"Administration officials agreed to remove all reference to Ansar Al Sharia , , ,"
What Orwellian clap trap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The purpose of the talking points was to have a statement of what officials could say publicly. There is NO reason that I understand for them to have been modified at all. The fact of the interagency-State-WH? discussions shows that the WH and State were seeking to manipulate what the CIA had already said could be said. Do I have this right?
Therefore to say the "WH agreed to remove" reads to me as an out and out Orwellian deception.
Do I have this right?
Yes, you have it exactly right. The purpose of sending the representative of the administration to all major outlets to obscure the truth rather than reveal it, and they chose someone out of the loop that with no knowledge could not trip up on the follow up. Obscure truth or tell the opposite of truth is what they almost always do on almost every issue, Bush tax cuts caused the housing collapse, a budget that never balances will not add a dime to the debt, and taxing only the richest among us will benefit the middle class.
Honest people can disagree about what to remove from a report for national security reasons, but honest people don't make up a false story for political cover to get through an election.
I can understand playing down the secret CIA presence. I understand the human error or bad luck of underestimating the security risk. I understand there might be good reasons why no terrorists have yet been brought to justice. But there is no excuse imaginable for the stand down order leaving the rest left behind to die, and it is Orwellian for sure to send someone out to tell us the opposite of what really happened.
We endured the drama and photography from inside the situation room during the successful raid of the bin Laden compound. The release of the details of that operation posed security risks as well, but it was worth it to the President for the political approval he gained. We would also like to know during failure who was in the room and what decisions were made by whom and when.
Michael Moore spent 6 minutes of a movie showing that when George Bush was notified of 911 he kept reading to school children. George Bush survived that and the country pulled together. We have yet to learn anything about what this Commander in Chief was doing when his focus should have been on this crisis. Our military would never order a stand down. Only a civilian at a higher power than the highest General would or could do that. David Axelrod from the Ministry of Disinformation owes the American people an explanation.