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The ongoing shame of Benghazi cries out for deeper investigation
The Washington Examiner ^ | 1-20-2014 | Cal Thomas - OP/ED

Posted on 01/20/2014 7:01:18 PM PST by smoothsailing

January 20, 2014

The ongoing shame of Benghazi cries out for deeper investigation

Cal Thomas

When anything bipartisan comes out of a polarized Washington, one should be grateful. That's why a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans represents progress of sorts.

The committee, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., faults the State Department and intelligence community for failing to prevent the attacks. The committee determined that the U.S. military command did not know about a CIA annex in Benghazi and that, writes the Washington Post, “…the Pentagon didn't have the resources in place to defend the State Department compound in an emergency.” This communications failure between agencies, supposedly solved after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, had not been. If it had, the report found, Benghazi likely could have been prevented.

Sen. Feinstein criticized some Republicans on the committee for adding a section in the report called “additional views” in which they intimate that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was culpable in the attacks. In a statement, Feinstein, wanting the record clear, said the accusation was “patently false” and that Clinton was “not mentioned a single time in the 58-page bipartisan section of our Benghazi report.”

Yet, in an Oct. 16, 2012, interview with CNN in Peru, Clinton said about Benghazi, “I take responsibility. I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts.”

So, Clinton was “in charge,” but not at fault, is that it?

In her additional views entry, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said, “To be clear, the responsibility for the attack lies with the attackers themselves. Unfortunately, the promises of the president and other senior administration officials to bring any of the attackers to justice have ringed hollow thus far. The report finds that more than a year after the attack, the terrorists who perpetrated the attack have still not been brought to justice.”

The New York Times reported in September, “Intelligence officials have a general idea of where they are hiding. And the military has a contingency plan to snatch them. ... But the fledgling Libyan government, which has little to no control over significant parts of the country … has rebuffed the Obama administration's efforts to arrest the suspects.”

The report contradicts claims by the administration that the attacks were sparked by an anti-Muslim video and concludes that individuals associated either directly with al Qaeda or one of its affiliates were involved and likely planned and carried out the attacks.

What is needed is for House Speaker John Boehner to appoint a select committee, modeled after the Senate Watergate Committee, with subpoena powers to question under oath witnesses and those in charge.

According to an exclusive report from Breitbart.com, three relatives of those killed in Benghazi, including Pat Smith, the mother of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, have written Boehner asking that he name a special committee. Co-signers include “scores of conservative and military leaders.” Pat Smith has said President Obama and Secretary Clinton promised her they would find out what happened to her son. So far she has heard nothing.

A New York Times' editorial writes, “The report, parts of which were blacked out, says there is no indication that the CIA … knew of a time and place of a specific attack. It describes the attack as ‘opportunistic' and not ‘a highly coordinated plot.' This dovetails with an investigation by the Times, which found that the attack was triggered in part by spontaneous anger over an anti-Islamic video.” The Times has a lot invested in its incorrect position and to issue corrections might take gallons of ink.

In the “alternative” media universe truth can still be found. If media elites awarded prizes to Fox News, that network's chief intelligence correspondent, Catherine Herridge, would deserve one. Her tenacious and accurate reporting kept the Benghazi story alive when mainstream media appeared to have lost interest. In an email to me, Herridge writes about those who died in Benghazi: “We cannot bring them back, but we can honor them with the facts.”

It's a shame the Obama administration does not seem to share her attitude. That's why Speaker Boehner must name a special committee to uncover what the administration appears to be covering up.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazigate; benghazisenatereport

1 posted on 01/20/2014 7:01:18 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

They didn’t know a time and place? How about a time? Like the anniversary of 9/11, the day I learned all about Islam.


2 posted on 01/20/2014 7:11:32 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: smoothsailing
WHERE THE HELL WAS ØBAMA??? WHY WILL NOT ONE SINGLE NEWSIE ASK THAT SIMPLE QUESTION, ON THE RECORD????

you're damned right I'm shouting!

3 posted on 01/20/2014 7:11:46 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: smoothsailing

” - - - Speaker Boehner must name a special committee to uncover what the administration appears to be covering up. - - - “

Yup.


4 posted on 01/20/2014 7:13:24 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: smoothsailing

They had no heavy weapons to defend because the plan was to rely on a rapid US air response with precision weapons.

The SEALs laser designation of targets was done because THEY WERE FOLLOWING THE PLAN WORKED OUT AHEAD OF TIME.

The ONLY party who didn’t do ANYTHING to help was the one with the SMALLEST but MOST IMPORTANT duty —the WHITEHOUSE.

One word from Barry, “go” would have sufficed. BUT NO.

