CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack - with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. The White House or State Department did not make those changes.My thought... meh! Clapper makes the perfect fall guy for a post-modern media age. Most Americans, as we've learned to our chagrin, are low-information voters. Now that the election is over, they are no-information non-voters. How many people even know who Clapper is? How many people even know we have such a thing as an Office of the Director of National Intelligence? All that matters is the plausible deniability of the White House and Obama.
There has been considerable discussion about who made the changes to the talking points that Rice stuck to in her television appearances on Sept. 16 (video), five days after the attack that killed American Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, and three other U.S. nationals.
And, because no one knows who Clapper is, and no one understands the issue very well, and because time passes, and because it's about to be the Thanksgiving weekend, look for this news to be crystallized by, oh, Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 pm (when no one is watching), and then be dismissed as old news by Monday.
Mmmmm.... turkey! What's this I hear about some guy named Crapper? Mmmmm... pie!