December 04, 2012


Bureaucratic Battle Blunted Benghazi Talking Points

"Behind the political showdown over the deadly U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, are a few dozen heavily edited words," the Wall Street Journal reports.

"The 94-word intelligence summary emerged from a daylong email debate between more than two dozen intelligence officials, in which they contested and whittled the available evidence into a bland summary with no reference to al Qaeda, an assessment the administration now acknowledges was wide of the mark."

"Now famous as 'the talking points,' the 94 words were used by United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice on Sunday talk shows days after the attack. That moment has become a proxy for a high-stakes argument over how the White House handled the intelligence and has fueled charges it played down evidence of terrorism for political purposes before the election."










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