Debate Swirls Over Single Word in Benghazi Email
As Boehner demands email be made public
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 10, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, meets with the news media at the US Capitol, May 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – Republicans aren't letting up in their pursuit of the Benghazi incident, with John Boehner yesterday calling for the release of an email that he claimed would prove that the Obama administration knew from the beginning that the incident had been an attack by Islamic terrorists. Congress has seen the email, and one Republican even read from it at Wednesday's hearing, but Boehner wants it made available to the public. But the New York Times has seen the email, and doesn't see a smoking gun.

In the excerpt read yesterday, Rep. Trey Gowdy quoted the phrase "Islamic terrorists." But in the email reviewed by the Times, State Department official A. Elizabeth Jones writes that "the group that conducted the attacks—Ansar al-Shariah—is affiliated with Islamic extremists" (emphasis ours). The key word here is "extremists," because while the White House was slow to acknowledge the incident as terrorism, everyone, including Susan Rice, said Islamic extremists may have been involved. Republicans, however, don't see much difference, and say that regardless of the word-parsing, the email is damning in that it is a clear description of events that came just a day after the attack.

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lvan
May 10, 2013 10:23 PM CDT
But the New York Times is unbiased angel and should always be considered to have a fair and balanced view! The New York Times is the leader of free thought and free press. Don't ever question The New York Times
TheProducer
May 10, 2013 9:01 PM CDT
Benghazi is nothing but gop smoke screen, trying to cover up their own failures by screaming about anything they think they can confuse their low information voters with. This will go away as soon as the GoP finds some other bogus thing that makes idiots angry.
cornelison
May 10, 2013 8:41 PM CDT
Decades ago Laurence Frederick Schmeckebier wrote a book called, "Government Publications and Their Use"." He said that members of Congress are allowed to embellish the Congressional Record. If Schmeckebier were alive today he'd probably suggest a special section for the Library of Congress. The extreme right needs a fiction section of their own. Their fiscal propositions are still Voodoo Economics." How can anyone forget the death panels, the takers and self deportations? Should we add Benghazi?