Benghazi Part Eight
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
May 06, 2014 01:25 PM | 485 views | 15 15 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The Benghazi tragedy has been investigated by Congress now seven times and nothing has emerged to implicate the Obama administration of wrong doing, so the GOP is going for eight, hoping that's their lucky number.

After all, more than 50 House votes to repeal Obamacare worked wonders for them.

House Speaker John Boehner is impanelling a "House select committee" to again investigate the tragic deaths of four Americans at the diplomatic outpost in the remote Libyan city of Benghazi. He cites a new e-mail from a White House staffer that does nothing more than confirm already known facts as the reason for the new inquisition.

Despite evidence to the contrary, Republicans with non-stop help of Fox News and an army of right wing radio and print pundits, insist the White House is covering something up.

Ambassador Thomas Pickering who, along with retired Admiral Mike Mullen, led a months-long independent inquiry into Benghazi by the Accountability Review Board, famously said after the ARB delivered its report early last year, "I think the notion of a quote, cover up, has all the elements of Pulitzer Prize fiction attached to it."

Pickering doesn't understand right wingers will settle for fiction, Pulitzer Prize or not, if the facts won't support their claims.

So now, with elections approaching, Boehner wants to shift voter focus to anything other than the dismal performance of the House of Representatives he leads. And if that diversion can smear 2016's likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, even better as far as Boehner and his Republican contingent are concerned.

Democrats are talking about boycotting the latest GOP kangaroo court. But I sincerely hope Hillary appears before Rep. Trey Gowdy's committee. The rabid anti-Obama South Carolina tea partier was tasked by Boehner to lead the "impartial" House inquiry, the real goal of which is to produce video for Fox News and Republicans on the panel.

Expect all kinds of histrionics if not hysterics; angry finger pointing, baseless accusations, and impotent outrage that will be presented on the "fair and balanced" Fox network and edited into GOP campaign ads next fall.

And it's going to backfire. Big time.

The well rested Hillary will let the Republicans hoist themselves on their own petards. She'll calmly repeat what she told Congress last year and watch their fury as they try to trip her up, bait her into some kind of emotional response, or get her to say something they can use out of context.

Hillary is just so much smarter than any GOP hack Boehner selects and she's coached by one of the best politicians in American history. I expect some very deft verbal ju jitsu from her.

Meantime, women of all political stripes will sympathetically watch hostile male Republicans try to brow beat, abuse and disrespect this very accomplished woman, a former First Lady, United States Senator and Secretary of State, and wonder why the GOP expects their votes.

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CobbCoGuy
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May 12, 2014
"Selective outrage?"

Heh. We need to talk about your selective facts sometime.
Kevin Foley
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May 12, 2014
@ Cobb Co Guy - It was I who invited you to proceed.

Mischaracterize 9/11? How about Bush ignoring the warning he got more than 1 month before 9/11?

Your selective outrage is laughable.

anonymous
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May 11, 2014
Hey CobbCoGuy you haven't figured out Vince Foster-gate yet. Where is he? What happened? Is he hanger 51 with the black helicopters, who knows? How about solving Hillary's murder conspiracy at their secret love nest before you start on "BENGAZI".
CobbCoGuy
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May 11, 2014
"Proceed Cobb Co Guy."

Thank you, anonymous. I believe I will.

Dear anonymous and Mike H:

Apparently, y'all didn't read, or, at least, comprehend, what I wrote either.

The Bush administration didn't attempt to mischaracterize those attacks.

But, let's go back to my original comment.

Why are the Democrats putting up such a stink about this? Why the distress? Why all the excitement? Why Pelosi's call to boycott the select committee?

This is a "phony" scandal, right? There is no "there" there, right? There is nothing to hide, right? The Democrats have nothing to fear by telling the truth and submitting ALL of the requested records, documents and emails, right?

As such, the committee will meet and ask HRC a few questions. HRC tells the truth and we're done! Gowdy and the Republicans will have egg on their face and y'all can laugh all the way to the mid-terms.

So, for the life of me, I can't understand why y'all are getting so upset about this. Just tell the truth. Then congress can move on to other issues.

I dunno. Call me krazy, but all the fuss y'all are creating kinda sorta makes it look like there's something to hide.

