When a magician tricks you he often tells you he is about to do magic right in front of your face.
You're right, the only possible thing which could have been happening is a conspiracy between the White House and the news organizations. Nevermind the fact it's not uncommon to have these background meetings, the only conclusion which involves the least assumptions is a massive conspiracy which is being covered up in plain sight, while the same administration is already being accused politically of another cover up. Good argument.
White House holds 'deep background' Benghazi briefing - POLITICO.com
[/INDENT]So the simplest explanation is the meeting was exactly what it was...it was a meeting to give deeper background to the reporters before the press conference.
So...to avoid getting caught redhanded in a secret meeting behind closed doors, they announce to the world a closed door secret meeting? That makes sense to you?
Why or how would I explain it? How about you ask the White House? My guess would be the answer would be far more innocuous than you want to believe. Hell, according to your information the Wall Street Journal was represented, as was the AP, so it's not like you can say it was full of sympathetic "liberal media" outlets.
I am, and common sense would also tell you that there is absolutely NO WAY any intelligent person would hold a conspiratorial meeting, which is announced ahead of time, in the White House, with people whose jobs and fame hinges on getting the next big story, in a time like this when the Administration is already under political attack for a supposed cover-up.
I am big on common sense. Do you really think your position is common sense and not looking for conspiracy? Do you really think intelligent politicians would really hold a conspiracy meeting in the White House, announced ahead of time, at a time like this? I would hope your common sense would tell you this meeting was not likely to be anything more than what it was called.
If the attack hadn't happened, no one would have known or cared all along the way. And that includes everyone, from the State department to Congressional Republicans to the President. The only reason this has become a big deal is because there was an attack.
The sad part is, and I've mentioned this already, but we still don't know what security is like in other places. I've never heard Republicans (or Democrats) call for additional Congressional inquiries into assessing the strength of other bases. When do you think Republicans will get around to that?
I have no idea what you mean.
No, let's LEARN from our past and recent screw-ups and let's use that knowledge to fix the problems. THAT is what is important. How about you and Republicans come around to that?