Newly-released WH email shows Rice talking points on Benghazi politically motivated

posted at 2:01 pm on April 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

If this isn’t a smoking gun on Benghazi, at least on the controversy over the talking points that blamed a YouTube video rather than the terrorists who plotted and then conducted the attack, then it’s not clear what would qualify. Judicial Watch forced the release of additional White House e-mails relating to the evolution of the talking points and finds a rather bald-faced admission of Obama administration interests in Susan Rice’s television appearances the following Sunday. The YouTube story was designed to distract from “policy failures,” according to Barack Obama’s aide Ben Rhodes:

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Judicial Watch announced today that on April 18, 2014, it obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents. They include a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”  Other documents show that State Department officials initially described the incident as an “attack” a possible kidnap attempt.

The documents were released Friday as result of a June 21, 2013, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the Department of State (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-00951)) to gain access to documents about the controversial talking points used by then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice for a series of appearances on television Sunday news programs on September 16, 2012.  Judicial Watch had been seeking these documents since October 18, 2012.

The Rhodes email was sent on sent on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 8:09 p.m. with the subject line:  “RE: PREP CALL with Susan, Saturday at 4:00 pm ET.”  The documents show that the “prep” was for Amb. Rice’s Sunday news show appearances to discuss the Benghazi attack.

The document lists as a “Goal”: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in and Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”

Rhodes returns to the “Internet video” scenario later in the email, the first point in a section labeled “Top-lines”:

[W]e’ve made our views on this video crystal clear. The United States government had nothing to do with it. We reject its message and its contents. We find it disgusting and reprehensible. But there is absolutely no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence. And we are working to make sure that people around the globe hear that message.

Among the top administration PR personnel who received the Rhodes memo were White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest, then-White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, then-White House Deputy Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, then-National Security Council Director of Communications Erin Pelton, Special Assistant to the Press Secretary Howli Ledbetter, and then-White House Senior Advisor and political strategist Davie Plouffe.

That’s a rather extensive distribution list, and that prompts another question:

Didn’t the White House insist that they’d offered complete transparency to Congress and the public on the talking points? It was just eleven months ago that the White House claimed to have released their whole archive on the development of those talking points and accused the GOP of “doctoring” them to make their critical response look political. The Washington Post gave White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer three Pinocchios for that claim. Hopefully, Glenn Kessler has a few more Pinocchios in reserve, now that this bombshell has hit.

It’s possible to read this as an extension of a sincere belief that the video caused a riot which led to the attack. By the time this e-mail was written, there was plenty of evidence — even in the e-mail chain itself — to show that wasn’t the case, but let’s say for argument’s sake that Rhodes actually thought this argument was valid. The flip side of it is that, since it wasn’t an ad-hoc demonstration that turned into a riot, the takeaway should be that this was the result of “a broader failure or policy” from the Obama administration. Right?

Update: Fixed a couple of typos, thanks to an e-mail from the indispensable Jeryl Bier. (Took a couple of tries, though.)


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Newly-released WH email shows Rice talking points on Benghazi politically motivated

Ummmm—DUHHHHH!!!!

dirtseller on April 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I’m shocked. Who would have known without the e-mail.

rjoco1 on April 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Sadly, this outrage has been buried by more recent outrages. The lies are piled so high that we will never get to the bottom of them.

captnjoe on April 29, 2014 at 2:06 PM

They Are Who We Thought They Were.

mad saint jack on April 29, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Released right on time. Nobody is looking at this. What’s more important is that basketball team wearing their shirts inside out.

Brat on April 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM

But some guy named Sterling is a raaaacist.

dirtseller on April 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.

But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague. –Cicero

opunmind on April 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Stating the obvious once again.

crankyoldlady on April 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Is the sap who made the video “blamed” for Benghazi still Barky and sleazy Eric Holder’s political prisoner?

viking01 on April 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

So we were lied to … again. What’s new?

