White House: This Benghazi hearing is just another of Republicans’ “attempts to politicize” the issue

posted at 4:41 pm on May 8, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

How is the White House going to respond to the incoming revelations coming out of today’s Congressional hearing on the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi? …Exactly the way they have been, if today’s press briefing is any indication. Republicans are on a partisan tear, we’ve already covered all of this, no Obama admin higher-ups really did anything wrong, The End.

This administration has made extraordinary efforts to work with five different Congressional committees investigating what happened before, during, and after the Benghazi attacks… As the New York Times reported this morning, much of what the witnesses were expected to raise in the hearings today has already been addressed both in hearings and the Accountability Review Board report. This is a subject that has from its beginning been subject to attempts to politicize it by Republicans, when in fact what happened in Benghazi was a tragedy… That review board issued a report that was unsparing and highly critical in some areas… Given the remarkable level of cooperation that we’ve demonstrated with Congressional committees and investigators thus far, demonstrates again that we’re at a place where there are attempts to politicize this when that should not be the case. … What remains the case is that the intelligence community, the CIA, drafted these talking points, and redrafted these talking points. The fact that there are inputs is always the case in a process like this, but the only edits made by anyone here at the White House were stylistic and non-substantive. … Ultimately, this all has been disguised and reviewed and provided in enormous levels of detail by the administration to Congressional investigators and the attempt to politicize the talking points, again, is part of an effort to chase after what isn’t the substance here…

(Brief pet-peeve sidebar: What is it with all of the “remarkable” and “extraordinary” adjectives in reference to the administration’s cooperation with Congress? Carney manages to make it sound like the administration is doing a bunch of magnanimous favors by even giving this Congressional investigation the time of day, and yet I’m pretty sure the White House works for us. Just sayin.’)

As to those dastardly Republicans’ attempts to “politicize the talking points”? Okay, sure — for a moment, let’s go ahead and accept that the White House’s changes to the talking points were merely “stylistic” in nature. That does nothing to solve the question of who specifically did alter the talking points and construct a false narrative for the public weeks away from the presidential election, because that stupid video and subsequent “spontaneous protests” were not even a thing in Libya. For all of their “extraordinary efforts,” the White House certainly doesn’t seem to care much.


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Bagdad Jay

Jocundus on May 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Welcome to 1984, Ed. Welcome to 1984.

coldwarrior on May 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Oops…I mean, Erika. Sheesh….must be getting old a lot faster than I thoguht. Two major errors today.

coldwarrior on May 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM

“Stylistic” changes are when you use a different font. Not when you go from calling it a terrorist attack to a protest of a YouTube video that got out of hand.

Doughboy on May 8, 2013 at 4:48 PM

What is it with all of the “remarkable” and “extraordinary” adjectives in reference to the administration’s cooperation with Congress?

They’re fresh out of historic and unprecedented.

LetsBfrank on May 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

If ever a dude needed to be hung by his belt from a latrine door it’s this mealy-mouthed twit.

No wonder Russia and China are testing us all over the world, one look at Cornball there and you would get the rightful impression that the administration is packed tight with limp-wristed Nancys.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Bagdad Jay

Jocundus on May 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

+1

parke on May 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

That does nothing to solve the question of who specifically did alter the talking points and construct a false narrative for the public weeks away from the presidential election, because that stupid video and subsequent “spontaneous protests” were not even a thing in Libya.

The open question remains- when Greg Hicks requested military support to assist and protect US diplomats, did his request run up to the chain of command to the commander in chief for a final decision, or were decisions regarding appropriate military action left in the hands of military commanders?

bayam on May 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Transparent lies from The Producers of Arab Spring Time for Witless

M240H on May 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

the White House certainly doesn’t seem to care much

Well, they don’t. The only thing this White House cares about is to protect the image of the Light Giver…this historic President…the One, the Only, Barrack Hussein Obama.

