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CBS: CIA talking points for Rice never mentioned terrorism
Hot Air ^ | 1:01 pm on November 15, 2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 11/16/2012 10:00:59 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

It seems interesting this CBS scoop comes shortly before both the current and former directors of the CIA will testify as to what they know about the terrorist attack on our consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi.  Why, it’s almost as if someone at the White House or State Department wanted to follow up on Barack Obama’s defense of Susan Rice during yesterday’s press conference and pre-empt any potential fallout from whatever Mike Morell and David Petraeus have to say today and tomorrow.

Naah.  I’m sure this is just another in the series of amazing coincidences regarding timing of revelations over the last nine weeks in the Benghazi story.

CBS News has obtained the CIA talking points given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on Sept. 15 regarding the fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, four days earlier. CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan says the talking points, which were also given to members of the House intelligence committee, make no reference to terrorism being a likely factor in the assault, which left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.

Rice, who was considered a likely nominee to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, has been attacked by Republican lawmakers for saying on “Face the Nation” (video) on Sept. 16 that all indications were the attack “began spontaneously” – suggesting it likely sprang from a protest against an anti-Muslim video found on the Internet. Protests of that nature had been seen in other Muslim nations in the days and weeks before the Benghazi attack.

“Available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault… There are indications that extremists participated,” read the CIA’s talking points.

This probably works better as a defense for Rice than claiming she never said that the attack sprang from a spontaneous demonstration, which CBS rebuts tacitly while Sean Higgins demolishes it in detail for the Washington Examiner.  If that’s what the CIA told her, and she had no access to any other information, then it does explain why Rice told a false story about what turned out to be a terrorist attack from the very beginning … on the anniversary of 9/11, no less.

Why wouldn’t she have had access to other information?  Because Rice had no operational responsibility for anything other than relations with the United Nations.  So why did the “White House,” as Obama put it yesterday, ask her to go on five talk shows on Sunday to impart this story to the media and the public?  That request had to come from Obama himself, and it bypassed other more likely candidates for that assignment such as Tom Donilon, James Clapper, Hillary Clinton, or David Petraeus, all of whom had some responsibility for the incident.  And here’s a related question — why didn’t those five media outlets raise that very question when the “White House” offered Rice as a spokesperson for that explanation?  Didn’t that seem even a little curious – especially when the Libyan President was saying exactly the opposite?


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 112th; benghazi; benghaziattack; benghazicoverup; benghazidebacle; benghazigate; benghazihearings; bhocia; cairo; ciatalkingpoints; libya; obama; petraeus; susanrice

1 posted on 11/16/2012 10:01:03 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Grampa Dave; Marine_Uncle; TigersEye; onyx; SunkenCiv; blam

Yes,... it is amazing that suddenly... CBS found this....


2 posted on 11/16/2012 10:03:58 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It’s a no-brainer why the White House trotted Rice out for the Sunday talk-show circuit. Because she was the only one whom they could claim had no knowledge of what had happened to date. Whether she truly was oblivious is doubtful, but this cover-up and pattern of lies was structured very carefully to last through the election.


3 posted on 11/16/2012 10:04:40 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The people running the government aren’t even on the same planet as the rest of us.


4 posted on 11/16/2012 10:07:51 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Well, Petraeus in his testimony to Congress today pretty much debunked this claim and said that his report definitely called it a terrorist act.

However, he went on to say that someone removed that reference from the report later on, and that he has no idea who did it. He was adamant that it was not done for political reasons, but this doesn't pass the most basic common sense test: if he really doesn't know who removed it, how in the world can he possibly know that it couldn't have been for political reasons?

There are still mostly lies being put out surrounding this entire incident. And sadly, it turns out that Petraeus isn't much more honest and forthright than your typical bureaucrat.

5 posted on 11/16/2012 10:09:46 AM PST by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

WHERE DID THE 'VIDEO NARRATIVE' COME FROM? WE MUST KNOW WHO CAME UP WITH THAT LIE!!!

