streiff @ Redstate:
Following on Susan Rice’s disastrous appearance on various Sunday shows after the sacking of our Benghazi consulate and the murder of our ambassador, the Obama regime has been flailing about for a plausible strategy to avoid accountability for their incompetence.
Now they’ve come up with one. Blame the intelligence community.
In response for a demand received by Rice from members of the House and Senate to explain her counterfactual statements:
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told Republican senators that her televised statements last month on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were based entirely on information she was given by the intelligence community.
As this regime inevitably corrupts everything it touches, now we find the head of the US intelligence community has suddenly discovered it originally got it wrong:
She also pointed to a Sept. 28 statement from Shawn Turner, spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, admitting that the intelligence community had changed its view of the attack.
“As the Intelligence Community collects and analyzes more information related to the attack, our understanding of the event continues to evolve,” Turner said. “As we learned more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists.”
This account is being disputed in off-the-record conversations with reporters:
Officials with access to intelligence reports, based on both technical spying and human agents, said specific reporting revealed an alarming surge in clandestine al Qaeda activity months before the attack in Benghazi.
Yet the Obama administration sought to keep the information from becoming public to avoid exposing what the officials say is a Middle East policy failure by Obama.