|Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1770|
Benghazi is back and, with it, the role of Ben Rhodes in what many consider a classic cover-up. Dithering on whether or not to call the attack on the Benghazi outpost last September 11 a “terrorist attack” certainly smells like a cover-up. If so, it will come out starting with House Oversight and Government Reform hearings this Wednesday. That hearing will include two witnesses who will testify that the State Counterterrorism Bureau was cut out of the loop after the attack.
Squarely in the crosshairs then, as now, is the infamous “talking points,” about which Stephen Hayes writes in a lengthy piece in this week's Weekly Standard. (See also this piece in The Weekly Standard blog.)
As I wrote back in November in my 2012 American Politics blog, “Sensing their vulnerability (in the wake of Petraeus’ appearance before Congress), even the White House took the extraordinary step... of refuting the testimony, through National Security Council spokesman Ben Rhoades,” according to The Washington Times.
Rhoades, no political virgin, is a former Obama campaign staffer. He has served as President Barack Obama’s speechwriter since 2007 and has written all of Obama’s key foreign policy speeches.”
While the White House might claim, in Jay Carney’s words, “Benghazi happened a long time ago,” this baby is about to be born—June 11, 2013 being nine months after the attack that occurred.