White House claims edits to Benghazi talking points to remove references to al-Qaeda were “stylistic”
They just happened to coincide with the Obama Administration’s general policy of downplaying the jihad threat and pretending that it largely does not exist. And whenever they are forced to discuss it, they do so in the context of a hijacking of the true, peaceful Islam and an avidity to distance Islam from violence even when the perpetrators of that violence invoke Islam to explain it. This is the same Administration that in 2011 mandated the scrubbing of counter-terror training materials of the truth about Islam and jihad. It is the terror threat that dare not speak its name.
“White House claims edits to Benghazi talking points were “˜stylistic,”" by Brian Hughes for The Washington Examiner, May 8 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
Any White House edits made to talking points about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, were merely “stylistic,” Obama spokesman Jay Carney insisted on Wednesday amid congressional hearings about the Sept. 11 strike that killed four Americans.
“The fact that there are inputs is always the case in a process like this,” Carney said. “Edits made by anyone at the White House were stylistic and not substantive. They corrected the description of the building “¦ from consulate to diplomatic facility. Ultimately, this all has been discussed and reviewed and provided in enormous levels of detail by the administration to congressional investigators. The attempt to politicize the talking points again is part of an effort to chase after what isn”t the substance here.”
The White House has been hammered for initially blaming the violence on a spontaneous protest to an anti-Islam YouTube video and a Sunday show appearance in which former United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice trumpeted that false narrative.
A recent article by The Weekly Standard suggests the edits were more substantial. According to the magazine, senior officials at the White House and State Department were heavily involved in rewriting the talking points. After a meeting with the senior officials, the CIA deleted all references to al Qaeda, the article said. Republicans have long accused administration officials of wanting to downplay a terrorist attack so close to a presidential election….