Attkisson: WH orchestrating a “controversialization” strategy to minimize impact of Benghazi hearings

posted at 2:41 pm on May 6, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

How does one “controversialize” a legitimate controversy? Sharyl Attkisson explained to Fox News yesterday that the strategy shifts suspicion from the people who have told shifting stories and hid communications from Congress to the people looking into those acts and the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. It involves a focus on politicization of the inquiry when the issue at hand is the politicization of the event itself as a fraud to avoid responsibility. One might think that would be impossible to conceive let alone pull off, but as the clip itself shows, David Plouffe et al are going to give it their best shot (via Jeff Dunetz):

Attkisson: Well, the key words they use such as “conspiracy” and “delusional” are, in my opinion, clearly designed to try to controversialize a story, a legitimate news story, a legitimate journalistic inquiry. To some degree, that’s successful, but I think primarily among those that don’t want to look at this as a story in the first place. But I see that as a well-orchestrated strategy to controversialize a story they really don’t want to hear about.

Earlier in the clip, Attkisson notes that Tommy Vietor’s infamous “Dude” interview revealed a big inconsistency in the White House narrative on the talking points, and that journalists used to be interested in probing items like that. These days, though, the White House considers asking questions “controversial”:

Attkisson: When you run across apparent inconsistencies like that, we don’t exactly know what’s behind it, but it certainly does raise a red flag covering the story as a journalist. As you said, Mike Morrell, the former deputy director of the CIA, testified last month before Congress, in written testimony and his verbal testimony that the White House did not make any substantive changes nor request any changes, and, in fact, he echoed what Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said all along, which is the only change the White House made was changing “consulate” to “diplomatic post.” But if what Tommy Vietor said on Fox Thursday is correct, it’s directly at odds with those proclamations from the other Obama officials.

Indeed. We’ll have more about Benghazi and Libya later on the Ed Morrissey Show today at 4 ET. Sharyl Attkisson will join me to talk about the meaning of the latest revelations, and on the White House strategy of “controversialization.”

Also joining me will be Andrew Malcolm of Investors Business Daily, as he does every Tuesday — and today he asks the question that still has not been answered almost twenty months after the fatal attack:

Numerous compelling new questions emerged in recent days about the crumbling White House version of the Benghazi tragedy.

They include the faux meme about a “hateful video,” who concocted it, why did Obama stick to that fiction so long, why weren’t rapid response troops in position on 9/11 of all days, why were U.S. diplomats even in Benghazi after other consuls abandoned the dangerous city, why was Benghazi security reduced in the days leading up to the well-planned terrorist attack and why were Amb. Chris Stevens’ security pleas ignored and no rescue attempted?

The upcoming Select House Committee on Benghazi will no doubt pursue these and other lines of obvious inquiry. And the answers will certainly play a large role in 2015-16 politics if, as expected, ex-Secy. of State Hillary Clinton decides to seek her party’s nomination.

But for us the most pressing, curious and disturbing question today remains: Where was the Commander-in-Chief and what was he doing during an eight-hour attack that left four government employees unprotected, abandoned and dead?

We know now, thanks to Bret Baier’s recent interview with ex-Obama aide Tommy Vietor, that the president was not in the Situation Room, the secure, in-house command post where presidents usually go to oversee crises. Remember the Osama bin Laden assassination-night photo with Obama back in the corner and others riveted to a real-time video screen?

Clinton and then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have both said they talked with Obama by phone that awful evening. And Obama’s said he ordered all necessary security for American facilities and representatives abroad.

But that’s it! Nothing more.

At least, not yet.


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WAIT JUST A MINUTE.

The White House is collaborating with media outlets?

*passes out*

Murphy9 on May 6, 2014 at 2:43 PM

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

― Adolf Hitler

Turtle317 on May 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Remember the Osama bin Laden assassination-night photo with Obama back in the corner and others riveted to a real-time video screen?

Ah yes, that iconic photo. Only one person in it is wearing a golf jacket.

obladioblada on May 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Speaking truth to power

These aren’t the droids we’re looking for. Move along.

gwelf on May 6, 2014 at 2:47 PM

These days, though, the White House considers asking questions “controversial”

April 19th, 2011.. Brad Watson interviews Obama, and Obama chides for being combative.

