Marco Rubio’s 3am call on Benghazi

The Republicans are at no loss to tell us, for going on eight months now, just HOW important an issue Benghazi really is.

It’s an issue so important, the GOP says, that a president simply cannot get his facts wrong without facing damning, incessant, condemnation.

It’s with that in mind that one has to ask why aspiring-president-wannabe Marco Rubio, who everyone thinks is gearing up for a White House run in 2016, didn’t even bother checking his Benghazi facts before going public and repeating Jonathan Karl’s lie about the now-debunked White House emails.

Marco Rubio publicly embraced Jonathan Karl’s Benghazi lie

Lying makes me thirsty.

Lying makes me thirsty.

Rubio committed the very sin that Republicans are accusing President Obama of: not bothering to get his facts straight before going public with the “truth” about Benghazi.

I’ve written about the overall issue before. About how Republicans in Congress told ABC reporter Jonathan Karl – falsely, we now know – that a White House email in their possession proved that the Obama administration put politics before all else when constructing their public response to the deadly attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya last September 11.

In fact, the congressional Republicans lied to ABC’s Karl, who then compounded the lie with one of his own, claiming to have personally seen the emails in question, when he had not.

On reading Karl’s false reporting, a number of key members of Congress, including Senator Rubio (R-FL), who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, embraced the lie publicly. In Rubio’s case, he called for immediate hearings to investigate the new “facts” in Karl’s story:


John Boehner publicly embraced Jonathan Karl’s Benghazi lie

Rubio wasn’t the only Republican member of Congress to help amplify the GOP’s Benghazi lie.  House Speaker John Boehner even tweeted the link to Karl’s phony story (which has now been corrected):


John McCain publicly embraced Jonathan Karl’s Benghazi lie

Even the co-ringleader of the Benghazi-truthers, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), repeated the lie by promoting Karl’s story.


Why didn’t Rubio bothering checking the facts?

Marco Rubio sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee.  That is one of the two committees in Congress (the House Intelligence Committee, being the other) briefed on the administration’s Benghazi emails in February and March of this year.  The committees were also given copies of the emails in question.  And who else was briefed on the emails in March? The Speaker’s staff.

So how is it that Marco Rubio and John Boehner publicly parroted Jonathan Karl’s lie in May when they and their staff were briefed on the actual emails in February and March?

Either Rubio and Boehner were willfully negligent, not even bothering to double-check the emails, which they had access too ever since the briefing, before going public.  Or, Rubio and Boehner knew Jonathan Karl’s story was a lie, and repeated it anyway.

And worse, for all we know it was Rubio’s or Boehner’s staff that leaked the phony emails to Jonathan Karl in the first place.  Karl won’t say who among congressional Republicans was trying to obstruct the Benghazi investigation by lying about the White House emails.  But we do know, via CBS, that it was congressional Republicans who did the leaking and lying.  Was it Rubio’s own staff?  Was it the speaker’s?

So Marco Rubio, in essence, did exactly the same thing Republicans are accusing President Obama of having done: At best not doing his due diligence to get the Benghazi facts right, and at worst, presenting lies to the public.

And Rubio wants to be president?

Susan Rice was punished for getting it wrong. Rubio & GOP aren’t even interested in catching the leaker, let alone firing them.

When an Obama administration official, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, got the Benghazi facts wrong, the Republicans successfully torpedoed her appointment as Secretary of State.  But when Marco Rubio and John Boehner commit the same sin, nothing happens.  They don’t even try to catch the leaker/liar.

To quote Senator Rubio:

The families of those who were killed, and our diplomatic personnel deployed around the world who put their lives on the line on a daily basis deserve much better from their government.

Yes, they deserve it.  But with Republicans, they rarely expect it.

Marco Rubio got his 3am call.  It was about the most important issue of our age, if we’re to believe the Republicans.  And rather than doing his due diligence, and simply checking the documents being held by his own committee before opining about them publicly, Marco Rubio relied on a reporter’s hearsay of a hearsay in order to form his public opinion about Benghazi.  And he got it wrong.

Marco Rubio got his 3am call.  And it was amateur hour for the man who barely merits being called Senator, let alone President.

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52 Responses to “Marco Rubio’s 3am call on Benghazi”

  1. Bog says:

    No they don’t have the right to lie. Dan Rather got sacked for presenting a left leaning story using a faked memo and presenting yourself as a news source while “knowingly presenting false information that would affect someone” is grounds for slander.

    Misleading information is not against the law but false information is.

  2. karmanot says:

    Hey dude, how do you expect us to put THAT on a T-shirt?

  3. karmanot says:


  4. karmanot says:

    very like!

  5. karmanot says:

    Up at two, up at three, up at four……I hope you never reach this stage. As you can tell from my comment history, I am never cranky.

