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Benghazi E-Mail Writer in 2010: I Always Wanted to Be a Fiction Writer.
National Review-The Campaign Spot ^ | 5-1-2014 | Jim Geraghty

Posted on 05/01/2014 5:42:05 PM PDT by smoothsailing

APRIL 30, 2014 7:24 AM

Benghazi E-Mail Writer in 2010: 'I Always Wanted to Be a Fiction Writer.'

By Jim Geraghty

From the Wednesday Morning Jolt:

White House E-Mail: ‘Underscore that These Protests Are Rooted in an Internet Video’

KABOOM. In short, the Obama administration’s lies about Benghazi came about exactly as we expected: one of the political guys telling the national-security appointees what to say.

Republicans say e-mails released Tuesday on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, include “the smoking gun” that shows a White House official urged that the assault on the U.S. consulate be blamed on a protest that never happened.

The e-mails, obtained by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request, include one in which White House official Ben Rhodes lists “goals” for then-U.N. ambassador Susan Rice to meet in explaining the attack and protests occurring across the Middle East that week to the American public.

Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in the assault, which the White House subsequently acknowledged was an al-Qaeda-linked terror attack.

The e-mail, sent to various officials including White House spokesman Jay Carney, said one goal was “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”

Another goal was “to reinforce the president and administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”

Rhodes is assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communication and speechwriting.

During appearances on five Sunday news programs, Rice did blame the attack on Sept. 11, 2012, on a protest against an anti-Islam video produced by an American. So did Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and President Obama would not say whether it was a terrorist attack until several days later.

The CIA station chief in Libya reported from the beginning that the attack was an al-Qaeda-linked operation and that there was no protest. Though there was some dispute over the manner of the attack, former CIA deputy director Mike Morell testified earlier this month that he had no idea where the story about a video protest came from when he saw Rice make the claim on television.

Well, now we know.

Yes, Rhodes’s speechwriting always focused in the foreign-policy realm. He was a longtime assistant to Lee Hamilton, then joined Obama as a speechwriter in 2007. But this guy’s not an expert on Libya. There’s no way he was in any position, from Washington, to overrule the assessment of the folks on the ground. He’s a message guy. And he quickly concluded – accurately – that the administration’s obvious ill-prepared presence in Libya, and failure to organize timely rescue efforts, on the 9/11 anniversary represented a serious threat to the president’s reelection. They needed a scapegoat; the video was the best option at hand.

A perfectly ironic quote from a 2010 profile: “I very much wanted to be a fiction writer.” Guess he finally got that chance.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi; obamakills; obamalies

1 posted on 05/01/2014 5:42:05 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Here are two important blog posts from Sept. 11th 2012 and Sept. 12th 2012. Both are left-leaning but they expose what was going on behind the scenes to promote the "Youtube video" propaganda.

Obscure Film Mocking Muslim Prophet Sparks Anti-U.S. Protests in Egypt and Libya
By ROBERT MACKEY and LIAM STACK September 11, 2012, 7:25 pm

(notice the time stamps both of the original posting and the updates)

A Timeline Of The Attacks In Libya And Egypt -- And The Responses
Brian Beutler – September 12, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

(this posting was intended to buttress the phony "Youtube video" lie but it also exposes the exact timeline of the tweets from the Cairo embassy, the State Dept. and Hillary Clinton herself making apologies for the "Youtube video.")

2 posted on 05/01/2014 5:45:54 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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The list, Ping

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3 posted on 05/01/2014 6:14:19 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: smoothsailing

Fiction Writers write Fiction. That’s an honorable profession.


Sounds like the LIARS ARE JUST LYING ABOUT THE FACTS AT THE WHITE HOUSE, there is a big difference.

4 posted on 05/01/2014 6:16:09 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: smoothsailing
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5 posted on 05/01/2014 6:21:20 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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He needs her now, more than ever...

6 posted on 05/01/2014 6:28:55 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks! I knew that at least one sharp FReeper would “get” that one...

7 posted on 05/01/2014 6:48:25 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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8 posted on 05/01/2014 7:14:44 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Herr Goebbels had the same dream.

Thanks smoothsailing.

9 posted on 05/02/2014 2:21:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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Failed Expectations and Villain Motivations
July 21, 2012

In addition to churning out media lies to the German people, Goebbels ordered the public mass-burning of books that Germans were forbidden to buy or read. What makes this more interesting is that Goebbels was himself a failed writer.

10 posted on 05/02/2014 7:29:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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