Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:00 AM
courseofhistory (801 posts)
Hey, McCain, The senate intelligence committee asked for talking points..
Big Issues Are Lost in Focus on Libya Talking Points
Dear Sen. John McCain:
WASHINGTON — Three days after the lethal attack on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya, Representative C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, asked intelligence agencies to write up some unclassified talking points on the episode. Reporters were besieging him and other legislators for comment, and he did not want to misstate facts or disclose classified information. More than 10 weeks later, the four pallid sentences that intelligence analysts cautiously delivered are the unlikely center of a quintessential Washington drama, in which a genuine tragedy has been fed into the meat grinder of election-year politics.
In the process, the most important questions about Benghazi, where Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed on Sept. 11, have largely gotten lost: Were requests for greater security for diplomats in Libya ignored? Even if Al Qaeda’s core in Pakistan has been decimated, what threat is posed by its affiliates and imitators in other countries where they have taken refuge? How can crucial diplomacy be conducted amid the dangerous chaos that has followed the toppling of dictators across the Arab world?
Instead, it is the parsing of the talking points — who wrote them, altered them, recited them on television or tried to explain them — that could decide the fate of a leading candidate for secretary of state, Susan E. Rice, currently the United Nations ambassador. On Wednesday, for the second time in two weeks, Ms. Rice received a hearty endorsement from President Obama in the face of a continuing battering on Capitol Hill.
It wasn't Susan Rice's fault or anyone else's.
C.I.A. analysts drafted four sentences describing “demonstrations” in Benghazi that were “spontaneously inspired” by protests in Cairo against a crude video lampooning the Prophet Muhammad. (Later assessments concluded there were no demonstrations.) ...
However, during a subsequent review by several intelligence agencies, C.I.A. officials were concerned that such specific language might tip off the attackers, skew intelligence collection in Libya and interfere with the criminal investigation. So they replaced the names with the blanket term “extremists.”
Susan Rice accurately recited the talking points the intelligence agencies prepared.
So, if John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Sen. Ayotte, Sen. Collins and all the deeply troubled/disturbed republicans want to contact me to explain to them the answers to the deeply disturbing questions they still have, feel free. I will give you links to sources and then you can find out what you so ineptly seem not to be capable of on your own! Morons! /sarcasm off
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