Georgia editorial roundup

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Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers:

May 2

Savannah (Ga.) Morning News on Benghazi email as a smoking gun:

The Obama administration - and likely 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton - keep wishing the Benghazi mess will vanish.

Or, failing that, they hope to spin it as a fantasy of right-wing nut jobs.

But facts are stubborn things.

They’re hard to erase. And you never know when they’ll catch up to you.

Like (last) week.

“A newly released email shows that White House officials sought to shape the way Susan E. Rice, then the ambassador to the United Nations, discussed the Middle East chaos that was the context for the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012,” one major news organization reported.

Nope. That’s not a report from Fox News.

It’s from the New York Times.

The Times reported that an email dated Sept. 14, 2012, from Benjamin J. Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, was sent to Ms. Rice ahead of her controversial appearances on several Sunday morning news talk shows three days after the attacks that resulted in the slaying of four Americans, including J. Christopher Stevens, the ambassador to Libya.

The subject of the email was: “PREP CALL with Susan.” The president’s lieutenant gave directions to Ms. Rice on how to discuss the tensions boiling over in parts of the Middle East. Especially pertinent are two goals:

- “To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”

- “To reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”

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