Why this Nation is in a lot bigger trouble than a vast majority can conceive.

coldwarrior on May 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM

And the WH press corp. nods like an army of bobble head dolls.

diogenes on May 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM

“More BS, brought to you by…

“The people who made women’s private parts a political issue!”

Who keeps hiding my barf bags…?

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Why is Chaffetz crying?

wyntre on May 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Answer base purely on headline……Well, yeah!!!

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

there are no tanks in Baghdad…none at all.

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Cowards, murderers, and liars all…

Gold seats await them all in He11…

CPT. Charles on May 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

4 lives lost, families left without spouses & kin, denial to send rescue, weeks of pushing the video lie & Mr Moron calls it politicizing.

RdLake on May 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

people are dead.

that ain’t politicizin, pipsqueak

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

The fact that there are inputs is always the case in a process like this, but the only edits made by anyone here at the White House were stylistic and non-substantive.

Pinocchio nose on. WaPo fact checks…

The Benghazi talking points: What’s known and unknown

Editing out a terrorist attack and connection with AQ is NOT stylistic, especially when your lie about the video is all that remains.

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Q: Mr. Carney, when will we release the Coptic filmmaker from jail?
A: When the Muslim Brotherhood tells us we can.

MTF on May 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The racist idiot is on again, talking about fairness

burrata on May 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

stylistic = lying

UnderstandingisPower on May 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

No wonder Russia and China are testing us all over the world

Really, how so?

bayam on May 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The open question remains- when Greg Hicks requested military support to assist and protect US diplomats, did his request run up to the chain of command to the commander in chief for a final decision, or were decisions regarding appropriate military action left in the hands of military commanders?

bayam on May 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM

According to reports, as I understand, the acting theater commander told them that no help would be forthcoming.

Now, where did HE get that order, or did he take it upon himself? I doubt he blew it off, and was telling what were HIS orders from up the chain.

Good thing it wasn’t me. I’d have said, “Screw orders. Scramble everything; we got a mission!”

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Well, it was a long time ago anyhow…

Wish I could put an eyeroll emoticon here.

Logus on May 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM

WE LIED, PEOPLE DIED, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

overheard at White House today/

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Welcome to 1984, Ed. Welcome to 1984.

coldwarrior on May 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Actually Erika wrote this piece.

And NO. This is nothing like 1984, it is more like Huxely’s “Brave New World” much more so …

Cadian on May 8, 2013 at 4:58 PM

What is it with all of the “remarkable” and “extraordinary” adjectives in reference to the administration’s cooperation with Congress? Carney manages to make it sound like the administration is doing a bunch of magnanimous favors by even giving this Congressional investigation the time of day, and yet I’m pretty sure the White House works for us. Just sayin.’)

“As I have always said, I am not a dictator.”

If I were, I could just have you all shot. And I think that it is remarkably magnanimous of me to not have you jailed with the video guy who started all this.

Lily on May 8, 2013 at 4:59 PM

No wonder Russia and China are testing us all over the world

Really, how so?

bayam on May 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

You liberals have a hard time keeping up with current events, aren’t you?

Multiple violations of Alaska and Guam by Russian nuclear-capable aircraft (Tu-95, I believe are the planes). They’re heavy bombers.

Far as I know, China is mouthing off. Except for a lot of alleged computer-hacking, and the first deployment of an aircraft carrier. Plus, them telling Japan where and how to get stuffed.

You liberals really need to drop into reality for once.

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Amb. Chris Stvens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods remain unavailable for comment.

Politicizing, my hindquarters.

kingsjester on May 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Amb. Chris Stvens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods remain unavailable for comment.

kingsjester on May 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Maybe we need John Edwards (D) to channel them for us.

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Why is Chaffetz crying?

wyntre on May 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I’m guessing he has become very close with the families and the State Dept. staff through the investigative process. He sees the lies and obfuscation of this administration and its assorted minions.

