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White House Spokesman Says Changes in Benghazi Talking Points Were 'Stylistic' & 'Not Substantive,' Accuses Republicans of Trying to Politicize a Tragedy


"The attempt to politicize the talking points again is part of an effort to chase after what isn’t the substance here."

Any changes that were made to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s Benghazi talking points were purely “stylistic" and "not substantive," according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

“The fact that there are inputs is always the case in a process like this,” Carney said Wednesday. “Edits made by anyone at the White House were stylistic and not substantive. They corrected the description of the building … from consulate to diplomatic facility.”

“Ultimately, this all has been discussed and reviewed and provided in enormous levels of detail by the administration to congressional investigators. The attempt to politicize the talking points again is part of an effort to chase after what isn’t the substance here,” he added:


The Obama administration has come under fire for its decision in the days following of the deadly terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi to focus on "Innocence of Muslims," an obscure anti-Muhammad YouTube video.

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” President Barack Obama said in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2012, clearly referencing the “offensive” YouTube video.

“There is no video that justifies an attack on an Embassy. There is no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan,” he added.

“We've seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said while standing in front of the flag-draped coffins of the four killed in Benghazi: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALS Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

“It is hard for the American people to make sense of that, because it is senseless and totally unacceptable,” she added.

Clinton even told Tyrone Woods' father, Charles, that the U.S. government would “make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”

Meanwhile, Susan Rice did a tour of the regular Sunday morning talk shows to blame the attacks on the "offensive" and incendiary YouTube video.

U.S. President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a and return of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty. (Getty Images)

However, as Gregory Hicks, Ambassador Stevens' second-in-command, revealed during his testimony on Wednesday, "the YouTube video was a non-event in Libya."

The video never mattered. Ever.


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Featured image Getty Images. This post has been updated.

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