The New York Times has decided to mirror prior reporting from the L.A. Times and the Washington Post from October of last year when they declared al-Qaeda clear of any involvement in the Benghazi, Libya attacks that claimed the lives of 4 Americans – http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/benghazi/?hp#/?chapt=0
Conclusion? Nothing new here. The Times is simply reinforcing efforts of our state-run media to advance the Obama Administration narrative that Dear Leader Obama decimated al-Qaeda by killing Osama bin-Laden. Benghazi is merely an inconvenient truth and they will keep pushing this narrative through the mid-terms. After the mid-terms we will see an even greater push to force this false narrative down our throats to protect Hillary in 2016.
Regardless, what’s important to remember here is the fact that these are nothing more than liberal newspapers arriving at a consensus set of talking points based upon their supposed “independent” investigations. Who disagrees? Certainly the right leaning news agencies. So do the Congressional oversight committees which are GOP led. You can discard those for the same reason you can’t give any credence to the lefty newspapers.
Who else disagrees that Obama can’t hide behind? How about his own Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper – http://www.dni.gov/index.php/newsroom/press-releases/96-press-releases-2012/731-statement-by-the-odni-s-director-of-public-affairs-on-intelligence-related-to-the-terrorist-attack-on-the-u-s-consulate-in-benghazi.
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. It remains unclear if any group or person exercised overall command and control of the attack, and if extremist group leaders directed their members to participate. However, we do assess that some of those involved were linked to groups affiliated with, or sympathetic to al-Qa’ida.
I would think “we do assess that some of those involved were linked to groups affiliated with, or sympathetic to al-Qa’ida” seems quite clear. Keep in mind that this statement was released just prior to the conclusions drawn by the L.A. Times and Washington Post and that it directly reversed the earlier claims of a video caused attack.
The DNI doesn’t issue official press releases just to make headlines, particularly in an on-going investigation. The intelligence had to be clear enough to feel the need to publicly claim that earlier assessments were erroneous.
Why did the N.Y. Times feel the need to regurgitate the talking points now? We can speculate a whole host of possibilities. It could be some unconventional logic. That being the idea that Obama would rather have the focus center on Benghazi in which the 4th branch will protect him at all costs rather than talk about Seal Team 6 and the 28 seals that were assassinated.
The Obama Administration can always default to simple incompetence and fire a few people to explain away Benghazi. However, mere incompetence won’t fly when it comes to rationalizing the deliberate deaths of 28 seals.