Oh I think the “White House” has always had issues since day one. But I am just a pee on, who remembers certain little things.

upinak on May 6, 2014 at 2:47 PM

If this was a white republican president, he’d be impeached by now.

Obamalies on May 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Here’s hoping that Gowdy has some goods to spring on the relevant aholes who need to be in the dock.

Bishop on May 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Here’s hoping that Gowdy has some goods to spring on the relevant aholes who need to be in the dock.

Bishop on May 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM

And with some backup that has testicular fortitude.

upinak on May 6, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Attkisson: WH orchestrating a “controversialization” strategy to minimize impact of Benghazi hearings

…and the MSM will play every instrument they can…to help them make it a symphonic memory!

KOOLAID2 on May 6, 2014 at 2:52 PM

…subterfuge, diversion, and lies….Democrats continue to expose their true nature before the American people.

easyt65 on May 6, 2014 at 2:53 PM

That’s not exactly a new strategery. Obama himself repeatedly referred to this and the IRS as phony scandals. And then followed that up with the now infamous “not a smidgen of corruption” remark on Super Bowl Sunday. He and the Dems are basically banking on their base and the media(but I repeat myself) not giving a crap about any of it.

Doughboy on May 6, 2014 at 2:54 PM

why weren’t rapid response troops in position on 9/11 of all days, why were U.S. diplomats even in Benghazi after other consuls abandoned the dangerous city, why was Benghazi security reduced in the days leading up to the well-planned terrorist attack and why were Amb. Chris Stevens’ security pleas ignored and no rescue attempted?

Might as well change Hillary’s name to Lucy, ’cause whe’s got a whole lot of ‘splaining to do.

Why did she think it was a good idea to rely on Islamic militants to provide protection instead of US personnel on a sensitive mission in a dangerous area?

We will have had 8 years of incompetence, any more and I think we are finished.

rbj on May 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I’m thinkin’ Tommy Vietor is no longer on Obama’s Christmas card list.

butch on May 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Vietor is such a self important little pimp. He couldn’t wait to tell Brett that he was in the Situation Room with the big guys when it all went down,….. thus making himself easy prey for the next questions.

butch on May 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Maybe Obama’s decision-making ability is held in such contempt by the real WH powers like Jarrett that nobody wanted him to be in the room. Which was just fine by him, I’m sure.

After all, a U.S. President doesn’t get paid for overtime.

Cicero43 on May 6, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I’m thinkin’ Tommy Vietor is no longer on Obama’s Christmas card list.

butch on May 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I’ m thinking they exchanged more than Christmas cards.

esr1951 on May 6, 2014 at 3:03 PM

althouse had a great post on this a couple of days ago…based on this

And, by the way, this was an intelligence failure. But it wasn’t a conspiracy. And there aren’t aliens in Area 51 and Vince Foster wasn’t murdered.

from Jane Harman. Althouse thinks she revealed the (no surprise) leftist strategy to demonize anyone that questions great leader as a right wing nut conspiracy fruit bag

this is also consistent with the left’s attempt to do experimental analysis that climate deniers are just a bunch of loser wackos that have various mental disorders….cf Recursive Fury

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2014/05/jane-harman-recited-not-talking-points.html

r keller on May 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM

We know now, thanks to Bret Baier’s recent interview with ex-Obama aide Tommy Vietor, that the president was not in the Situation Room, the secure, in-house command post where presidents usually go to oversee crises.

As I watched that interview last Friday, I thought that the Obama administration was probably thrilled to see that Baier got stuck with such a lightweight. But then he shot his mouth off about this when he couldn’t resist mentioning what a he-man he was for being in the Situation Room. I have the believe that Obama’s handlers had a fit.

BuckeyeSam on May 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM

We will have had 8 years of incompetence, any more and I think we are finished.

rbj on May 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

See there’s your mistake. Don’t give them the benefit of any doubt. It’s not incompetence. It is all intentional. It all deliberate, carefully planned and executed destruction.

