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Has Benghazi become the Obama administration’s Watergate? (+video)

New reports show that the State Department 'extensively edited' talking points about the terrorist attack on the US diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. Most Americans disapprove of the way President Obama has handled it, presenting the administration with a major political problem.

Obama administration defends Benghazi attack
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What sent Richard Nixon into political disgrace during the time of Watergate was “not the crime, but the cover-up.” Or so historians and pundits have been saying for nearly 40 years.

Smarting ever since, Republicans now are trying to make the same point about the Obama administration’s handling of last year’s terrorist attack on the US diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, when US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

The “cover up” in this case is alleged to be political fiddling with the talking points initially used to describe the attack at a time when President Obama was running for reelection and didn’t need any suggestion that he’d failed on an important national security issue – a point his then-rival Mitt Romney immediately tried to make, which earned the GOP hopeful a wrist-slap from some Republicans.

Democrats and other left-leaning sources are clearly on the defensive, and with good reason.

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