Common Sense Floridian on May 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Carney manages to make it sound like the administration is doing a bunch of magnanimous favors by even giving this Congressional investigation the time of day, and yet I’m pretty sure the White House works for us

Ha, funny Erika. We all belong to the State and so we all work for Dear Liar.

rbj on May 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM

The picture on the Drudge is showing another woman handling her spectacles.
Hmmmm

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Ha, funny Erika. We all belong to the State and so we all work for Dear Liar.

rbj on May 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM

You forgot the sarc tag. The troll might think you’re a ‘conversion’ to their way.

“You will be assimilated!”

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Start drafting the many indictments.

karra on May 8, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Transparent lies from The Producers of Arab Spring Time for Witless

M240H on May 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Starring a new Zero.

Barnestormer on May 8, 2013 at 5:11 PM

The White House speaker isn’t fooling anyone here, good posts, love the Bagdad Jay post.

mixplix on May 8, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Am I the only one perplexed by 2 Dems wanting newspaper articles by the NYT and the WaPo entered as evidence? Good gawd they are an embarrassment to humans…

hillsoftx on May 8, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Really, how so?

bayam on May 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

See Liam at 5:01.

Then add on the Chinese dropping themselves pretty much everywhere, making friends with our self-declared enemies as well as nations who are friendly with us.

Still, flexibility and reset buttons.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 5:15 PM

SQUIRREL!!!

What difference do those republicans and their hearings make?

BUSH!!!!

What witness tampering?

Jodi Arias! …

It was a long time ago …

Gun Nuts!

No not worse than Nixon at all

Gitmo !!!

PoliTech on May 8, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Am I the only one perplexed by 2 Dems wanting newspaper articles by the NYT and the WaPo entered as evidence? Good gawd they are an embarrassment to humans…

hillsoftx on May 8, 2013 at 5:14 PM

There is precedent for the newspapers pushing policy. Just three words:

“Remember the Maine!”

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 5:16 PM

They’re politicians. Why shouldn’t they politicize?

Ronnie on May 8, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Hopefully the military has the POS in their cross you-know-what.

If this is true . . .

(Washington, D.C.). Three families of Navy SEAL Team VI special forces servicemen, along with one family of an Army National Guardsman, will appear at a press conference on May 9, 2013, to disclose never before revealed information about how and why their sons along with 26 others died in a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011, just a few months after the successful raid on the compound of Osama Bin Laden that resulted in the master terrorist’s death.

Accompanying the families of these dead Navy SEAL Team VI special operations servicemen will be retired military experts verifying their accounts of how and why the government is as much responsible for the deaths of their sons as is the Taliban.

wyntre on May 8, 2013 at 5:19 PM

“politicize the talking points”

Somebody actually said that? Talking points are inherently political, and as such are not produced by the “intelligence community”. They provide intelligence reports, and political stooges massage them into talking points.

Or in this case, the Campaign threw them out and substituted brazen lies.

forest on May 8, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Treason, lies, coverup and dereliction of duty.

Impeachment, Jail.

TX-96 on May 8, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Uhhh…let me be clear…we must punish our enemies…and what difference does it make.

22044 on May 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Wow! so After I posted my comment I clicked over to Huffpo and what do I see on the front page?

SKILLING!!! ENRON!!!! GITMO!!!!!!

Satire is impossible with the modern left. The one article about the hearings (on huffpo’s front page) still maintains that “a near-unseen anti-Muslim You Tube video” is the reason for the attack, and anyhoo its the Pubs fault for pushing cuts to funding.

Unreal

PoliTech on May 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Multiple violations of Alaska and Guam by Russian nuclear-capable aircraft (Tu-95, I believe are the planes). They’re heavy bombers.

Oh yes, very frightening and truly a test of US power. If not contested, it may lead to an invasion or bombing of Alaska.
Good call.

bayam on May 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

This is a subject that has from its beginning been subject to attempts to politicize it by Republicans

The MSM was all over this story when the most important thing about it that the American people absolutely needed to know was that Romney spoke out of turn and should have waited until we knew all the facts on the ground.

After that, they had absolutely no interest in knowing about anything else what happened.