“Fundamental Transformation” isn’t possible without first destroying what America is and stands for.

Meople on May 6, 2014 at 3:06 PM

The Whitehouse has so much to lose, people who will end up in prison. The Mainstream media will do everything they can to prevent their Marxist Utopia from falling apart. Pray the God favors Trey Gowdy…

oscarwilde on May 6, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Would you buy a used car from David Plouffe?

myiq2xu on May 6, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Glad to see Sharyl Attkisson is now a FOX contributor. She is one of the last truly objective journalists around.

And quite easy on the eyes, too.

UltimateBob on May 6, 2014 at 3:08 PM

4 bodies in caskets draped with an American flag had no comment..

hillsoftx on May 6, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I have a crush on Ms. Attkisson.

mjbrooks3 on May 6, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Attkisson is probably right about the Democrats’ strategy of demonizing those who dare to ask questions–she worked in the belly of the beast, and she probably endured it herself.

Democrats will portray the Gowdy committee as a “lynch mob”, or “McCarthyism”, or a “witch hunt”–and never mind if the White House is full of brooms and black pointy hats. Nothing to see here, move on, and what difference does it make?

Steve Z on May 6, 2014 at 3:09 PM

I’m thinkin’ Tommy Vietor is no longer on Obama’s Christmas card list.

butch on May 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I’ m thinking they exchanged more than Christmas cards.

esr1951 on May 6, 2014 at 3:03 PM

As I watched that interview last Friday, I thought that the Obama administration was probably thrilled to see that Baier got stuck with such a lightweight. But then he shot his mouth off about this when he couldn’t resist mentioning what a he-man he was for being in the Situation Room. I have the believe that Obama’s handlers had a fit.

BuckeyeSam on May 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM

You could tell by the bobbing Adam’s apple when Baier hit him with the situation room follow-up question that Obama’s old van driver realized he’d just fluked himself.

de rigueur on May 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

I keep saying in order to win this war we must neutralize the government media. Otherwise you can kiss it goodby. We will never win.

crankyoldlady on May 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

So, politicization of politicization cancels, leaving no politicization.

No?

Tsar of Earth on May 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

I’ m thinking they exchanged more than Christmas cards.

esr1951 on May 6, 2014 at 3:03 PM

There has to be some reason why this low-level weasel was allowed in the inner circle. Unless he just wants us to think he was.

crankyoldlady on May 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

from Jane Harman. Althouse thinks she revealed the (no surprise) leftist strategy to demonize anyone that questions great leader as a right wing nut conspiracy fruit bag

this is also consistent with the left’s attempt to do experimental analysis that climate deniers are just a bunch of loser wackos that have various mental disorders….cf Recursive Fury

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2014/05/jane-harman-recited-not-talking-points.html

r keller on May 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM

You mean the Recursive Fury paper that Lewandowsky wrote and Frontiers in Psychology had to retract? That Recursive Fury?

airupthere on May 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Ah yes, that iconic photo. Only one person in it is wearing a golf jacket Pizza Hut Deliveryboy Hat.

obladioblada on May 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

F.

Tsar of Earth on May 6, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Dick Morris has an interesting piece on his website where he notices similarities between Hillary’s words on 9/12/12 and the Ben Rhodes email 2 days later. I know its Dick Morris but it is very curious what he is saying. He thinks Hillary is the one who first pushed the video.

http://www.dickmorris.com/hillary-language-on-benghazi-identical-to-rhodes-email-1-12-days-before/

Hillary: “Let me state very clearly that the United States Government had absolutely nothing to do with this video.”

Rhodes: “We’ve made our views on the video crystal clear. The United States Government had nothing to do with it.”

Hillary: “We absolutely reject its content and message.”

Rhodes: “We reject its message and its content.”

Hillary: “The film is disgusting and reprehensible.”

Rhodes: “We find it disgusting and reprehensible.”

Hillary: “The film is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence.”

