Today's release of twelve revisions of Susan Rice's famous talking points has been like striking a match in a room full of gas.
This from The Atlantic is right in the middle of it:
What Benghazi Truthers Are Looking For
There's the sense among some conservatives that Benghazi is one of the greatest scandals the country has ever seen. Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday, "And it isn't Watergate. Nobody died in Watergate. Four people died in Benghazi. Nobody died in Watergate." But for that comparison to be perfect, you'd have to assume that Obama ordered the attack on Benghazi, or at least, that his reelection campaign did so on his behalf. It turns out some people think that's what happened.
Retired Admiral James Lyons takes the CIA-was-arming-Syrian-rebels theory and pushes it a step further. In November, just after the election, Lyons was asked to speculate what he thought was behind the attack on Fox Business News' Lou Dobbs Tonight. He said:
"I speculate that Ambassador Stevens was supposed to be kidnapped, held hostage, in exchange for the release of the Blind Sheikh that we're currently holding in prison. That's the only thing that makes sense to me."
This theory had been circulating since October. Ultra-truthers believe the Benghazi attack was orchestrated by the Obama administration in cooperation with terrorists — that's why there wasn't enough security at the consulate. The terrorists would kidnap Ambassador Chris Stevens, and then set up a prisoner exchange, in which Obama would get Stevens back in exchange for the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, who was convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. "The plan was to make Obama look like 'a badass' and a to have him revel in this through October and into the November election," Kevin DuJan wrote on HillBuzz.org on October 8. Some sites claim to have real evidence this happened. "What is most shocking, however, is that a source within the White House states that it was arranged as an October surprise by Barack Obama," Kris Zane wrote at The Western Center for Journalism on October 20. They've kept up the fight. In January, Western Journalism's Floyd and Mary Beth Brown wrote, "Some will say that Admiral Lyons’ accusation is not a smoking gun. We agree; that’s exactly why Congress must investigate Benghazi-gate." The Lonely Conservative picked it up in FebruaryI haven't the time or patience to curate the whole piece. Go read for yourself.
I'm reminded of two duck hunters...
They waited in a blind near a body of water, decoys in place, taking turns with a bottle of whiskey. Unfortunately, one got so drunk he could hardly stand but the other was able to shoot pretty well.
Sure enough, a flock of ducks came down, but at the sound of the first shot they took off flying.
The alert hunter fired off several times but missed every time.
By the time the other hunter was getting ready for his first shot one duck was all that was left.
As the duck took off the hunter fired and hit him.
"Wow! That was some shot," said his friend.
"Heck, that's nothing," said the drunk one. "For a flock like that all you need to do is shoot at it and you're bound to hit something."