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BENGHAZI!! Wait! What???

Posted on: November 26, 2014


So the House Intelligence Committee investigation into Benghazi, after two years (and controlled by the Republicans mind you!), finished up its work and surprisingly found “that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.”.  Lets review all the allegations that came from the Right after the tragedy:

  • that a CIA response team was ordered to “stand down” after the State Department compound came under attack
  • that a military rescue was nixed
  • that officials intentionally downplayed the role of al-Qaida figures in the attack
  • that Stevens and the CIA were involved in a secret operation to spirit weapons out of Libya and into the hands of Syrian rebels

Eh…not so much said the committee.  Said the chairman of the committee, Mike Rogers, R-Mich. and the ranking member Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland:

“We spent thousands of hours asking questions, poring over documents, reviewing intelligence assessments, reading cables and emails, and held a total of 20 committee events and hearings…”

“We conducted detailed interviews with senior intelligence officials from Benghazi and Tripoli as well as eight security personnel on the ground in Benghazi that night. Based on the testimony and the documents we reviewed, we concluded that all the CIA officers in Benghazi were heroes. Their actions saved lives,” they said.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA NOT Law & Order district attorney) said:

“It’s my hope that this report will put to rest many of the questions that have been asked and answered yet again, and that the Benghazi Select Committee will accept these findings and instead focus its attention on the State Department’s progress in securing our facilities around the world and standing up our fast response capabilities.”

Sounds complete and that the committee did their job right?  Not so fast.  The Speaker is not so happy that the committee was unable to find anything to blame the Democrats or Hillary or the President for, in the investigation.

“On September 11, 2012, four Americans were killed in a brutal terrorist attack in Libya. Two years later, the American people still have far too many questions about what happened that night — and why,” Boehner said in the statement. “That’s why I will reappoint Rep. Trey Gowdy and the Republican members of the House Select Committee to investigate the events in Benghazi in the 114th Congress. I look forward to the definitive report Chairman Gowdy and the Select Committee will present to the American people.”

The problem though is that since the select committee was not a permanent committee, the House will have to vote to recreate and authorize the committee before it can even begin to start work on the eighth committee to look into Benghazi.

If the select committee were to be reauthorized and actually published its conclusions, that report would be the eighth formal investigation into the event.

I mean seriously folks…how many times do the Republicans need to be told nothing is there?

But never fear, our favorite Senator from South Carolina…the one who is a lawyer…the one who was/is aangry Lindsay lawyer in the Navy JAG Corps doesn’t buy it.  He says “it’s a bunch of crap”.  Yeah, I like that legal reasoning…uh-huh.  He believes that the Administration fudged the talking points after the attack.

“I’m saying that anybody who has followed Benghazi at all knows that the CIA deputy director did not come forward to tell Congress what role he played in changing the talking points,” he said. “And the only way we knew he was involved is when he told a representative at the White House, I’m going to do a hard review of this, a hard rewrite.”

I mean, he even got pouty and all when he was interviewed about it.  I’m not saying he needed the fainting couch but I hope one was nearby.  (clip below is 7+ mins. long.  watch however much you can stand and note the volume is loud on this one)

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Okay so enough of that.  It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and people are in traveling mode.  Here’s a hope that our Northeastern Widdershins do not get caught up in any snow storms, or travel delays, airport or otherwise.  I’m going to put in a little clip here with Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro doing a Thanksgiving commercial in 2001 after the attacks.  It was encouraging folks to come visit New York.  Everyone have a great Thanksgiving and be careful in your travels.  This is a completely open thread to discuss whatever you wish.

Enjoy  your turkey and goodies!



17 Responses to "BENGHAZI!! Wait! What???"

God I hope CNN keeps this guy on the air if for no other reason than the sheer comedic value of it.

Oh my…I knew today was going to be like this and now nothing on the teevee…they are running GWTW, but I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen it, I know how it ends. Perhaps I’ll take my obamacare-provided generic Ambien early and call it a night.

John Boehner said, ” the American people still have far too many questions,” well, I’m an American or at least my passport says so and I have a question, “How in the name of Sunkist can John Boehner be second in line to assume the Presidency?”

Fredster, thanks for this post. This topic got swept under the Ferguson rug when it was released late last Friday night.

Everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving — as bad as things seem at times, we all have much for which to be grateful.

Perhaps we can consider making Benghazi a permanent committee, such as Budget or Armed Services. Wait!! How’s about a Cabinet Post? The Secretary of Benghazi Inquisitions? Maybe that’s been the problem – we’re been messing around with some piffling committees for far too long.

These people are nuts. For the love of god, why can’t they give it a rest? They actually have (stupid) people believing that the American military could have saved those poor men, but were told to stand down, for some insane, secret reason. Like the O admin wouldn’t have looked a thousand times better if they c o u l d have swooped in and saved them. Eeek!

@3 and 4: Obviously the Benghazi news got some kind of air play, at least on CNN, but you’d never really know it, would you? And I really have to wonder about why Graham is so concerned about a rewrite of the talking points or whatever you wish to call them.

Did you guys see this about the Ferguson grand jury? Scalia says what was done wrong, and it sounds like he is right:

annie@5: It’s pathetic isn’t it? Take a horrible event and twist it to their own purposes.

Yes, they’re really disrespecting the memory of those men that died.

The Rude Pundit has a pretty good post about the Benghazi thing and it does include some foul language because of course he is the Rude Pundit. However, he asks a good question in his post.

annie, I saw the thing with Scalia but figured it was crap so I didn’t read it. Guess I’ll take a look now since you mentioned it.

I suppose there is a bright side to the Benghazi committees ad infinitum: If Hillary does run and the Repubs try to bring it up, all she has to do is to point to the eight investigations that found…nothing.

Rude Pundit post was very good! He tells it like it is.

@annie: Yep he does. And I loved his last comment there:

Don’t worry, dear, sweet Graham and all the conspiracy theorists. There is still another report to come from the House Select Committee on Benghazi. You don’t have to worry about unf**king yourselves until that one clears the Obama administration, too.


I taking a political break for the long weekend ahead.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Hear, hear, Sweet Sue. Come back on a hour or so for the Thanksgiving Play List.

sue@15: Yeah, but I had to write something for Wed. and we couldn’t have too many T-day posts. 😉

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