Rhodes: “But there is no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence.”

crazywater on May 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

As I watched that interview last Friday, I thought that the Obama administration was probably thrilled to see that Baier got stuck with such a lightweight. But then he shot his mouth off about this when he couldn’t resist mentioning what a he-man he was for being in the Situation Room. I have the believe that Obama’s handlers had a fit.

BuckeyeSam on May 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Obama’s handlers, and Tommy Vietor, probably under-estimated Brett Baier’s skill as an interviewer and reporter, as the long-time understudy to the masterful Brit Hume. They were probably cringing in the White House when Vietor told the “dude” he “couldn’t remember” changing the talking points from “two years ago”.

Trey Gowdy’s mouth must be watering when thinking about sending Vietor a subpoena before his committee…

Steve Z on May 6, 2014 at 3:18 PM

What else would a community organizer rabble-rouser do when not vacationing?

viking01 on May 6, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Clinton and then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have both said they talked with Obama by phone that awful evening. And Obama’s said he ordered all necessary security for American facilities and representatives abroad.

1. Prove he ordered what specifically and did it include Benghazi?
2. If proven he did, who disobeyed direct orders from the CIC.

Someones lying……

can_con on May 6, 2014 at 3:24 PM

“Cummings” Part II

easyt65 on May 6, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Vietor is such a self important little pimp. He couldn’t wait to tell Brett that he was in the Situation Room with the big guys when it all went down,….. thus making himself easy prey for the next questions.

That will make for one of the funnier little turns in this investigation… Sooner or later the WH will force Vietor to claim under oath that he lied to Baier, that he was just being a self-aggrandizing prick when he claimed to have been there, that he was actually out of town, and thus has no idea where the president was.

And he’ll do it, too. Nobody will buy it, but he’ll claim it.

Dirty Creature on May 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I’m thinkin’ Tommy Vietor is no longer on Obama’s Christmas card list.
– butch on May 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

DUDE, that was like 2 years ago….

I can’t WAIT to see Gowdy grill that little condescending PO$!

easyt65 on May 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Trey Gowdy’s mouth must be watering when thinking about sending Vietor a subpoena before his committee…

Steve Z on May 6, 2014 at 3:18 PM

They wouldn’t be so mean as to deprive us all of the opportunity to watch the Vietor questioning, would they?

butch on May 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Dirty Creature on May 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

If you think about it, Lil’ Tommy is the perfect ‘FALL GUY’ for the Obama administration. As demonstarted, he is already hated by just about everyone…the WH throws him under the bus by claiming they had NO IDEA he had modified the CIA reports / ‘talking points’, Rice admits YES she was prepped by Tommy-Boy before going on the Sunday Talk Shows but had no idea she was being fed lies. Tommy-Boy takes the fall….even if he is charged with anyhting Holder would just step in to drop charges…and as we have seen NO ONE gets fired for anything, no matter how heinous their actions. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tommy-boy leave and suddenly find a job with Fannie or Freddie.

easyt65 on May 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Once you’ve said dude, you’ve said it all.

claudius on May 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

I think Tommy is just one of those disposable people that bunch drags out to play a part just like that poor girl they used to vilify Clarence Thomas. They get a bunch of money but they have nothing afterward.

crankyoldlady on May 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

There has to be some reason why this low-level weasel was allowed in the inner circle. Unless he just wants us to think he was.

crankyoldlady on May 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Because he is a low-level weasel – he fits right in with the other weasels.

earlgrey on May 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

The Benghazi Coverup is the tip of the iceberg…and people involved, those past and present in Obama’s administration are afraid.

It will take courage and fortitude to continue this investigation.

The American People and the families of those killed in Benghazi deserve the truth.

May God protect the Righteous searching for the Truth.

workingclass artist on May 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

You want to talk about controversy. The White House sent the Ambassador to the UN on the Sunday Show circuit to discuss an attack on a State Dept. facility.

There is no good reason for this and no one has received a reasonable answer to my knowledge.

airupthere on May 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Hmmmm….

