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More on Benghazi (Update)

From Kevin Drum:

ABC News now has a complete set of drafts of the infamous “talking points” that were prepared a few days following the Benghazi attacks. The drafts don’t tell us much that we didn’t already know, but here’s a nickel summary:

  • From the very start, the talking points say that the attacks were “spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo” and then “evolved” into the assaults on the two compounds in Benghazi.
  • The first draft included references to “Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qa’ida.” This was eventually sanded down to “extremists” after the State Department pointed out that they had been deliberately withholding this information because “we don’t want to prejudice the investigation.” This is the same thing that David Petraeus told Congress last November.
  • The third draft included an ass-covering paragraph from the CIA making sure everyone knew they had produced “numerous pieces” on possible threats to Benghazi in the previous few months, with the obvious implication that the State Department had ignored them. Unsurprisingly, the State Department’s spokesman, Victoria Nuland, objected to this gratuitous display of bureaucratic point scoring. It was removed in the final draft.

Editor’s Note: I’m sorry, I have looked and looked and there isn’t anything here. Benghazi is simply conservatives jumping up and down and holding their breath. Look, the fact that Americans died in Benghazi is tragic. Sometimes, when Americans die, it’s not the President’s fault. It is not the Secretary of State’s fault. We simply had Americans in a dangerous part of the world. (more…)

By |2013-05-12T21:24:46-04:00May 11th, 2013|Foreign Affairs, Obama administration|Comments Off on More on Benghazi (Update)

Clean Coal

One catch phrase during the long election season was, of course, Clean Coal. Currently, when coal is burned to create energy, the coal gives off CO2 and sulfur. CO2 is a greenhouse gas…and sulfur isn’t good for the atmosphere either. So the question remains…how do we capture these compounds while still safeguarding the air that we breathe? A German company has a design, but it’s very expensive. My problem with this German model is the CO2. Their answer lies in buriying the danger really, really deep in the earth. Really? That’s the answer?. This seems like an answer from the mind of a cartoon character.

What is clean coal technology?
‘Clean’ Coal? Don’t Try to Shovel That.
What the Heck Is “Clean Coal”? It depends whom you ask.

By |2008-11-19T18:45:23-04:00November 19th, 2008|Energy|Comments Off on Clean Coal
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