Scotsman on April 29, 2014 at 2:11 PM

But who, exactly, will be punished for this?

Plus: Sterling suspended indefinitely, fined $5 million. For a private conversation.

John the Libertarian on April 29, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Maddening that the real story– which everyone figured out within a couple of months, weeks, days, of the event– has to be dragged out of this administration by dribs and drabs, email by email, over the course of years. I suppose we should be thankful that any investigation continues at all, even if only under the direction of Captain Obvious.

de rigueur on April 29, 2014 at 2:13 PM

A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague. –Cicero

opunmind on April 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Excellent find. Whatever happens one can always find something someone has written before. Proves it has happened before.

crankyoldlady on April 29, 2014 at 2:13 PM

The document lists as a “Goal”: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in and Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”

This line right here is reason enough to appoint a Special Independent Investigator.

Johnnyreb on April 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

The “smoking gun” has been cleaned and put back in the holster, just like the Fast and Furious, NSA, IRS, etc., smoking guns.
Hey, but punish Sterling for racial comments…
so much more important than the murders of our people in Benghazi and involved in Fast and Furious.

31giddyup on April 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Oh, pshaw. This is just more of that non-stop-Fox-News-driven-supposed-cover-up-fever-swamp-driven pseudo-scandal-nothingburger.

#isidewithchrislehane

bigmacdaddy on April 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Is the sap who made the video “blamed” for Benghazi still Barky and sleazy Eric Holder’s political prisoner?

viking01 on April 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Nah, they let him go last year. Not that you’ll ever hear from him again.

de rigueur on April 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Boehner – “There is no need for a Select Committee on Benghazi”.

McConnell – “This isn’t that fight either.”

Meople on April 29, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Did Sterling have something to do with that Internet video?

BuckeyeSam on April 29, 2014 at 2:16 PM

By the time this e-mail was written, there was plenty of evidence — even in the e-mail chain itself — to show that wasn’t the case, but let’s say for argument’s sake that Rhoades actually thought this argument was valid. The flip side of it is that, since it wasn’t an ad-hoc demonstration that turned into a riot, the takeaway should be that this was the result of “a broader failure or policy” from the Obama administration. Right?

It’s interesting, but I refuse — not even for the sake of argument. :) It just helps give that fiction cover.

But look at the craftsmanship in those statements. It’s impressive.

Axe on April 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Boehner to House leadership: “We need to get the heat off Barack on this Benghazi mess, his polls, and Obamacare. Let’s push amnesty for illegal immigrants.”

BuckeyeSam on April 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

…it’s just a fake scandal!… Senile Sterling…is real!

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

The basketball commissioner has larger ears than Obama. That means I do not believe a word he says.

birdwatcher on April 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Is the sap who made the video “blamed” for Benghazi still Barky and sleazy Eric Holder’s political prisoner?

viking01 on April 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

No he knowingly violated his Parole from previous convictions and went ahead and made the video anyway. He did it to himself and he gets no sympathy from me, but he was a handy tool to be used and abused by the Administration and Obama did just that.

Johnnyreb on April 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM

The third bullet point is laughable. These clowns have brought no one to justice. Is this one of Obama’s singles or doubles he was talking about?

BuckeyeSam on April 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Newly-released WH email shows Rice talking points on Benghazi politically motivated

…so what?…she got another job!…Senile Sterling just got banned for life from the NBA…that’s more important!

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 2:21 PM

But some guy named Sterling is a raaaacist.

dirtseller on April 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM

No, I’m not! ;-)

Technically, to the left-wingers, being that I am a white, conservative, Christian male, I automatically am a racist. Just don’t tell my wife, who is Ho-Chunk Indian and Japanese.

Sterling Holobyte on April 29, 2014 at 2:21 PM

A question that will go unasked by the media: why are we only seeing this White House Benghazi email now?

