GOP and Conservative conspiracy theory mongers were latching onto the hopes that an email would connect the White House to specific actions taken in Benghazi. The subtext went something like, “the White House knowingly edited emails in order to create an illusion that terrorism was not a factor in those attacks.” The reasoning imagined was that Obama was fighting a battle with his foreign policy success against a much more reasonable challenger Mitt Romney whose foreign policy wouldn’t have killed those Americans. However, those people who chose to believe the Conservatives in their march to get Benghazi into headlines must have forgotten about those WMD’s the Conservatives found in Iraq.
Once again the Republicans push conspiracy theories while passing through legislation as well… anyone remember that talk of killing overtime a few weeks ago? Yeah, they passed that amid the flip-out over tax forms and an embassy that was attacked while having their budget shortened (Thanks to Paul Ryan for that one). And the Conservatives work their job-killing and union busting policies to further stretch the middle class thinner (much like many 3rd world countries).
So back to that email… it turns out that there were malicious edits and paraphrasing done to one of the smallest email statements I have read in a while from a government office. Here is the email in its entirety.
From: Rhodes, Benjamin J.
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2012 9:34 PM
Subject: Re: Revised HPSCI Talking Points for Review
Sorry to be late to this discussion. We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.
There is a ton of wrong information getting out into the public domain from Congress and people who are not particularly informed. Insofar as we have firmed up assessments that don’t compromise intel or the investigation, we need to have the capability to correct the record, as there are significant policy and messaging ramifications that would flow from a hardened mis-impression.
We can take this up tomorrow morning at deputies.