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THE BIG BENGHAZI FREAKOUT

House's special select committee to 'investigate' the attack has everything to do with inflaming the money-generating right-wing noise machine

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Dubya had Iraq. Clinton had Monica. Reagan had Iran Contra. Nixon had, well, you know. Call it the six-year itch, that time when the deeds and misdeeds of two-term presidents always seem to finally catch up to them, when they’ve been around long enough to give attack dogs red meat and amass a bountiful surfeit of enemies out for scalps. Congressional hearings, calls for endless investigations, subpoenas galore, the specter of impeachment — all de rigueur.

And so it is unsurprising — after the big nothingburgers of Solyndra, Fast and Furious and the IRS pseudo-scandal — that the cauldron of enmity known as the House Republicans has refocused its outrage-in-search-of-a-cause on the 2012 incident in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. To that end, the House will convene a special select committee to “investigate” the attack on the U.S. consulate, a committee whose real purpose, of course, has nothing to do with actual fact-finding and everything to do with inflaming the money-generating right-wing noise machine, damaging Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects and, if all goes well, at long last ridding the country of the Commie tyrant Barack Hussein Obama. Benghazi is, we’re told, worse than Watergate — and somehow worse than the putrid cesspool of lies that led to more than 4,000 American deaths in Iraq under the last GOP administration (or even the nearly 270 Americans who perished in terrorist attacks in Libya in 1983 on Saint Ronnie’s watch).

To be sure, Benghazi isn’t a shining moment of American foreign policy. There was an intelligence failure, a lack of clarity, spin from the White House and the president’s re-election campaign. The casus belli of this latest round on indignation is an email, disclosed in response to a FOIA request from Judicial Watch, in which White House advisor Ben Rhodes instructed then-Ambassador to the United Nations (now national security advisor) Susan Rice “to underscore that these protests [in Egypt and later Libya, which gave rise to the attack] are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy” on the Sunday talk-show circuit.

That is, in the Republican fever dream, smoking-gun evidence not of spin but of a cover-up, proof that the White House downplayed the attack’s terrorism origins, or maybe its own unwillingness or inability to protect American diplomats, or something. The further in the weeds you go, the less sense the conspiracy makes.

That’s not to say this whole mess hasn’t been a cluster that transparency could have ameliorated. The administration should have released an unredacted version of that email years ago, not now. (Worth noting: What Rice said about that anti-Islam YouTube video, in fact, reflected what the CIA believed at the time; the evidence still suggests the video played a role, and that the Benghazi attacks were opportunistic, rather than planned weeks out.) But the heady jump from “White House talking points” to “impeach!” is not just long and arduous but rancid and offensive, especially from the crew that fell over itself to rally behind Bush’s misbegotten calamities (and brand the rest of us traitors).

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titopue

I'm an independent and a vet that served in special operations for 21 years. While the Republicans have totally screwed up under the Bush administration and have been unfair to this president from the get-go .... Benghazi is a real scandal, it is a big deal, and in my books and almost every veteran I know ... unforgivable.

What is absolutely unacceptable is that a firefight that went on for 8 hours and calls for help went not unanswered but denied ( especially when it is clear no one knew how long it would last when it started)... The fact that the SECDEF did not approve sending in assets which were within striking distance is what is a disgrace... Some say only the President can approve... but the President made it publically clear he had told the SECDF to do whatever it took to help.

Secretary Panetta should have resigned over this... He said he decided not sending any more assets in.... saying that we did not know enough to launch assets into harms way is a bunch of BS... I absolutely believe a calculated political decision was made to protect the president during an election campaign... and a cover-up ensued immediately after.

NOT SPIN - A COVER_UP!

Whether the President knew or not can be debated and should. What did he do and where was he during the 8 hours of chaos where the 1st US Ambassador since the 1970s was killed in an attack. However, his chain of command failed those men we lost and this presidency.... I bet the White house staff were thinking "God forbid that we would have lost more assets or even had an aircraft shot down.... it would have been Mogadishu all over again." You watch ... There will be more crap... Like what exactly was the CIA doing there... Iran-Contra will look like child's play... The CIA Director so far is the only senior level member to resign in disgrace - for a totally different reason.

Remember - deliberate lies where released from the very beginning by our government about this ... one example most don't realize is that there never was a Consulate in Benghazi... look up what a consulate is and does... That was not a consulate! Glen Doherty and Ty Woods where not personal security detachment (PSD) personnel for the Ambassador as originally stated... so the lies started from the very beginning. NOT SPIN - LIES!

This is not over and should never be forgotten. The active decision NOT to send rescue assets DURING a firefight and the cover-ups are what should this administration should have to pay for.

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frankiem

i'm a vet that served in iraq. the republicans are beating a dead horse. they should move on & let it go. or if they don't wanna be hypocrites jump in their time machine & impeach bush, cheney, rummy, & wolfowitz. move it along. nothing to see here. Friday, May 16|Report this

 
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