Suppose throughout the whole “The Lone Survivor” battle that WH higher-ups had PERFECT real-time video and audio communication with our men, as they were repeatedly shot and driven off of cliffs:

What would have been the reaction...?


5 posted on 01/20/2014 7:15:11 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Graewoulf

Both parties, partying drunk and whoring in DC,
have armed al Qaeda with MANPADs while keeping the
borders open, and removing all Law from illegals.

The US Congress and their Tyrant have
destroyed America, its freedom,
its law, and its liberty.


6 posted on 01/20/2014 7:15:50 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: smoothsailing

Catherine Herridge has done an outstanding job of reporting, we need many more of her caliber in the media.

If the media majority consisted of people with integrity like hers 0bama wouldn’t be in the WH now.


7 posted on 01/20/2014 7:16:36 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: smoothsailing

NSA was and is collecting information on citizens.
With all the stuff they record and archive, the NSA should be perfect source of evidence what happened before, during and after Benghazi attack, IRS “no scandal” etc..
Our elected representatives should look into this with at least such veracity as the liberals do chasing innocent citizens. Let’s have taxpayers money work.
Lives and country’s future are at stake.


8 posted on 01/20/2014 7:19:47 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepeesssssed)
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To: Diogenesis

Boehner is the key to the 2014 Impeachment of B. Hussein Obama.

As long as Obama can keep Boehner on as Speaker of the House, Obama’s job is in safe and loyal hands.

The cowardly House RINOs fear Boehner, and thus keep Boehner on as Speaker.

Thus, the basic problem of stopping Boehner from running with Devil Obama lies squarely with the cowardly House RINOs.

The GOP Cave In on the “amnesty for illegal alien invaders from Mexico bill” to Devil Obama avoids having to enforce existing Federal Border Laws, a consistent goal of the Democrat Party from 1986 onward.

The GOP Establishment will always avoid any conflict with their betters, - - - the Democrat Politicians.

Boehner is dedicated to giving aid and comfort to the illegal alien invaders from Mexico, and America is the worse for it.

If politicians stand for nothing then they will fall for anything.

To make a difference, you have to have a difference.

Is Boehner resisting or running with the Devil Obama?

FORWARD !


9 posted on 01/20/2014 7:21:01 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: gaijin

Bengazi, pick one:

1. Missiles for Muzzies

2. Swap of Stevens for Cyclops

3. BOTH of the above

?????


10 posted on 01/20/2014 7:22:58 PM PST by gaijin
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To: andyk
They didn’t know a time and place? How about a time? Like the anniversary of 9/11, the day I learned all about Islam.

Oh come on, you can hardly expect the CIA to have a calendar just lying around at Langley for everyone to see.

11 posted on 01/20/2014 7:24:47 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: NonValueAdded

WHERE THE HELL WAS ØBAMA??? WHY WILL NOT ONE SINGLE NEWSIE ASK THAT SIMPLE QUESTION, ON THE RECORD????

EXACTLY! No one will ask this question anymore. At the beginning it was asked frequently but no more. What are they hiding and what do they know????


12 posted on 01/20/2014 7:28:35 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: smoothsailing
Let us not forget just in case you think the RINO problem isn't bad enough: Last September exactly one year after Benghazi, Jeb Bush awarded Hillary Clinton the Liberty medal.

"Everyone clap for me! I allowed a US Ambassador, a diplomat and 2 Navy seals to get killed exactly one year ago today. Thank you Jeb Bush for getting on your knees and kissing my behind! I am so glad you know your place!"

Judge Jeanine Pirro doing what the RINO party refuses to do....

Judge Jeanine Pirro obliterates Hillary over Benghazi

13 posted on 01/20/2014 7:30:02 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: smoothsailing

If I worked for the company, I would set a recurring reminder on 9/11 in perpetuity. Totes.


14 posted on 01/20/2014 7:31:09 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: jazusamo

Catherine Herridge, Jennifer Griffin, and Sharyl Attkisson.

Three patriots who happen to be journalists.


15 posted on 01/20/2014 7:45:54 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I see Bonehead in the US House and the Republican leadership is getting right on this, just like Fast and Furious, democrat voter fraud, IRS and the TEA Party, the money spent on the OBCARE website, Muslim Brotherhood in the WH, money for terrorists, weapons for terrorists, oh never mind any one who doesn’t think the republican leadership is in bed with these crooks is insane.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 7:47:54 PM PST by stockpirate (It appears good men have decided to do nothing, so evil is prevailing......)
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To: smoothsailing
That useless Bonehead!! Committee, hell. He is totally incompetent.
17 posted on 01/20/2014 7:49:42 PM PST by Logical me
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To: smoothsailing
Catherine Herridge, Jennifer Griffin, and Sharyl Attkisson.

