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There is no conspiracy in Benghazi

The right-wing hate machine has been grinding up to speed to fight Hillary Clinton for years now. They know that she will be their official nemesis in 2016 and so are preparing vats of smears to nail her with. Benghazi--where a bunch of religious Libyans got pissed about an anti-Muslim video an American made and stormed the embassy, killing four Americans--is their chief weapon.

It's vitally important to the anti-Hillary effort that Benghazi be Her Fault. That she somehow ignored evidence of Al Qaeda planning an attack and let Americans die (y'know, like Bush did with 9/11).

The only problem is: there is no evidence that terrorists had anything to do with Benghazi.

The Facts About Benghazi - NYTimes.com

An exhaustive investigation by The Times goes a long way toward resolving any nagging doubts about what precipitated the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

The report by David Kirkpatrick, The Times’s Cairo bureau chief, and his team turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or another international terrorist group had any role in the assault, as Republicans have insisted without proof for more than a year. The report concluded that the attack was led by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s air power and other support during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and that it was fueled, in large part, by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.

In a rational world, that would settle the dispute over Benghazi, which has further poisoned the poisonous political discourse in Washington and kept Republicans and Democrats from working cooperatively on myriad challenges, including how best to help Libyans stabilize their country and build a democracy. But Republicans long ago abandoned common sense and good judgment in pursuit of conspiracy-mongering and an obsessive effort to discredit President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who may run for president in 2016.