The New Narrative in Benghazi

October 10, 2012 Topic: Politics Region: United States Blog Brand: The Buzz

The New Narrative in Benghazi

The AP reports that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has received testimony that contradicts the administration's initial explanation of the Benghazi attacks.

The committee hearing followed assertions Tuesday night by the State Department that it never concluded that the Sept. 11 attack stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in what the administration now says was a terrorist attack.

Asked about the administration's initial—and since retracted—explanation linking the violence to protests over the anti-Muslim video circulating on the Internet, one official said, "That was not our conclusion."

This is certainly new news. The question now remains, is this shifting story significant to the campaign? There is something a bit fishy about the changing narrative. Assuming it does amount to an administration screw up, had State been more forthcoming with the "real" story, would it still be an issue? Only time will tell.