Three patriots who happen to be journalists.

Absolutely!! What a great trio.

18 posted on 01/20/2014 7:51:38 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: smoothsailing
Judge Jeanine ripped King Obama and Hitlery a new one.
19 posted on 01/20/2014 7:52:21 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Diogenesis

Within 3 days of 9-11-12 I posted these three articles on Twitter.

http://tinyurl.com/oy8wfza http://tinyurl.com/9el5drw http://tinyurl.com/9vm7s2m

If I had that kind of information, some of which was known the next day from 9-11, HOW is it POSSIBLE that Congress does not know what happened yet?

Complicity.

No other answer.


20 posted on 01/20/2014 7:54:33 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil; smoothsailing; andyk; NonValueAdded; Graewoulf; gaijin; Diogenesis; jazusamo; ...
Complicity.
No other answer.

You are correct.
It goes to the top, of all three branches.

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21 posted on 01/20/2014 8:11:46 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: smoothsailing
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., faults the State Department and intelligence community for failing to prevent the attacks.

There is no fault here. It was part of the plan. The Ambassador was supposed to be attacked.

It’s really not that complicated.

For the election, Obama needed to show that he could be tough on Islam.

He planned to have the Ambassador kidnapped and then he would get tough on the terrorists and they would give the Ambassador back. Obama a hero, election in the bag.

He stripped away all the security to make it easy. Problem was that some Navy Seals showed up and started kicking some Muslim butt. Terrorists figured they were set up and the real plan was to wipe them out. They thought that Obama was trying to be the hero by defending the Ambassador.

Things spin out of control, Ambassador is abused and killed Muslin style. Obama and Hillary have to go into spin and lie mode.

It seems to me that the facts of what happened seem to fit well into this scenario.

22 posted on 01/20/2014 8:25:48 PM PST by super7man
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To: smoothsailing
That's why Speaker Boehner must name a special committee to uncover what the administration appears to be covering up.

As long as you're dreaming, Cal, would you like a pony?

23 posted on 01/20/2014 9:11:41 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: smoothsailing

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24 posted on 01/20/2014 9:23:14 PM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: super7man

That is the most plausible explanation I have heard to date.


25 posted on 01/20/2014 10:29:19 PM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: super7man
"It’s really not that complicated. For the election, Obama needed to show that he could be tough on Islam. He planned to have the Ambassador kidnapped and then he would get tough on the terrorists and they would give the Ambassador back. Obama a hero, election in the bag. He stripped away all the security to make it easy. Problem was that some Navy Seals showed up and started kicking some Muslim butt. Terrorists figured they were set up and the real plan was to wipe them out. They thought that Obama was trying to be the hero by defending the Ambassador. Things spin out of control, Ambassador is abused and killed Muslin style. Obama and Hillary have to go into spin and lie mode."

In a normal world I would say you are "bat sh-t" crazy. However, with this administration nothing would surprise me. A point that few have commented on is why would the administration put out a totally false story given the chance the truth would come out before the election? If the truth were known before the election he would have lost. Obama could have easily went after the terrorists with drones and special forces. The real question is why was the lie about the attack less risky? Killing or capturing the terrorists would have shown he was tough on terrorists that hurt and kill us. He would have still won the election.

The only logical answer is the truth is far worse than saying, "it was terrorists and I will hunt them down and kill them and then actually do it."

I would suspect if he started to hunt them down and kill them, the truth would have come out. Why can CNN drink tea with them and interview them in a cafe in Libya but Obama and the CIA and our special forces not find them nor kill them. Their is only one logical answer, "Obama will not let them."

26 posted on 01/20/2014 10:30:51 PM PST by cpdiii
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To: gaijin

To quote knankles, “What difference does it make”.

Yea she’s correct it’s only four dead Americans no big deal so lets move on, I’m running for POTUS and that is much more important.

My promise to the American voters is, “Less hope and less change, period”.


27 posted on 01/20/2014 11:26:56 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: chiefqc
Having spent the last two hours reading articles here on FR and other news places, this is the ONLY story about the Benghazi cover up. Interesting how the longer these things get delayed the easier they die down. Anyone remember Fast and Furious or the IRS and/or the NSA scandals? Yep, they too have gone the way of the carrier pigeon
28 posted on 01/21/2014 5:00:14 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: smoothsailing

Liberals consider themselves the smartest people on the planet. Consequently, they can’t admit that they’ve been wrong about everything since at least World War II.


29 posted on 01/21/2014 6:36:31 AM PST by Inwoodian
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