Two stories on Benghazi hit today, with the second one intending to cancel out the first, or make it radioactive so as deny it any traction.
Here’s the first, from CBS News:
(CBS News) WASHINGTON – CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to “al Qaeda” and “terrorism” from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack – with the agreement of the CIA and FBI.
The White House or State Department did not make those changes.
There has been considerable discussion about who made the changes to the talking points that Rice stuck to in her television appearances on Sept. 16 (video), five days after the attack that killed American Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, and three other U.S. nationals.
Okay, if you tell me that the DNI scrubbed various problematic wording, yeah, I can maybe believe that. Maybe. And if you believe that, then you ALSO need to believe they (and NOT the White House or State Department) swapped out the “problematic” wording for the “YouTube Video/Random Uprising” lie, which I guess is still possible…. although I don’t believe that for a second.
What ISN’T possible/probable/plausible is that the primary beneficiary, Barack H. Obama, wasn’t informed about all of this.
To which I say: “take your bag of crazy somewhere else: we ain’t buyin’ here”.
No way, no how did this happen and Obama not know. These sorts of things are ALWAYS discussed and hammered out, precisely for this reason: the White House doesn’t want to put out something which could blow-up in their face.
Obama knew. It’s not even theoretically arguable to say otherwise.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the second story seeks to push this revelation beyond discussion by labeling criticism of Ambassador Rice as (all together now): raaaaaaciiiiisst.
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Tuesday that a letter from nearly 100 House Republicans urging President Obama not to appoint Susan Rice as secretary of State employed racially charged “code words” to make its case.
The letter, signed by 97 House Republicans, says Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, “is widely viewed as having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi matter” — language Clyburn saw as racially loaded.
“You know, these are code words,” Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), the third-ranking Democrat in the House, told CNN. “We heard them during the campaign, during this recent campaign we heard Sen. Sununu calling our president lazy, incompetent, these kinds of terms that those of us, especially those of us who were grown and raised in the South, we would hear these little words and phrases all of our lives and we’d get insulted by them.”
Awwww… gee, that’s too bad. Ya’ see, four Americans are DEAD, so I don’t give a rat’s hindquarters if your sensibilities are ruffled by calling someone a moron.
Puh-lease: you’re telling me Rice didn’t know she was being duped, and yet she can’t be thought of as incompetent? Sorry, she could be many things, but if the Ambassador is so naïve that she swallowed such an obvious fish story, “competent” should never be attached to her name again.
Or, of course, she could have simply lied. If we can’t call her incompetent, I guess I’ll have to go with option ‘B’:
As we discussed yesterday, this entire incident should also be viewed as primarily cultural.
The press, which is immersed in cultural Progressivism, is delighted to report ANYthing which explains away “blame” from themselves and their team (the Left). And people who were raised by our culture to view the Left as benevolent, and Republicans/Conservatives as racist, are only too happy to believe any story that reinforces that preconceived notion, even when it doesn’t make any sense.
The always-funny ‘ThePeoplesCube.com‘ had a Tweet a month back which summed this all up:
Funny? Sad? Yeah, …yet also true.
And until we re-take the culture, it will continue to be the case.