The New York Times‘ Orwellian attempt to rewrite the history of the Benghazi attack (and thereby bail out Obama) was questioned by Mike Rogers, the Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee, on Fox News Sunday. First of all, Rogers told host Chris Wallace, that his staff has “gone through some 4,000 different classified cables leading up to the event, talk[ed] to people on the ground during the event, done the postmortem on the event through the committee investigation,” implying that was far more exhaustive than the Times could have possibly done.
“What did the Times get wrong?” asked Wallace. “That Al Qaeda was not involved,” said Rogers. “There was some level of preplanning, we know that. There was aspiration to conduct an attack by Al Qaeda and their affiliates in Libya. We know that.
“The individuals on the ground talked about a planned tactical movement on the compound even — this is the compound before they went to the annex. All of that would directly contradict what the “New York Times” definitively says was an exhaustive investigation, tells me they didn’t talk to the people on the ground who were doing the fighting, the shooting and the intelligence gathering. When you put that volume of information, I think it proves that story is just not accurate.”
One group in particular, Ansar al-Sharia, the Times tried to characterize as an “independent radical Islamic group,” not tied to al Qaeda. Rogers said “the intelligence to a large volume disputes that,” that they might have had differences, but that they are definitely linked.