Now this is an interesting turn of events that will likely create cognitive dissonance among the Benghazi! inquisitors:

U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assault has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.

The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation, and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.

This action, of course, at least partially redeems administration promises that the perpetrators of the killings would be “brought to justice,” and more to the point, kinda moots the endless GOP obsession with who was responsible before and during the attacks, and what that means in terms of the godless wimpy Islamophilia of Obama and Clinton.

Those who have treated Benghazi! as the most important “scandal” since Watergate obviously cannot ignore this capture, lest they look like “truthers” still focused on pre-9/11 intelligence even as Osama bin Laden was being buried at sea in a body bag. Perhaps they’ll put impeachment on hold for a while.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.