You Can't Keep Benghazi Truthers Down

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May 1 2013 8:57 AM

Opening Act: Benghazi, Take II

President Barack Obama watches as a casket is placed into a hearse during the Transfer of Remains Ceremony for U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Libyan embassy employees on September 14, 2012 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

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There's an extra level of dissonance between the left and right media this week. If you read the conservative press, you know that the Saudis warned America about Tamerlan Tsarnaev and that Benghazi whistleblowers are being silenced. If you don't, you wonder why we're expected to trust a Tsarnaev story from David Martosko, sourced to a document that an anonymous source had seen; we're talking about the ex-Daily Caller editor most famous for publishing Trayvon Martin's tweets and for running multiple Bob Menendez stories that fell apart. And you're not thrown by the Benghazi stuff.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

The attack began about 9:30 p.m. on September 11th, 2012 at a diplomatic compound in Benghazi and culminated roughly seven hours later at a second location, a CIA annex about one mile away.
While the official responses from Washington have been that the assets could not have made it to Benghazi in time to stop the second attack that killed Woods and Dohety, our source says otherwise and insists there were at least two elite military units that could have made it in time, including the one training in Croatia.

What happened that night was that a team based in Tripoli was sent to Benghazi, but too late to provide backup for Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty as they battled terrorists. We already knew that the U.S. could have immediately scrambled assets and didn't, arguing in the official State report that there wasn't enough intelligence or certainty to make it worth the risk. This is the disagreement: Whether you consider that decision tantamount to "leaving men to die."

Kelly Ayotte's first town hall since the gun bill is crashed by a Newtown family member.

“Certainly let me just say that I obviously am so sorry – as everyone here is, no matter what our views are,” Ayotte said to Lafferty, the daughter of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung. “I think that ultimately when we look at what happened in Sandy Hook … all of us want to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” Ayotte added, speaking slowly with her voice hoarse from a cold she’s been suffering.
She went on to criticize the bill, arguing that the plan “wouldn’t have solved” the problems that led to last December’s killings in Newtown, Conn.

The only problem with this story is the hook that Obama's "campaign finance reform plans" have faded. What reform plans? He was always laissez faire and hypocritical.

Chris Moody gets the sentence of the day:

He told me in no uncertain terms that he was born more than 1,800 years ago beneath the surface of the Earth in a subterranean city where several million people live near Mount Shasta in California.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 



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