Benghazi bombshell: Email supporting GOP “conspiracy” theory is fake

Have you ever tried to turn the deaths of four brave Americans in Benghazi, Libya into a political opportunity, even going to so far as to claim that killing a handful of American government officials on foreign soil was as significant as the murder of 3,000 people in NYC and at the Pentagon on September 11, only to have your entire wacky conspiracy blow up in your face because the email it was based on turns out to have been a fake?

And so it goes with another Republican conspiracy theory.

Benghazi email is a fake

You may have heard about today’s Benghazi bombshell.  The email at the core of the Republican case that the White House “fixed” the Benghazi talking points, in the immediate aftermath of the attack on our consulate, in order to edit out any reference to “terrorism,” in a supposed effort to minimize public concern about the attack in the weeks before the 2012 election, is a fake.

The actual White House email, far from proving an attempt by the White House to “spin” Benghazi for political purposes, shows a White House concerned about getting the facts right.

And Lindsey Graham’s balls shrunk 3x that day.

CNN’s Jake Tapper has the exclusive.

CNN has obtained an e-mail sent by a top aide to President Barack Obama about White House reaction to the deadly attack last September 11 on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that apparently differs from how sources characterized it to two different media organizations.

The actual e-mail from then-Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes appears to show that whomever leaked it did so in a way that made it appear that the White House was primarily concerned with the State Department’s desire to remove references and warnings about specific terrorist groups so as to not bring criticism to the department.

Tapper concludes that the person who leaked the false email clearly wanted to implicate the White House in a scandal that simply didn’t exist:

Whoever provided those quotes seemingly invented the notion that Rhodes wanted the concerns of the State Department specifically addressed….

So whoever leaked the inaccurate information earlier this month did so in a way that made it appear that the White House – specifically Rhodes – was more interested in the State Department’s concerns, and more focused on the talking points, than the e-mail actually stated.

Oops.

Here’s the real email, in its entirety.  Note the email’s concern about “wrong information” needing to be corrected, and about the most important factor being “respect” for “the investigation.”

From: Rhodes, Benjamin J.
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2012 9:34 PM

Subject: Re: Revised HPSCI Talking Points for Review

Sorry to be late to this discussion. We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.

There is a ton of wrong information getting out into the public domain from Congress and people who are not particularly informed. Insofar as we have firmed up assessments that don’t compromise intel or the investigation, we need to have the capability to correct the record, as there are significant policy and messaging ramifications that would flow from a hardened mis-impression.

We can take this up tomorrow morning at deputies.

Republicans see terrorism as “good for us,” a “gift,” and an “opportunity”

Rhodes’ email reads like a conspiracy to do the right thing.  Which, in GOP circles, would be considered a shocking response to a terrorist attack against Americans. After all, the typical Republican response to national tragedy is to treat the the suffering of Americans, to treat terrorist attacks, as political “opportunities.”  Mitt Romney said it himself last year.  Benghazi was an “opportunity.”  Just as Romney said in the infamous 47% tape that the Iran-Hostage crisis was an “opportunity.”

And what do Republicans do when God presents them with the “opportunity” of dead Americans?  They run ads.  They particularly seem to enjoy running ads about people who die on 9/11.

Whether it’s George Bush’s ads about 9/11/01

Bush-WTC-ad-2004

Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign ad that included the remains of the World Trade Center.

…Or Lindsey Graham’s ads about 9/11/13:

Lindsey Graham campaigning on Benghazi, Libya tragedy

Lindsey Graham campaign ad on Benghazi, Libya tragedy only weeks after the Benghazi attack.

Or even more ads about 9/11/13, this time from House Republicans:

gop-benghazi-fundraising

GOP fundraising ads for US House elections.

But this shouldn’t surprise.  It was the Bush campaign, after all, that said that Al Qaeda terrorism was “good” for Bush’s campaign.  And that Osama bin Laden’s threats to kill more Americans were “a little gift” for George Bush:

“We want people to think ‘terrorism’ for the last four days,” said a Bush-Cheney campaign official. “And anything that raises the issue in people’s minds is good for us.”

