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Avoid witch hunt on Benghazi

Published: Sun, May 18, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Question: What do the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the ongoing rollout of the Affordable Care Act have in common?

Answer: Both disparate events have been shamelessly twisted into political tools by some Republicans to discredit Democrats in the run-up to this fall’s congressional elections.

Particularly in the case of Benghazi, it’s high time such politicization ends. As the U.S. Congress prepares to begin its eighth set of hearings on the attack that killed four Americans, the investigative panel’s major goals must focus squarely on truth and action.

Recent release of an email about how the White House would frame the attack in the media raises some legitimate questions about the administration’s commitment to transparency. Results from earlier hearings indicate that the State Department did indeed make mistakes before and after the attack. That’s why administration officials must offer full disclosure in testimony this time around to ensure it is the last go-round on Benghazi.

More importantly, Select Committee panelists must work to guarantee U.S. diplomatic ranks are adequately protected across the globe by crafting recommendations to ensure the mistakes of Benghazi are never repeated.

Toward those ends, cooperation — not confrontation — must be the committee’s watchword. Democrats on the panel should rethink boycott plans. Republicans should emphasize their mission is apolitical. A good-faith start in achieving those ends would be to even up the political makeup of the committee. Republicans now hold a 7-5 advantage.

Above all else, the panel’s mission must remain a bipartisan search for truth.


1Jerry(612 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

The “administration’s commitment to transparency”??

The State Department made “mistakes”???

I am no longer concerned about the cover-up, or who told what lie and when they told it, after the fact in 2012. The absurd cover-story about an anti-Islamic video and the other lies are not important. I am concerned, however, regarding the reality of that which is being covered up.

It is fairly apparent that the Obama White House was more concerned regarding political considerations than they were regarding the very safety and lives of our foreign service personnel.

Why did they not withdraw our personnel and close the consulate when they knew that the situation in Libya was dangerous and uncontrolled?

When they knew they were leaving our people in a dangerous situation, why did they reduce rather than increase the security protecting them?

When they knew that our people were being attacked, why was no effort made to assist or rescue? The argument that no rescue was possible is potentially valid in hind-sight only. They did not know that no rescue was possible at the time. Why was no attempt made? If a rescue attempt had been dispatched and arrived too late, this argument might have some credibility. Since no attempt was made, there is absolutely no credibility here at all.

The answer to all these questions is that the Obama White House was more concerned with maintaining the fabricated foreign-affairs storyline that they were hustling for the re-election campaign.

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2andersonathan(682 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Good point about that "Video" causing this. That was all over the news and right out of the mouths in DC including the messiah himself. People still standing by the Administration ought to do some Google and the might find out that a couple of high ranking officers who would have had the authority to intervene and send help air support/small team of troops. Were told to stand down and relived from duty. Then Google images of Stevens the Ambassador. Who made requests for help and support before this happened.

So yes as a American and a non Islam supporter I want the truth, i want to see some action taken and people removed from office over this and if it leads to criminal prosecution so be it. And if it ends up as Obama call then impeach him for it.

And if you want to blame the video, well you can not fix stupid. But i actually own a Quran and will be glad to use it as bird cage liner and my parrot craps a lot and even burn it afterwards and film it and post it on You Tube and I guarantee no international incident will happen over it

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3republicanRick(1422 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Americans died. Obama lied. Liberal media killed story and covered it up.

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4jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

The Dems are fantastic at coverups. Fast & Furious, Benghazi, The IRS scandal, now the VA scandal, not to mention the Obamacare scandals, & the lies attached to it..
If Bush were in office today, he would have been impeached already, but the media protects Obama like no other president in the past.

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5billdog1(3232 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

TRUTH, you can't handle the truth.

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6billdog1(3232 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

The reality is we will never know the truth. The repulitards nor the demitards want to get to the truth because they both are culpable. We can look at many a situation throughout history where both parties have made serious mistakes. I just find it ridiculous that the republitards are always willing to revisit such things at the expense of the American people in terms of time and tax dollars in the millions and sometimes billions of dollars. We all know the situation was poorly managed. NObody will ever be held accountable. So lets get to the business of repairing what is so broken and quit the personnal attacks on each other. Our country is so messed up we have to get to correcting some of these situations with the economy, jobs, veterans, banking, education, spending, etc... Stop the distractions and get to working on things WE CAN correct before the United States of America really becomes the Divided States of North America.

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7republicanRick(1422 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

This Vindy editorial exactly matches CA Senator Barbera Boxer's public statements. That's right, the kooky, ultra liberal, dumb as hell Barbera Boxer.

The Vindy justs keeps going left and left and eventually over the cliff with their nutty editorials.

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