  6. karmanot says:

    I have been waiting and waiting. Give us a tthe very least an ultra sound bite or a Komen hates Planned Parenthood!

  7. FLL says:


  8. karmanot says:

    It takes for ever because she has to sound everything out.

  9. karmanot says:

    I read The Enquirer and it said exactly what you said. It was on the front page next to : ‘Lindsey Lohan’s space alien baby’ and ‘Rex Reed’s Sex Change.’ Opps, I meant ‘Rex Reeds Identity theft.’

  10. karmanot says:


  11. John F says:

    We all know which news houses lean which way. Only read one side, only get one side.

  12. John F says:

    Actually, I read CBS News, Slate Magazine, the Atlantic Wire, and something called ‘Americablog’. Look carefully for how the Republicans went public with their doctored versions of the email. If they did, it’d be there. But you won’t find it. That little detail gets skimmed over, dropping the word ‘leaked’ very quietly in the middle.
    I hadn’t looked at any conservative leaning news organizations on this one. It’s called reading between the lines. Hate all you wish, but at least hate accurately.

  13. nicho says:

    I know what you read in the Teabagger Gazette. The Koch brother and their useful idiots in the Teabag Brigade have created a whole web of half truths, distortions, and outright lies.

  14. nicho says:

    People shouldn’t encourage the cranks. He’ll just post this crap over and over and over and over. He’s already posted it here like 50 times already

  15. nicho says:

    Don’t argue with a Teabagger. You’re just wasting your breath.

  16. John F says:

    Not enough time given the speed of the attacks? So the State Department knew when this ‘protest’ was scheduled to end? Just tell the police to head back to the station, because the victim has probably already been robbed and killed by now? Do you know how inane that sounds?

    Why block democrats from the committee? Possibly because democrats and Obama appointees (like the Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey) have proven very willing to do or say whatever it takes to protect the party. Sorry, Boehner, I don’t have a problem with that one.

  17. John F says:

    Every instance tells of quote changes that they leaked to the media. Leaked, as in nothing was released for public consumption. At worst some single congressman tricked the media into paying attention. At best, that congressman clarified the doublespeak of the original email.
    If these revisions were released to the public, you’d have a leg to stand on (but even at that you can’t say Rubio’s to blame…no one knows who Karl’s source was. Just going after the 2016 nominees, are we?). If Jon Karl made it all up himself, or went digging in some unattended congressional wastepaper basket, he’s on his own.
    Even considering all that, the ‘faked’ versions have so far turned out to be completely accurate. Even Jay Carney was found out that not only did revisions actually exist, but it was in fact the State Department that was guiding the CIA’s hand in the blantantly misleading omissions.

  18. pappyvet says:

    The odds are extremely long that Clinton ever saw or approved this memo, giving us confidence that Issa’s inflammatory and reckless language qualifies as a ‘whopper.

    Myth: Washington denied on the ground support to the victims of the attack.
    FACT: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has testified that no one was ordered to stand down, ARB found response “timely and appropriate.”
    “The interagency response was timely and appropriate, but there simply was not enough time given the speed of the attacks for armed U.S. military assets to have made a difference.”

    Myth: The report on which the hearing is based is a non-political attempt to determine what happened around Benghazi.

    FACT: Bipartisan participation was blocked. The five ranking Democratic members of the committees sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner stating, “We are writing to strongly object to your decision to issue a partisan Republican staff report on Benghazi and dispense with House procedures for vetting official committee reports to correct inaccuracies and mischaracterizations. By abandoning regular order and excluding Democratic Members entirely from this process, you are unnecessarily politicizing our national security and casting aside the system used by the House for generations to avoid making obvious mistakes, errors, and omissions

  19. John F says:

    So Clinton, Rice, and Obama never went on the air with a story about a Youtube video? That didn’t happen?

  20. John F says:

    So the Clinton State Department did not deny security? Even if all you say is true, that would mean that a document was robosigned with Clinton’s name. That is because it is her State Department, her decision. This isn’t a low-level request for extra pencils. This is repeated denied requests for security in one of the hottest hot spots in the world. If she did not know her department denied security to this embassy then she was not doing her primary job. Her signature is there because she is responsible, in whatever form that signature takes.

  21. pappyvet says:

    Myth: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally denied security to the Benghazi facility.
    FACT: Rep. Issa claims, “The secretary of state was just wrong. She said she did not participate in this, and yet only a few months before the attack, she outright denied security in her signature in a cable, April 2012.” However, Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler gave Rep. Issa’s claim four Pinocchios, stating, “every cable from an embassy bears the ‘signature’ of the ambassador — and every cable from Washington bears the ‘signature’ of the secretary of state… In his interview, Issa presented this as a ‘gotcha’ moment, but it relies on an absurd understanding of the word ‘signature’… At this point, Issa has no basis or evidence to show that Clinton had anything to do with this cable — any more than she personally approved a cable on proper e-mail etiquette

  22. nicho says:

    GOP — fools led by traitors. Once you understand that, everything else falls into place.

