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Senate Committee: Real Benghazi Scandal Was Not The Talking Poin

11, 2012, in Benghazi, when, some 60 extremists, some with ties to Al Qaeda groups, stormed a U.S. diplomatic compound and killed four Americans. The Hollywood ending just wasn't to be. A scathing bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report , released Wednesday, says the tragedy twitter was predictable and preventable. That is a scandal -- a real one. Not a phony one like the "scandal" ginned up by partisans trying to doom President Obama s reelection over flawed talking points. Outside the conservative echo chamber, that "scandal" never got much traction. And yet, more than a year later, even the Senate committee, which agreed on many points, could not rise above the partisan fray on that. Republicans continued to insist the administration hid any Al Qaeda involvement because President Obama was running for reelection and wanted to protect a fictitious and politically-motivated storyline that the terrorist group had been decimated and was on the run. Democrats found the talking points flawed but mostly accurate. They said the CIA deleted the reference to Al Qaeda to protect intelligence sources. An incorrect assertion that the attacks somehow grew out of protests against an American-made anti-Muslim film stemmed from confusion, they said, not an attempt to mislead. <br>Full story,0,5704812.story

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