This is fascinating stuff, in the way that a car crash is fascinating stuff. It’s eight minutes and 26 seconds of grilling by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl of White House spokesman Jay Carney at today’s press briefing.
Carney says absolutely nothing truthful in response to Karl asking him questions which are very relevant and very appropriate.
Understand that Jay Carney cannot claim ignorance on this issue. Jay Carney was one of the recipients of the now-infamous Ben Rhodes e-mail preparing then-National Security Advisor Susan Rice for the Sunday news shows after the Benghazi attack, and in that e-mail Rhodes specifically demands that a YouTube video mocking the prophet Muhammad be put forth as the reason for the attack rather than a broader policy failure – which was NOT the assessment of the CIA.
And yet Carney attempts to defend the narrative the White House has established since the YouTube video was debunked as the cause of Benghazi; namely, that “this was the best information we had at the time.” For him to do that is as brazen as it is bizarre – nobody has believed that for a long time, and with the release of the Rhodes e-mail, which Carney actually says is “not about Benghazi,” does not satisfy Karl in the least.