  23. nicho says:

    Yeah — Faux News is so much more reliable.

  24. I agree. One thing actually happened–Rubio’s quoting a fake news story–and one thing is just a pile of worthless speculation. No comparing the two.

  25. nicho says:

    Actually, it was the GOP that put out the false story, which ABC believed, and then Rubio ran with.

  26. John F says:

    News organizations have the right to lie, and would not be subject to such an investigation. That is why it is up to us to choose trustworthy sources.
    We as consumers should demand an appropriate penalty for Jon Karl or threaten to change the channel. I haven’t watched ABC News for years, so I kind of already lost my vote…

  27. John F says:

    ABC News puts out a false story as ‘breaking news’, Rubio commits the sin of believing an ABC News story and tweets that he wants an investigation, and Rubio is the bad guy? Isn’t an investigation exactly the thing that gets at the truth? Wouldn’t Rubio then just be shooting himself in the foot if he was complicit in a lie and called for it to be investigated?

    Meanwhile, Clinton denied security to Benghazi and lied about it under oath (her signature is right on the paper), Panetta claims they turned military assistance away because the situation was unstable (didn’t they say it was just a protest?), and there is still, after almost a year, no intelligence pointing to the attack being a protest prompted by a Youtube video, which the UN Ambassador, Secretary of State, and President had told us repeatedly for weeks (based on WHAT?).

    I don’t see how you can honestly attempt to equate the two.

  28. pappyvet says:

    so much time,so little to do

  29. BeccaM says:

    They probably have that scheduled after they vote to repeal the PPACA a few more times.

  30. JayRandal says:

    Sen Rubio should have to come clean on being bi-sexual having cohabited with another male in Florida owning a house together before he married a female. I want to see reaction of Republicans
    finding out another one of darlings had sexual relationship with a male. What he spews about Libya
    nothing of any importance. Rubio is too stupid to have valid opinions on anything.

  31. pappyvet says:

    Exactly the kind of candidate they love

  32. pappyvet says:

    Sarah Palin reads !? wow

  33. pappyvet says:

    Too much “Deliverance” not enough “We the People” :]

  34. pappyvet says:

    exactly….isnt about time for them to start screaming about abortion again.

  35. “Get his facts wrong?” You mean to say “lied”. Let’s have the rest of the evidence, 90% doesn’t cut it any more than it did when Nixon tried to provide 90% of the Watergate tapes. Let’s have it all.

  36. karmanot says:

    perhaps a bubble head as well.

  37. karmanot says:

    Very sad

  38. pappyvet says:

    Huge thumbs up on that. On a side note,if I drank as much water as that,I would be up at 3 also. I wouldnt be quite as cranky though :}

  39. karmanot says:

    It would seem that only a handful of us realize that cretins don’t raise and maintain great empires.

  40. BeccaM says:

    Good question, LOL.

    I’m guessing there isn’t one because the same men who’d do the investigating are the ones who ensured one of their staffers leaked the doctored email.

  41. caphillprof says:

    You are confusing a bubble economy with good times.

  42. caphillprof says:

    So where is the House investigation into the Jonathan Karl affair?

  43. BeccaM says:

    I’ll say it again: The day these Tea Baggers and GOPers accept that it was a far more serious matter when the previous president and his entire administration lied about the need to invade Iraq, took America into a second war on false pretenses, committed numerous confirmed war crimes and “high crimes and misdemeanors” as defined in our Constitution, wasted trillions of dollars of taxpayer money, essentially abrogated roughly half of the Bill of Rights, and most of all were responsible for ignoring all the warnings that 9/11 was imminent, resulting in the deaths of nearly 3000 people — on that day, we can talk about the intelligence failures and messaging confusion associated with Benghazi.

    Rubio is clearly nothing more than a stuffed suit. But personally, I think most of the GOP ‘powers that be’ who are in the know on what actually happened and have received all of the intelligence briefings — Rubio, Boehner, McCain, and the rest — simply do not care anymore about the truth. Their single-minded goal is to wrest total control of the gov’t back from the Dems and they will do anything, up to and including trashing the economy and ruining our foreign policies, in order to make this a reality.

  44. FLL says:

    Yes, it might top 2012 for laughs. All that’s missing is Sarah Palin. If Palin finally figures out which newspapers or magazines she reads, my life will be complete. Just for added fun, someone has put up a webpage with 10 of the most wildly idiotic Sarah Palin quotes. Here’s the link. Enjoy.

