Monday, August 12, 2013

U.S. embassies in the Middle East reopen, but...

While the U.S. has reopened all but one of its embassies in the Middle East, there's growing skepticism about why they were closed in the first place.

McClatchy Newspapers reported on Sunday:
A high-ranking Yemeni security official speaking on the condition of anonymity told McClatchy that the claims of a foiled plot had no basis in fact. That source bemusedly attributed media reports about imminent terror strikes to a single official’s comments, which he cast as a misguided attempt at shifting public opinion in the face of increasing and unpopular American drone strikes.
Newscast chatter about possible terror strikes and closing embassies abroad certainly seemed to displace coverage of Obama administration scandals here at home.  And the terror plot news came at a time there had seemed to be growing media interest in circumstances surrounding personnel involved in the Benghazi attack eleven months ago.

Has media interest in Benghazi grown cold again after the week-long diversion?

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