6 posted on 11/16/2012 10:09:51 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

I’ll bet the filmmaker knows who started this cover story. That’s probably why he’s jailed for a year. So he doesn’t talk.


7 posted on 11/16/2012 10:12:12 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: dirtboy
It’s a no-brainer why the White House trotted Rice out for the Sunday talk-show circuit. Because she was the only one whom they could claim had no knowledge of what had happened to date.

And she had the further virtues of being both black and a woman so no one would dare criticize her!

8 posted on 11/16/2012 10:17:05 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: dirtboy
Because she was the only one whom they could claim had no knowledge of what had happened to date.

I'd bet that the official that should have been the spokesman that Sunday, Madam Secretary of State, told them where to shove it, so they just grabbed whoever was available and probably had no way to refuse.

9 posted on 11/16/2012 10:19:53 AM PST by Will88
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"[Petraeus] testimony [on Nov 16] was he told us that from the start it was a terrorist attack. I [Peter King] told him that was not my direct recollection."
David Petraeus testimony fails to clear up questions on Benghazi attack - guardian.co.uk - November 16, 2012
10 posted on 11/16/2012 10:23:13 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Pfl


11 posted on 11/16/2012 10:25:36 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I know i posted on here the very day she was speaking that it made no sense she was delivering the message.
Now however it’s easy to see why Obama picked her. He never expected his initial narrative of the video to be questioned so he thought he was getting his soon to be nominee for Sec State same visibility. It makes sense from that viewpoint and no other i can think of. Otherwise he was throwing her under the bus before pushing for her to get a very important promotion.


12 posted on 11/16/2012 10:28:24 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Just heard on the radio (from cBS news), that McCain said he was was dumbfounded when he asked Petraeaus “when did you first discuss Benghazi with the president?” and the General replied, “I haven’t.”

!!!!!!


13 posted on 11/16/2012 10:29:26 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: onyx

If true, a huge story.


14 posted on 11/16/2012 10:32:40 AM PST by kabar
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To: onyx
Just heard on the radio (from cBS news), that McCain said he was was dumbfounded when he asked Petraeaus “when did you first discuss Benghazi with the president?” and the General replied, “I haven’t.”

It would be more shocking if Petraeus didn't try to protect Obama, and Windbag McCain knows that.

15 posted on 11/16/2012 10:44:37 AM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: onyx

Who the F#&@ is minding the store????!!!! This situation would be hilarious is it wasn’t so damn pathetic!


16 posted on 11/16/2012 10:45:39 AM PST by reegs
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To: BlatherNaut

I keep trying to find that statement on line with no success yet. Hopefully soon.


17 posted on 11/16/2012 10:50:03 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: onyx
Has hasn't?

So the prez doesn't do most intel briefings or talk to his CIA chief?

18 posted on 11/16/2012 10:51:58 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

So? She knew just like her anti-American boss knew it wasn’t a video.


19 posted on 11/16/2012 10:55:55 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Rice got White House talking points.

The input from the CIA, according to Petreaus, was that it was terrorism from an al Qaedalinked group.

The White House edited out those points.

The real question is:

Did the POTUS grant authority to the military to save the 41 Americans in Benghazi using assets and resources stationed outside Libya?

If yes - why did they never arrive?

If no - why not?

Were the former SEALS in Benghazi ever delayed from moving to protect the mission/ambassador?
Were these 41 Americans not worth saving?


20 posted on 11/16/2012 10:57:18 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: onyx
Has hasn't?

So the prez doesn't do most intel briefings or talk to his CIA chief? How negligent can a manget? Why would a prez whose press sec claims didn't know about Broadwell and Petraeus until November 8 or so, avoid talking with his CIA chief during and after an attack on a US mission and CIA annex? What was he avoiding?

21 posted on 11/16/2012 10:57:50 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Does the US really want someone with so little critical thinking skills as Secretary of State?