“The ‘smoking gun’ email that reveals who instructed Susan Rice to blame the Benghazi attack on a video also exposes a recipient named Mehdi K. Alhassani. Alhassani was the leader of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), a Muslim Brotherhood front group and attended the sister mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) mosque attended by the Boston Marathon bombers. It is a mystery how Alhassani slipped through the cracks to become a Special Assistant to the Office of the Chief of Staff, National Security Council Staff, and Executive Office of the President. It is unknown why a few hours before the Benghazi attack, Alhassani met in the White House with Samir Mayekar, a George Soros ‘fellow’ for an unscheduled visit….

As to Alhassani’s affiliations with Islamist groups, the proof is found in a document published by the Islamic Institute of Boston (IIB) entitled, Participants at the Citizen Dialogue Group. One of the participants of this U.S. State Department initiative was Mehdi Alhassani. In his bio, Alhassani is identified as a student of George Washington University (GWU) who was President of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) there from 2005 to 2006 and who served as an intern at both the White House and the U.S. State Department.

There is overwhelming evidence that MSA is a Muslim Brotherhood front….

The MSA branch of GWU has a checkered past. As Shoebat.com revealed, former Deputy Chief of Staff and close adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin served on the Board of GWU’s MSA in 1997, a year after she was hired by Clinton. In light of what we know now about Alhassani’s involvement and Abedin’s affiliations should put closure to the smear campaign against Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was at the forefront of bringing the issue of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. Government. Probably more alarming is that just four years later, none other than Anwar al-Awlaki, the inspiration for Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Malik Hasan, would become a chaplain for that MSA chapter, which Alhassani later led….”

More at the link:

http://shoebat.com/2014/05/03/distribution-list-smoking-gun-benghazi-email-included-muslim-brotherhood-agent/

workingclass artist on May 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

If they don’t get a wistle blower, then it will be controversialized because they can’t prove anything. I think this is about the coverup which is more serious than Watergate, and that, they possibly could prove. Clinton was impeached for lying, not having sex in the Oval Office with an intern.

lea on May 6, 2014 at 3:52 PM

What is Ms. Attkison doing now? Somebody give this lady her own show and cut her loose on investigative reporting. she has done more work than all the MSM political reporters put together. Ma’m your country is calling for your skills.

warmairfan on May 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

― Adolf Hitler

Turtle317 on May 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM

With low info types it need neither to be big nor frequent.

morbius on May 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

ED: You mentioned the situation room when Osama Bin Laden was killed. Obama was not there in that photograph, he was photo shopped in .. Look at him real close. The perspectives are wrong, his head size is wrong, matching with other people in the room.
So where was he when Bin Laden was killed?

Lambs On Fire on May 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Juan “Stooge” Williams: out

Sharyl Attkisson: in

C’mon Ailes… get ‘er done.

viking01 on May 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Vietor was obama’s driver when obama was senator.

All the background needed to become an obama adviser.

The land is run by filth.

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Really fear her book.

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

He and the Dems are basically banking on their base and the media(but I repeat myself) not giving a crap about any of it.

Doughboy on May 6, 2014 at 2:54 PM

And they won’t. In fact, the whole thing will be portrayed as a political witch-hunt by the Republicans. Sure hope I’m wrong, but that’s the way I believe it’ll play out.

Bob Davis on May 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

He look! Squirrel! A Monica tell all on Vanity Square. Let’s talk about that instead of something so 2 years ago. Nevermind it’s something so 18 years ago.

AH_C on May 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM

He look! Should be Hey look!

AH_C on May 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM

“The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating threatening emails against Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican recently tapped to lead a special panel probing the Benghazi terrorist attacks.

The investigation follows emails sent to news outlets warning that Gowdy would be “assassinated.”

The Capitol Police would not comment on the scope of the investigation but Officer Shennell Antrobus confirmed that there is “an active, open investigation.”

Gowdy was tapped on Monday to lead a new select committee on Benghazi. His office referred all questions to the Capitol Police….”

http://weaselzippers.us/185194-liberals-threaten-to-assassinate-trey-gowdy-after-hes-tapped-to-lead-benghazi-select-committee/

workingclass artist on May 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Vietor was obama’s driver when obama was senator.

All the background needed to become an obama adviser.

The land is run by filth.

