Andrew McCarthy: The Cairo ‘Protests’ Were Not About The Video, Either (Video)

Former Assistant United States Attorney and NRO and PJ Media contributor, Andrew McCarthy, appeared on The Kelly File, Thursday night to discuss the new Benghazi emails and give his reaction to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s deceptive performance Wednesday in the White House briefing room.  

In Carney’s exchange with Jonathan Karl, he insisted that Rhodes’ email was not about Benghazi, arguing that the talking points were meant to cover what caused the protests outside other embassies in the Middle East (Khartoum, Tunis, and Cairo). 

“Of all the insults to the intelligence that we’ve heard from the podium,” McCarthy said, “that one may be the worst one that we’ve heard over the past  five or six years…”

He went on to point out that the whole reason for the talking points, was to prep Susan Rice for the Sunday talk shows where she was to talk about what?  The Benghazi massacre. If not for the Benghazi attack, she would not have been appearing on those shows.

As for why Judicial Watch was able to get the docs, but Congress was not, he answered, “a lawyer can prosecute an actual case to try to get to the bottom of what actual happened –  whereas 5 different congressional committees all coming at it from different angles are not equipped to do an actual criminal investigation. He couldn’t say why Boehner hasn’t called for Select Committee. “If he doesn’t do it now, it’s inexplicable,” he said.

MacCallum asked McCarthy what he thought about the phony YouTube video narrative; “you also claim that even Egypt didn’t have anything to do with the video.”

“The video is a fraud through and through,” McCarthy declared. “The video never had anything to do with Benghazi, and it’s unfortunate that people have accepted that it had something to do with Cairo. We knew before the Cairo Embassy –  what they called protesting but was actually violent rioting  – happened under circumstances where  al Qaeda elements had been threatening the embassy for weeks to get the freedom of the guy I prosecuted in the nineties the Blind Sheikh – which was a big deal in Egypt. That was what was mainly going on in Egypt.”

“The video thing was a side show”, he explained. “The State Dept. put out these tweets to try to spin the trouble in Cairo as attributable to the video.”

The Andrew McCarthy interview begins 8:00 minutes in.

Walid Shoebat notes:

It is both interesting and telling that Carney would concede that the protests outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo were the result of the video. One thing that Carney will not and has not conceded is that CNN’s Nic Robertson was outside the Cairo embassy on the morning of the attack as protests were taking place. Those protests – which had been going on for several weeks – were about demanding the release of the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing – Omar Abdel Rahman (“the Blind Sheikh”), as we presented in EXHIBIT Z of our “Ironclad” Report:

Everything this Regime does it political spin and outright lies (even as they project that Republicans are the ones who politicize everything.)

That’s why no one should trust them on anything — be it domestic policy, or foreign policy. That’s why I haven’t posted much on the Ukraine. There is a lot of propaganda being thrown out there from all sides on the Ukraine situation – and a lot of it is coming from this untrustworthy Regime. Media stenographers uncritically parrot whatever this corrupt State Dept tells them and sometimes they don’t even have the correct facts.  We’re only getting one side of the story and it’s a complicated story, and we can no longer trust our own government to tell us the truth. Spin is one thing – outright lies are another.

I’m afraid that getting to the bottom of Benghazi is going to take a Select Committee. And if we ever find out what really happened (there are various theories) we may well find that some House and Senate intel committee members were caught up in the scandal too.

Gowdy Blasts House Leadership: “Congress Is Supposed To Provide The Oversight – Not Judicial Watch!” (Video)

Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) appeared on Fox News with Bill Hemmer, Wednesday to discuss the explosive, smoking gun documents that were released by Judicial Watch, yesterday.

Gowdy said that the documents only prove what we already suspected, that “the White House was preoccupied with spinning their policy more so than telling the people the truth.”

But the slightly agitated Gowdy continued, “but Bill, Congress didn’t get this email. And that’s the point that I would stress to you and your viewers. This email came because of a court action by a private entity.

After 20 months, Congress still doesn’t have all the emails, and apparently we’re not willing to do anything to force the administration to give us the emails.”

How many more emails are there like this? And are we going to have to wait another 20 months to get those?” a clearly frustrated Gowdy asked.

“But it’s been 20 months!” Gowdy later exclaimed, “And we didn’t even get this email! Congress is supposed to provide the oversight – not Judicial Watch!”

“You would hope that my colleagues in the House – particularly the leadership, would be so infuriated that a private entity is getting more information from this administration than we are, that we would actually start using the tools that we have at our disposal to compel the information being produced. If this email existed for 20 months and we just got it, what else exists that we don’t know about,” Gowdy concluded.

Linked by RWN and Doug Ross, thanks!

Jay Carney: White House Talking Points Were Not About Benghazi (Video)

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was spinning like a top at today’s press conference.

Obviously expecting to be asked about the new WH Benghazi emails produced by Judicial Watch, he had some brand new shiny spin for the Praetorians to use in defense of the Regime. And he recited the brand new spin with the bored air of someone who has patiently explained it to the duller reporters (like Jonathan Karl)  “again and again.”

Karl wanted to know why the email was withheld for 20 months. “This is directly relevant, he said.  “Why did you hold it back. Why did it take a court case for you to release this?”

“Jon,” an annoyed Carney answered.  “I have said again and again, and I know you can keep asking me again and again. This document was not about Benghazi.”

Talk about moving the goalposts.

“It was her prep for the Sunday shows!”  Karl exclaimed.

“It wasn’t her only prep for Benghazi,” Carney patiently explained. “She relied for answers on Benghazi on the document prepared by the CIA, as did members of Congress.”

He continued in that vein, refusing to answer the actual question, which was – why was the email withheld?

