You can't be blamed if you didn't learn about the Benghazi hearing in the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. The Obama media has done their best to ignore the story in the same way they downplay or ignore the IRS and other Obama scandals. And on Wednesday, they had a good excuse with the Fort Hood shooting. But Wednesday's hearing was pivotal for those still seeking answers about the attack in Benghazi that left four Americans, including our Ambassador, dead and the consequent misleading statements that flowed from the Obama Administration in the wake of the attack.
There was only one witness on Wednesday: former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell. He was at the heart of the effort to tweak talking points in the days after the attack that eliminated references to Al Queda and Islamic extremism. Politico spins his testimony this way:
Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell denied Wednesday that there was any cover-up or political influence in messaging after the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. “We did not deliberately downplay the role of terrorists in the Benghazi attack in our analysis or in the talking points,” Morell said during a House Intelligence Committee hearing.Yet, throughout the hearing Morrell was faced with a large facsimile of the Administration talking points on the Benghazi attack edited by his own hand:
The editing clearly shows that Morrell struck references to Al Queda and Islamic extremists and the list of previous attacks which should have sounded a warning. Claiming that his edits were not motivated by politics ("I never allowed politics to influence what I said or did. Never,")Morrell said he removed the passages because it would have been a "way for CIA to pound its chest and say 'we warned,' laying all the blame on the State Department." His boss, David Petraeus, sent an email saying that the resulting talking points were so bad they were useless.
Morrell's testimony does support the evidence from government emails which show the State Department was very concerned to deflect any blame that might fall on the Department and presumably Hillary Clinton. Of course the reason for doing so is entirely political. And what of Mr. Morrell? After leaving the CIA he joined Beacon Global Strategies as a highly paid member along with other top Administration officials, many close to Hillary Clinton. It's this brain trust that may be part of Hillary's 2016 presidential race and Morrell has expressed interest in being involved. His actions not political? On what planet?
National Security Advisor Susan Rice, the former United Nations Ambassador famous for linking the attacks to a You Tube video claimed and repeats the claim that she relied on " the best information that we had at the time." Yet Morrell admits striking information that was provided by CIA analysts in Washington. Also, top CIA personnel in Libya, including any that might have been present during the attack was excluded from the talking points. So how was this the "best information?" Perhaps it was the best cover up Morrell and his conspirators in the State Department and elsewhere could cook up!
P.S. Asked about where the blame it on a You Tube video line came from Morrell had no answer. But then, we have a pretty good guess!