Kevin Drum’s back must be strained from all the heavy-lifting. To say that Benghazi is not, or is, a scandal is absurd. You can’t say anything about it b/c we know next to nothing about what happened, and even less about why. Aside: I’m 32, a bit older than the millennials but I’m single and live abroad so I hang out with a few of them on occasion. They are, as we’ve repeatedly been told, the most connected generation evaaar. They LIVE online! Nevertheless, when I’ve been out with said generation and some guy or gal brings up the latest viral video/vine/meme/whatever, it’s about 80/20 those who haven’t seen/heard it to those who have. Our mindspace is much, much less connected by Twitter and the internet than Silicon Valley and the Tom Friedmans would have you believe. Back to Libya. Less than 15% have regular access to the internet. The idea that some viral youtube film trailer inspired the torching of the Benghazi diplomatic mission is perhaps the stupidest official statement ever believed. The entire story is laden with bullshit. I dare say more ludicrous than Saddam’s desire to attack America from his mobile weapons labs.
Drum tells us that there are “10 things” we should know about the Benghazi event. Not surprisingly, the following doesn’t make his list. The FBI spent the summer of 2012 investigating the Petraeus affair. Much ado. Then on October 27, Paula Broadwell, the woman (formerly) fucking the director of the CIA, let it slip “that the CIA annex at the Benghazi consulate came under assault on Sept. 11 because it had earlier ‘taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. It’s still being vetted.” The next day, phone call to Rep. Cantor about the affair and within 10 days, Petraeus is gone. Now, maybe that’s coincidence. Regardless, it is still relevant information. And this tidbit has been almost completely disappeared by the media when discussing Benghazi.