What Difference Does It Make?

The excellent Steve Hayes puts the pieces together, confirming what was readily apparent from the get-go: that with a Presidential election just months away, the WH and State Dept re-wrote CIA talking points to deliberately obfuscate the Benghazi attack.

Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults. The Weekly Standard has obtained a timeline briefed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailing the heavy substantive revisions made to the CIA’s talking points, just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and additional information about why the changes were made and by whom.

As intelligence officials pieced together the puzzle of events unfolding in Libya, they concluded even before the assaults had ended that al Qaeda-linked terrorists were involved. Senior administration officials, however, sought to obscure the emerging picture and downplay the significance of attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. The frantic process that produced the changes to the talking points took place over a 24-hour period just one day before Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made her now-famous appearances on the Sunday television talk shows. The discussions involved senior officials from the State Department, the National Security Council, the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the White House…

If the House report provides an accurate and complete depiction of the emails, it is clear that senior administration officials engaged in a wholesale rewriting of intelligence assessments about Benghazi in order to mislead the public.

The apparent motivation to do this? To ensure The One wins re-election.

Hence, dreaming up the theory of an anti-Islamic video as the ‘cause’ of the attack, downplaying any organized, Al-Qaeda-typ connection (which would counter the Obama re-election campaign’s “Al-Qaeda is on the run” meme), etc.

But, hey, “What difference does it make?

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