If you have been following the Benghazi story, you know an email has recently surfaced that Republicans believe will help them get to the bottom of the matter. In fact, they think the email, by deputy national security adviser Benjamin Rhodes, is the smoking gun. Written Sept. 14, 2012—two days after the attack that killed four Americans at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and seven weeks before the presidential election—it sought to craft the message Ambassador Susan Rice would deliver on the Sunday-morning talk shows.
Republicans say the email proves what they have known all along: namely, that the Obama White House lied to the American people for political purposes. A. Barton Hinkle explains why the Benghazi scandal proves much more than that.