Following on Susan Rice’s disastrous appearance on various Sunday shows after the sacking of our Benghazi consulate and the murder of our ambassador, the Obama regime has been flailing about for a plausible strategy to avoid accountability for their incompetence.
Now they’ve come up with one. Blame the intelligence community.
In response for a demand received by Rice from members of the House and Senate to explain her counterfactual statements:
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told Republican senators that her televised statements last month on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were based entirely on information she was given by the intelligence community.
As this regime inevitably corrupts everything it touches, now we find the head of the US intelligence community has suddenly discovered it originally got it wrong:
She also pointed to a Sept. 28 statement from Shawn Turner, spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, admitting that the intelligence community had changed its view of the attack.
“As the Intelligence Community collects and analyzes more information related to the attack, our understanding of the event continues to evolve,” Turner said. “As we learned more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists.”
This account is being disputed in off-the-record conversations with reporters:
Officials with access to intelligence reports, based on both technical spying and human agents, said specific reporting revealed an alarming surge in clandestine al Qaeda activity months before the attack in Benghazi.
Yet the Obama administration sought to keep the information from becoming public to avoid exposing what the officials say is a Middle East policy failure by Obama.
Officials said that the administration appeared to engage in a disinformation campaign aimed at distancing the president personally during the peak of the presidential election campaign from the disaster in Benghazi, where numerous warning of an attack were ignored, resulting in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other officials.
The first part of the apparent campaign, officials said, was the false information provided to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who appeared on Sunday television shows after the attack to say the event was a “spontaneous” response to an anti-Muslim video trailer posted online.
The mismanagement of intelligence is only one part of a tapestry of lies and deception which needs to be unraveled by House in a thorough examination of the failed Obama policy in that region.