Friday Follies – Benghazi Edition: Pelosi’s ‘distraction’, ‘Dude’ Vietor, and Baghdad Bob/Jay Carney

May 2, 2014

Welcome to Friday Follies, the Pelosi distraction, Dude dodging, Boehner ignoring, Baghdad Bob/Jay Carney edition.

“Tis that time once again when we take stock of the inane and foolish put upon us by those forced to navigate life with an amount of gray matter just slightly larger than that found in your average toad.”

 #5  Nancy Pelosi pays us another visit this week and yes, it’s for the same reason:  blatant, in your face partisanship devoid of fact, logic or anything even resembling the truth.  After Judicial Watch forced the White House to release more Benghazi documents via a court order and one of those documents just happened to show Ben Rhodes (little brother to David, President of CBS News) pushing the false “it was the video” narrative our national repository for Botox said this at her weekly press conference:

“What I will say is, again, diversion, subterfuge: Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. Why aren’t we talking about something else?” she said at her weekly press briefing. “Whatever was in that — what I know of what I’ve read in the press about those emails was very consistent with what was put out there before. I don’t think there’s anything new there.”

Remember, this is the same Nancy Pelosi who in October 2006 said that President Bush had “the worst jobs record since the Great Depression” with an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent.

After her remarks yesterday, Hypocrisy International announced it was giving a lifetime achievement award to Ms. Pelosi for her unrelenting service to the cause.

#4  House Speaker John Boehner makes the list again this week.  This time for the fact that even though the Ben Rhodes email has been out for days now, and Boehner has uttered the required “I’m appalled” faux anger, he still will not do what should have been done a year and a half ago.  Two words Mr. Speaker:  Select Committee.  Without it, everything else is just you protecting your establishment a$$.

#3  Prior to the release of Rhodes email, Tommy Vietor was just the obscure former National Security Council spokesman during the time of the Benghazi attack who had since moved on to do what all political hacks to in Washington:  open up a political communications firm with another political hack. 

But last night, while being interviewed by Brett Baier on his Special Report program regarding whether he (Vietor) was also involved in editing the Benghazi talking points there was this exchange:

BRET BAIER: The 14th is the day you’re talking about. According to the e-mails and the time line, the CIA circulates new talking points after they’ve removed the mention of al Qaeda, and then at 6:21 the White House– you — add a line about the administration warning of September 10th of social media reports calling for demonstrations. True?

 TOMMY VIETOR: Uh, I believe so.

 BAIER: Did you also change “attacks” to “demonstrations” in the talking points?

 VIETOR: Maybe. I don’t really remember.

 BAIER: You don’t remember?

 VIETOR: Dude, this was like two years ago. We’re still talking about the most mundane process.

 BAIER: Dude, it is the thing that everybody is talking about.

 VIETOR: We’re talking about the process of editing talking points. That’s what bureaucrats do all day long. Your producers edit scripts multiple times.

But the “Dude” aside, Vietor also let slip during that interview that the President was not in the situation room while the attacks were occurring.  Verifying something, this humble correspondent and millions of other Americans have known all along:  when it comes to actually doing his job, Obama is AWOL at every turn.  And this time it got 4 Americans killed.

Less than two years ago, that pathetic excuse for an American (Vietor) was the spokesman for the National Security Council for crying out loud.

But then again it shouldn’t be a surprise.  Dateline March 6, 2013, Yahoo Politics Confidential:

Tommy Vietor started working for Barack Obama when he was still Senator Obama–well before he became a presidential candidate–and until Friday, the 32-year-old Vietor hadn’t stopped. His first job for Obama was as the driver of a press van, and he rose up the ranks through the 2008 campaign, and then the White House press office, to become the National Security Council spokesman.

Yep, from van driver to NSC spokesman.  That’s how jobs are filled at the Obama White House.

It also explains how those two brainless idiots Jen Psaki and Marie Harf got their positions over at State. In the Obama administration it’s not competence and ability, it’s devotion to King and willingness to lie.

#2 and #1  Another tie for first and second place this week but with a twist as it’s actually one person tied with himself.  None other than our very own American Baghdad Bob, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for his performance over the past two days trying to explain away the now publicly exposed truth that the White House and State Department was actively engaged in trying to cover up the real facts about the Benghazi terrorist attack to protect the President’s re-election narrative that “GM is alive and Osama Bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda is on the run the world over”.

Yep, Al Qaeda was on the run all right.  Running right over us.

From the Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 White House press briefing transcript at


Q    Jay, I guess you’re aware that Judicial Watch obtained an email from Ben Rhodes to staff members about the Benghazi attack.

MR. CARNEY:  That’s incorrect.  But go ahead.

Q    Oh, okay.

MR. CARNEY:  The email and the talking points were not about Benghazi, they were about the general situation in the Muslim world where you saw, as you may recall, protests —

Q    It was an email to prepare Susan Rice for those talk shows.

MR. CARNEY:  Correct.  But you misstated it.  In fact, this was not — it was explicitly not about Benghazi.  It was about the overall situation in the region, the Muslim world, where you saw protests outside of embassy facilities across the region, including in Cairo, Sana’a, Khartoum and Tunis.  And the so-called talking points around Benghazi, as you know — because it’s been substantially reported on — were prepared by the CIA.  And in this case, the overall issue of unrest in the Muslim world and the danger posed by these protests to our embassies and our diplomatic facilities was very much a topic in the news when —

Q    But the slug of the email says prep call.  So, I mean, obviously the thrust

And there’s more


Q    Yeah, to follow up on the new Benghazi email — you knew full well that these Sunday show appearances were going to be dominated by the attack in Benghazi, right — as they were?