Answer : becuz of racism !

burrata on April 29, 2014 at 2:21 PM

“now that this bombshell has hit.”

Bombshell….heh…yes it’s a bombshell, but it will never be reported by the US media…

PatriotRider on April 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Well, I’m stunned.

bazil9 on April 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

But what I really want to know is what kind of ice cream does Obungle like.

crankyoldlady on April 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

It’s possible to read this as an extension of a sincere belief that the video caused a riot which led to the attack.

Just a reminder, On September 25th the rat-eared wonder made a speech at the UN………..

There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There is no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. There is no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan.

In this modern world, with modern technologies, for us to respond in that way to hateful speech empowers any individual who engages in such speech to create chaos around the world. We empower the worst of us if that’s how we respond.

Are we to believe that there was still a sincere belief about that video on September 25th or was the rat-eared wonder lying his ass off (again).

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Boehner to House leadership: “We need to get the heat off Barack on this Benghazi mess, his polls, and Obamacare. Let’s push amnesty for illegal immigrants.”

BuckeyeSam on April 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

…He’s a Democrat!…can you help with the miracle of getting him un-elected?

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 2:23 PM

“now that this bombshell has hit.”

If a bombshell hits, and the LSM refuse to hear it, did it make a sound?

captnjoe on April 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Donald Sterling gets canned, and Miss Rice gets promoted. What is wrong with this picture.

birdwatcher on April 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Well, I’m stunned.

bazil9 on April 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Hehe.

31giddyup on April 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

He still called it terrorism!!1!!!1!

/Candy Crowley

gwelf on April 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

But 8 million people have signed up!!!…

PatriotRider on April 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM

To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.

And as it turns out that it wasn’t rooted in an internet video, can we say it’s a broader failure of policy?

rbj on April 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM

OT: Sterling gets lifetime ban from NBA, whatever that means.

NotCoach on April 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Hehe.

31giddyup on April 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

HoHo..;)

bazil9 on April 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Dereliction of duty = State Department deaths = promotions for all…

Racist rant = $5,000,000 fine & indefinite suspension = punishment…

PatriotRider on April 29, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Crickets from Boehner and McConnell. They’ve got amnesty to pass, don’t you know!

rrpjr on April 29, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Wonder if the Kerry Turds are pushing this now, being his recent comments along with his spox are down right embarrassing.

#hashtag apartheid diplomacy is going nowhere – look a Hillary Squirrel!

And hasn’t Power and Rice been awful quiet lately? Along with the C-Circuit Hillary speaking tour?

Odie1941 on April 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Are we to believe that there was still a sincere belief about that video on September 25th or was the rat-eared wonder lying his ass off (again).

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

…why do people keep forgetting about that UN speech he made more than 10 days after the talking points about the video… were already being ripped to shreds?

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

OT: Sterling gets lifetime ban from NBA, whatever that means.

NotCoach on April 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM

The league is around 80% black.
This does not surprise me, but it does seem that the punishment does not fit the thought crime.

Would it not be more fitting for the owner to be forced to attend games, etc?

If he truly dislikes black people, they are letting him off the hook by banning him from the NBA where he would be forced to associate with black people.

Apparently he is beyond rehabilitation.

airupthere on April 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

But Cliven Bundy is a racist…we need more reporting of that story, pronto…

PatriotRider on April 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

So, we know the White House has been lying about the entire COVER UP from the get go. The video was also a lie.

So, I guess I’m right to presume they are ALSO lying about giving arms to “rebels” they KNEW were tied to Al Qaeda?

Arms to Al Qaeda

Hmmm?

Meople on April 29, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton were not fined for their lies. All animals are not equal.

birdwatcher on April 29, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Aren’t most of those ‘Goals’ really just Army Basic Training? The ‘ broader failure of foreign policy’ a predicted result of November 2008?

