'Phony Scandals': What Were 35 CIA Operatives Doing in Benhgazi?

In January, the left-wing attack machine lambasted Senator Rand Paul (R, KY) for questioning then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the CIA's presence in Benghazi, Libya during the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack. But now, CNN reports that up to 35 CIA operatives were "on the ground" in Benghazi and perhaps as many as seven were seriously injured during the attack.

In January, the left-wing group ThinkProgress slammed Sen. Paul at least twice for "pushing a conspiracy theory" with his questioning of Sec. Clinton.

During a committee hearing on the Benghazi incident, Senator Paul wondered why there was a CIA "annex" in Benghazi in the first place and wanted to know if the agency was involved in gunrunning there when the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens and other Americans occurred.

For her part, Secretary Clinton insisted that Paul would have to ask "the agency running the annex" an indication that the CIA, not her Department of State, was the key player in that place at that time.

At the time of the hearings, the left ridiculed the questioning and dismissed any thought that the CIA was working in Benghazi.

But now, almost a year after Ambassador Stevens was killed by a jihadi attack and months after the congressional investigation into the failed response by the Obama administration began, CNN has reported that there were dozens of CIA operatives at Benghazi.

Still unexplained is why so many CIA operatives were at this "annex" in Benghazi and why it has taken nearly a year for America to find out that these 35 agents were there.

CNN also reported that employees of the CIA have experienced "intimidation" meant to keep them quiet about what the agency was doing in Libya in September of 2012.

Suddenly Senator Paul's "conspiracy theory" doesn't seem so wild.

This news comes out less than a week after President Obama attacked his own critics for pushing "phony" Washington scandals as he made yet another pivot to jobs and the economy in July. 

In a July 24 speech, the President insisted that he intended to stop the "distractions" that have beset his terms in office. "With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball," Obama said.

At the end of July, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney identified Benghazi as one of the "phony scandals" that the President was talking about.

Meanwhile, this week President Obama met with nine lawmakers to discuss the NSA surveillance issue. Senator Paul, one of the administration's toughest critics on the matter, was excluded from the group.


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