Yet More Benghazi Conspiracy Theories Are Only a Day Away

| Tue Jun. 17, 2014 1:08 PM EDT

After a year of planning, US commandos have captured one of the militia leaders thought to be a ringleader in the Benghazi attacks. For political junkies, however, it was the 17th paragraph of the Times story that drew the most attention:

Mr. Obama’s Republican critics, who have sought to portray the Benghazi attack as an administration cover-up and efforts to prosecute those responsible as weak, were cautious in their initial response to news of Mr. Abu Khattala’s capture.

Indeed. I wonder just how long that caution will last? I'd give it no more than 24 hours. More than likely, it's just a publicity stunt meant to draw attention away from the IRS/EPA/ISIS/Iran. Amirite? In turn, all of those things are publicity stunts meant to draw attention away from Benghazi. It's like a finely tuned Swiss watch, isn't it?

By the way: does anyone know why this guy is referred to as Mr. Abu Khattala on all references in most news stories? It's never shortened. I've never noticed that with any other Arabic name.

UPDATE: Sorry about that. I thought I had seen "Mr. Abu Khattala" used repeatedly elsewhere too, but apparently not. Only in the New York Times, where it's house style.