Short but disturbing story here. Catherine Herridge, Fox News, is reporting a set of Benghazi “talking points” were released to Congress earlier this week, but were so heavily redacted they were “worthless.” After complaints, a second, less-redacted (but not certain how redacted they remain) were released just as Congress “left town” for the weekend. Senator Dianne Feinstein says John Brennan’s involvement was small and should not delay his confirmation to CIA Director. You’ll remember U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice’s appearances on Sunday morning television talk shows insisting the Benghazi attacks were the product of a anti-Islam YouTube video, when the opinions of those who knew it wasn’t (like CIA Director David Petraeus), and the President of Libya, should have made a difference. These confirmation hearings are just one more worthless thing on Capitol Hill. Congress will “see internal communications,” and confirm Brennan. I want to know who told the the CIA and support at the CIA Annex in Benghazi to “stand down.”
President Obama’s pick to head the CIA was involved in crafting controversial talking points about last year’s attack in Benghazi, Republicans said Tuesday after viewing intelligence documents.
Lawmakers had vowed to block John Brennan’s nomination unless they got to see internal communications about how to describe the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Several said the email chain of several pages, which they’d been seeking for months, doesn’t change how they plan to vote either way.
“Brennan was involved,” Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said after the briefing. “It’s pretty obvious what happened.”
“At the end of the day it should have been pretty easy to determine who made the changes and what changes were made.”
He described an “extensive, bureaucratic and frankly unnecessary process” that led to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations publicly linking the attack to a peaceful protest gone awry. Republicans have accused the White House of twisting the talking points to avoid harming Obama’s national security reputation ahead of the November elections. Source: The Hill
John Brennan has a dark history of poor decisions. Read it here. Today, no one is in detention for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, and likely no one will ever be held accountable with the exception of American Sam Bacile, the YouTube video producer, who is in prison but had nothing to do with the deaths in Benghazi.
So twiddle your thumbs until Congress returns, takes a look at the redacted documents and schedules the confirmation vote.
Background and Related (just a few of my Benghazi posts):