White House press secretary Jay Carney made many eyes roll in disbelief Wednesday when he said: "The emails and the talking points were not about Benghazi."
Then on Thursday, Mr. Carney said: "The conspiracy theories keep falling apart."
Actually, what's falling apart is the Obama administration's long-term mission to hide the facts about what happened before, during and after four Americans - including Ambassador Christopher Stevens - were killed on Sept. 11, 2012, at a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
The White House has repeatedly insisted that it didn't conduct a misinformation campaign to make the Benghazi outrage sound like the result of a "spontaneous" protest instead of what it was - a terrorist attack.
Yet newly released emails and talking points show otherwise.
And if those emails, finally released this week due to a Freedom of Action lawsuit by Judicial Watch, weren't about Benghazi, what were they about?
Mr. Carney on Wednesday: "They were about the general situation in the Muslim world where you saw, as you might recall, it was explicitly not about Benghazi, it was about the overall situation in the region, the Muslim world, where we saw protests outside of embassy facilities across the region."
Judge for yourself by reviewing a Sept. 14, 2012, White House email about preparing Susan Rice (then U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, now National Security Advisor) for an appearance on five Sunday, Sept. 16 news shows. Ben Rhodes, an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, wrote that email to a dozen administration officials - including Mr. Carney.
Entitled "RE: PREP Call with Susan: Saturday at 4:00 pm ET," it listed among the White House's goals for Ms. Rice: "To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy." ... "To reinforce the President and Administration's strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges."
South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham went to the Senate floor Thursday to persuasively brand that as "the smoking gun that shows that people at the White House level ... were very intent on shaping the story about Benghazi away from what they knew to be the truth."
And: "This was seven weeks before an election. President Obama had said repeatedly, 'Bin Laden's dead, al-Qaida's on the run, the war is receding, my foreign policy is working.' "
Sen. Graham also pointed out that the administration had denied "numerous requests for security enhancements" at the Benghazi facility.
And as congressional testimony from assorted officials has frequently confirmed, State Department and White House officials persisted in that "protest" version long after they knew it was false.
Sen. Graham: "The truth of the matter is, this was a coordinated terrorist attack that you could see coming for months. And it was a result of a broader failure of policy."
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaking in tandem with Sen. Graham on Thursday, called for the creation of a House-Senate select committee to get to the bottom of the Benghazi failures.
And Sen. Graham, along with Sen. McCain, challenged Democratic colleagues to stop going along with the administration's increasingly discredited Benghazi spin. He reminded the lawmakers on the other side of the aisle that when he and Sen. McCain were harshly critical of the George W. Bush administration's tactics in Iraq and abuse of terror detainees, they were praised as "great Americans holding the system accountable and doing the country a service."
But he added: "Now all of a sudden we're just party hacks."
No, they're not.
Yes, those emails and talking points were about Benghazi - and about hiding crucial facts from the American people.
And yes, the way to finally reveal all of those needed facts is for a House-Senate select committee to demand the full truth on Benghazi.
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