Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Because We Need More Benghazi

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The Republicans are not done with Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!, and so neither is David Horsey.  Once again he points out that a rational and serious discussion of what went wrong so that the incident isn't repeated in the future would be helpful, and once again he notes that neither party is in the mood for such a rational and serious discussion.

A Pew Research Center poll found that 70% of Republicans believe the administration has been “dishonest” about what happened at Benghazi. Only 16% of Democrats feel the same way. But 60% of Democrats believe Republicans have “gone too far” pursuing the issue while 65% of Republicans think their party’s representatives have handled it “appropriately.”

This stark partisan divide is hardly a surprise given the sour state of American politics, but, on an issue of national security, one would wish for broader middle ground in which concern for objective facts, not political advantage, would guide people’s opinions. ...

Playing a public relations game with the situation does not reflect well on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department or on the Obama White House. However, this game of semantics was a fairly typical example of inside-the-Beltway spin doctoring and posterior protecting. It is not nearly in the same league of monumental cover-ups of illegal acts that took place with Watergate and the Iran-Contra scandal.

And that’s the problem with the current demand by many Republicans for a special committee to be set up to investigate the Benghazi affair. That seems a pretty obvious ploy to pump up the issue for political advantage and to do as much damage as can be done to the former secretary of State, who just might be the future Democratic presidential nominee.   [Emphasis added]

2016:  that's the whole point of this exercise in wackaloonacy.  This has little if anything to do with Obama.  He has given the GOP everything they've wanted, even things it didn't ask for.  It's all about the Hillary.  They've got to have some red meat to throw to their basest base in 2014 and they have to deny the Democrats the White House in 2016.

This is yet another reason why we can't have nice things.

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Blogger John Gardner said...

I think the problem kindof is that you don't know the scope of the cover-up (if there was one) until you do an investigation.

and the suppression and punishment of whistleblowers is usually an indicator that there is something going on.

should it be getting grandstanded in the way it is? nope.

but I think the new IRS and AP scandals will maybe make this one a little less prominent.

(tinfoil hat people would say: "the IRS thing has been known about inside the administration for a year+, and it was only leaked now to cause people to forget about Benghazi!" ... ugh.)

10:04 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

On this we agree. And the "scandals" just keep on keeping on. I think for the most part they're nothing burgers, but they do point to a systemic problem that has existed since the aftermath of 9/11: a dismissal of all rights under the 4th Amendment.

Obama has simply taken the Bush "Imperial Presidency" and carried it a step further.

3:41 PM  

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