  45. lynchie says:

    Like the catholic church they reject contraception and abortion because they are expected to fuck like rabbits and have equally retarded offspring. That is why they have no respect for women and value rape and incest so highly. If they stop reproducing their future is over.

  46. pappyvet says:

    In a nationally representative survey,only 18 percent of Republicans and Tea Party members accepted the scientific consensus that global warming is caused by humans, and a large percentage do not accept human evolution.
    In other words, political conservatives have placed themselves in direct conflict with modern scientific knowledge, which shows beyond serious question that global warming is real and caused by humans, and evolution is real and the cause of humans. If you don’t accept either claim, you cannot possibly understand the world or our place in it.

    They do not care about facts or truth and are not particularly concerned about what the majority of American people want or think. It’s not at all about working for the people,rather its all about ruling.Half truths spun as far as possible,out and out lies and bottom of the barrel rationalizations are tools brought forth with a hate filled fever to whip up the froth that the rest of their tribe needs like a heroin addict needs a fix. Mistakes,missteps and screwups the likes of which were forgiven,explained away ,and soft balled during the Bush years are pedaled as the worst tragedies since 911 under Obama,even though the depth of the Bush administration’s barrel of poison is almost bottomless in comparison. History making levels of fillibusters, a 24-7 stream of hate radio, Fox News faux facts ,and calling the “uppity” Prresident everything except black all the while calling themselves good christians and freedom lovers is part and parcel of the mythology that serves them so well.

  47. GarColga says:

    I can believe it alright. I can hardly wait for the 2016 campaign to get underway, it will be even better that the 2012 circus.

  48. David Howard says:

    Christopher Stevens assassinated for asking questions about the Lockerbie bombing – Google “the selective use of polygraphs”

  49. FLL says:

    If you can believe it, this feather-brained schmuck actually leads the GOP field of contenders for president in 2016: Rubio 18%, Cristie 16% and Jeb Bush 14%. (Link here.) With Rubio at the helm, the Republicans could be on their way to becoming the 21st-century equivalent of the Whig Party.

  50. lynchie says:

    Paul, Jindal, Rubio, Sanford, Vittel, Grassley, Cruz, Boehner, McConnell, Bachmann, King the list seems endless. One thing they all have in common is a high degree of incompetence and a complete lack of ethics. I know of no industry where these people could perform. They are over paid, lack all understanding of how to represent their constituents and most of all are complete frauds.

  51. clarenceswinney says:

    The GAO reported that the Republican Congress spent $110,000,000 on Hearings and Investigations in an effort to destroy the Clinton Administration.
    Let is look at what the money bought:
    GDP–rose from 6300 to 11,600
    NATIONAL INCOME-5,000 to 8,000 Billion–took 20 years to grow 2500B before his time in office.
    JOBS CREATED–over 22 million–record by far
    AVERAGE WEEKLY HOURS WORKED–never hit 35.0–hit that mark 4 times in 80’s
    UNEMPLOYMENT–from 7.2% down down down to 3.9%
    WELFARE TO WORK—11,533,710 on federal roll in 1996 and 3,880,321 in 2007.
    MINIMUM WAGE–$4.25 to $5.15
    MINORITIES–did exceedingly well
    HOME OWNERSHIP–hit all time high
    DEFICIT–290 Billion to whoopee a SURPLUS
    DEBT—-+28%—300% increase over prior12 years
    FEDERAL SPENDING–+28%—80% under Reagan- who da true conservative?
    DOW JONES AVERAGE–3,500 to 11,800 all it’s history to get to 3500 and he zooms it
    NASDAQ–700 to 5,000—all of it’s history to get to 700 and he zooms it
    VALUES INDEXES– almost all bad went down–good went up in zoom zoom zoom
    FOREIGN AFFAIRS–Peace on Earth good will toward each other—Mark of a true Christian–what has Bush done to Peace on Earth?
    POPULARITY—highest poll ratings in history during peacetime in AFRICA, ASIA AND EUROPE even 98.5% in Moscow–left office with highest Gallup rating since it was started in 1920’s.
    STAND UP FOR JUSTICE–evil conservatives spent $110,000,000 on hearings and investigations and caught— ONE— very evil man who took a few plane rides to events.
    BOW YOUR HEADS–Thank you God for sending us a man of his character, intelligence, knowledge of governance, ability to face up to crises without whimpering and a great leader of the world.

  52. S1AMER says:

    Rubio frequently appears to be a talking head, spouting the latest script handed him, without the least comprehension of what he’s saying. In any other country, or at any other time in this country, I’d say he’d fade quickly in bright sunlight. But, nowadays in America, who knows?

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