Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor this evening pushed the line that Benghazi is an old story and, you know, it’s time to move on, sneering, “Dude, that was like two years ago,” when pressed about his role in editing the Benghazi talking points.
From his interview with Brett Baier on Fox News:
BRET BAIER: The 14th is the day you’re talking about. According to the e-mails and the time line, the CIA circulates new talking points after they’ve removed the mention of al Qaeda, and then at 6:21 the White House– you — add a line about the administration warning of September 10th of social media reports calling for demonstrations. True?
TOMMY VIETOR: Uh, I believe so.
BAIER: Did you also change “attacks” to “demonstrations” in the talking points?
VIETOR: Maybe. I don’t really remember.
BAIER: You don’t remember?
VIETOR: Dude, this was like two years ago. We’re still talking about the most mundane process.
BAIER: Dude, it is the thing that everybody is talking about.
VIETOR: We’re talking about the process of editing talking points. That’s what bureaucrats do all day long. Your producers edit scripts multiple times.
BAIER: The key part is “attacks” to “demonstrations?” Did you do that
VIETOR: No, what is the question? Did I edit “attacks?”
BAIER: The CIA talking points. It was edited from “attacks” to “demonstrations.”
VIETOR: No – Michael Morrell has testified about what he changed –
Of course, the talking points were first released a year ago, just eight months after they were written, and one presumes that at that point Vietor would have refreshed his memory about them.
No matter. That Vietor’s intent was not merely to suggest a foggy memory of long ago events but to in fact spin Benghazi as old news is indicated by a tweet he sent out just before his interview.
TBT means “Throwback Thursday,” as in old stuff.
Because after all, what difference at this point does it make?