WASHINGTON — The same day that the Obama administration tried to defuse the IRS and Associated Press scandals, they released a bevy of internal e-mails regarding the Benghazi terrorist attacks on a U.S. consulate in Libya.
The Benghazi attacks resulted in the death of three Americans and the American ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens. As Greg Hicks, Stevens’ no.2 man in Libya, outlined in his testimony before a congressional committee, the personnel on the ground were left alone and without reinforcements.
Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State at that time, is ultimately responsible for the non-response to the Benghazi attacks.
The IRS is under scrutiny for singling out conservative and Tea Party groups in filing for tax-exempt status, while the Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder is being questioned about why they tapped the phones of Associated Press reporters. Some worry that the IRS and AP scandals will overshadow Benghazi.
According to Reuters, these e-mails shows that the CIA was furious about the alteration of the administration’s talking points about Benghazi. Susan Rice, the American ambassador to the U.N., received edited talking points that did not mention that the CIA had warned the administration of possible terrorist activity in Benghazi.
Contrary to the administration’s claims, the e-mails show that the talking points were edited many times before Rice went on national television five days after the attacks. She said that the attacks were “spontaneous” and due to an amateur video on the Sunday talk show tour, something Hicks vehemently denied from his first-hand account on the ground.