Watch it and weep for our country:

Needless to say to anyone who saw Susan Rice’s performances on those Sunday talk shows – she applied the YouTube video narrative to the Benghazi attack, repeatedly. So if it was some kind of gross misunderstanding, why was she given a promotion, rather than be fired for getting it all so profoundly wrong?

I didn’t watch the whole press conference, so I don’t know if anyone called Carney out on his past lies:

“It has been repeatedly said by some of the critics on this issue on the Hill that the White House provided talking points. That has been categorically refuted not just by us but by the intelligence community, and yet it’s still periodically said on the air. And it’s just wrong,” Carney lied in November of 2012.

In May of 2013, Carney lied, “the White House involvement in any changes that were made to the so-called talking points were extremely minimal and non-substantive.”

Now he’s reduced to ignoring questions about why it took so long to produce the email with the White House talking points, the existence of which he claimed, were “categorically refuted.”


Washington Free Beacon has a longer clip of Karl’s questioning: Jon Karl vs. Jay Carney on Benghazi – 8 Minutes of Fury:

In an effort to spin the situation, Jay Carney claimed the talking points provided to Rice were about the numerous protests occurring in the Middle East and weren’t specifically about Benghazi.

“If you look at that document, that document that we’re talking about today was about the overall environment in the Muslim world — the protests outside of Khartoum — the embassy in Khartoum, outside of the embassy in Tunis, the protests outside of the embassy in Cairo. These were big stories. These were — this was a big problem. And this was an ongoing story through that weekend when Ambassador Rice appeared in the Sunday shows. So to suggest that we wouldn’t have answers to questions about those situations –and unless you’re telling me now that those protests didn’t have anything to do with the video, it was entirely appropriate to have a question-an-answer document prepared for the video,” Carney said in defense of the released emails.

“It did not come from the CIA. You stood there at the podium time after time and said that she was referring to talking points created by the CIA. Now we see a document that comes from the White House, not from the CIA, attributing the protests to the video, and we have the former director of the CIA saying that that was not something that his analysts had attributed it to,” Karl fired back.

The Conversation: Carney Knew The WH Document Was About Benghazi – He Used The Talking Points Himself on Sept. 14, 2012:

“Spin” is a generous euphemism for the disgraceful deceptions this “public servant” spouts on a daily basis. Never forget – the White House Press Secretary works for the American people. He owes us the truth – and we are not getting it from him.

According to Judicial Watch, the Rhodes email was sent on sent on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 8:09 p.m. with the subject line:  “RE: PREP CALL with Susan, Saturday at 4:00 pm ET.”

Ace of Spades HQ: In an Administration of Lying Incompetents, Jay Carney Manages to Distinguish Himself Yet Again:

Exit Quote: “If you look at the document in question, it is not about Benghazi.

Second Exit Quote: “The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US consulate and subsequently its annex.

Third Exit Quote: After a year and a half of vigorously insisting the White House had no input into these Talking Points — that all information came from the CIA and FBI — Carney now says “obviously” the White House had input into the Talking Points.

Previously –

In May of 2013, I took the time to review Jay Carney’s dishonest spin on Benghazi.

After Months of Dishonest Spinning on Benghazi, Jay Carney Clings to ARB Report (Video)

On September 14, Jake Tapper asked Carney if the anniversary of September 11 might have been a good time to have extra security around diplomat and military posts.

After assuring us that they are always very vigilant on anniversaries like 9/11 (no they’re not), Jay said, but “let’s be clear….these protests were in reaction to a VIDEO that had spread to the region….”

Jake: “In Benghazi?”

Jay: “We don’t know otherwise. We have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack.” (Yes they had) “The unrest we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that many Muslims find offensive, and while the violence is reprehensible and unjustified it is not a reaction to 9/11 or US policy.”

Jay was being a good soldier – literally reciting  the White House talking points supplied to him by White House fixer, Ben Rhodes:  “it is not a reaction to 9/11 or US policy.”

Jay Carney on Sept. 19, argued that they didn’t have evidence that it was a pre-planned attack. “Bad actors” had come on the scene of a protest armed with RPGs and mortars. “We prefer to have an investigation…”

The reporter, clearly not buying it, said, “so a random crowd that had come together with their heavy weapons – got insulted by the film, and decided to – you know – blow up…”

Carney doubled down with, “there has certainly been precedent in the past where bad actors  –  extremists who are heavily armed who have exploited situations that have developed in order to attack Americans…”

This is the 19th of September now, mind you, and he’s refusing to admit the obvious because that would reflect badly on the regime.



Jay Carney October 10, 2012: Benghazi Terror Attack: Jake Tapper Presses Jay Carney on WH Misstatements on Consulate Attack:

Note how everything that they knew the night of the attack was “still under investigation”. Note also how much faith Carney was putting into the Regime’s ringer “Accountability Review Board” that was looking into the attacks.

“Given the fact, that so much was made of the video, that apparently had absolutely nothing to do with Benghazi, there wasn’t even a protest, didn’t President Obama shoot from the hip?” Jake Tapper asked.

Carney responded that it was a moving picture, and some people were trying to politicize a situation that shouldn’t be politicized.

“There was a lot of talk about the video….” Jake persisted.


Dec. 20, Carney Gets Testy Over Benghazi Questions:

Here, Carney took a question from Fox News’ Ed Henry, and got huffy at the idea that anyone higher up than a few low level State Department flacks  should be held responsible. “What are you suggesting, Ed, Carney demanded, the disgust and contempt dripping from his voice. Based on the holy Gospel according to the ACB report, some reporting turned out to bewrong, Carney sneered, clearly alluding to Fox News.



Watcher’s Council Nominations – Guv’mint Surveillance Edition


Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

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This weekThe Midknight ReviewJewish American Patriots,Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion Maggie’s Notebookand The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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