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News Desk — CBS News: Office of DNI Edited Rice Talking Points and FBI and CIA Signed Off

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CBS NEWS is reporting that the Office of the DNI edited out “al Qaeda” and “terrorism” references in the talking points Ambassador Rice utilized on the Sunday shows on September 16th. So it’s important to ask just how dense is Senator McCain on how these things work even after decades in the Senate parading around as the Republican Party’s go to guy on national security?

CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan’s source won’t say who exactly made the final edits, which were approved and signed off on by all intelligence agencies. From CBS:

“The points were not, as has been insinuated by some, edited to minimize the role of extremists, diminish terrorist affiliations, or play down that this was an attack,” the official tells CBS News, adding that there were “legitimate intelligence and legal issues to consider, as is almost always the case when explaining classified assessments publicly.”

“Most people understand that saying ‘extremists’ were involved in a direct assault on the mission isn’t shying away from the idea of terrorist involvement,” added the official. “Because of the various elements involved in the attack, the term extremist was meant to capture the range of participants.”

The slap at anyone not understanding the full import of Rice’s declassified talking points, which includes McCain, Graham, 97 Republicans members of the House, along with Megyn Kelly, Jennifer Griffin, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly on Fox News Channel, as well as many others, was made clear later in the CBS report.

Another source, a senior U.S. official familiar with the drafting of the talking points, tells CBS News the “controversy this word choice has caused came as a surprise.”

“The points were not, as has been insinuated by some, edited to minimize the role of extremists, diminish terrorist affiliations, or play down that this was an attack,” the official tells CBS News, adding that there were “legitimate intelligence and legal issues to consider, as is almost always the case when explaining classified assessments publicly.”

“Most people understand that saying ‘extremists’ were involved in a direct assault on the mission isn’t shying away from the idea of terrorist involvement,” added the official. “Because of the various elements involved in the attack, the term extremist was meant to capture the range of participants.”

The Maddow video above highlights some classic Republican foreign policy fumbling, though as usual Ms. Maddow takes a long time to get to the point, which starts at around 7 minutes, though she “cuts to the chase” on John McCain after that.

McCain has behaved abominably by ginning up a controversy over Ambassador Susan Rice’s comments, getting very personal while doing it, when the subject should be why the Benghazi consulate was allowed to remain without adequate security in the first place, after it was made clear that the danger point was rising to a critical level.

In the furor surrounding Sen. John McCain’s temper tantrum and Sen. Lindsay Graham’s high pitched squeals, this is what’s gone missing.

It’s fitting that the one at the end who loses the most is John McCain. What a sad, vindictive old man he’s become.

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22 Responses to News Desk — CBS News: Office of DNI Edited Rice Talking Points and FBI and CIA Signed Off

  1. pritesh November 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    John McCain owes Susan Rice an apology on the Senate Floor.

  2. angels81 November 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    If John McCain wanted to do the right thing for the country he would apologize to Ms. Rice and then resign from the senate.

  3. Jane Austen November 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    He should apologize to the entire country for his incompetence. I don’t understand how this man has stayed around as long as he has. When Maddow put all those snippets together it becomes very evident that McCain hasn’t one clue what he is talking about. That’s the scarey part.

  4. TPAZ November 20, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Ambassador Rice is a red herring. The GOP is looking for bigger fish to fry. They want to take down Obama, however, any Clinton will do. Susan Rice’s career and reputation is merely collateral damage – for both sides.

  5. ladywalker68 November 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    So all the stench and noise was merely John McCain’s brain farting.

  6. mjsmith November 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    I see a difference in signing off on something and endorsing something. If the FBI and CIA want to say they “agree” with the crazy things Rice said, that is a different story.

    Maddow does not like republicans and she likes democrats and this is supposed to be news?

    I do agree that just as McCain should think before he speaks, so should others.

    • mjsmith November 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      I would like to add that I admire Sen. McCain and it is a little rough seeing him like this. The process usually works like this 1. Have and investigation 2. THEN make accusations based on the findings.

