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Paul Greenberg: Cutting through the fog of news

BY PAUL GREENBERG Published: December 5, 2012
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Oh, the truth will out. Someday. That may be more an article of faith than a prediction on my part, but I have to believe it. And one offhand remark of the president's confirms that belief. Which is the usual way the curtain of cover stories parts. There was the great and mighty Barack Obama saying, almost en passant, in the course of this otherwise long, tedious and opaque news conference: “And we're after an election now. I think it is important for us to find out exactly what happened in Benghazi, and I'm happy to cooperate in any way that Congress wants.”

The light came on

And we're after an election now. That's it. That's it! That's the key phrase, the Freudian slip. And for a brief moment, the light came on. The fog lifted.

And we're after an election now. For it wouldn't have done to let the American people know exactly what happened before that election, would it? Not when Barack Obama was still basking in the glow of having been president and commander in chief when those Navy SEALs tracked Osama bin Laden down to where he was hiding in plain sight, and took care of that long-pending matter in their own direct fashion, bless each and every one.

But we're after an election now. And the president can afford to sound all innocent and cooperative. At least for a moment.

Then the moment passed, the curtain closed, and the usual sturm und drang of American politics began to obscure all. But for just a moment, I had a new appreciation for Dr. Freud, and maybe even a simple explanation for the hopeless jumble of all those non-explanations that had poured forth from this administration about Benghazi (ever Cont'd).

Something tells me this White House has only begun to explain. And will need to.

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