PRUDEN: The ill wind blowing past Benghazi - Washington Times: "The timing here is crucial. The consulate was attacked on Sept. 11, a Tuesday, and President Obama was told not later than Friday that it was a terrorist attack. Mrs. Rice was dispatched Sunday morning, two days later, with the bright, shining lie, and repeated it five times. Mrs. Clinton and the president’s resident press flack did so as well.
The administration’s story blaming the CIA for faulty talking points has changed slightly: the talking points included disinformation to mislead terrorists. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, now says Mrs. Rice’s lie was “within the context” of what was presented as fact. Who knows who, if anyone, is telling the truth?
The president, trying to reassure Israel in its hour of maximum peril, says the Israelis are within their rights to answer the Palestinian rockets. Well, duh. With that and five bucks, a reassured Israeli can get a decaf latte at Starbucks. A decaf latte is considerably more than we sent J. Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador begging for help as terrorists closed in on the Americans in Benghazi."
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