Kind Regards,

CCG
Mike H
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May 10, 2014
Obamacare has almost completely dropped off the radar. When was the last time you heard about "jobs,jobs, jobs"? The GOP needs something to get the base excited and Benghazi, Benghazi,Benghazi feeble as it is,is the only thing they have left.
anonymous
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May 10, 2014
@ Lib - forget it. Like Mitt Romney, Cobb Co Guy doesn't know the president called the Benghazi "an act of terror" the morning after they happened. He doesn't care that there were 13 attacks on diplomats during Bush's term.

As I noted in the Friday column, it's two standards with these people. One for their guys and a completely different one for Dems. Facts don't matter.

Proceed Cobb Co Guy.
CobbCoGuy
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May 09, 2014
Lib, Lib, Lib. What are we gonna do with you?

Please READ, and digest, what I write before you respond.

The attack on the Marine barracks was characterized as a terrorist attack, traced to Hezbollah, from the get-go. There was no attempt to call it something else. There was no attempt to blame it on any thing, or any group, other than what it was.

Are you connecting my dots? Do you see the contrast I'm drawing between Beirut and Benghazi? Between the Reagan and Obama administrations?

Silly me, thinking we could have an adult conversation - 2016 is a long way off. Much can happen. However, in the meantime, how do you feel about the possibility that the Democrats might lose the Senate? Will you implode?
Lib in Cobb
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May 09, 2014
@Cobb Guy: The deaths of those 241 servicemen was hardly mentioned at all after the funerals. No investigation at all, not commissions, no Issa types looking for the non-existent conspiracy.

Get over it, there was no conspiracy and Hillary is going to be the next President of The US if she runs. I am looking forward to watching your implosion. Perhaps the GOP can get Mittens or Perry or Cain to run again. Maybe Christie, that should work out for you just fine.
CobbCoGuy
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May 07, 2014
Lib,

Here's the rub - the Reagan administration did not mischaracterize the attacks on the Marine barracks.
Lib in Cobb
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May 07, 2014
October 23, 1983, 241 American servicemen were killed by a truck bomb in Beirut. No GOP outrage, no GOP investigation. Ronnie, "The Godfather of the GOP" was president. No Issa investigation, no Issa outrage.

I invite any of the Cobb GOP faithful to explain.
CobbCoGuy
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May 06, 2014
"The Benghazi tragedy has been investigated by Congress now seven times and...[the GOP] is going for eight..."

You know why, don't you?

Because the most transparent administration in the history of the universe has not been transparent, upfront, forthcoming and honest.

Had the most transparent administration in the history of the universe been transparent, upfront, forthcoming and honest from the get-go, then only one hearing would have been needed.

The Democrats only need to blame themselves.
CobbCoGuy
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May 06, 2014
"...the dismal performance of the House of Representatives..."

Please tell us about the stellar performance of the Senate.
CobbCoGuy
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May 06, 2014
"Ambassador Thomas Pickering who, along with retired Admiral Mike Mullen, led a months-long independent inquiry into Benghazi by the Accountability Review Board..."

Right. And this esteemed Accountability Review Board didn't even interview the person in charge - HRC.

Yeah, that's credible.
CobbCoGuy
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May 06, 2014
Sorry, KF. I'z gist funnin' with ya a lil' bit.

Actually, the Democrats do have things to worry about. Here are a couple nuggets from the latest USA Today/Pew Poll:

"A nationwide USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll shows the strongest tilt to Republican candidates at this point in a midterm year in at least two decades, including before partisan "waves" in 1994 and 2010 that swept the GOP into power."

And...

"By more than 2-1, 65%-30%, Americans say they want the president elected in 2016 to pursue different policies and programs than the Obama administration, rather than similar ones."

Did you read that last one? It does not bode well for HRC.
CobbCoGuy
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May 06, 2014
Relax, KF; there is no need for such desperation and distress.

Since this is a "phony" scandal, since it is a big nothingburger, then all HRC has to do is tell the truth. There will be no need whatsoever for any "deft verbal ju jitsu." Just tell the truth.

Get everything out in the open, show us that there is no "there" there, and then Trey Gowdy will have egg on his face and the Democrats can laugh all the way to the mid-terms.

Pretty simple really.
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