Erika Johnsen over at Hot Air is not buying Susan Rice's explanation:
She relied "solely and squarely" on info from the intelligence community? That seems a bit odd, considering that the intelligence community suspected terrorism from the very beginning, which means that something doesn't fit here -- and the most obvious possibility for that missing link is that somebody high up in the food chain tweaked the talking points on a very inconvenient situation with only weeks to go before a close presidential election, although the White House has denied having done so.
The post goes on to allege that Rice was part of a "cover-up." Johnsen's factual rebuttal to Rice is linked in an NBC news story headlined, "Intelligence Officials: We knew attack in Benghazi was terrorist attack from the beginning." The piece is presented as thought it contradicts Susan Rice's claim that she was following her talking points. But that isn't what the story actually says:
Officials said that although there was no question that the attack was terrorism, they did not know whether they were spontaneous or planned long in advance. They also did not have the suspects' identities. That's why, they said, they kept their unclassified talking points for Rice vague to avoid compromising future legal proceedings.
So why were those unclassified talking points created in the first place?Officials say they were produced in response to requests from the House Select Committee on Intelligence for language that could be used in media interviews. The main purpose was to provide talking points sensitive to the fact that there could be legal proceedings in the future, the senior official said. Initial intelligence was tenuous, and affiliations were unclear. Investigators also worried the investigation could be compromised if they provided too much information.
In cases like this find it always worthwhile to revisit the original statements.
Source: The Atlantic | Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues for TheAtlantic.com and the magazine. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.
Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore --not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.