The deaths of four Americans — including Ambassador J.
Benghazi has already been investigated by the independent Accountability Review Board and several congressional committees, including four House panels and the
In fact, the idea that the Benghazi attack was inspired by the protest in Egypt over the video was mentioned in the earliest version of the talking points, which were prepared by the
The new committee is unlikely to add much to that record. Its origins lie not, as Republicans maintain, in "lingering questions" about what happened before, during and after the attack, but in partisan politics.
Benghazi was to have been the issue that would ignite
The 2012 election is history, but as Washington measures time, the 2016 election is just around the corner, and the presumptive Democratic nominee is
Election politics aside, the creation of this committee reflects Republicans' resentment over what they see as executive branch arrogance — especially the administration's recent release of an email from a
The administration should have released the Sept. 14, 2012, email from deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes long ago. That said, it's anything but a smoking gun. Referring to protests over the video throughout the Muslim world, Rhodes suggested that Rice stress that "these protests were rooted in an Internet video and not a broader failure of policy."
At most the Rhodes email is a footnote in the history of the administration's public relations response to Benghazi. It proves nothing. The revelation that Rhodes urged Rice to deny that there was a broader failure of administration policy does not lend credence to, much less prove, that the video explanation was concocted.