NBC’s Chuck Todd: Obama administration actions on Benghazi ‘very rational'; Update: Link to live video of House hearing added
**Written by Doug Powers
On Morning Joe, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd
auditioned for Jay Carney’s job explained why he thinks those investigating the Benghazi attack are pushing a conspiracy theory and laughed off any notion of it developing into a major scandal.
Transcript from Newsbusters:
CHUCK TODD: I think we sometimes forget what was going on at that time. We did have multiple embassies in the region, both in North Africa and in the Middle East, that were dealing with protests. Remember, they raised a black flag on the U.S. embassy in Tunisia during that same period. We had the issues that were going on in Cairo. So, you had, and in fact one of the reasons they didn’t send all six special ops, they say at the time, is that they didn’t want to have Tripoli unguarded at all. And don’t forget, that was the U.S. embassy. And considering what was happening to U.S. embassies in the region at the time, it’s actually very rational thought: all right, let’s dispatch two guys to the consul — to Benghazi for now.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Again, as we go to break, we’ve passed this, and by the way, it’s on a cheat sheat from the Daily Beast right now–House to reveal new Benghazi evidence–but as we do go to break, Chuck, again, it is important to remind people: we’re not brushing aside any allegations. The State Department has already been hammered. Hillary Clinton has testified —
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: There’s more coming.
SCARBOROUGH: There’s more coming. And there should be more coming. Because the fact is Hillary Clinton and the State Department did not heed the concerns of a U.S. ambassador who ended up dead. That does warrant investigation. Is this going to be bigger than Watergate and Iran-contra, ten times over?
TODD [laughs]: It doesn’t look that way.
SCARBOROUGH: I don’t know. Let’s just wait and see.
Todd: “Within three or four days, it was pretty clear to the entire world this was a terrorist attack from a group that had some sort of extremist al-Qaeda ties.”
Five days after Benghazi:
Update: The House hearing featuring testimony from the State Department witnesses (the “whistleblowers”) has begun. The Right Scoop has live video here.
More at Twitchy.
Update II: Stand down, all — Dem. Rep. William Lacy Clay has figured out who’s at fault for the Benghazi attack… House Republicans:
Which we’ll follow up with this:
State Dept’s Charlene Lamb, asked if budget cuts had anything to do with security decisions, said “No, sir.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 10, 2012
Also, from Twitchy: Greg Hicks: I briefed Hillary that night; she continued to blame the YouTube video.
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