When I was growing up I remember a little saying that went like this: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”
Well, it seems the chickens – or perhaps I should say the spiders — are coming home to roost for the Obama administration regarding Benghazi. The question is, does the American public care more about four dead Americans than they do about disgusting private comments from an NBA owner?
Let’s play connect the dots on this tangled web.
David Rhodes is the President at CBS News. Ben Rhodes is the White House Deputy National Security advisor. David and Ben are brothers. Sharyl Attkisson worked at CBS. As a highly respected and acclaimed investigative reporter, Sharyl wanted to report the truth about Benghazi. Sharyl does not work at CBS News anymore.
However, she has a website, and there she reports that sharylattkisson.com, “Newly-released documents reveal direct White House involvement in steering the public narrative about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, toward that of a spontaneous protest that never happened.
As if we had any doubt.
According to Attkisson, one of the key documents, which the government had withheld from Congress and reporters for a year and a half, is an internal September 14, 2012 email to White House press officials from Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s Assistant and Deputy National Security Advisor.
In the email, Ben Rhodes lists as a “goal” the desire of the White House “To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.” The email is entitled, “RE:PREP CALL with Susan, Saturday at 4:00 pm ET” and refers to White House involvement in preparing then-U.S.Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice for her upcoming appearance on Sunday television network political talk shows. The Rhodes email states that another “goal” is “To reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”
Ben Rhodes is hardly the “mastermind” behind this episode, but the email he sent out to a who’s who list of recipients is damning. Attkisson says, “White House officials copied on the Rhodes “goal” email include Press Secretary Jay Carney, then-Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, then-White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe, then-White House Deputy Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri and Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
Therefore, we definitively know it was the Obama White House that developed the scheme of blaming an anti-Islam video. Funny, the only person who has been punished in this whole charade was the video producer.
The most transparent administration is US history? Hardly. Attkisson says “Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told her the government apparently tried to keep the Rhodes email out of Congress and the public’s hands by changing its classification it after-the-fact. In the past month, the government has supplied 3,200 new Benghazi-related documents under Congressional subpoena. In some instances, Congressional members and their staff are only permitted to see the documents during certain time periods in a review room, and cannot remove them or make copies. Chaffetz says that the State Department redacted more material on the copies provided to Congress than on those that it was forced to provide to JudicialWatch.”
What a tangled web of lies, deceit, and obfuscation hangs around the neck of this Administration — and the presidential hopes of Hillary Clinton. Attkisson is free to pursue this travesty, and combined with Catherine Herridge at Fox News and Tom Fitton’s Judicial Watch, they form a formidable phalanx for the truth. The days of information suppression and manipulation by fellas like David Rhodes ad David Brock are waning, as their complicit actions entangle them as well.
I can’t wait to hear White House mouthpiece Jay Carney — who just happens to be married to ABC reporter Claire Shipman — ramble and attempt further obfuscation about these new Benghazi documents.