What a laughingstock this country is.

General Betray Us must have been busy thinking of his mistress when the talking points were changed to reflect that a dubbed video caused some angry Muslims in Libya to murder a US Ambassador and to launch an attack on Petraeus’ guys and to kill some of them. Did he watch them die on Live feed from Benghazi?


22 posted on 11/16/2012 10:58:45 AM PST by petitfour
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To: onyx
!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!&#%*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Added a monosyllable expletive in there.

23 posted on 11/16/2012 10:59:33 AM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; All
So, the MSM-lib preemptive talking point is that Petraeus would lie!?! How did they know what he was going to say? lol

Pat Caddell called it. Do you believe it yet?

Pat Caddell slams the media: They have become an “enemy of the people” Sept. 29, 2012(video 26:00)

Emotional Pat Caddell on the MSM ignoring Benghazi: “These people have no honor!” Oct. 27, 2012 (video at link 4:06)

The Media will not report the truth!

24 posted on 11/16/2012 11:01:44 AM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: petitfour

If the prez wasn’t talking with him or the white house he would have no way of knowing what had been edited out of the cia report until the version the white house is using gets released or leaked.


25 posted on 11/16/2012 11:03:25 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Right after Petraeus’ testimony:

Peter King (committee chair) would not comment on the aspect of who called for back-up and who denied cross-border support for the 41 Americans in Benghazi.

It seems to me that if Petraeus exonerated Obama, that King would come forward with that story, or the dems in the room would.

Now, if Petraeus said Obama left those Americans to die at the hands of terrorists, then that information would be handled in a very special way. It would not be leaked by the Dems, and the republicans would have to have several meetings on what to do with it.

THIS IS A CASE OF THE DOG (DEMS) NOT BARKING!


26 posted on 11/16/2012 11:04:15 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

terrorism, is in the Obama Admins book of , “ Words We can’t Say “ , so it had to go , I never heard her say , Man Made Disaster


27 posted on 11/16/2012 11:04:53 AM PST by molson209
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To: piasa
So the prez doesn't do most intel briefings or talk to his CIA chief?

The law now requires the CIA Director to report his agency's activities to the DNI.

28 posted on 11/16/2012 11:06:59 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: onyx

Man...tslk sbout an active CIC.


29 posted on 11/16/2012 11:10:51 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: FreeReign
Another bureaucrat to insulate the prez.
30 posted on 11/16/2012 11:17:46 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: piasa
So the prez doesn't do most intel briefings or talk to his CIA chief?

I don't think this so-called president does much of anything at all (especially in the foreign policy and national security realm) other than bloviate in front of a teleprompter on occasion.

It's well-known in Washington circles that Valerie Jarrett is doing the bulk of the heavy lifting on this guy's behalf.

31 posted on 11/16/2012 11:37:12 AM PST by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Maybe they knew an out of the loop black spokesperson would get better treatment when lying than a white.


32 posted on 11/16/2012 11:38:13 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: jpl

The pres said to blame him not Rice. I’m down for that. A confession is a confession. He not only set her up to lie, but he himself lied for 14 days afterwards, blaming the video.


33 posted on 11/16/2012 11:42:11 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
RE:
"Yes,... it is amazing that suddenly... CBS found this..."

Rather interesting. They can't let Fox have the spot lite.
34 posted on 11/16/2012 12:40:36 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: Marine_Uncle

What does the general have to say about this, since he testified that he knew it was a terrorist attack?


35 posted on 11/16/2012 12:44:53 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

Perhaps we will find the general putting a lot of hours in at the Congress in the days to come.


36 posted on 11/16/2012 1:25:37 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

I’ll bet the filmmaker knows who started this cover story. That’s probably why he’s jailed for a year. So he doesn’t talk.


That was clear as soon as the cops carted him away. With his head covered, no less.


37 posted on 11/16/2012 6:01:58 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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