Obama got re-elected, so “what difference does it make”? None at all, at least not to anyone in the MSM.

ardenenoch on May 8, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Far as I know, China is mouthing off. Except for a lot of alleged computer-hacking

You must be pleased to see a US administration finally hold the Chinese accountable. Not sure about the test to US power though.

bayam on May 8, 2013 at 5:24 PM

PoliTech on May 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Liberals have no sense of irony, humor, or reality.

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Hammer the WH with their own words.

They are using systematic “noise” to hide the truth.

The efforts of Rice on the Sunday talk shows were a lie.

The availability of a military response was a lie.

The ability and time frame to secure the compound was a lie.

And the ability for people to speak openly was a lie.

Now Hillary is a master liar, who ironically knows all about lying from her sexual predator husband.

“Vast right wing conspiracy” comes to mind… including Bubba raping women while a being nobody Arkansas Governor 10 years before the national spotlight.

Odie1941 on May 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM

bayam on May 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

An idiot like you sees no problem with that?

cozmo on May 8, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Republicans are on a partisan tear, we’ve already covered all of this, no Obama admin higher-ups really did anything wrong, The End.

The “did not” strategy.

But let’s put this in perspective. Death is a part of life, so often we have to find a way to make life a part of death.

Oh! Mr. Cummings!!!! You claimed people spat at you when you marched in to sign off on Obamacare. Wear a raincoat everywhere after your comments today. Death is part of life, true. But being sodomized and killed by Muslims because your nation’s President doesn’t want to admit that Al Qaeda isn’t dead is not part of that deal.

Stevens Died/ Obama thrived.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2013 at 5:30 PM

You must be pleased to see a US administration finally hold the Chinese accountable. Not sure about the test to US power though.

bayam on May 8, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Took you a while to disregard the rest of what I said. Have digestion problems there?

Obama will do nothing. Much along the lines of how Clinton willfully let China have computer technology that improved the accuracy of their missiles aimed at YOU as well as at me.

Clinton (Hillary, too) is of the view that it’s somehow ‘unfair’ the US be the only superpower. So, you liberals ‘leveled the playing field’.

Not even the Russians would give China better targeting technology, even when Russia was still Soviet.

Before your precious Billy, if China launched a missile at LA, the thing might land in Nevada. But not any more! It might hit Sacramento. Still, thanks you liberals, China got it better.

I’d give you hat tip there, except I don’t wear a hat unless it’s cold outside.

You really need to drop into reality for once.

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 5:31 PM

bayam on May 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Have you ever talked to a Russian about Alaska? The 1867 Alaska deal still makes them mad, and they will tell you in no uncertain terms that they want that land back.

PoliTech on May 8, 2013 at 5:32 PM

What is it with all of the “remarkable” and “extraordinary” adjectives in reference to the administration’s cooperation with Congress?

They’re fresh out of historic and unprecedented.

LetsBfrank on May 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

+1

ProfessorMiao on May 8, 2013 at 5:33 PM

And the ability for people to speak openly was a lie.

Odie1941 on May 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Nonsense. The administration is merely slow rolling their ability to do so. Denying their attorney security clearances. Losing paperwork. Stalling. It is Fast and Furious all over again.

But one thing that did come out of today’s testimony really needs to be investigated. The spokeswhore for the DoD has said that no military assets were available. The testimony today says that there were people literally told to stand down as they were headed to a C-130 to hop from Tripoli to Benghazi. Who gave that order and why?

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I’m sure Carney would just as blase if it were he that was waiting for help to come and it didn’t……. (i) <<<<<light bulb

avagreen on May 8, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Have you ever talked to a Russian about Alaska? The 1867 Alaska deal still makes them mad, and they will tell you in no uncertain terms that they want that land back.

PoliTech on May 8, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Because so many ethnic Russians were displaced as a result?

Any anger is over the loss of natural resources and geo-strategic advantage.

