Slate: Claims of Benghazi Cover Up is ‘Pure Fiction’

As the Benghazi hearings begin anew on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, it is worth remembering that Dave Weigel of, the former Journolist member who delights in attempting to debunk conservative narratives, declared in December that Republican suspicions of a Benghazi cover-up by the Obama administration were “pure fiction.”

Weigel cited the report on the Benghazi debacle issued by the State Department’s Accountability Review Board to argue that conservatives and Republicans are barking up the wrong tree with questions on the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans during the attacks on September 11, 2012.

Certainly Weigel is right to note that the State Dept. report doesn’t exactly jibe with many of the reports made during the early hours and days after the attacks by “conservative media, especially,” as Weigel puts it. It would be a minor miracle if they had, after all. Rarely do early reports of any conflagration fit the final facts.

And since Weigel drew his premature conclusions, the Accountability Review Board has itself come under review, partly, according to Fox News, for apparently failing to interview key witnesses to the attack.

As Weigel tried to correct some of the misconceptions he says that conservative media promulgated about the attacks, he arrived at the conclusion that the State Department’s report “doesn’t suggest a real-time campaign of cowardice” and “doesn’t suggest a cover-up, either.”

But Weigel conveniently ignored the central points in the whole story.

Where was the President? And why were the Secretaries of State and Defense seemingly incommunicado during the whole affair? Worse, why did the entirety of the Obama administration immediately cling to a false story that the attacks were initiated by some silly Youtube video?

What is that, if not a cover-up of what really happened?

For one thing, we’ve still not been told what President Obama was doing when ttacks in Cairo and Benghazi were being launched against our embassies on that anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on our homeland. We’ve been told that Obama made no calls to anyone that night. So, just what was he doing?

The White House has claimed that Obama had been updated on the attacks earlier in the day, but testimony has since revealed that he did not speak with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin E. Dempsey, or Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as the attacks continued to unfold.

Americans have also learned that none of the other principals were in contact with each other that day, either. Apparently neither Panetta, nor Clinton, nor Dempsey called each other or took any hand in the response to the situation.

Contrast that to the high degree of coordination on the editing of talking points about the attack to remove evidence of Islamist or jihadist involvement–a process in which the State Department evidently played a key role.

Finally, we’ve still never been told why Ambassador Stevens was even in Benghazi in the first place.

There most certainly has been a cover-up about Benghazi. Unfortunately, few journalists seem interested in asking the right questions.

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  • herddog505

    I believe that the phrase is, “Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.”

    MiniTru is, therefore, obligingly not putting Barry and his gang in the position of telling lies. Isn’t that sweet?

    • NOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT sweet, evah! Can’t stand that Muslim Rice [email protected]#!$ for Obummer. The Usurper and Hitlary are disgusting, devilish and anything else nasty U want to call them.

  • LiberalNightmare

    I guess we either have to believe it was a cover up, or that it was simply gross incompetence.

    • jim_m

      Exactly! It was either a cover up, incompetence or both. There is no circumstance where it is none of the above.

    • Jwb10001

      Actually it is both, allowing this situation to develop, ignoring requests for help and then standing down for 7 hours is gross incompetence. Going on for weeks blaming some cockamamie video is a cover up. All the lying and deflection is covering up for gross incompetence.

  • GarandFan

    No surprise. GROSS INCOMPETENCE is a hallmark of ‘the most corrupt administration, evah!’.

  • PapaB
    • If you’re going to post a link you should provide us at least a sentence or two as to why we should click on it.

  • jim_m

    This is a good summary of today’s hearings.

    The take aways:

    — There were multiple stand down orders preventing a rescue

    — Clinton was more interested in ideological positioning than factual realty

    — Excuse of the movie originated at Clinton’s level or above. Seeing as how she was briefed and no mention of either a protest or the movie was made and both of these magically appeared in the WH blame shifting.

    — There was a consistent behavior of witness intimidation and obstruction.

    Of course the apologists will say that this is no big deal, they will smear the witnesses and they will blame Bush for everything,

    • Eugene Hamptons

      the left have left the building…. officially disconnected from reality. Anything not to be wrong? Pathetic. Amazing to watch the cockroaches scramble when the light comes on!