MR. CARNEY:  Well, we certainly knew that that would be a big part of the shows —

Q    A big part, or the primary thrust of those shows.  You just had an attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi; you had Americans killed.  You knew full well that what Susan Rice was primarily going to be asked about was about that attack — a terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

MR. CARNEY:  Can I read the promo from your show, ABC “This Week”?

 Q    You can read all the promos you want.

MR. CARNEY:  Jon, Jon —

Q    You don’t acknowledge that these shows were going to be about the Benghazi attack?

MR. CARNEY:  Absolutely.  About — Jon, absolutely.  And that’s why, as members of Congress did, Ambassador Rice relied on points about the Benghazi attack that were produced by the CIA.

Again, pushing the debunked narrative that it was the CIA behind Susan Rice’s lying.

And BBJC spun the spin up to high at yesterday’s briefing:


 Q    But, Jay, in November of 2012, the President said, “I think it’s important to find out what happened in Benghazi, and I’m happy to cooperate in any ways that Congress wants.  We have provided every bit of information that we have.”

MR. CARNEY:  Right.

Q    That email was not provided.


Q    So all of this is politically motivated?

MR. CARNEY:  All of what?

Q    All of these questions, the fact that these question are — at this point, does the —

MR. CARNEY:  When Darrell Issa gets up and says what he said today?  I don’t know, you guys be the judge.

Q    All right.  Let me ask you — does the White House have a firm understanding of what happened to those Americans that night?

MR. CARNEY:  There is an active investigation to find the people responsible.  There’s an active investigation into the details.  The answer broadly is —

Q    It was 18 months ago and there’s still no firm grasp as to what happened?  I’m just asking.

While not one person has yet to be held accountable for the Benghazi attacks we do at least now know one thing don’t we Jay?

Rather than fulfilling his duties as Commander in Chief on that night, the President chose instead to be the “nowhere to be found, I don’t really give a damn” coward in charge.

And this with FoxNews’ Ed Henry:

Ed, it’s your turn.

Q    If the email was not about Benghazi, as you said yesterday and you say again today, why did the White House turn it over to a conservative group seeking information about Benghazi?

MR. CARNEY:  You would have to ask the State Department about how they respond to FOIA requests.  I would again point you to the fact that — I mean, all you have to do is read it, Ed.  Top-line points, goals, that kind of stuff.  The only mention of Benghazi in the email is a question about what’s your response to a story about an independent newspaper in the UK that says we had intelligence 48 hours in advance of the attack that was ignored.  “…Not aware of any actionable intelligence” was the answer.  And then what does it do?  It cuts and pastes the same line from the CIA talking points that, again, was what Ambassador Rice used.

Q    So if it’s not about Benghazi, why turn it over in a Benghazi suit?  It seems —

MR. CARNEY:  You would have to ask the State Department about their process for responding to FOIA requests.  Again, you can just read it and then decide for yourself, as many people have now said and written, like this a conspiracy theory and —

Q    Right, so when a conservative group comes in and says we want Benghazi documents, the administration says, this is not a Benghazi document, so we’re not turning it over, right?

MR. CARNEY:  Again, I don’t — this is a State Department FOIA request — response.

Q    The President’s State Department.

If you can’t explain why the White House misled the public just push it off to the State Department, eh Jay?


Q    Putting aside Republican Darrell Issa, retired Brigadier General Robert Lovell testified today he was at AFRICOM.  I have no idea if he’s a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent.  He testified under oath that by 3:15 a.m., after the 9/11/2012 attack, they dismissed the video and very quickly identified this as a terror attack — by 3:15 a.m., he testifies under oath.

In light of that, why on 9/14, two and a half days later, was Ben Rhodes writing an email about the general state of affairs, as you say, highlighting the video and not highlighting terror?

MR. CARNEY:  Ed, the email was about the protests around the region.  If you want to tell me today that the protests —

Q    Benghazi was part of that, right?  Cairo, a lot of places.  But Benghazi was part of it, right?

MR. CARNEY:  Right.  And I would refer you to the CIA-produced talking points on that that referred at the time to currently available information suggesting that the protests — there were protests outside of the facility in Benghazi inspired by demonstrations outside of Cairo.  What inspired those demonstrations outside of our embassy in Cairo, do you even remember?

Never mind that the Rhodes email has Benghazi all through it and never mind that sworn testimony now shows the CIA never pushed the video. 

You Mr. and Mrs. America are not to believe the facts in front of your own eyes, you are to believe what the politburo tells you to believe.

I don’t know about you but I’m beginning to see a pattern here. 

A pattern of lies and obfuscation so blatantly obvious that in any other universe, with any other media, would be a pattern foretelling the beginning of the end of the cover up and several politicians and aides getting sized up for orange jump suits.

But unfortunately this is America 2014 and the majority of the press has been in Obama’s hip pocket for so long that they now don’t dare crawl out for fear of having to admit how wrong they were for promoting and protecting the most corrupt administrations since Nixon and Grant.

I’d like to think the Rhode’s email revelation will spur some real reporting again and finally get us to some truth and justice for those who died and who are still recovering from wounds in secret.

But when John Boehner won’t even appoint a select committee, what little hope I have is fading fast.

Sorry to be such a downer this week but what do you expect?  This is after all, five years into Obama’s “fundamental transformation”.

As always though, thanks for reading, have a great weekend and I’ll see ya round the Corner.


It’s not very often any more that Joe Scarborough speaks the truth but on Thursday’s Morning Joe he had an “even a broken clock is right twice a day” and went after liberal lapdog Donny Deutsch for defending the administration spin.  Read Kyle Drennen’s piece and watch the video here.

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