The publication of a story in The New York Times debunking many of the right wing’s claims about the attack that left four Americans dead in Benghazi has inspired Fox News to go into overdrive to keep the story alive.
And on Fox Business, host Lou Dobbs was so eager to attack the Times for allegedly defending Hillary Clinton that he brought on Michael Scheuer, a former CIA operative who had only days before seemed to be calling for the deaths of both President Obama and British prime minister David Cameron.
Daily Beast columnist David Frum pointed to Scheuer’s Decemeber 23 blog post in which he urged supporters of Obama and Cameron to read the words of a 17th century British republican who wrote, “…every man might kill a tyrant; and no names are recorded in history with more honor, than of those who did it.”
A former speechwriter for George W. Bush, Frum obviously has a beef with Scheuer, whom he calls “one of the most prominent critics of the Bush administration’s war on terror.” The former intelligence official opposed the invasion of Iraq and called for the “elimination of the Jewish state,” full American withdrawal from the Middle East and other non-Fox-friendly opinions. But he’s willing to say Hillary Clinton has blood on her (“up to her elbows”) over Benghazi, though she was not directly involved in the security of Ambassador Christopher Stevens as he made an impromptu trip to eastern Libya, according to Thomas Pickering, the respected Republican diplomat who investigated the attack.
In his interview with Dobbs, Scheuer also suggested that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden likely has been working with Russia “the whole time.”
Even though Fox is having to search the fringe to keep the Benghazi flames blazing, the “Benghazi truther” movement is still very much alive in the mainstream of the Republican Party.