Barack Obama and his team are starting to feel the heat. Despite the best efforts by the Democrats, media, and others on the left to dismiss this past week’s congressional testimony on Benghazi as purely partisan politics, Obama’s White House is scrambling to keep reporters from asking the tough questions. However, Friday’s secret briefing with select members of the media may have done more harm than good.
The testimony this week from Greg Hicks — the #2 man in Libya behind murdered Amb. Chris Stevens — and other whistle blowers did not have the effect Obama and his minions were hoping for. They told us there was nothing new. They told us the hearings were all about politics. They told us that they have been upfront with the American people from the beginning. Wrong… on all accounts!
What was once speculation on the events that night of September 11, 2012 have now become sworn testimony. Military aid was purposely withheld. Why? The fact that the attackers were al Qaeda-linked terrorists was initially covered up. Why? And who specifically ordered the talking points regarding what happened to devolve into a completely bogus storyline of a spontaneous public uprising over an anti-Islamic Internet video?
Late this week, ABC News reported on e-mails that were obtained which reveal that the talking points provided by the CIA were purged of all references to terrorism and al Qaeda. The talking points which were delivered to five political talk shows by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice were scrubbed twelve different times.
This is VERY important information. Back then, we were told that Rice was simply relaying the best available information at the time. This is a lie… plain and simple. The fact is that the CIA (and everyone else) knew that this was not an attack over an Internet video. The CIA knew the attackers were terrorists, and they knew they were affiliated with al Qaeda. There was no protest. There was simply a terrorist attack.
In reaction to this information, the White House called for a closed-door meeting with select members of the media before the scheduled on-the-record briefing given daily by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. This “deep background” briefing has other media members in an uproar.
As reported in the Huffington Post, “The White House found itself with another press corps controversy on its hands on Friday, after it emerged that it held a secret briefing about the Benghazi attacks with a select group of White House reporters.”
Despite efforts from the White House to control the media with the secret briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney was certainly on the defensive on Friday.
Even CNN couldn’t overlook the blatant inconsistencies (i.e., lies) coming from the White House. Breitbart.com features the video below from a CNN report on Friday’s White House briefing.
What a ridiculous display! Perhaps now, other reporters will actually do more digging into what happened and why. Americans were left to die when military support could have helped them. The nature of the attacks was deliberately withheld from the American people. Lie after lie after lie. The American people deserve better.