For John, BLUF: The Benghazi Imbroglio may fade in history, but if it doesn't it will be seen as a time of confusion and partisan bickering. Nothing to see here; just move along.
At The Huffington Post we have an article about Fox News interviewing "Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Thomas Ricks".
A Fox News interview ended rather abruptly on Monday after a guest took not one but two jabs at the network hosting him (see update below).To challenge the views of a "Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author" may seem a little forward, but I feel I must.
Co-anchor Jon Scott interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Thomas Ricks, who has covered the military for decades, about his new book "The Generals." Scott asked Ricks weigh in on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and Sen. John McCain's criticisms of Amb. Susan Rice.
"I think Benghazi was generally hyped by this network especially," Ricks said. He added that he thought McCain seemed to be "backing off" from criticizing Rice since "the campaign [was] over."
I agree with Mr Ricks, the death of a US Ambassador notwithstanding, Benghazi was a small fire fight, but I believe the long term consequences of our responses are of importance.
Further, I have maintained that Amb Susan Rice was not lying, but the victim of what the Administration gave her as Talking Points. (Check this blog for confirmation, if needed.) That said, several people I respect, and with insight into the issue, have told me that they don't think Amb Rice is suited for SecState.
Yesterday Scott Helfstein (Director of Research at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point) published an article on the 11 September demonstrations across the MENA area that offered some good insights, but started with the meme that what happened in Libya was a riot, as a result of "the video". This isn't true. This isn't helpful. It obscures the role of terrorist groups in North Africa. It also obscures what the demonstrations across the MENA Area are about.
The use of "the video as cause" meme has resulted in us brushing aside First Amendment guarantees, almost like it was WWI.
And, the apparent confusion about Benghazi, which went on for weeks, suggests that the Administration was fumbling.
The inability of the MSM, with Candy Crowley in the forefront, to comprehend these contradictions is troubling, but not shocking.
Fox is not my ideal, but others are wanting as well.
Regards — Cliff