On Tuesday, anonymous state department officials told reporters that the US government had never concluded the sacking of the Benghazi mission was motivated by a US-made video ridiculing Muslims.

They said it was instead a co-ordinated assault involving several groups of men armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades over an expanse of more than a mile.

The 11 September Benghazi assault, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others died, was unprecedented in recent diplomatic history, officials added.

However, in the days after the attack Mr Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, initially described it as a “spontaneous” one that arose out of a protest against the film.

As Mickey Kaus and Walter Russell Mead have noted, this storyline was in support of the Administration’s desire to (1) declare victory in the War On Terror (Osama is Dead!) and (2) to support defense cuts and a “pivot to asia.” Too bad it was all a lie.

Related: House Hearing on Benghazi Already Getting Answers.

UPDATE: Shameful: During Libya hearing, Rep. Cummings can’t remember Ambassador Stevens’ name. Hey, there’s no IQ test for members of Congress. . . .