Willys on April 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM

There is not a smidgeon of corruption.

birdwatcher on April 29, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Apparently he is beyond rehabilitation.

airupthere on April 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

…he recorded conversations…’so he could remember them’…so…at 80 I think his brain cells are not on the incline…unless new medicine is available. (:->)

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 2:37 PM

SHRILL: “What difference does it make!?!”

RedManBlueState on April 29, 2014 at 2:38 PM

This is an old scandal. Let’s move on to the Tea Party is racist scandal – Sterling.

faraway on April 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

…why do people keep forgetting about that UN speech he made more than 10 days after the talking points about the video… were already being ripped to shreds?

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Because everyone knows that those UN speeches are nothing but lies anyway, so no one kerrs (in my best Charles Barkley dialect)?

Meople on April 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

In my opinion that ‘video’ story was prepared well in advance of the attack on the consulate. I believe that this was intended to be a ‘kidnapping’ and exchange for the blind sheik.

Lee Jan on April 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

OT: Sterling gets lifetime ban from NBA, whatever that means.

NotCoach on April 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Am I the only one thinking that this is the beginning of the end of free speech? What Sterling said was wrong but now people are being fined and punished for secretly recorded tapes (see HA Kareem thread)?

31giddyup on April 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

This info is 2 years too late.

portlandon on April 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Where are the trolls?

Schadenfreude on April 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

And, also, please tell me why we STILL don’t know where Obama WAS during the entire time his Ambassador and the other 3 Americans were being murdered?

Meople on April 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM

OT: Sterling gets lifetime ban from NBA, whatever that means.

NotCoach on April 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM

The man is in his 80s. Lifetime ban isn’t all that much of a sting. I would guess that the only thing this means is that Sterling has been in the same room as black people for the last time.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM

To underscore that these protests were rooted in an internet video

The mention of the video comes directly from the White House. THIS is news. I’m sure the MSM will be all over it.

TarheelBen on April 29, 2014 at 2:44 PM

What Sterling said was wrong but now people are being fined and punished for secretly recorded tapes (see HA Kareem thread)?

31giddyup on April 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

This ban was a business decision. No matter how those tapes (that was Stirling speaking) became public, the fact of the matter is that the NBA had to do something significant for business reasons- especially when the NBA workforce is overwhelmingly black.

The legalities of the tape is an issue that is apt to be litigated at some other time. Nevertheless, the NBA had to act to protect their brand.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

The other point to make her is that one of the reasons Sharyl Attkisson cited for leaving CBS News was because she was called a “troublemaker” for looking into Benghazi.

Attkisson’s boss at CBS News is David Rhodes. The brother of Ben Rhodes.

The guy who wrote the memo saying the YouTube story was concocted to distract from the administration’s policy failures.

I’m sure CBS will be right on top of noting this ‘coincidence’ when Scott Pelley does the evening news tonght.

jon1979 on April 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

isn’t this major news? or is it only news worthy if it’s a republican in office? other than hotair or the select few other righty web sites, this story will not even get mentioned. were fighting a losing battle, our microphones are just not loud or big enough.

phatfawzi on April 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

A question that will go unasked by the media: why are we only seeing this White House Benghazi email now?

Because Obama has been safely re-elected, so “what difference, at this point, does it make?

AZCoyote on April 29, 2014 at 2:49 PM

…it’s just a fake scandal!… Senile Sterling…is real!

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Perfect.

BoxHead1 on April 29, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Bombshell bwahahaha nice try

The Velvet Mafia on April 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

The other point to make her is that one of the reasons Sharyl Attkisson cited for leaving CBS News was because she was called a “troublemaker” for looking into Benghazi.

Attkisson’s boss at CBS News is David Rhodes. The brother of Ben Rhodes.

The guy who wrote the memo saying the YouTube story was concocted to distract from the administration’s policy failures.

I’m sure CBS will be right on top of noting this ‘coincidence’ when Scott Pelley does the evening news tonght.

jon1979 on April 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Weh-heh-HELLLL! The Rhodes brothers colluding on Benghazi talking points, and State-Run media reaction?

