Obama Administration's “Talking Point” that “The Video” was a cause of Benghazi — Still very controversial — Put back in the news by former CIA-Obama Administration insider Mike Morell — Former CIA Deputy Director’s Book Says Benghazi “Talking Points” “Crossed the Line”
Former Republican VP candidate and commentator Sarah Palin says “... Morell is actually defending Hillary on Benghazi and he had the talking points on Benghazi sanitized after innocent Americans were murdered....”
According to CNN’s Jake Tapper, “Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell takes aim at those whom he accuses of politicizing the efforts of intelligence services in his new book The Great War Of Our Times: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism---From al Qa'ida to ISIS.... Politicians and policymakers from both parties come in for criticism, including Vice President Dick Cheney, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and the Obama White House officials who helped write the talking points on Benghazi....” (See “Former CIA official takes aim at politicians’ by Jake Tapper, 5/11/15, CNN [http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/11/politics/michael-morrell-book-cia-obama-cheney/]).
CHAPTER OF THE MORELL BOOK RAKES THE COALS OF BENGHAZILong regarded as one of the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton bodyguards on all matters “Benghazi,” Mike Morell now seems to be whistling a different tune. In fac one part of Morell’s book concludes that the White House was "blaming the Benghazi attack on the video -- which is not something CIA did in its talking points or in its classified analysis." Stating his belief that a bright red line should exist between those White House officials responsible for national security and those in charge of politics, and "the line about how Benghazi was not a failure rooted in broader policy seemed to me to be a political statement not a national security one." Morell also tweaks [Security Adviser Susan] Rice for saying on a Sunday show that there had been a "substantial security presence" in Benghazi, which wasn't in either the White House or CIA talking points....”
Although none of this has been addressed to/at Hillary Clinton’s role in the Benghazi melt down, the Morell book will revive all of the old arguments about her. Doubtless, this will lead to renewed questioning by the Gowdy Committee in light of Morell's view that the Benghazi "talking points" crossed some line between national security and polotics.