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Benghazi Mystery Explained!?! 

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"Benghazi" is one of those kneejerk labels that rightwing folks slap on a story they don't actually understand but have determined the "right" answer to anyway. It's a hot button, not an argument, like the "IRS scandal," which the right is finally beginning to admit it got wrong because it ignored the law as written. "Fast and Furious" is another of some two dozen, mostly less-well-known rightwing thought substitutes that aren't supported by persuasive evidence (meanwhile, the scripted herd of Obama-haters pretty much remains silent about real Obama administration scandals, like civilian murder by drone or massive global surveillance, the sorts of things that throw the left into denial).  

The latest explanation of "Benghazi" comes from a non-partisan reporter, so that's a start, and it provides a credible framework for most of the anomalies associated with Benghazi. Even better, official spokes-people universally either refused to comment  on the story, or denied it flatly. So there's hope.

"Benghazi" as a political story began with the Obama administration's strangely dishonest early responses to the killing of four Americans in Libya on September 11, 2012. The story got legs when Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney immediately falsified what the administration was saying, and was followed by just about every Republican who's talked about it since perpetuating one lie or another. Nobody has seemed interested in the truth, which especially makes sense from a Republican perspective, since "Benghazi" provided a handy rhetorical cudgel with which to pound the table and the president in order to appear "tough." But why has the Obama administration remained so opaque, tossing out one red herring after another for Republicans to gleefully chase, but still not offering a persuasive narative?

Even when Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer recently told Republicans to give up on Benghazi -- "the public is now tired of it" -- he was still clinging to the party line that there was a real scandal to be found somewhere, even though neither he nor anyone else seemed to know what it could be even though they were sure it was "worse than Watergate."      

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