By now, everyone knows the talking points Susan Rice used as a basis for reporting about Benghazi on the News Shows (the Sunday after the Tuesday attack) were altered by someone. They were not the talking points prepared by General Petraeus.
These are the talking points which Susan Rice obviously embellished upon on September 16th:
The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the United States Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against United States diplomatic posts in Benghazi and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations. This assessment may change as additional information is collected and analyzed and as currently available information continues to be evaluated. The investigation is ongoing, and the United States government is working with Libyan authorities to bring justice to those responsible for the death of United States citizens.
General Petraeus said that the names of the terrorist organizations and the references to terror attack were removed.
No one who gave testimony on this past Friday knew who changed the talking points. At the same time, the WH is saying there are no real changes to the talking points. In fact, the WH claims they only changed the word “consulate” to “diplomatic facility.” ABC News
Everyone in the administration is apparently surprised that there is clamor over the talking points [deflection!]
The WH official said the word “extremists” makes it self-evident that terrorism was involved, ABC reported. [There is that plausible deniability again!]
The talking points, according to a WH spokesperson, were only meant to be temporary because the situation was tenuous and the information that it was a terror attack by al-qaida or its affiliates was from classified sources [would those have been the tweets sent by Ansara al-Shariah?]
On WCBS this morning, a WH official said that the names of the organizations were omitted because they didn’t want the terrorists to know we were on to them – it was classified information. That narrative won’t fly since the terrorists were taking credit for it within two hours, they did nothing to hide who they were, and they tweeted and facebook’d who they were while the attack was ongoing.
On Face the Nation, Susan Rice said it was a spontaneous attack and radicals joined later. [British sources on the ground told Fox’s Jennifer Griffin that the attacks were almost continuous and not two separate attacks]
Rice further said the administration had no information that it was premeditated or pre-planned. She repeated that on all the talk shows.
On This Week, Ambassador Rice insisted that the attack was a result of a video protest, though the administration knew clearly and almost immediately that there was no protest.
She said, to paraphrase, that…our best assessment, with our available information, is it was a spontaneous protest in response to very offensive video in Cairo but then the attack was hijacked by some individual clusters of extremists with accessible heavier weapons, Rice said.
Unbelievably, she said there was substantial security presence at the consulate [Huh?]. She also said the two Americans who died were providing security. In fact, the truth is that the consulate officials had been begging for help and their help was reduced to almost nothing.
The attack was definitely the result of the disgusting video she affirmed.
She made it clear that she believes the mid-East nations are not anti-American and we are quite popular in Libya. She referred to the terrorists as mobsters. [Obviously, we are very popular]
Dem Rep. Clyburn and Chris Matthews tried to make Susan Rice’s Benghazi tale about her race, gender, age, and non-political status (really?):
I looked up Susan Rice’s age after I listened to this video. She’s 48!!! How can a 48 year old person who, of her own volition, went on the news circuit to put out misinformation, be hands-off? No one is scapegoating her. She was the president’s messenger. she must be accountable for that in the least.
I am beyond caring about the straw men they set up with regard to gender and race.
If Susan Rice is not a politician, I don’t know why she’d be the UN Ambassador, a Secretary of State or why she’d be the WH emissary on Benghazi. I don’t know why she has been Obama’s mouthpiece for long before he was president.
The entire narrative put out by the administration is meant to be confusing. We really do need a special committee to handle it if we want to get to the truth, but does the American public care?
No matter what happens with this investigation, the Republicans will be to blame. They are politicizing it or they are lying or somehow Bush will be responsible.