I’d say the same kind of “anger” could be identified over Jimmy Carter deciding to give back the Panama Canal for free.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Those Benghazi hearings were a long time ago.

rjoco1 on May 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

And the WH press corp. nods like an army of bobble head dolls.

diogenes on May 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Just picked up the wife and tuned in NPR for the 4 oclock news and not one word on the hearings and not one story in the Houston Chronicle.Im going to break my rules and watch the evening news to see what they say.

docflash on May 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Bagdad Jay

Jocundus on May 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

In that spirit…

Benghazi Jay

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

And the WH press corp. nods like an army of bobble head dolls.

diogenes on May 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Just picked up the wife and tuned in NPR for the 4 oclock news and not one word on the hearings and not one story in the Houston Chronicle.Im going to break my rules and watch the evening news to see what they say.

docflash on May 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM

CSPAN is doing a replay of the entire hearing now…and will have highlights at 9 pm

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Hope Issa calls Amb. Rice next.

Her lies on National TeeVee impeded the FBI investigation and left the crime scene unsecure for 17-18 days.

She’ll fold too.

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Says the spokes-hack working for people who are all politics all the time. The little leaguers in this administration cannot take a deuce without either blaming Republicans or making it part if their perpetual campaign.

stout77 on May 8, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Honestly, he’s the luckiest POS in the history of the world. What great cover for the fothermucker with the Arias and Castro stories both breaking today.

:shaking head:

wyntre on May 8, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Hey Carney! Who the hell do you think started POLITICIZING Benghazi before the fires were even out?

FOOL!

GarandFan on May 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Honestly, he’s the luckiest POS in the history of the world. What great cover for the fothermucker with the Arias and Castro stories both breaking today.

:shaking head:

wyntre on May 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Levin says Benghazi Jay is worse than Ziegler the spokesperson for Nixon

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Hey Carney! Who the hell do you think started POLITICIZING Benghazi before the fires were even out?

FOOL!

GarandFan on May 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Don’t ask him that! The DNC will issue new talking points about you racists trying to keep O’boy from being reelected.

antipc on May 8, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Wonder how this judas lives with himself? I’m sure he’s secure in his gated community with round the clock armed security and has a little, brain dead trophy wife who does whatever she’s told like all good liberals.

But he still has look in the mirror at night when he realizes he’s sold out his country for some trinkets and power. He’s a soul-less vermin like all the DC elites that rule us.

His reward will be just upon his passing to the next life.

acyl72 on May 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

OK, Jay, tell us who gave the order to stand down!

Now look us straight in the eyes, which we can’t see around that big Pinocchi-nose.

Steve Z on May 8, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Hope Issa calls Amb. Rice next.

Her lies on National TeeVee impeded the FBI investigation and left the crime scene unsecure for 17-18 days.

She’ll fold too.

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

And then for the grand finale, Ms. What’s the Difference herself.

Steve Z on May 8, 2013 at 6:51 PM

This is what politicisation looks like…

_________

Benghazi Talking Points Version 1:

14 September 2012
11:15 AM

* We believe based on currently available information that the attacks in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the annex.

* The crowd almost certainly was a mix of individuals from across many sectors of Libyan society. That being said, we do know that Islamic extremists with ties to al Qa’ida participated in the attack.

* Initial press reporting linked the attack to Ansar al-Sharia. The groups has since released a statement that its leadership did not order the attacks, but did not deny that some of its members were involved. Ansar al-Sharia’s Facebook page aims to spread Sharia in Libya and emphasises the need for jihad to counter what it views as false interpretations of Islam, according to an open source study.

* The wide availablity of weapons and experienced fighters in Libya almost certainly contributed to the lethality of the attacks.

* Since April, there have been at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants, including the June attack against the British Ambassador’s convoy. We cannot rule out the individuals has [sic] previously surveilled the US facilities, also contributing to the efficacy of the attacks.

* We are working with Libyan authorities and intelligence partners in an effort to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of US citizens.