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Vietor’s got a long history of being a jacka**. Someone at FOX knew they could get him to squawk by appealing to his BMOC for an interview, like he’s so important….and they were right. We need an inside whistleblower that feels real bad about what happened on Bengazi nite … someone really intense.

gracie on May 6, 2014 at 4:53 PM

With these tools it’s either corruption or incompetence….Given that they corrupted their minds long ago, everything they do is incompetent. They have no choice but to lie, lie, lie. Having to lie all the time makes them become really good at it, but they also forget to check to see when their pants are on public fire.

Of course the other side of that equation is the sheer stupidity of their cult following. To them the lies are truth.

DWoDiego on May 6, 2014 at 4:55 PM

workingclass artist on May 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I was just gonna say…that’s next. Trey’s gonna need a bullet-proof body condom…can’t have the Messiah embarrassed now, can we.

gracie on May 6, 2014 at 4:56 PM

We don’t know where Obama OR Hillary were after being notified and talking to each other on the phone, OR what either was doing.

It seems an odd detail to leave out of the narratives for a year and a half – if the answers were innocuous, like “debate prep” or something legitimate.

Frankly, I suspect Obama went to play video games or watch a movie or something and left orders not to be disturbed. That’s why he wants it kept secret, he didn’t give a crap about the people on the ground and wouldn’t be bothered no matter what happened to them.

Adjoran on May 6, 2014 at 5:26 PM

I was just gonna say…that’s next. Trey’s gonna need a bullet-proof body condom…can’t have the Messiah embarrassed now, can we.

gracie on May 6, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Gowdy needs to be protected…and so do the Benghazi survivors because Gowdy will depose them and they may appear eventually.

workingclass artist on May 6, 2014 at 5:31 PM

One of the reasons Benghazi won’t go away is because of the sheer stupidity of the video excuse. People who become violent because of a video are by definition terrorists. The whole objective of the WH was to say that al-Quada was on the run and that these were not terrorists. Well, the video excuse blew that all to shreds. The funny part is that the WH was so unbelievably stupid that they could not put 2 and 2 together.

Oh, and the obvious coverup. The “bump in the road”. The “what does it matter anyways?” The “it was two years ago”.

Those things don’t help either. Like I said, you cannot get stupider.

MrX on May 6, 2014 at 5:36 PM

David Plouffe = Joesph Goebbels.

GarandFan on May 6, 2014 at 6:26 PM

crazywater on May 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Wouldn’t surprise me at all if Hillary came up with the “let’s blame the video!” idea. The Cairo embassy was apologizing for it before the Cairo embassy riots even began– even though they and everyone else in Cairo knew the riots were being staged because a) 9/11 anniversary, and more importantly b) to pressure the release of the Blind Sheik.

Only 3 days earlier, someone had brought this obscure little video, only recently uploaded onto Youtube, to the attention of the Grand Mufti of Cairo, who denounced it and got a few followers grumbling about it– but neither the Cairo press nor the CIA mentioned it in connection with the embassy riots a few days later.

As workingclass artist on May 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM has also linked, the guy who is really connecting the dots on that video, and much else related to Benghazi is Walid Shoebat, for cousin of a Muslim terrorist supporter who was also a partner of “Sam Bacile” (and a few dozen other aliases), the video maker. Any one of his articles here are eye-openers.

The most interesting thing about Nakoula/Bacile is how far back he goes with the Feds, who have known about him and possible used him for decades. That would be back to the Clinton Administration.

de rigueur on May 6, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Might as well change Hillary’s name to Lucy, ’cause whe’s got a whole lot of ‘splaining to do.

rbj on May 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Vince Foster…Ambassador Stevens….

…apparently you work for Hillary at your own risk!

landlines on May 6, 2014 at 10:27 PM

If this was a white republican president, he’d be impeached by now.

Obamalies on May 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM

At this point, I am so frustrated with the patsies in Congress I would cheer. It would be good to see them doing something.

JoseQuinones on May 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I’m thinkin’ Tommy Vietor is no longer on Obama’s Christmas Ramadan card list.

butch on May 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

There, I fixed it.

HilliardPatriot on May 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM