Skip to comments.Benghazi Isn't Iran-Contra
Posted on 05/09/2014 2:51:17 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike
The Benghazi investigation should go forward but with knowledge that it will face heavy partisan and media pushback.
Democrats will arguethey already arethat with the country in crisis the attention of Congress should be turned to addressing the issue that weighs most on the public mind: a bad economy with the very top flourishing while the middle is stuck, stressed and sinking.
That will not be a wholly effective line for Democrats. Their and the president's inability to work legislatively with Republicans the past 5½ years has left the American people understanding that nothing's going to get done in the immediate future anyway. Benghazi isn't distracting Congress because they're not doing anything.
The president, detached and defeatist when he isn't in your face and triumphalist, let David Remnick, in the New Yorker interview people keep going back to as the second term's Rosetta stone, know that he himself does not expect any major legislation, with the possible exception of immigration, to get done.
The more effective pushback will come from Big Media. Network leaders, producers and newspaper editors did not go after the story when the first serious questions began to bubble up. Afterward they dismissed the questions as old news. Now they are defensive and resentful. They are not going to help Republican investigators do the job they themselves should have done. (If they'd done it there might be no need for another investigation, because people might feel satisfied they know the essential facts.) Any proof of a Democratic coverup will have the appearance of indicting the media, too.
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Any proof of a Democratic coverup will indict the media, too.
There, fixed it for you Peg.
“...Congress should be turned to addressing the issue that weighs most on the public mind: a bad economy with the very top flourishing while the middle is stuck, stressed and sinking.”
Where in the heck have they been for the LAST 6 YEARS!
Iran-contra was nothing compared to Benghazi.
Plus the Dems spent 10 years and $50 million going after Oliver North before he finally settled for a plea deal to a minor crime so the Dems could claim victory.
One true thing in this article is that most congressmen have no clue how to ask questions. They spend too much of their a alotted time making speeches instead of asking clear succinct questions. Both in Watergate and Iran Contract the members knew how to formulate questions and seek information not make a media splash. Also there were majority and minority counsels who kept the questioning on track. Unfortunately, except for Gowdy I don’t see this happening.
No Ambassadors were raped and killed in Iran Contra. Not to mention it was a phony scandal invented by the Dems who passed crooked laws to hurt the Contras.
Pray America will wake up
Boehner Stacks Benghazi Select Committee With Legal Powerhouses
I think the other 400+ people in Congress can take up the slack for the committee members.
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Peggy Noonan is a jerk.
Because Iran Contra wasn’t a real scandal. A made up attack by morons on the left.
No, it is much much worse.
Nobody died in Iran-Contra.
Peggy is an elitist, foolish, wealthy, JERK! She voted this creep into his job while badmouthing the wonderful Sarah. Let her set up housekeeping with Nicole Wallace and leave the rest of us alone.
Benghazi is about treason. obama and clinton siding with our enemies. Giving them weapons. Killing Americans.
Tell what? The economy is bad and we should all be focused on it? Really? All of a sudden its bad? Cant have it both ways democRATS.
I would love to see Emails between CBS's President David Rhodes and his brother at the WH, Ben Rhodes.
I'm sure all of them were speechless. If she runs in 2016, this testimony will be run without comment.
Iran-Contra had the goal of freeing Americans held captive abroad.
Was THAT the objective of the huge operation at Bengazi?
No, that objective was to arm the allies of Al Qaeda.
Other than that they both were arms scandals I cannot fathom a single way that the two scandals are similar.
Not only that, but it supplied funds and equipment to the Contras, circumventing Congress. The only “scandal” was the Dems were outsmarted. The Boland Amendment was only a prohibition, so no criminal conduct occurred.
Noonan is right in the sense that there is a difference because the party and president in power - Dems - are not cooperating at all, whereas Reagan and his administration actually did cooperate in the investigation of Iran Contra.
Otherwise, it’s very similar, because it was clearly an attempt to do something with getting weapons to a group to whom they could not legally be funneled, in exchange for various supposed favors. But then it’s different, because in the case of Obama, he was trying to funnel them to Islamic radicals who hate us, unlike Reagan, who was trying to take down the America-hating Iranian leadership, which by then had become heroes to the Dems, and it backfired.
As for the reason no GOPer had a response to Hillary when she screamed “What difference does it make?” is that I think they - like all of us - were so stunned that the only responses would have been obscenities or an order to arrest that traitor right away. I must say I was really left open-mouthed when I saw that Hillary had said this - and was then congratulated by the Dems for her great wit.
First of all it's the demonrats and zeros policies for the last years that have flushed the middle class down the toilet and secondly, WTF? The issue that the demonrats are most concerned with is amnesty, they could give a crap about the economy and the middle class.
Democrats and employees of the MSM flooded the public with rumors, rumors and more rumors about an October Surprise.
There was action in the Democrat controlled House.
(Internet source) "Democratic leaders on Monday announced a congressional investigation. They acknowledged a lack of `conclusive evidence of wrongdoing,' but House Speaker Thomas S. Foley said the inquiry would be an effort to `put these allegations to rest.'"
Or put more succinctly, "We have to investigate because there is no evidence."
Rats wanted to investigate back then because there was no evidence and complain of being victims today when compelling additional evidence was forced out of the Administration virtually proving a (criminal?) coverup.
Pushback. The media is pushing back whom?
Noonan, and a lot of people, don’t understand something.
This is an international incident.
Our Administration, the State Department left people behind.
It is a case. An open, unresolved case.
Trey Gowdy is going to lead it. He doesn’t play for the camera. He’s not john boner.
This transcends the media, Nancy Pelosi, Obama and Hillary.
How can Noonan not get this? I mean I know she can be ditzy, but...
It's much, much worse.
and the cover-up
Nixon’s cover up pales in comparison to this.
I hope Fox channel gives wall to wall coverage
Here’s what the Surrender Agreement that Obama and Hillary agreed to looks like.
Al Qaeda will:
1. Return the Ambassador’s body and the bodies of all dead Americans.
2. Allow the 31 CIA employees to leave Benghazi unharmed.
3. Not release details of this agreement to the American people or press.
4. Not shoot down any civilian airliners.
The United States will:
1. Not attempt a rescue of the CIA employees.
2. Not conduct any military operations in Benghazi.
3. Have the President and Secretary of State make and air a program for the Muslim faithful where they apologize for insulting our prophet.
4. Provide Al Qaeda with armored vehicles, weapons, night vision equipment and funds.
5. Support Al Qaeda and the Moslem religion in the press and in any other way.
Now do you see why they want this covered up? Now, do you see what Chuck Schumer was doing at The White House that night”
Her and MoDo are drinking buddies. I mean, like, heavy drinking buddies.