    • LiberalNightmare

      The local apologists seem to be sitting this one out.

      • You spoke too soon.

        There is nothing which would damage the credibility of the left that they will not spin.

        • johne37179

          At least the President played no part. He went back to sleep after his one call about it.

  • Guest

    Do you get payments directly from Obama or do you have to do him first? You are a farce. People died lowlife! Wake up.

  • Eugene Hamptons

    Love to watch the cockroaches scramble when the light comes on!

  • Commander_Chico

    Hicks was pretty strong from what I saw. Susan Rice is going to be out. She’ll get blamed for the talking points. It will be her “mistake.”

    I still don’t see anything like a “smoking gun” on a failure to rescue. An order to stand down would be the right call under many possible scenarios. Military history is replete with rescue missions that took a lot of casualties and failed. Think Mayaguez, Eagle Claw, Hammelburg Raid. Sometimes the tough but right call is to cut your losses. You don’t send a few SOF charging into a Benghazi full of militias in an hour without intelligence and planning. Reality is not like a Rambo or Chuck Norris movie.

    • SteveCrickmore075
      • GarandFan

        IIRC, all of those were acknowledged as TERRORIST ATTACKS. Not “out of control protests”.

        Nice try.

        Now let’s get back to “the terrorist attack that wasn’t” according to Barry and Hillary!

      • herddog505

        This, of course, being an excuse for Barry.

        We ought to ensure that this is carved on his headstone:

        “Bush did it, too!”

      • jim_m

        Steve has kindly fulfilled two of my predictions: 1) they will claim this is not a big deal and 2) they will blame Bush.

        Utterly predictable.

      • Jwb10001

        Come on Steve, is that the best defense you have for the smartest, bestest guy that ever sat in the oval office? He’s no different than Bush, the chimp that was selected not elected? Sinking pretty low. Obama was supposed to be different and low and behold he is, he’s worse. I love how you have nothing to say about Obama and Clinton you can only point at Bush and say him too.

      • Vagabond661

        And which video did Bush & Condoleeza Rice blame?

    • GarandFan

      When your ambassador on the ground keeps calling for more security, and every other foreign group is MOVING out, it comes under the heading of INCOMPETENCE. And that’s under any possible scenario you might want to look at.

      • SteveCrickmore075

        Earlier this year, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it would take 20 hours to send those jets to Libya…yes a lot of lies! In November, I flew from from Rome to Benghazi, well directly over Benghazi in about 2 hours -There really wasn’t much to see, It is not a very large town or well lit up, and is surrounded by coastal wáter and a complete desert.

        • jim_m

          It is not a very large town or well lit up,

          Then locating the burning consulate would not have been any problem.

        • Jwb10001

          And yesterday he was contradicted by other people.

        • Vagabond661

          So they knew it would be over in 9 hours?

    • LiberalNightmare

    • LiberalNightmare

      //You don’t send a few SOF charging into a Benghazi full of militias in an hour without intelligence and planning. Reality is not like a Rambo or Chuck Norris movie.//

      Really. And why was there no intelligence and planning in place to protect an embassy in Libya on the anniversary of 9/11?

      One of the excuses is that there were no assets that could reach them in time. Why were there no assets in place to protect an embassy in Libya on the anniversary of 9/11?

      When it comes to abandoning american soldiers and diplomats to die, I’m not going to accept “Oops!” as a reason.

      • “And why was there no intelligence and planning in place to protect an embassy in Libya on the anniversary of 9/11?”

        Because this administration’s got all the foresight and planning ability of your average tapeworm?

    • SteveCrickmore075 Woods also said, “apparently even the State Department had a live stream and was aware of their calls for help. My son wasn’t even there. He was at a safe house about a mile away. He got the distress call; he heard them crying for help; that’s why he and Glen risked their lives to go that extra mile just to take care of the situation. And I’m sure that wasn’t the only one received that distress call—you know, ‘Come save our lives.’”

  • Blank Slate.

  • Vagabond661

    Time to bomb an aspirin factory.

  • johne37179

    The last time I saw claims like the left is making now about Benghazi I was in law school and the right was making them about Watergate.

    I suspect that both events are likely to have similar outcomes and for similar reasons.