Newly re-elected Rep. Joe Heck wasted little time before getting into a wee bit of trouble on Soledad O’Brien‘s CNN show. In an interview about the conflicting stories surrounding the Benghazi attack, Heck was trying to deflect an O’Brien question about whether both U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and former National Security Adviser/Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had been fed bad intelligence, which they then repeated to the public.
Here’s the video in question. Check it out:
Now, it’s a fair question, and a fair theory: We know that Condoleezza Rice was the first to use the ominous language about the proof of Saddam Hussein’s alleged WMD program being a “mushroom cloud,” incendiary talk later repeated by George W. Bush. And we also know that Hussein had no such program.
And we know — or at the very least have strong evidence to suggest — that Bush knew the entire WMD story was false when he repeatedly uttered it, and thus took us into war in Iraq based on lies.
There are many on the right who claim that President Barack Obama, his CIA and key members of his administration also knew that their original story — that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was a protest over an anti-Muslim video and not a planned terrorist assault — was false from the start. Heck may himself believe this, although that has yet to be established.
But Heck couldn’t answer O’Brien’s question with a simple yes, because that would lead to all sorts of other uncomfortable questions, such as why didn’t Republicans (Heck wasn’t in Congress at the time) object when Bush’s team was found to have been wrong — or even lying — about Hussein’s WMD? Why are they outraged by the deaths of four Americans in the Benghazi attack, yet not outraged by the deaths of more than 4,400 American soldiers in Iraq, occasioned by bad intelligence (at best) or knowing prevarications (at worst)?
So, Heck did his best to distinguish between the two situations, saying that, in essence, Condoleezza Rice stuck by her (wrong) statements and blamed bad intelligence, while Susan Rice may have been a scapegoat because of bad intelligence.
Wait, now I’m confused, too…