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Even though UN Ambassador Susan Rice met voluntarily yesterday with GOP Senators Graham, McCain and Ayotte to answer questions about "her role" in press appearances following the violent attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.....those GOP senators came away from that meeting "more troubled, not less" than they had been before......a response which was entirely predictable before the meeting.
These GOP senators don't want answers and are not looking for any answers.....they are looking to expand a political spectacle they created out of whole Foxian cloth. Fast and Furious, like Whitewater during Clinton's presidency, has been a disappointment for Republicans intent on bringing impeachment charges against another Democratic President. The three GOP senators who met with Rice yesterday were hoping that their continuing political exploitation of four dead Americans in Benghazi would finally uncover a new Stained Blue Dress.
For the uninitiated....or the stubborn.....here's what Susan Rice told CBS's Bob Schieffer on Sept. 16, five days after the Benghazi violence....
MS. RICE: So we’ll want to see the results of that [FBI] investigation to draw any definitive conclusions. But based on the best information we have to date, what our assessment is as of the present is in fact what began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy– –sparked by this hateful video. But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that– in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in Libya post-revolution. And that it spun from there into something much, much more violent.
BOB SCHIEFFER: But you do not agree with him that this was something that had been plotted out several months ago?
MS. RICE: We do not– we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned.
MR. SCHIEFFER: Do you agree or disagree with [the previous guest, the president of Libya’s general national congress] that al Qaeda had some part in this?
MS. RICE: Well, we’ll have to find out that out. I mean I think it’s clear that there were extremist elements that joined in and escalated the violence. Whether they were al Qaeda affiliates, whether they were Libyan-based extremists or al Qaeda itself I think is one of the things we’ll have to determine.
On that same day, Sept 16....John McCain and Lindsey Graham also appeared on the Sunday shows saying that Susan Rice...
...was part of a political cover up heading into the Nov. 6 presidential election. Mr. Obama has said she was making statements based on intelligence reports she had received.
After September 16th, we learned....
...the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack - with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. The White House or State Department did not make those changes.
It would seem that that information from the DNI would have settled the dispute over whether Rice was part of some grand conspiracy to mislead Americans over Benghazi. But it didn't. Why not? Because there is no "dispute". As Jay Carney said yesterday...."there are no unanswered questions".
The simple truth is that facts, testimony, closed-door questions and answers do not matter when the purpose of staging a political spectacle is not to find answers to specific or vital questions, but instead to stir up as much hooey as possible in the hope of doing damage to a Democratic president. And when it comes to Republicans and Benghazi......that's all there is.
I don't care how many times the angry old white man, John McCain, appears on the Sunday talk shows (21 so far this year)....I don't care how many times Huckleberry Graham curls up his lip in a pathetic attempt at expressing anger and contempt.....there is nothing there.
The very fact that corporate media has been consumed with this non-story for over 2 months should clear up any notion that the U.S. has a "liberal media".....but it won't. After all that has been openly offered as evidence about Benghazi, one might think that corporate media would be able to sort out what's true and what is simply Republican bullshite.....by now. But they haven't and they won't.
Why? Because the Beltway media is wired Republican....and has been for a good 20 years. All the GOP has to do is continue to pretend they are outraged over something, anything, that Democrats have alleged to have done. No facts, no evidence required.....just the outrage, just the spectacle surrounding the expressions of outrage is enough. Corrupt corporate media members rally around the spectacle, the faux-outrage.
And that's exactly what has happened over the Benghazi incident. GOP senators oh-so-soberly exploiting the deaths of 4 American citizens in Benghazi......the senators oh-so-seriousness consequently amplified to eleven and sufficiently distorted by the likes of Fox, Rush and the Usual Suspect Deceivers in conservative propaganda......followed by a pile-on symphony of faux-concern and faux-outrage from wired-Republican-D.C. dwellers who are not Fox.....only to all come to an end when the faux-story accompanied by faux-outrage is replaced by a new faux-story also accompanied by new faux-outrage.
All so predictable.....and all so foolish.