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Benghazigate: Obama Now Blaming Petraeus for Rice’s Video Lie
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On November 15, 2012 @ 8:01 pm In The Point | 13 Comments
During the debates, Obama and his media cronies insisted that he had always called the Benghazi attacks terrorism. Now that he wants to move Ambassador Rice into Hillary Clinton’s job, after Rice spent days lying about Benghazi being a spontaneous protest over a video, it’s back to Square One and claiming that no one knew that Benghazi was a planned and armed assault.
Obama has to pick a lie and stick with it. Either no one had any idea that Benghazi was anything but a spontaneous protest. Or everyone knew it was a terrorist attack. The current incarnation of the lie is that Obama knew it was a terrorist attack and condemned it as such, but for some reason, his UN Ambassador did not.
Since this version of the lie makes Rice look even more incompetent, the blame has to be passed to somebody. And guess who usually gets the blame for lies about foreign wars told by politicians? The same guy currently being humiliated in the media for something that would be another day at the job for 2 out of 3 past Democratic presidents.
CBS “got hold of” CIA talking points which said that the Benghazi assault was one of those spontaneous protests with RPGs, multiple waves of attackers and checkpoints.
Meanwhile CNN is reporting that Petraeus wants to tell Congress that he was aware right away that this was a terrorist attack, which contradicts the desperate CBS claim that it’s the CIA’s fault that Rice spent days lying to the country and the world.
Despite the fact that
1. Communications about the attack had been intercepted beforehand
2. The attack used heavy weapons and took place at different locations and the Benghazi mission sent out messages warning that there were checkpoints being set up even before the attack.
3. Everyone in the security establishment was aware that Ansar Al-Sharia had claimed credit for the attack.
There could be a whole bunch of additional bullet points appended here, but the bottom line is that the entire attack in Benghazi was substantively different from the violent riots elsewhere.
Anyone claiming that a sustained assault was a spontaneous protest is so incompetent that there would be no room for them even in the Keystone Cops. Let alone running the security policy of the United States.
So there might well have been CIA talking points, but they weren’t drawn up at the initiative of the CIA, but at the initiative of the White House and State Department, which were still in cover-up mode.
The CBS/CIA’s talking points read as follows:
“The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US diplomatic post 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 on-going, and the US Government is working with Libyan authorities to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of US citizens.”
This is not an intelligence briefing. This is a thin string of lies that you tell people to reassure them.
So now the CIA is taking the fall for Ambassador Rice’s lies, even though Rice had likely initiated the lies to begin with.
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