_________

The Spokesliar, Jay Carney, still swears that the changes were only ‘stylistic,’ not ‘substantive’ – a claim that gets the WaPo fact-checking, anal exam here. Remember this from 28 November 2012?

‘Ambassador Rice was using unclassified talking points that were developed by the intelligence community and provided not just to her, not just to the executive branch, but to the legislative branch. And they represented the best assessment by our intelligence professionals about what had happened in Benghazi at that time.

‘The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two — of these two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility,’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate. Those talking points originated from the intelligence community. They reflect the IC’s best assessments of what they thought had happened.’

Note how Carney stressed that this was “developed by the intelligence community” and the “talking points originated from the intelligence community’…and the ONLY change that either the White House or the State Department made was to change the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility.’ Yes, they originated with the intelligence community office, but, as we shall see, much, much more was changed than just the word ‘embassy’ to ‘consulate’

Style over substance? Liar.

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Transparent lies from The Producers of Arab Spring Time for Witless

M240H on May 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

looking for a second Arab Spring over the red line thru Damascus.

Osama may be dead, but his followers have a better leader in Obama.

Steve Z on May 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Bolded is all that is left…

_________

Benghazi Talking Points Version 2:

Saturday, 15 September 2012
9:45 AM

* The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US Consulate and subsequently its annex. This assessment may change as additional information continues to be evaluated. On 10 September the Agency notified Embassy Cairo of social media reports calling for a demonstration and encouraging jihadists to break into the Embassy.

* The investigation is ongoing as to who is responsible for the violence, although the crowd almost certainly was a mix of individuals. That being said, there are indications that Islamic extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.

* The wide availability of weapons and experienced fighters in Libya almost certainly contributed to the lethality of the attacks.

* The Agency has produced numerous pieces on the threat of extremists linked to al-Qa’ida in Benghazi and eastern Libya. Since April, there have been at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants, including the June attack agains the British Ambassador’s convoy. We cannot rule out of the individuals has [sic] previously surveilled the US facilities, also contributing to the efficacy of the attacks.

* The US government is working with Libyan authorities and intelligence partners in an effort to help bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of US citizens.

_________

But, those are just ‘stylistic,’ not substantive revisions.

Really!!!

We pinky swear!

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Final incantation…

Remember, the revisions were just ‘stylistic’ and, as Verbaluce reminds us, the only manipulation that has been going on in the entire Bengahzi matter has been done by Congressman Darrell Issa…

_________

Benghazi Talking Points Version 3 (The Final Version):

Saturday, 15 September 2012
11:26 AM

* The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved in a direct assault against the US diplomatic post and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.

* This assessment may change as additional information is collected and analysed and currently available information continues to be evaluated.

* The investigation is ongong, and the US government is working, with Libyan authorities to help bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of US citizens.

_________

AQAP had sent experienced fighters into Benghazi from Yemen some days prior to the attack on the US Consulate.

That’s very strange for a demonstration that was supposedly ‘spontaneously inspired by the protests.’

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Ya know…this little sheet head, parrot twerp has no honor or shame. He’s a whore of the worst kind…and if I could meet him in a bar he’d have to sit on an upside down bar stool.

He could choose which of the legs he wants to be a permanent part of him.

Twana on May 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM

…a true p o s!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Brayams carrying the water…. AGAIN. Embarrassing.

CW on May 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Is that you got, you little punk? We all know the boss checked out for the day at 5:00pm and wasn’t available(in other words don’t bother me)for the evening. O/T He wants to take our guns but turns around and gives F16s to the MB in Egypt. Wasn’t dear leader supposed to be antiwar.

Kissmygrits on May 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Am I the only one that thinks that Jay Carney and Rachel Maddow are one in the same person?

Tilly on May 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Brayams carrying the water…. AGAIN. Embarrassing.

CW on May 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

You can tell when the breadwinner of the house brings in a new trick. He’s marooned in his rooom until she’s done. He comes up with his best posts when he hears the grunts and groans.

acyl72 on May 9, 2013 at 7:11 AM