The Republican Party has been hell bent on ruining the credibility of President Barack Obama via the attacks on the U.S. Benghazi Embassy that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. Instead they ruined their own credibility.
Last Friday, Republicans leaked emails to the press on the Benghazi attacks. Those emails are now being scrutinized as CBS News on Thursday reported those emails contains altered text. The two that were singled out by CBS were those of National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
Rhodes email that was leaked by Republicans said, “We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation.”
There is a huge problem between the two versions. The reason is Rhodes never mentioned the State Department in his email.
“We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation,” Rhodes said in the emails that were released Wednesday.
One could just chalk it off as some kind of error. However, what makes it clear that Republicans had an agenda is that Nuland’s email was altered in a similar way.
“The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency (CIA) about al-Qaeda’s presence and activities of al-Qaeda,” Republicans have Nuland saying.
Like Rhodes email, Nuland never mentions the CIA nor Al Qaeda at all in her email.
“The penultimate point could be abused by members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings,” actually said.
The reason why they did this is most likely to prove their claim that the State Department requested the changes to the talking points. The problem with this is that the rest of the emails show that State Department raised concerns over the talking points being too specific to the CIA as they were the ones who drafted the talking points. The CIA agreed with the State Department and made the changes them self to be less specific.
In other words, just like the White House has been saying they never orchestrated any changes to the talking points.
For a while now we have known that Republicans will bend and distort the truth to get their ways. The changes show one thing in particular about Republicans.
That is nothing has changed with Republicans since the Watergate Scandal of the 1970s that brought down President Richard Nixon. They don’t care about anything or anyone. The only thing they care about is getting what they want.