Romney put out a press release to try to take political advantage out of these deaths, out of the attack in Benghazi, in a move that was maligned even by members of his own party,” Carney said. “And from that day forward there has been this effort to politicize it.”
I don't think they are panicking just yet in the Obama camp, but they most surely are getting nervous.  You can see the wounded dog going on offense at the latest media briefing.

This is all an attempt to cover for both Obama and Hillary Clinton.  Failing being able to do that, Hillary will be tossed under the bus.  That's where it will really get interesting.  Meanwhile the real problem is the bumbling on the night of September 11th, 2012 that led to four dead Americans.  Those in charge deserve all of the fallout from this that they get.
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