At his first press conference after being elected to a second term, President Barack Obama did everything he could to avoid directly answering the difficult questions on the growing scandal about his administration’s handling of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. But in so doing, the president inadvertently told us quite a bit.At one point he said: “And we’re after an election now. I think it is important for us to find out exactly what happened in Benghazi, and I’m happy to cooperate in any ways that Congress wants.”
Right. Couldn´t possibly "find out exactly what happened" while pulling the wool over the nation´s eyes, could he?
Since, by The Won´s own declaration, Rice had "nothing to do with Benghazi," why was she trotted out to (count them) five Sunday political news shows? Because Hillary wouldn´t go? Because Petraeus wouldn´t go? Because not even Panetta would go?
And now we learn that the talking points had been scrubbed of any mention of terrorism and specifically, AQ?
There is something unseemly about the tone of The Won´s defense of Rice. Just saying.
Reply 3 - Posted by:
Mike PHX, 11/17/2012 5:40:50 AM (No. 9019975)
Pay attention, everyone. Steve Hayes is the best actual journalist in the Capitol. "Woodstein" all in one; emphasis on "actual" journalist, as opposed to the collective official excuse-makers in the so-called "news" biz.
I believe they´re counting on "truth fatigue from a thousand drips". They know that indisputable evidence exists showing Obama knew the circumstances and purposely sent Rice out with a false set of talking points. So they´re preemptively leaking a few tidbits at a time, knowing that fatigue eventually sets in and the MSM moves on to other stories.
Stephen - this is a rational explanation regarding the talking points which were clearly diluted for political purposes in the run-up to the election. But what is missing is why Petreaus himself blamed the "video" in his first briefing to Congress in September.
Obama lied and watched our citizens die at Benghazi. Susan Rice intentionally lied about Benghazi.
We re-elected the sleaziest, worst president our Nation has ever seen, so believing he and the democrats cheated to get re-elected is an easy analysis of the situation. Or we have a LOT of the dumbest people on this planet living among us...
I believe that the kardashian voters just do not care. And Susan Rice is utterly charmless, so those democratic hags in congress, yesterday, had to mount a 1950s defense of a poor woman who was being picked on by mean men, because she was female and black. Such a defense tells the lie of the women´s movement. Don´t open that door for the woman, you pig of a man. that´s an insult to her and to all women. But when a woman messes up, as Rice did, attack the men who say anything negative about her. She is helpless, don´t you know?
As for why Susan Rice, #7 correctly points out why she was their perfect choice...female, black, and clueless. They calculated (correctly) that any criticism of her or what she falsely presented could and would be immediately defended by various groups as sexist, racist, and mean-spirited (i.e., McCainist). It even gave Obama an opportunity to hermaphrodite up by swinging his man purse at the impudent questioning of her choice.
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Bad Dog, 11/17/2012 8:17:39 AM (No. 9020168)
I´m not original in this thought, but I´ll point it out again: Obama was far more indignant at the impudent questioning of his poor little ambassador-lady (uh - black - ambassador-lady, that is), than he was at the MURDER of his own (gay white) Ambassador in a hell-hole by islamist orcs.
I think Obama is indignant over Rice because by attacking her stupid statements he feels he is being attacked (and rightfully so). This entire story points to the juvenile thinking of Obama and the attempt of covering his own imcompetence with lies and excuses. Why is he unable to visualize his outrage over Rice (because he is defending himself) tells the story because there has been no outrage over the deaths of 4 Americans?
As said in a thread above the big question is not the changing of talking points, but why was layer after layer of security removed each time the consulate was previously attacked? And why was the ambassador that day? And why was the staff still there after all other diplomats had fled?
This is far from being resolved. There are at least 30 staff members from whom we have not heard. What do they know and where are they being secluded to be de-briefed?
My take on Petraus´ first appearance to cite the "video" was an ´or else´ situation. Say it was the "video" or else we will spill the beans about your ´Broadwell´ affair. Perhaps a niggling conscience then made him decide to fess up to the affair in his reason for resigning from the CIA. Blackmail??? Why had the Drone been dispatched to Benghazi? For the Drone´s appearance as early in the evening it had to have been sent hours before the assassination. Why?? Who ordered it to cover Benghazi? Lots of unanswered questions.
Barack Obama has been airbrushing Islamist terrorists out of just about every obvious terrorist event that has occurred since he was elected. This is just another instance of that.
Remember the Fort Hood murders by a Muslim who was shouting in Arabic "god is great" as he was performing his personal jihad against American soldiers. Following that, the politically correct Obama crew, both military and civilian, denied that the murders were an act of terrorism, and still refers to the incident as "workplace violence". It looks like the majority of American voters go along with that!
FTA- " The staffer said Petraeus testified that he allowed other agencies to alter the talking points as they saw fit without asking for final review, to get them out quickly.” Petraeus is looking shadier every day. And just as corrupt as the rest of the Obama Administration. It´s telling that not a single member of the gerbil media has asked Obama-exactly what time were you notified and what specifically did you do ? And how did you spend the evening ? Other than going to bed early. It´s pretty obvious by all the wishy washy and lawyerly answers from Carney and Barry, that he did not convene a meeting of the NSC ( except for the military , it consists of the usual bozos like Rice, Biden ,Timmy Geithner, Panetta , Hillary , Petreaus , Jay Z , Beyonce and possibly Jarrett and Holder ) and didn´t consider the attack and the deaths to be any big deal. Obama gave more tributes to Michael Jackson than he has to the four dead Americans. Ed Henry of FOX began asking Barry a tough question, but , then wavered and weakened by the end. I wish FOX would make Hume their WH correspondent , he would not grovel like the rest.
Here is my opinion on Susan Rice. I think she was being setup to to take the fall so Jay Carney could get in front of the press corp and say "She obviously does not speak for the WH. We knew all along this was terrorist, but she went rogue on us and began spewing this video response."
It all went south when Gen. Petraeus went "All In". It is a good thing he testified when he did so doesn´t go all "Vince Foster" on us and wind up dead.(See Clinton Admin for clarification on Vince Foster.)
If this delicate little Rhodes scholar can´t take the heat now what in the heck makes Obe determine she can stand up to the Sharia law muslim brotherhood to be an effective Sec. State promoting American agendas NOT Obama kissy agendas. Of course he doesn´t and she is their for more cover and the race excuse. Remember Rhodes does not signify intelligent candidates as the picks are the most promising little socialist of the new crop.
Reminding me more of Watergate with every passing day, every "drip, drip, drip" -
who is going to be "Deep Throat" in this -
when are we going to see and hear the "missing tape" (with Nixon, it was the 18 1/2 minutes missing that was so serious, but it did not involve people being savagely murdered right in front of the CIC) -
I daresay there must be plenty of "expletives deleted" going on in the past week, since Petraeus announced his resignation -
now who is going to get their foot (or something) caught in a wringer?
It is interesting that the administration’s spokesperson about what happened in Benghazi was the least knowledgeable about what happened. The fact that Susan Rice was willing to parrot whatever she was told by somebody in administration puts in question if she totally lacks a brain. Somebody showing less intelligence than the village idiot should not be made Secretary of State. She is either a liar, a fool, or both.
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