So hypothesizes Dick Morris here.
The record shows Clinton had already used the same text that Rhodes used 36 hours later. So, how did Rhodes pick up Clinton’s words? By reading the newspaper?
Or was the wording passed along in a document that somehow didn’t make it into the troves provided to Congress?
Here’s what they said: On Sept. 13, 2012, Clinton’s statement included these passages:
“Let me state very clearly … that the United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message. … This video is disgusting and reprehensible. … There is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence.”
Here are Rhodes’s comments from the email:
“[W]e’ve made our views on this video crystal clear. The United States government had nothing to do with it. We reject its message and its content. We find it disgusting and reprehensible. But there is absolutely no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence.”
Compare them line by line. They’re not just similar, they’re the same.
Bingo! I tell you: Dick Morris knows Hillary Clinton very well.
At the very least, it might explain who concocted this deceitful storyline in the first place. Clinton’s initial claims about the video, mirrored in Rhodes’s later email, raise the possibility that she was the originator of both the words and the concept of using the video to explain the attack. Remember, shortly after speaking to the president, Clinton was the first public official to draw the baseless inference that the video provoked the attack.
So, why would Clinton and President Obama want to promote this phony propaganda? For Obama, it was to maintain the fiction that al Qaeda was still “on the run” after the killing of Osama bin Laden. A terrorist attack just weeks before the election would have undermined his campaign’s flattering narrative as the dragon slayer who had eliminated our biggest security threat. For Clinton, it was to deflect criticism of the State Department’s inadequate security in Benghazi that left the compound vulnerable and led to the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
If the attack was seen as a spontaneous demonstration that erupted into unplanned violence, neither Obama nor Clinton would look so bad. And the Clinton-Obama policy failures in the Middle East would not be an issue.
So the question remains: How and why did Clinton’s words make it into Rhodes’s email?