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Star Tribune has nothing on Bachmann call for Benghazi Inquest

by The Big E on November 21, 2012 · 2 comments

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Minnesota’s highest profile politician, wants in inquest into how the Obama Administration misled America about what happened, when they knew what they knew and etc. As Bill Prendergast noted, she jumped on the Benghazi bandwagon.

This post is to note two things: first that the Minneapolis Star Tribune failed to cover this and secondly that Bachmann and et als claims are complete bunk.

Why doesn’t the Strib cover Minnesota’s most influential politician adequately? Who knows. But I guarantee their political reporters will be all over the very important news of Gov. Mark Dayton pardoning a turkey.

Here’s some details on why the Benghazi bandwagon is just more teabaggery:

Intelligence officials told CNN that the intelligence community, not the White House, changed the now infamous Benghazi talking points given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice before her appearance on several morning news shows in September. CNN quoted both the spokesperson for the Director of National Intelligence and an anonymous official “familiar with the drafting of the talking points.” The DNI spokesperson said that the only “substantive changes” came from the intelligence community and not the White House.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers in a closed door hearing last week that the CIA’s original assessment on the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack was that it was carried out by al Qaeda affiliated groups. But he reportedly said that analysis was later taken out after an interagency review in favor of a more general assessment that “extremists” carried out the attack to broaden the scope and not tip off terrorists to U.S. knowledge on the matter. And despite the fact that Petraeus said the CIA approved the change, Republicans, led by Republican senators John McCain (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC) and Kelly Ayotte (NH), have accused the White House of stripping the language for political reasons.
(Think Progress)

And how much do you want to bet the Strib doesn’t cover the Benghazi Bandwagon’s falling apart as well?

give2attain November 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

It is humorous to hear Liberals say the Strib is too Conservative after the years of hearing the Conservatives say the Strib is too Liberal.

Now are you saying that you would have believed the White House and CIA if this Benghazi mess had happened while Bush was President?  Or if the Fast and Furious issue?  Just curious…

Alec November 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

At least 10 Bengazi like attacks happened under Bush the Lessers watch, and we really heard nothing of it. Liberal, conservative, or otherwise. Can you honestly say liberals exploited any of those ten attacks the way conservatives have exploited this one attack? Is there really any honest, intellectual equivalency?

June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.
February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Truck bomb kills 17.

February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards.

July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan
Suicide bomber kills two.

December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded.

March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants.

September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria
Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13 wounded.

January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece
A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured.

July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey
Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed.

March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls’ school instead.

September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured.

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