A senior GOP strategist added, “anything that makes people nervous about their personal safety helps Bush.”

He called it “a little gift,” saying it helps the President but doesn’t guarantee his reelection.

Good for us.

A gift.

An opportunity.

It’s a shame the GOP’s latest “opportunity” just blew up in their face.

(There’s always Vince Foster.)


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  • singerman123

    The Benghazi attack reeks with Hussein obama and Hillary’s stench.Pathetic liberal weasels add more stench.

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  • http://www.theslobs.org/ Surn

    You are just a moron who buys any shit the left throws on the wall. The original version was a summary. The only difference is that the “released” email doesn’t specify the state department, but the state department WAS the subject of the conversation.

    It is as if I tried to explain to you that..

    President Obama was providing guns to Al Qaeda. This is a violation of international weapons treaties. After the fall of Libya, President Obama sent Ambassador Stevens to retrieve the heavy weapons (Stinger type MANPADS and anti tank weapons). When the $40 million operation started to fall apart, the President sent a Turkish official to meet with Ambassador Stevens and the weapon retrieval mission team at a CIA safe house. It seems someone was watching the team and the President feared that the story might be getting to the press. Ambassador Stevens was the key person who could tie the administration to the illegal (fast and furious style) gun running operation. So, the specific rebel group the president was working with killed the Ambassador and would have killed the entire mission team if not for some brave Americans that intervened.

    That is a SUMMARY. When the truth comes out, some specifics may slightly differ from this summary, but it is still the truth.

  • Vic

    So, we’re supposed to believe that the second email is the real deal when it’s coming from the same people (like Dan Rather) who aired false documents (National Guard memos) concerning the past of a sitting President (GWB) and when proven false all of you suck ups didn’t give a rat’s tail because it “implicated” Bush in a lie. You people are a joke, hypocritical, intellectually dishonest, and pathetic.

  • Tim Kane

    “Please, continue governor.”

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    Why am I only finding this story on the blogs? I watched a good deal of cable and network news the last few days and I didn’t see anything about this. Not even a mention.

  • Antonio angelo

    just to throw it out there, but how do you know the second email wasnt the fake meant to cover the tracks? this is a typical tactic of distortion, flood the world with conflicting data so all of it gets thrown out.

  • jomicur

    Thank you for demonstrating nicho’s point.

  • http://twitter.com/Harleybobb Harley Bobb

    Ahahahhaha…typical liberal-shit-stain response.

  • Harry81

    Maybe – It’s another case of Give ‘em enough rope…

  • Harley Bobb’s Neighbor

    Just Like I’l bet that Harley Bobb is a closeted homosexual bottom stillliving in his mom’s basement while collecting disability for an injury he faked so he didn’t have to work for a living, who knows what his own poop tastes like when he licks it off the end of a strange black man’s penis after having meth fueled homosexual sex in a public men’s room.

  • lynchie

    Is english your second language.

  • lynchie

    It worked for you during 8 years of W. You all thought they were pearls of wisdom dropping from his mouth, turns out they were turds and you were fixated on the wrong end.

  • condew

    I’d really like someone to explain how Bush turned a deadly terrorist attack on U.S. soil into an argument to reelect him as the only one who can keep us safe; every time the subject comes up, it amazes me. It is more amazing than Obama’s eleventy-dimension political chess, and Bush was an idiot.

  • Mighty

    Remember our tax dollars are being spent on useless political witch hunts. For a party that supposedly cares about how tax dollars are spent you would think this would be a nono. However so long as tax dollars can be used as a weapon against Obama no amount spent would be to high. They are repugnant in the stench of their hypocrisy.

