National Journal’s Ron Fournier says that the Obama administration put politics first when it came to the narrative shaping that went on after the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks.
“If there’s a smoking gun here, it’s the email that shows Rhodes, working for the President, said that our goal here, our number one goal here, is showing on the Sunday talk shows through Susan Rice that the President is strong on foreign policy,” said Fournier this morning on CNN. “That was the goal.”
Fournier is referring to obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization, which included an email from then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes to other prominent White House officials listing goals for then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to communicate on Sunday talk shows.
Among the goals listed in the email from Rhodes was “[t]o underscore that these protests are rooted in and Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”
“The goal wasn’t to find out the truth and find out what happened and make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said Fournier. “They put politics first,” he added, noting that Benghazi began the undermining of President Obama’s credibility, followed by the IRS scandal and the now-infamous lie that Americans could keep their health plans under Obamacare.