Sharyl should already be on the phone to her attorney I would think.

Meople on April 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

the video was shown in cairo (after never being watched by anyone really) and MAY have been involved in that protest, but I suspect it was just shown and used as an excuse to protest. IOW it was a planned scapegoat by the people in cairo.
benghazi happened after cairo. I have never seen anything showing the video had any impact there.

dmacleo on April 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

“To underscore that these protests were rooted in an internet video“ eh-hem, except nobody actually in Benghazi said there was a video-protest, just a coordinated assault with mortars, grenade launchers and assault weapons… WTF

RedManBlueState on April 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM

So, when is Rice going to be arrested?

Pork-Chop on April 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Ummmm,

Some good refresher on the issues with those emails. Remember Jonathan Karl with ABC getting torn to shreds because he had the emails quoted to him verbatim since they weren’t allowed to have copies last May and supposedly made a mistake in transcription from his source? Same evening as this new email. We should have seen these last year.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/05/exclusive-benghazi-talking-points-underwent-12-revisions-scrubbed-of-terror-references/

airupthere on April 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM

In this administration there is not s smidgen of truth.

tim c on April 29, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Because Obama has been safely re-elected, so “what difference, at this point, does it make?“

AZCoyote on April 29, 2014 at 2:49 PM

The attacks on the civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America. We are grateful for the assistance we received from the Libyan government and from the Libyan people.

There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice.
- Barak Obama, September 25th, UN Speech

At least that should be the reason why it still makes a difference.

But, sadly with this administration, a dead border agent, ambassador, or soldier really doesn’t matter. The dead are either political problems to ignore or (like the tiny pile of Sandy Hook victims) political opportunity.

Next up, I’m sure it will be revealed that there was indeed a smidgen of wrongdoing within the IRS.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

No matter how those tapes (that was Stirling speaking) became public, the fact of the matter is that the NBA had to do something significant for business reasons- especially when the NBA workforce is overwhelmingly black.

I understand what you are saying Nomad and thanks. However if you take away four words in that sentence you can fill them with what ever organization (religious, political, business, etc…) or race.

Example:

No matter how those tapes (that was Stirling speaking) became public, the fact of the matter is that the ____ had to do something significant for ______ reasons- especially when the ____workforce is overwhelmingly ____.

31giddyup on April 29, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Benghazi was always a terrorist stronghold going way back to supplying terrorists to Iraq and my question is why did we butt into Libya,oh ya it was to prevent Benghazi from being destroyed. Obama is a supporter of terrorists I guess.

tim c on April 29, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Everybody body knew that Rice’s lies were politically motivated. Absolutely disgusting regime.

By the way, this is what a “vast [left] wing conspiracy” looks like Hillary’

Whitey Ford on April 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Pants on fire

Philly on April 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Am I the only one thinking that this is the beginning of the end of free speech? What Sterling said was wrong but now people are being fined and punished for secretly recorded tapes (see HA Kareem thread)?

31giddyup on April 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Brendan Eich will be surprised to learn that free speech only began to end now.

In reality, what we have is the old East German system, where for the most part the public was kept in cowardly silence not though any prison sentences or violent acts, but simply because saying the wrong thing could cost you your job and make you nearly unemployable in anything but a menial role.

That same system terrorizes us into lies of lives on every issue from the threat of Islam to race to gender to the gay agenda.

We are not free. We just have cultural Marxist dogmas to recite on pain of losing our jobs, instead of straight Marxist dogmas.

David Blue on April 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Back on topic; that email is a smoking gun, and it should matter.

David Blue on April 29, 2014 at 3:08 PM

And here is Obama and Clinton apologizing for the “video”

Key West Reader on April 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM

What I’d like to see is a public apology from Bams and Clinton, to the families, for lying to them while standing by the coffins of those who were murdered.

