WSJ Says CIA Watered Down Rice

The Wall Street Journal — no friend of President Obama’s — is reporting* that the CIA removed the reference to Al Qaeda in the talking points Susan Rice used on the Sunday talk shows:

“The officials said the first draft of the talking points had a reference to al Qaeda [as former CIA Director Petraeus told Congress], but it was removed by the Central Intelligence Agency, to protect sources and protect investigations, before the talking points were shared with the White House.  No evidence has so far emerged that the White House interfered to tone down the public intelligence assessment, despite the attention the charge has received.

“The 94-word intelligence summary emerged from a daylong email debate between more than two dozen intelligence officials, in which they contested and whittled the available evidence into a bland summary with no reference to al Qaeda….”

Then why have Rice do the talk shows at all?  Better to say nothing than to offer disinformation.

* “Bureaucratic Battle Blunted Libya Attack ‘Talking Points,'” Siobhan Gorman and Adam Entous


2 comments on “WSJ Says CIA Watered Down Rice

  1. Harris Jordan, Esquire says:

    Previously, I commented that Obama should ask Hillary to stay on for another six months in her job, reward Rice at the end of his term with a Federal Appeals Court Appointment, and steer Kerry clear of any cabinet post completely as he’s needed in the Senate, and appoint someone worthy as Secretery of State.

    I said that because even I, a staunch Obama supporter have been swayed by the crap floating around soiling the waters of a Rice appointment.

    But now that this clusterfuck has grown to the proportions it has, molting and mutating like a sick alien bird, I think Obama ought to stand firm with his support for Rice and nominate her asap.

    Any fallout from the confirmation process in the Senate will go away in time allowing Rice to be unfettered in her appointment, and if she is as good as Obama thinks she is, then she will be good at the helm of State.

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