Mike Morell’s Circular Illogic Fuels #Benghazi Fever
The most recent bout of #Benghazi Fever has been fueled by a tandem of the latest (actually authentic) email to surface regarding Susan Rice’s Sunday show prep, and a clip of former Deputy CIA Director Mike Morell testifying before the House Intelligence Committee that he was shocked, shocked to hear Rice attribute the attack to a video that caused protests in the region. Right before that, though, he says that the CIA did think the attack was spurred by the protests. What the Fox?!?
ABC News Chief #Benghazi Cultist Jon Karl referenced Morell’s testimony in his ostentatious exchange with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney last week. The crux of this iteration of the Benghazi email “scandal” is a single line in a Ben Rhodes email that says one of the goals of then-Ambassador Susan Rice’s Sunday show appearances is “To underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video, and not a broader policy failure.”
Protests. Plural. As in, the protests that were all over the news, even Fox News, over a YouTube video from the film Innocence of Muslims. In resurrecting his hobby horse (this time with an email that wasn’t fake), Karl connected the new email with Morell’s testimony, but here’s how he quoted him:
Ambassador Rice went one those shows and she said that the attack in Benghazi was rooted in protests over an Internet video. We now know that that was not true; that, in fact, the CIA Director Morell just — former Director Morell just testified last month that ‘when she talked about the video, my reaction was, that’s not something the analysts have attributed this attack to.’ It did not come from the CIA.
That quote from Morell’s testimony has been getting a lot of play from #Benghazi cultists, but here’s a shocker: Karl’s quote was incomplete. In the very same response, Morell had just finished saying that the CIA agreed, at the time, that the attack was inspired by the protests. Asked for his reaction to Amb. Rice’s Sunday show appearances, Morell said “My reaction was two-fold. One was that what she said about the attacks evolving spontaneously from a protest was exactly what the talking points said, and it was exactly what the intelligence community analysts believed. When she talked about the video, my reaction was, that’s not something that the analysts had attributed this attack to.”
Since Democrats are apparently not allowed to speak at #Benghazi hearings, no one thought to ask Morell what the fuck he was talking about. How can you say you thought the attack was inspired by protests over a video, then say, in the next breath, that you were surprised to hear the video being brought up? Yes, the cookies were the result of baking, but these reports of flour, eggs, and butter? Hogwash.
Morell even goes on to explain that…READ MORE