  • Jim Olson

    Wait…did someone say that LINDSAY GRAHAM IS GAY? (It worked with Ken Mehlman…)

  • Jim Olson

    Settle down, iamlegion. The truth will out soon enough. ;)

  • Jim Olson

    I’m with you, BeccaM. Sorta like saying that something dumb is “kind’a gay”.

  • pappyvet

    . Truth has no objective value to wingnuts; it is instead a mutable thing, readily manipulated through repetition of propaganda talking points.The mutability of truth is what has made confronting the conservative movement at times so frustrating. And thats the point.You never know what kind of bizarre argument they’re going to come up with next.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000227634483 Jeff Leonard

    Only one factual problem with your otherwise fine story. They could not have shrunk. Lindsey Graham has no balls.

  • jomicur

    So you’re telling us you never believed in weapons of mass destruction? Gee, foxy old you.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    There’s this thing called projection. You might want to look it up.

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    “This version of the email”?

    Are ya shittin’ us. This is THE e-mail, not some cockamamie cooked-up version of it.

    And just for shits and grins, what is your definition of not significantly different?

    Never mind.

  • patchbran

    hahahahahahahahaha. who knew a tin foil hat could be too tight?

  • Naja pallida

    We’re not the ones setting our hair on fire over a lie we made up. Or dedicating an entire television network to repeating that lie.

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    wow, everything about these gop pigs are fake. Even their conspiracies are fake!

  • billylost

    the Republicans are sad, stupid and nasty clowns — worthless

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.j.belanger Edward J. Belanger

    Ah, another GOP smoking gun turns out to be a squirt gun filled with piss…LOL classic FAIL!

  • JayRandal

    Another reason why I believe Benghazi attack was a GOP affiliated false flag operation partly botched.
    Everything about it reeks of black-op but DC Democrats refuse to card GOPers on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    Ah, that’s a good point, I’d forgotten that. Yeah, that’s pretty strong competition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    *turns green* Nice to be reminded of what a wonderful human Mitt Romney was. That smirk of his, ugh. Right up with Reagan’s lopsided fake grin and Bush Jr.’s vacant sneer.

  • nicho

    Conservatives are fools led by traitors.

  • citizen_spot

    Posts about common sense gun regulations also seem to lift a lot of rocks in wingnuttia.

  • nicho

    To paraphrase Harley Bob, conservative Teabagger shit stains will believe anything.

  • nicho

    Ah, the intellectual wing of the Tea Party is heard from.

  • cole3244

    i wonder what genius in the media took that leak and ran with it, faux news maybe, whomever needs to be outed as either a co-conspirator or an incompetent media person, of course that takes in a whole lot of people in wash.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    I haven’t been around here that long or that frequently so I’m a poor judge of this, but it seems like this Benghazi nonsense has brought forth far more trolling than any other topic I can think of, even gay rights. The wingnuts are aching for this. I guess finally they have something a weensy bit more credible to latch onto than faked Kenyan birth certificates.

  • http://twitter.com/Harleybobb Harley Bobb

    Conservatives are your fellow countryman and your neighbors and probably your parents ! I’ll bet your weekly allowance that you are a leech on your parents !

  • http://twitter.com/Harleybobb Harley Bobb

    Ahahahahahahahahahaha… you lib-shit-stains will believe almost anything!

    Cheers

  • ezpz

    Maybe that’s when the WH sent out the new talking points to the so called ‘liberal’ blogs and MSNBC.

  • http://www.theslobs.org/ Surn

    This version of the email is not significantly different. Still, CIA information that this was a terrorist attack and the administration left Americans behind to die is being covered up for political reasons.

  • jomicur

    Giving them to congress is NOT releasing them. They should have been given to the press immediately and with as much fanfare as possible, with special emphasis on the contents of the exculpatory one. That would have turned it into a non-issue once and for all and robbed the GOP of whatever initiative they had on the matter. This administration is five years old and they still haven’t learned how to manage the press? Jesus. The greenest political neophyte would know better.

