House Speaker John Boehner said today that his special Congressional panel to investigate the 2012 deaths of former US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi is not going to be a "circus." The veteran politico knows better.
All the world knows such a probe is singularly designed to weaken Hillary Clinton, front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. The former Secretary of State, undoubtedly, will be the star witness for Republican inquisitors into the murder of the Americans.
The National Republican Congressional Committee fundraising unit already has BenghaziWatchdog.com up and running with the vow to hold Clinton and president Obama accountable for the tragedy in Libya.
An email from the NRCC this morning promises GOPers "will make sure that no one will get away from [Rep.] Trey Gowdy and the Select Committee." To his credit, Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who will serve as Benghazi circus ringleader, rebuked the RNCC and urged party mates not to raise money from it.
Benghazi has moved to the forefront as the Republican farce to vote for the millionth time to overturn Obamacare has run its course and the public begins to understand that Barry's health reform package is working, despite the repeated misinformation spread about the program by the GOP.
On second thought, a levelheaded treatment of the report is pretty much impossible for the GOP, which delegitimizes and discredits everything from the government as a manipulation by Obama and an underhanded bid to expand federal regulation of the private sector.
Anyway, it’s more fun for the GOP to make fun of Al Gore than it is to deal with the tough decisions about global warming.
Bill Huey (May 21, 2014): By 2016, most Americans will think Benghazi is the name of a Middle-Eastern restaurant in Washington, D.C., and Republicans will find themselves (once again) without issues, or ideas, or solutions to propose to the American electorate.
Joe Honick, GMA International Ltd (May 8, 2014): I hope Mr Waltz expressed the same about the thousands we lost in Iraq and Afghanistan in wars built on a lie...and the 240 Marines murdered by those terrorists in Beirut and who fate was simply blamed on Marine Corps officers...and for which there was no Congressional probe of any kind.
Kevin Foley (May 8, 2014): If only the GOP had shown similar curiosity after it was revealed Bush was warned about 9-11 a month before it happened. Or if there had been calls for Reagan's impeachment by Democrats when 17 Americans died after terrorists blew up the American embassy in Beirut.
Republicans may have finally touched bottom.
From Politico: (May 8, 2014): "GOP House and Senate candidates, campaign committees and conservative groups are openly using the attacks 'as a cash grab. And that's likely to continue despite [plea] from the new chairman of the House Republican select committee' ... A May 2 blog post from the [NRSC] titled 'Dude, You're Being Lied To About Benghazi. ... Donate today and elect a Republican Senate majority."
Joe Honick, GMA International Ltd (May 8, 2014): No, the hearings will not be a circus; they already are and have had quite a few millions of your tax money and mine spent to investigate. We would have expected some darned good detective work from those expenditures. We will also expect that these hearings, so imperiously proclaimed, will help to set history straight on a similar kind of incident in 1983 when a energetically forewarned President Ronald Reagan dispatched about 240 unguarded and unarmed Marines to Beirut, Lebanon, where they were murdered by a terrorist truck bomb. No big political hearings took place. A retired admiral was appointed to check out the situation and whose report blamed Marine Corps officers, leaving the White House free for the president to make a simple acceptance of responsibility in an effort to relieve the Marine Corps officers. And that was the end of it.
It would be more seemly and respectful for Chairman Issa and his committee at least to acknowledge this historic tragedy in 1983 and how it all escaped Congressional review.
Samuel L Waltz Jr, APR Fellow PRSA (May 8, 2014): Kevin, I've really enjoyed agreeing with you on most issues recently. Gotta disagree on this one, Kevin. Having a Presidential Administration decide to knowingly lie about the Anti-American Terrorist-caused deaths of American diplomats a few months before an election to win reelection is Outrageous. It's just as outrageous as deciding to knowingly lie repeatedly about a HealthCare Plan in order to win reelection, "If you like the HealthCare Plan you have now, you can keep that HealthCare Plan. Period!" No qualification to that answer.
Kevin, I'm a Democrat, and, in fact, I was the elected VP of the Campus Democrats at the U of Illinois in the 1960s, where I worked for Civil Rights. I was delighted to support Obama when he first ran (despite my support for my neighbor Joe Biden) and I was excited to see our first African American President elected.
In the 2012 election, Kevin, I voted for 12Ds, 4Rs, and 1 3rd Party candidate. Having said that, as a lifelong Democrat, I absolutely think this guy is the worst President in my memory, going back to Ike when I was a kid, and, given his propensity for lying about important topics like Benghazi and HealthCare, he CANNOT BE TRUSTED.
Yeah, Kevin, lots of topics are important, including Climate Change, I agree, but what can be more important than the Integrity of a President who promised the most Transparent and Honest Administration in the history of our once-great Country?!?
Coupled with the Obama - Holder FAST & FURIOUS GUN-RUNNING SCANDAL, this guy has single-handedly lowered the esteem globally in which this great country used to be held!!
I hope you'll reconsider your feelings, Kevin, regarding this Congressman, who admittedly can be over the top. But, what the heck, my lifelong friend Joe Biden frequently is over-the-top. I'll take Over-The-Top any day over UnEthical and DisHonest and UnTruthful Statements that his Administration has made a part of its Daily Dissembling!