There go the Benghazi conspiracy theories! Intel community, not White House, changed Susan Rice’s talking points


Aww, the intel guys are trying to ruin all the GOP's fun! Whatever will John McCain and his trusty sidekick Little Lindsey Graham do without their talking points to deflect from important stuff... like becoming irrelevant and losing elections and global crises and stuff?

CNN -- The intelligence community - not the White House, State Department or Justice Department - was responsible for the substantive changes made to the talking points distributed for government officials who spoke publicly about the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, the spokesman for the director of national intelligence said Monday.

Now he's gone and ruined 97 House Republicans' fun, too! So who will John McCain block now?

Spokesman for the director of national intelligence, Shawn Turner:

"The intelligence community made substantive, analytical changes before the talking points were sent to government agency partners for their feedback," Turner said, referring to the White House, Justice Department, State Department, Pentagon and FBI. "There were no substantive changes made to the talking points after they left the intelligence community."

Something must be done to rectify this, stat! How in the Sam Hill are Republicans supposed to create an effective scandal? Intel community, how could you?

A senior intelligence official familiar with the drafting of the talking points said the change was made for legitimate intelligence and legal reasons, not for political purposes:

"First, the information about individuals linked to al Qaeda was derived from classified sources," the official said. "Second, when links were so tenuous - as they still are - it makes sense to be cautious before pointing fingers so you don't set off a chain of circular and self-reinforcing assumptions. Third, it is important to be careful not to prejudice a criminal investigation in its early stages."

*Heavy sigh.* Oookayyyyyy.

But none of this will likely stop the "incompetent" John McCain, even though he seems to know more than we think he knows.

UPDATE: McCain Backs Away From Benghazi Conspiracies... sort of.

  • sandinbrick

    I was told not use LOL, nevermind. thanks I had a great big laugh at the "Ah Phooey" with Donald Duck. I stole it, sorry. But it never ends. This is a racist thing with Susan Rice. That's why I don't like Meghan McCain, pot calling the kettle black. As for John McCain and his pal Linsey. They can go straight to hell! Now we have the Gaza attack. I think President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are doing a great job. But Hillary wants to retire. So what the holdup on Susan Rice? I'm so disgusted and I knew this would happen, nothing changes. See you tomorrow with a donation. Love you GottaLaff and PaddyK. Good night.

  • Sally

    So when will the GOP demand to know when Bush knew about imminent attacks from jets? Or when will they study why Blg. 7 IMPLODED 8 hours after the original attacks. You know, the building that had intelligence info in it? And when will they tell us what happened to the billions in cash that somehow disappeared in Iraq? Or when will they prosecute Blackwater and Halliburton for war crimes? And what about our soldiers who were electrocuted in shoddy showers made by contractors? Don't those parents have a right to know 8 years later what happened? Or does the GOP only smell scandal when a Dem is in  office? Yeah, thought so.

  • know, something like what happened in Palestine - where they beat to death suspected Israeli spies - could know, when people ASSUME.