According to former CIA Director David Petraeus, the CIA's original talking points for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice included explicit references to terrorism and links to al Qaida, but during a standard review process, "someone" edited out those references, leaving Rice with talking points that blamed the Benghazi, Libya, murders of four Americans on a YouTube video.
Speculation had centered on White House officials, but as with every scandal this Administration causes, the buck ricochets off the Oval Office and stops somewhere else, anywhere else.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has "taken responsibility" for the lack of security that led to the deaths, sparing her boss's re-election chances. After the election, Petraeus "suddenly" was found to have had an affair that the White House and FBI had known about for months, and his girlfriend, who also knew what really happened in Benghazi, was found to have classified documents on her home computer -- documents which she had security clearance to view.
And let's not forget the commander of AFRICOM who suddenly retired, and the Navy admiral who was fired unexpectedly.
The heads are rolling over the incident in Benghazi, which the Administration -- CNN's Candy Crowley's protests aside -- painted for weeks as a spontaneous event spurred by a YouTube video, but which every Administration official from the CIA and military up to the Oval Office knew from Day One was a planned attack by Ansar al Sharia, which is linked to al Qaida.
Now meet James Clapper, whose name is appearing out of the swirling dust. He is the current director of national intelligence, an Obama appointee and career bureaucrat.
I say "current" because if the pattern holds, we may expect to see his resignation or retirement any day now.
It is his office that is being blamed for editing the talking points that led to Rice's ridiculous comments about Benghazi.
Clapper has a history of making bad calls and taking falls when it comes to intelligence on the Middle East.
For example, back in 2003, when he was in the Bush Administration working as the head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Clapper said that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction had undoubtedly been shipped to Syria before the U.S. invasion, which his own boss called a "personal assessment" that was unsupported. Clapper may have actually been right in that case, but he was certainly on the wrong side of the anti-Bush, no-WMD narrative.
Going up to the Obama years, he indicated during a December 20, 2010, interview with Diane Sawyer that he had no idea Britain had arrested 12 terrorists earlier that very day, a story which had been in the media.
During the Egypt uprisings in February 2011, Clapper told Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood was "a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam," a description which thousands of Egyptian Christians and Israelis who have been targeted by rockets fired from Egypt might take exception to.
The Muslim Brotherhood's stated goals include world domination by Islam and the renewal of the Muslim Caliphate, which is getting closer. It differs from al Qaida in tactics, not goals. Clapper, like the rest of this Administration, no doubt played down the Muslim Brotherhood's nature because the White House was in fact supporting the Brotherhood's takeover of Egypt.
In March 2011, Clapper told the Armed Services Committee that Moammar Gadhaffi would "prevail" over the rebels -- which we were funding and arming. During the same hearing, Clapper was criticized for not identifying Iran and North Korea as nuclear threats to the U.S.
And now it is Clapper's "office" that is being singled out for editing the remarks about terrorism from Rice's script.
CBS News quoted an unnamed official as saying the reaction to Rice's statements caught the Administration by surprise. "The points were not, as has been insinuated by some, edited to minimize the role of extremists, diminish terrorist affiliations, or play down that this was an attack," the official said. There were "legitimate intelligence and legal issues to consider, as is almost always the case when explaining classified assessments publicly."
According to CBS, the original CIA talking points were distributed to officials with classified clearance, including Rice, which means she knew the video was not to blame, she was ordered to lie, and she did so handily and was caught doing it. That also further proves that President Obama also knew the video was not to blame and yet went to the U.N. and lied about it, at least six times in his speech.
All this lying and covering up is to hide from the public, with the help of the lapdog media, that Obama's policies of arming extremist elements to overthrow existing Muslim governments and replace them with his own puppets have backfired. Not only did Obama's policies lead directly to the attack in Benghazi, but they have brought us into conflict with Russia, which must not be mentioned by the U.S. media, and they have emboldened Iran -- which can smell weakness like a shark smells blood -- to goad Hamas into its current attacks on Israel.
In short, Obama has lit the fuse on just about every powder keg in the Mideast and Africa, and the American people are not being told -- and they will not be told without congressional intervention.
So start the office pool now on how long Clapper will last. I smell another resignation in the works.