31giddyup on April 29, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Did anyone see the O’Barrry doctrine in that email, I guess he lost it.

Sven on April 29, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Goals:

• To convey that the United States is doing everything that we can to protect our people and facilities abroad. FAIL.

• To underscore that these protest are rooted in an internet video, and not a broader failure of policy. FAIL.

• To show that we will be reolute in bringing people who harm American to justice, and standing steadfast through these protest. FAIL

• To reinforce the president and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges. EPIC FAIL. SYRIA, EGYPT, RUSSIA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA

phatfawzi on April 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Yeah, I’m just stunned at this development.

Next up, shock and dismay that the MSM enablers won’t report this story, or will obfuscate its significance.

novaculus on April 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Couple O’ Things:
1. 4 men were murdered with no effort what-so-ever from the White House to assit those men. The White House has those men’s blood on their hands as well as the HUNDREDS from F & F!
2. Why the Frack (only not Frack) is this thread being hijacked by a fricking NBA Basketball team? I’m not into basketbal, but I do know the mentality of rich folks. What I have learned is the more money they have the more they think that rulesa and laws don’t apply to them. I marvel at the shock when they realize that rules and laws DO apply to them too. Also, that just because they have lots of money does not mean they are a billion dollars worth of smart. They can be worth billions, and still have a ten cent brain. Lastly, the more money they have, the higher they will go. Beautiful women, fast cars, big houses, etc. They just have further to fall.
3. I have great respect for Congressman Issa. That said, I have to question the competence of the congressional “Investigators.” How is it that a news blog can get this infromation but not congress? If I was Issa I would be pissed…

JimmyGee on April 29, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Ed, you mention the extensive distribution list. Why were Mr. Mrs. Ms.Mehdi K. Alhassani, Ferial Govashiri and Dag Vega never mentioned? Did they fly out on a Saudi jet the next day?

BL@KBIRD on April 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

What I’d like to see is a public apology from Bams and Clinton, to the families, for lying to them while standing by the coffins of those who were murdered.

31giddyup on April 29, 2014 at 3:12 PM

I have a feeling that this will put the kabash on a Hillary 2016 campaign. This is simply shameful.

Key West Reader on April 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM

I see David Plouffe is on the distribution list; wasn’t he with the Obama campaign at the time? Isn’t it a crime to coordinate between political activities with running the country?

Tater Salad on April 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM

IIRC, Ben Rhodes is the brother of the president of CBS or some such.
I’ll go look.

butch on April 29, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Ed, you mention the extensive distribution list. Why were Mr. Mrs. Ms.Mehdi K. Alhassani, Ferial Govashiri and Dag Vega never mentioned? Did they fly out on a Saudi jet the next day?

BL@KBIRD on April 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Blind copied!

Sven on April 29, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Don’t ever forget HRC telling a family at Dover that they will find this guy that made the video and bring him to justice.

rjoco1 on April 29, 2014 at 3:37 PM

IIRC, Ben Rhodes is the brother of the president of CBS or some such.
I’ll go look.

butch on April 29, 2014 at 3:35 PM

yes

dmacleo on April 29, 2014 at 3:38 PM

JimmyGee on April 29, 2014 at 3:21 PM

If memory serves, Obama jetted off on some fund raiser in Harry Reid land, went to bed and was “unavailable” at the time that our Seals and our Ambassador were raped, murdered and dragged through the streets of Benghazi.

Key West Reader on April 29, 2014 at 3:41 PM

More on Ben

butch on April 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”-Sir Walter Scott

Sounds about right to me.

Hear that sound, yeah me neither – that was the LSM getting all over this story.

I’ve always believed that there was some level of corruption at the federal level, but this administration has taken this to extremes, exponentially.

D-fusit on April 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Hey Trolls fast forward to the 1:00 min mark.

D-fusit on April 29, 2014 at 3:50 PM

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