Benghazigate

So, What Is the Benghazi Cover-Up All About?

Featured image Shortly after the Benghazi debacle in September 2012, it was rumored that the terrorist attack occurred in the context of a CIA operation whereby Libyan arms, which presumably were either purchased or scooped up by the Agency in the wake of Gaddafi’s overthrow, were being shipped to the rebels in Syria. According to rumor, this is why the CIA had an “annex” in Benghazi; it explains why there were CIA »

Benghazi Cover Up by the CIA?

Featured image A lot of us thought that straight-shooting Jake Tapper was perhaps CNN’s last chance to redeem itself as a good news organization, and a story out this afternoon from Jake offers powerful vindication of that hope.  Tapper’s story is nothing short of explosive: it reports a major effort at covering up the CIA’s presence and activities in Benghazi during the time  of the fateful September attack: CNN has uncovered exclusive new »

A false charge of “phony” scandals

Featured image In his soporific Galesburg speech earlier this week, President Obama criticized attention to the scandals that seem to have something to do with his administration. He asserted that the scandals are “phony.” He wasn’t naming names or getting specific, but I’m pretty sure he included Benghazigate and the IRS targeting of conservative groups. Obama brought all his characteristic eloquence to bear: “With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and »

Tweet of the day

Featured image As Glenn Reynolds’s InstaPundit is to the blogosphere, Glenn’s @instapundit is to the Twitterverse (and there isn’t a lot of overlap between them). If it’s worthy of your consideration, he/it/they are on top of it. The tweet of the day comes courtesy of Glenn’s Twitter feed, which includes this retweet of Kathy in South Carolina: The most famous white Hispanic helped rescue 4 Americans. The most famous black Caucasian refused »

Washington Post blames Benghazigate on Petraeus

Featured image Washington Post reporters Karen DeYoung and Scott Wilson (prompted, undoubtedly, by Team Obama) find that David Petraeus is to blame for the trouble in which the administration finds itself over the Benghazi talking points. It’s not exactly a case of “blame the dead guy” — more like blame the unfaithful guy, even if he is an American hero. In the Post’s telling, Petraeus drafted talking points that exceeded the scope »

Obama keeps hands off Benghazi terrorists while lawyers build criminal case

Featured image We’ve always viewed the Benghazi scandal in terms of (1) the Obama administration’s failure to provide requested security before the attack, (2) its conduct, or lack thereof, during the attack, and (3) its cover-up after the attack (along with, as we recently learned, its retaliation against those who didn’t feel comfortable about the cover-up). But there’s always been a fourth element — the administration’s failure to bring the attackers to »

Hillary Clinton’s designated Benghazi scapegoat speaks out

Featured image A few days ago, we posted a poem written by Raymond Maxwell, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Maghreb (North Africa) Affairs at the State Department’s Bureau of Near East Affairs, whom Hillary Clinton placed on “administrative leave” (months of it, with no end in sight) in response to the Benghazi attack. Maxwell has now written a second poem which I will print below. Maxwell has also responded to his removal »

Connecting the dots on the video

Featured image As Scott discussed earlier today, the absence of any reference in the Benghazi talking points to the Muhammad video has raised a new set of questions about the scandal. Among the questions are: (1) why isn’t the video mentioned in the talking points and (2) how, given the video’s absence therein, did it become the centerpiece of subsequent explanations of the attack, including Susan Rice’s. As to the first question, »

What about the video?

Featured image What is the provenance of the Muhammad video in the Benghazi talking points? Our inability to answer the question is in itself a clue. Steve Hayes follows the paper trail and reconstructs what his reporting has revealed to date in the Weekly Standard article “What about the video?” Steve characterizes the attribution of causal effect to the video a “quadruple bank shot,” but leaves open the question of who was »

What would you expect Romney to say?

Featured image Mitt Romney says that the Benghazi talking points had no bearing on the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. He made this remark in response to a question by an inquisitive Jay Leno. Romney added that he doesn’t spend a lot of time reflecting on what could have been done differently during his campaign. “I don’t go back and look at: ‘Gee, if this would have happened differently, could I »

Analyze this

Featured image What did President Obama do on the evening of 9/11/12 when our men were under attack in Benghazi? The invaluable Andrew McCarthy reminds us that Obama and Secretary Clinton had a 10:00 p.m. phone call of which many (including, I think, Chris Wallace) have lost sight. This morning when Wallace asked Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer what Obama was up to that evening, Pfeiffer declared the line of inquiry “offensive.” Translation: »

Obama adminstration talking points scrubbed jihadists from Cairo as well as Benghazi

Featured image In the days after the Benhazi attack, the State Department scurried to cover up its failure to heed warnings of such attacks while the White House scurried to cover up the fact that that attacks were the work of al Qaeda-linked terrorists of the sort President Obama supposedly had largely vanquished. The final Benghazi “talking points” and Susan Rice’s talk show appearances represent the product of this scurrying. To help »

The Benghazi Emails: What Do They Show?

Featured image This afternoon the White House released 100 pages of emails that trace the development of the talking points about Benghazi that Susan Rice eventually used on her notorious tour of the Sunday morning news shows, and that formed the basis for much of what the Obama administration said about the attacks for weeks afterward. This is the original version of the talking points that came out of the CIA, with »

Fools and knaves: Obama edition

Featured image President Obama put on a good show on the subject of Benghazi in his joint press conference with David Cameron yesterday. He expressed something like righteous indignation regarding coverage of the story and his alleged his lack of candor regarding the attack. Employing the famous Gertrude Stein quotation, he alleged that there is no there there. Maybe. As Bill Clinton might explain, it depends on the meaning of “there.” It »

Obama Bobs and Weaves on Benghazi

Featured image President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron held a brief joint press conference this morning. After the introductory comments, the first questions related to Benghazi and the IRS. Here is some of what Obama had to say about Benghazi: With respect to Benghazi, we’ve now seen this argument that’s been made by some folks primarily up on Capitol Hill for months now. And I’ve just got to say — here’s »

Accountability, Clinton style

Featured image It’s difficult to find humor in anything related to the murder of our ambassador to Libya and his colleagues in Benghazi, but the Accountability Review Board convened by Hillary Clinton has seeds of of comedy in it. As scandal management, the Accountability Review Board (report here) amounted to something like performance art. Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing represented two of the three whistleblower witnesses who testified before the House committee »

Hillary Clinton’s false choice

Featured image Victor Davis Hanson makes a point that I forgot to include in my most recent post about Hillary Clinton’s “what difference does it make” rant. Clinton testified: With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it »