Again, Benghazi is all the right wing is talking about right now because they somehow still think they can nail down Obama for negligence. John McCain has been very vocal on the issue, even going so far as to miss a briefing on Benghazi to hold a press conference demanding more attention be paid to the issue.
The narrative from the GOP has been that UN ambassador, Susan Rice, got her talking points directly from the White House, which was attempting to solidify its story that Al Qaeda had been weakened. There was only one small problem: they had no evidence for this. And now it has come to light that Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper gave her those talking points and that the issue never got up to the Oval Office. Whoops. There goes your “scandal”.
So while the right-wingers are eating crow, McCain is backtracking…sort of.
McCain responded today and instead of taking issue with the substance of the report, the Arizona Republican wondered why administration and intelligence officials didn’t offer this information in closed door sessions:
“I participated in hours of hearings in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week regarding the events in Benghazi, where senior intelligence officials were asked this very question, and all of them – including the Director of National Intelligence himself – told us that they did not know who made the changes. Now we have to read the answers to our questions in the media. There are many other questions that remain unanswered. But this latest episode is another reason why many of us are so frustrated with, and suspicious of, the actions of this Administration when it comes to the Benghazi attack.”
They did the right thing, John. When they didn’t know something, they said so, and waited to make any direct claims until they did know. You can’t blame them for what the GOP did: taking a situation in which they didn’t have all the details and asserting that it was Obama’s fault. That’s why the GOP has egg on its face right now and not the DNI.
Of course, it was all a political game for the GOP from the outset.