BENGHAZI!! Wait! What???
Posted November 26, 2014on:
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 a 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!
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