Yesterday The New York Times reported local militias were responsible for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed three Americans, that Al Queda played no role, and that anger was stoked by an anti-Muslim Youtube video. Darrell Issa and Mike Rogers are still convinced Al Qaeda was behind the attack.
No mea culpas were delivered Sunday by two of Washington's biggest Benghazi truthers. Mike Rogers said on Fox News Sunday that the Times report doesn't square with intelligence reports he has seen on the attack. "I dispute that, and the intelligence community, to a large volume, disputes that," Rogers said, referring to the notion anger over the video fuelled the attacks. Host Chris Wallace asked the House Intelligence Committee chairman whether he thinks the report was designed to wash Hillary Clinton's hands of any responsibility. “I find the timing odd,” Rogers said. “I don’t want to speculate on why they might do it.”
Rep. Darrell Issa was equally stubborn during his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, where he insisted his past comments about Al Qaeda's alleged involvement in the attack were accurate. “There is a group that was involved that claims an affiliation with Al Qaeda,” Issa said. Host David Gregory had first crack at one of the most impassioned drivers of Benghazi conspiracies in Washington, and for the most part he duffed it. “We have seen no evidence that the video was widely seen in Benghazi,” Issa said Sunday morning, and Gregory failed to challenge him on those remarks. “What we know, David, is the initial reports did not name this video as the prime cause,” he added. Most initial reports said the video was part of the anger in the attack, somehow. The Times report yesterday was dripping with evidence from people who were present at the attack who said the video was involved. But at least Issa did compliment the Times for “some very good work."
Ted Cruz reflected on his first full year as a senator with Jonathan Karl on ABC's This Week. "This is a city where it’s all politics all the time. And I’m trying to do my best not to pay attention to the politics, to focus on fixing the problems,” the Texas Republican said. No, seriously, those words came out of Ted Cruz's mouth. Karl couldn't believe it either, and so he interrupted Cruz. "Really," Karl said. “I know it’s hard to believe,” Cruz said, “because no one in this town does that. This is a time for people to step up and do the right thing. And that’s what I’m trying to do.” Later the two moved on to talk about haters, something Cruz has in spades. “Do you want people in Washington to like you?” Karl asked. “I want to do my job. That's really my focus,” Cruz replied. Karl pushed the issue a bit. “Do you care … does it bother you that a lot of people around here just don’t like you?” he asked. “Nobody should be surprised, if you’re trying to change Washington, that the Washington establishment pushes back," Cruz replied. What a magical fantasy world Ted Cruz must live in.
Former NSA Director Michael Hayden has a shifting view of Edward Snowden, the former contractor who exposed the NSA's dirtiest secrets. "I used to say he was a defector," Hayden said Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation, but that's changing. "I'm now kind of drifting in the direction of perhaps more harsh language..."Fill-in host Major Garrett wondered what language he'd use now. "Such as?" asked Garrett. "Such as 'traitor,'" Hayden replied.
Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman does not regret voting for Obamacare now that he sees the world through the rosy lens of retirement. “The rollout of Obamacare has been bad,” Lieberman said on Fox News Sunday, before acknowledging that having affordable healthcare for millions of Americans trumps a bumpy rollout. “The best thing that could happen now is for both parties to sit down and figure out how to fix the current system,” he said.
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