      I think he has the order mixed up a little.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter November 22, 2012 at 6:24 am #

      For YOU to say this is truly the single most ironic and hilarious thing that has EVER been posted here!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. cjoblak@hotmail.com November 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Hey all, it was still a LIE she told the World. I’d like to see exactly what she was given to read. Again, it was a LIE. Again, Stupid Rice is a stupid mouthpiece for the CIA and Obama Administration. If she had any brains she would be angry. She still looks like a fool whether she knew what really going on or not. An incompetent stupid fool who has no business as UN Ambassador.

    • mjsmith November 22, 2012 at 12:34 am #

      cjoblak@hotmail.com – The issue is, nobody is stepping up and taking responsibility for the things Rice said. We seem to have people stepping up and taking blame for what Rice did not say.

      My questions is, why was she even calling it a “spontaneous protest over a youtube video” when President Obama at the same time was calling it a terrorist attack?

      Susan Rice made the obvious false claim that the attack and murders were a response to a film to CNN’s Candy Crowley. During the 2cnd debate, Crowley corrected Mitt Romney and informed Mitt that President Obama did indeed call it a “terrorist attack.”

      I think your attacks on Rice and calling her a “stupid mouthpiece” is going too far. We do not know why this tragedy was handled so poorly.

  8. cjoblak@hotmail.com November 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Had she reported to the world, that ‘we are not sure at this time who or what group is responsible” she would not have lost her credibility. But, to flat out Lie??? She should be angry at her party and her boss.

    • mjsmith November 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      That is the main point, the outright lies. I understand not disclosing information based on National Security concerns. I think Rice and the Obama Administration should be given a fair chance to disclose all of the information.

      It is rather sad to see how adamant people are to defend the right of the Government to not disclose information in the interest of National Security. The same people seem to think Bradley Manning is a hero.

  9. angels81 November 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    Wow cjoblak, you really are part of the lunatic fringe. Your posts are nothing but name calling angry fact free rants. You call Ms.Rice who is a Rhodes scholar stupid and a fool and expect anyone here to take you seriously? I wonder if you come here just to provoke people to respond to your fantastic bullshit so you can say, I pissed of the lefty commie liberals. If that’s the case, then you are nothing but another troll.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter November 22, 2012 at 6:21 am #

      Now, now…accurately describing the clear to the sane, thinking world a poster’s mental state or intellectual abilities could get an admonition to lighten up!!!

    • mjsmith November 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

      I just discovered that sec is a doctor. Do you prefer to go by “Dr. angels81″?

      • mjsmith November 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

        I do not what basis all of these “medical” evaluations are based on? TO me, a person acting like a doctor who has ZERO qualifications to do so, looks f=more like a fool than anything else.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter November 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      Kinda cute the way he and his posse just forget all about the fact that even the REPUGNANTKLN assmonkies have had to admit they were wrong and Madame Ambassador Right accurately recounted the information as interpreted and supplied by the CIA at the time she and others made their statements. So the top repugnantklan/teabaggers have SEEN the documents and backed away from this bilge but not these clowns…oh noooooo…they know BETTER!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHA!

      • mjsmith November 24, 2012 at 9:03 am #

        “Right accurately recounted the information as interpreted and supplied by the CIA at the time she and others made their statements”

        Nope

        • secularhumanizinevoluter November 24, 2012 at 10:45 am #

          Well the plain, simple, DOCUMENTED and accepted even by the repugnantklan/teabagger hierarchy is at variance with your “Nope” .
          So since you have made tan assumption of my Medical Degrees based on the evidence of my observations on your aberrant, at odds with reality behavior, I will have to make an diagnosis…an educated guess if you will…that you believe yourself…along with all your other out of contact with reality delusions…fancy yourself to be clairvoyant. With the same level of accuracy as the rest of the frauds and conmen.

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