WH VIA CARNEY is trying to blow off the emails. Not gonna happen now. They R either incompetent or liars. Which is it? #Benghazi—
Melissia (@ProudoftheUSA) October 24, 2012
Hey, you silly wingnuts, you know those emails showing that the White House knew within two hours that a militant Islamist group claimed responsibility for the Benghzi terror attack on Sept. 11?
Totally no biggie, says White House press secretary Jay Carney. Not even “bumps in the road.” Behold the dizzying spin:
Of course. The White House gets loads of emails about a whole lotta stuff and prioritizing is hard work. Why, you should’ve seen the one about Romney bending over in front of a kid. Hilarious! And you know, one of these days, responding to those Nigerian princes is gonna pay off big time.
Jake Tapper has more on the White House’s revolting CYA attempt.
White House officials maintained that the emails don’t contradict what the White House believed at that point, based on the intelligence community’s assessment of the attack. The views of the intelligence community are valued far more than Facebook and twitter claims, officials said, describing that email as an unclassified ops alert email, not a vetted intelligence assessment. It was not definitive, but rather the act of flagging open source reporting referencing a Facebook post, and – officials noted — on September 17, Ansar al-Sharia denied responsibility for the attack.
Carney today told reporters that there were emails about all sorts of information that was coming available in the aftermath of the attack. “There was a variety of information coming in,” Carney said. “The whole point of an intelligence community and what they do is to assess strands of information and make judgments about what happened and who was responsible.”
Moreover, officials said, the intelligence community still believes there wasn’t a tremendous amount of planning before the attack. A terrorist group carrying it out doesn’t mean it wasn’t an opportunistic attack, officials said.
But the notion that a YouTube video was responsible for “spontaneous protests” was a “vetted intelligence assessment”?
Twitter users helpfully explain the craven, arrogant spin:
Bingo! Shut your traps; the election is just two weeks away and this news is “not optimal.” And don’t forget, Benghazi is only an issue because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
The Twitterverse is disgusted and rightfully so.
Anyone feel that? It’s the rush of wind from President Obama’s palace guard media frantically working to spin the downplaying of these emails as bold and brave leadership.