The talking points were altered to erase references to al-Qaeda’s involvement in the Benghazi jihad murders — for that involvement points up the suicidal nature of Obama’s support for the Libya “rebels” who turned on Ambassador Stevens and killed them, despite all he had done to help them.
“Republicans: CIA nominee involved in Benghazi talking points,” by Julian Pecquet for The Hill, February 26 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
President Obama’s pick to head the CIA was involved in crafting controversial talking points about last year’s attack in Benghazi, Republicans said Tuesday after viewing intelligence documents.
Lawmakers had vowed to block John Brennan’s nomination unless they got to see internal communications about how to describe the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Several said the email chain of several pages, which they’d been seeking for months, doesn’t change how they plan to vote either way.
“Brennan was involved,” Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said after the briefing. “It’s pretty obvious what happened.”
“At the end of the day it should have been pretty easy to determine who made the changes and what changes were made.”
He described an “extensive, bureaucratic and frankly unnecessary process” that led to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations publicly linking the attack to a peaceful protest gone awry. Republicans have accused the White House of twisting the talking points to avoid harming Obama’s national security reputation ahead of the November elections.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the panel’s chairwoman, said Brennan’s involvement was “small” and should play no part in his confirmation. The committee is scheduled to vote Thursday now that members have seen the documents….