President Barack Obama's administration knew the Sept. 11 assault that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, was the work of terrorists soon after the attack.
Yet Obama, then U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, assured the nation the deaths were the result of a spontaneous attack by Libyans upset about a videotape produced in the United States and critical of the prophet Muhammad.
"Talking points" about the attack, prepared by the CIA, specifically blamed terrorists. Yet at some point after that document left the intelligence agency, it was edited to delete references to a terrorist attack.
Now the administration claims that was done for three reasons: because the information was classified, links to al-Qaida were "tenuous," and the White House did not want to prejudice a criminal investigation.
Obama's spin doctors must think the American press and public are naive and gullible.
Since when have any of the explanations cited by a White House source for altering the talking points been a concern in the past? And who with a straight face can accept that an al-Qaida link was more "tenuous" than claiming a videotape sparked the attack?
Clearly, the administration preferred to ostracize a U.S. citizen for producing the videotape over admitting al-Qaida was to blame.
Perhaps some people are gullible enough to believe the White House. Some Democratic Party leaders are not so blindly trusting, however. Among them is Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee. "This whole process is going to be checked out," she pledged Sunday.
Let's hope so, so the truth finally can come out.