Sixth grade meets the Post: On the front page of the Washington Post, Rosalind Helderman pens a loving portrait of Kelly Ayotte, Saint McCain’s new third amigo.
Kelly Ayotte is the best! That said, we were puzzled by this pronouncement:
HELDERMAN (12/1/12): Ayotte’s partnership with McCain and Graham on Benghazi began shortly after the attack, which is now understood to have been an al-Qaeda effort to kill Americans. Ambassador J. Christopher Stephens and three others died in the attack.Say what? The Benghazi attack “is now understood to have been an al-Qaeda effort to kill Americans?”
By whom is the Benghazi attack now understood that way? Pitifully, Helderman didn’t feel the need to say.
Where do they find these people?
Just for the record, the attack doesn’t seem to be understood that way by the editorial board of Helderman’s paper. One week ago, the editors said the following, in an editorial defending Susan Rice:
WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL (11/23/12): Though the Benghazi attack involved clear failures of U.S. security, Republicans have concentrated on a dubious subsidiary issue: the alleged failure of the administration to publicly recognize quickly enough that the incident was "a terrorist attack." In fact, Mr. Obama has acknowledged that "the information may not have always been right the first time." But if there was a White House conspiracy to cover up the truth, Republicans have yet to produce any evidence of it—much less a connection to Ms. Rice, who had no involvement with the Benghazi attack other than those television appearances.Is the deadly attack “now understood to have been an al-Qaeda effort to kill Americans?” Not everywhere, it would seem!
Nor was her account of what happened as far off the mark as Republicans claim. Though investigations are not complete, what has emerged so far suggests that the attack was staged by local jihadists, not ordered by the al-Qaeda leadership in Pakistan. Officials believe that it was inspired in part by demonstrations that took place that day in Cairo...
Helderman wrote with the skill of the average sixth-grader. In a sadly typical act, her pronouncement was waved into print.