Bob Woodward sier Benghazi minner ham om Watergate. Richard Nixon gjennomgikk personlig referat av samtaler og bestemte hva som skulle utelates. Noe av det samme skjedde med the talking points som Susan Rice benyttet om Benghazi 16. september, fem dager etter angrepet.

He pointed to White House laundering of its talking points after last year’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

«I have to go back 40 years to Watergate, when Nixon put out his edited transcripts of the conversations, and he personally went through them and said, Let’s not tell this, let’s not show this,'» the political author told MSNBC’s «Morning Joe» program.

«I would not dismiss Benghazi. It’s a very serious issue. As people keep saying, four people were killed.»In the future, Woodward said, the government should forego talking points.

«Talking points, as we know, are like legal briefs. They’re an argument on one side. We need to get rid of talking points and they need to put out statements or papers that are truth documents.»

Meanwhile, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, while a serious issue, but doesn’t yet rise to the level of Watergate, Woodward says.

«It’s a big mess, obviously. I know there have been these comparisons to Watergate. I would say not yet.»

Earlier this week, Carl Bernstein, Woodward’s reporting partner on the scandal that brought down Richard Nixon, called the third scandal currently surrounding the Obama administration — the seizing of Associated Press reporters’ phone records —»outrageous.»

Even if President Barack Obama did not know about the details, he knew of the policy, Woodward said.

Andrew McCarthy har en ide om hva som skjedde. Cluet er telefonsamtalen mellom Hillary Clinton og Barack Obama klokken 2200 lokal tid.

Tidsforløpet er avgjørende for å kunne tolke en slik hendelse. McCarthy viser at Clinton kl 2000 snakket med nestkommanderende ved ambassaden i Tripoli, Gary Hicks, og fikk av ham vite at det var et terrorangrep, og av hvem.

Kl 2100 kom beskjeden om at ambassadør Christopher Stephens var drept.

We also know that at 8 p.m. Washington time, Hicks spoke directly with Clinton and some of her top advisers by telephone. Not only was it apparent that a terrorist attack involving al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar al-Sharia was underway, but Hicks’s two most profound fears at the time he briefed Clinton centered on those terrorists: First, there were reports that Ambassador Stevens might be in the clutches of the terrorists at a hospital they controlled; second, there were rumblings that a similar attack on the embassy in Tripoli could be imminent, convincing Hicks that State Department personnel should evacuate. He naturally conveyed these developments to his boss, the secretary of state. Clinton, he recalled, agreed that evacuation was the right course.

At about 9 p.m. Washington time, Hicks learned from the Libyan prime minister that Stevens was dead. Hicks said he relayed all significant developments on to Washington as the evening progressed — although he did not speak directly to Secretary Clinton again after the 8 p.m. briefing.

That is the context of the 10 p.m. phone call between the president and the secretary of state.

Det var bakgrunnen for samtalen vi vet fant sted mellom presidenten og utenriksministeren en time senere. Etter den samtalen sendte State Department ut en pressemelding som ikke bare la skylden for angrepet på Muhammed-videoen, men også fordømte den type provokasjoner. Hvor kom videoen inn? Hvem hadde brakt den opp? Det kan kun ha vært Obama.

We do not have a recording of this call, and neither Clinton nor the White House has described it beyond noting that it happened. But we do know that, just a few minutes after Obama called Clinton, the Washington press began reporting that the State Department had issued a statement by Clinton regarding the Benghazi attack. In it, she asserted:

Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.

Gee, what do you suppose Obama and Clinton talked about in that 10 p.m. call?

Interestingly, CNS News asked Carney whether, in that 10 p.m. phone call, the president and Secretary Clinton discussed the statement that Clinton was about to issue, and, specifically, whether they discussed “the issue of inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”

Carney declined to answer.

We now know from the e-mails and TV clips that, by Sunday morning, the White House staff, State Department minions, and Susan Rice were all in agreement that the video fairy tale, peppered with indignant rebukes of Islamophobia, was the way to go.

How do you suppose they got that idea?