  • perljammer

    Anyone have an opinion on why it took 8 months for someone to notice that the “real” email is different from the “fake”?

  • PeteWa

    in Lindsey’s case, I’m guessing they are just dusty grains of sand.

  • woodroad34

    “And Lindsey Graham’s balls shrunk 3x that day” – that must’ve caused quite the inguinal hernia, considering what must’ve been there normally. I’m sure now when he speaks only the small dogs in West Hollywood will be able to hear him.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    How much smaller can something the size of a pea get?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Same here. I usually just eat the frosting and pick off the jimmies.

  • PeteWa

    unlike Lindsey’s raisins, a uterus serves a purpose.

  • PeteWa

    “And Lindsey Graham’s balls shrunk 3x that day.”
    LOL

    but… but… but… Yellowcake wuz real, bro!

  • samizdat

    Yah, and apparently the wrong alloy for centrifuge use, to boot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    I never liked yellow cake much; usually if it’s that color it’s come right out of a box. And that’s “aluminium”. :p

  • iamlegion

    Tell me it’s Breitbart. Make me shoot off all over my keyboard right here at work and tell me it’s Bretbart’s Kindergarten Kidz that faked the email. DO IT. I NEED THIS.

  • skwcw2001 .

    this should be getting 24/7 coverage like the other stuff but noooo. there is some odd witch hunt going on that looks almost planned, then i see rumsfeld, chenny, and rove on tv today all talking about it, and that has me convinced this is one of their works.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Thanks, you’re most kind.

  • Naja pallida

    You know, all too often I don’t even bother posting. Not much point in repeating what you say. :)

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    And a uterus is bad why?

    Sorry, casual misogyny kinda bugs me.

  • lynchie

    Isn’t it Orly Taint

  • Drew2u

    everyone knows that if the email was really fake, that would have been found out sooner so of course Obama made a fake “correct” email in order to hide the truth!
    /racist-idiot-conspiracy-theorists

  • http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Arel Harry R. Sohl

    Oh, God, I can’t wait for Condi Rice to appear before congress to testify that the email is “an historical document” like she did with the August 6th, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside US” that she read less than 30 days before [...obligatory "they kept us safe since" reference required by conservatives when discussing 9/11] 9/11!

    It’s gonna be awesome!

  • William Barido

    John,
    If Lindsay Graham’s balls shrunk 3x he’d have a uterus

  • Naja pallida

    They did. Congress has had all the emails that went back and forth during the week of the attack since about two weeks after the attack. The administration wasted little time making sure Congress had access to them. Like usual though, Republicans decided to run with false information, rather than going to the source and determining what was real and what wasn’t. Just more proof that Lindsey Graham and John McCain are opportunistic douche bags, just looking for a fight to bolster their right-wing nut job cred. No matter how hard they have to scrape the bottom of the barrel to come up with an excuse to do so.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I still remember Romney’s arrogant little smirk as he walked away from his presser, the one where he asserted a bunch of things that were soon proven completely wrong, his attempts to use the Benghazi incident to promote his candidacy. Absolutely zero “politics stops at the water’s edge” for him.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yellow Cake and Aluminum tubes anyone?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Do you think old Tater tots looks like a demented Panda Bear?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “And Lindsey Graham’s balls shrunk 3x that day.” Lindsay has balls? Who knew? Republicans are ghoulish corpse wavers. Digusting!

  • nicho

    “Go on, governor….”

  • jomicur

    The GOP lying to score political points? I’ve never herd of such a thing. Well, hardly never.

    The first question that occurs to me: Why on earth didn’t the White House release the actual email as soon as this “scandal” started to gain traction? Asleep at the switch? Somehow I just can’t find the thought comforting.

  • nicho

    Conservatives are scum.

  • Naja pallida

    Well, it’s nice to see that Orly Taitz is still working.

  • samizdat

    Huh. Well, whaddya know? The most corrupt wing of the National Party falsifying something to further its own ends. I’m shocked, etc., etc…

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