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GOP Must Play Hardball In Benghazi-Gate
Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2012 | Bob Barr

Posted on 11/21/2012 1:04:18 PM PST by Kaslin

While the soap opera “All the General’s Girls” currently occupies the top spot in the Washington, DC ratings wars, the “Benghazi Chronicles,” with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice in a starring role, continues to enjoy strong ratings – as it should.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney played it safe during the campaign -- refusing to press the many questions surrounding the September 11th fatal attacks on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The campaign was the perfect forum from which to demand and obtain answers to questions about why the United States was so poorly prepared for the violent attacks in Benghazi. It also served as an appropriate stage on which to discover why the Administration continued to mislead the American public about the forces behind the attacks.

With those opportunities badly flubbed by Romney, attention is now focused on Republican leaders in the Congress to use their confirmation, legislative and oversight powers to do what Romney did not – play hardball and demand answers.

Republicans should quickly and firmly brush aside Obama’s symbolic bravado during last week’s news conference, when he dared the Republicans to “take [him] on” and leave Rice alone. This is a red herring. The GOP also should be firm in casting aside the nonsense being mouthed by Rice’s defenders, such as Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, who are playing the Race Card by claiming criticism of Rice is founded in racial prejudice.

What Republicans should not brush aside, but should continue to focus on, is that “Benghazi-Gate” represents a most serious series of errors committed by the Obama Administration – errors in judgment, intelligence, security, and policy that began long before the September 11th attacks; and which continued even after the tragic death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

This is serious business; and whatever smokescreens the Administration and its defenders throw out there – charges of “sexism,” “racism,” “partisanship,” or whatever – must not be permitted to pull the GOP off target. The GOP is the loyal opposition in this equation, and must not allow itself to be bullied into submission or start chasing animals down irrelevant rabbit holes. If the Republicans in either House flub this, then the incompetence displayed by the Obama Administration in meeting the challenges not only in Libya, but in Iran, Egypt and elsewhere, will continue and likely result in future debacles.

While the importance of Benghazi-Gate extends far beyond Susan Rice, the stakes for her are especially high. She is Obama’s personal choice to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. For the President, if this truly is the proverbial “ditch” in which he has decided to fight to the death, its outcome will greatly impact how successful he will be in moving his second-term agenda forward on a number different issues.

On paper, Susan Rice clearly is qualified to serve as Clinton’s successor at Foggy Bottom – Stanford University, Rhodes Scholar, National Security Council, and youngest-ever Assistant Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton. She is accurately described as tough, smart and, according one biography, unafraid to offer “direct” and “plainspoken” assessments.

Why then is there such controversy swirling around her potential nomination to State, based on clearly erroneous assessments of what happened in the Benghazi attack offered publicly by her in the tragedy’s aftermath? The answer to this series of questions actually is rather straightforward and simple.

Rice inserted herself into the eye of the Benghazi hurricane, and became the face of the Obama Administration’s efforts to downplay and explain away the attacks in the final weeks leading to the November 6th election. No Republican Senator or Representative forced Rice into what turned out to be the unenviable position of describing the Benghazi attack as nothing more than a spontaneous response to an obscure film with anti-Islamic overtones. She either chose to enter the fray (perhaps hoping to burnish her credentials in anticipation of an Obama win), or she was too weak to resist efforts by others in the Administration to push her into the front lines so they could stand in the shadows and not be tarnished.

Either way, legitimate questions are raised about Rice’s judgment and about her ability to operate in the tough, complex political milieu in Washington.

The explanation by Obama and others, that Rice should not be criticized for her post-Benghazi statements because she was “just reading the talking points that had been given to her,” are equally devoid of merit. Do we want or need someone as Secretary of State who blithely reads talking point stuck in front of her, regardless of their merits or whether they make sense?

The answer to this and related questions clearly is “No”; and Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate must use their considerable powers to withhold funds, block nominations, and subpoena witnesses to get to the bottom of this fundamental foreign policy and national security debacle. If they don’t, who will?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazigate; foreignaffairs; libya; terrorism

1 posted on 11/21/2012 1:04:25 PM PST by Kaslin
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2 posted on 11/21/2012 1:07:01 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Kaslin

But they wont, the GOP is complicit in America’s demise, willing partners even..


3 posted on 11/21/2012 1:07:19 PM PST by cardinal4 (WTF happened?)
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To: Kaslin

yeah but the public has already forgotten about Benghazi. They are back to thinking about Kardashian and 2 1/2 men.


4 posted on 11/21/2012 1:07:47 PM PST by I want the USA back (I want the country back.)
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To: Kaslin
GOP Must Play Hardball In Benghazi-Gate

GOP? Hardball? Snicker.


5 posted on 11/21/2012 1:10:07 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: onyx

Uh huh, Right Bob Barr. The GOP’s Leadership is ALL ABOUT Hardball playing, right? Gee, I bet the GOP Leadership lineup of Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell strike mortal fear into the hearts of Democrats everywhere, dontcha think???


6 posted on 11/21/2012 1:15:58 PM PST by antonico
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To: Kaslin

ROTFLMBO!!.......oh, is this a serious thread? (Sorry)...Hardball, cajones, “a pair”, guts, courage, fearlessness ( and the list goes on) are not words usually associated with the GOP. My bad...


7 posted on 11/21/2012 1:18:06 PM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Kaslin

“Must play hardball” is right - but I doubt they’ll suddenly start doing their damn job now


8 posted on 11/21/2012 1:18:57 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: cardinal4

But they wont, the GOP is complicit in America’s demise, willing partners even..
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True that. Expecting the GOP to play hardball is like asking a classical pianist to play heavy metal music. GOP believes in the old political maxim “to get along, go along.” They have long been enablers for the growing reach of liberal policies.


9 posted on 11/21/2012 1:19:15 PM PST by Starboard
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To: Kaslin
Going nowhere.
10 posted on 11/21/2012 1:19:23 PM PST by Logical me
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To: antonico

The stupid party has its weak leadership in place.


11 posted on 11/21/2012 1:22:26 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
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Benghazi Index

12 posted on 11/21/2012 1:30:11 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: Kaslin

Republican hardball? Is that like Ryan Dunn and Steve-O?


13 posted on 11/21/2012 1:34:16 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Kaslin

The GOP needs to call 1-800-rent-a-set.

Get this question answered or immediately resign....NOW!!

**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**


14 posted on 11/21/2012 1:34:16 PM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: onyx

GOP leadership getting ready to get tough.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JqvmGON0AM


15 posted on 11/21/2012 1:37:02 PM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: Kaslin

The GOP needs a set of hardballs to play hardball. The GOP ‘nads are remain locked in a closet in the dem cloak room.


16 posted on 11/21/2012 1:47:57 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Kaslin

In reading comments, I see I’m not the only one disgusted with the GOP. Getting them to play hardball on anything would be an impossible task.


17 posted on 11/21/2012 1:53:21 PM PST by stilloftyhenight
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To: Kaslin

Well, it isn’t going to. Not even going to waste my time thinking otherwise.


18 posted on 11/21/2012 2:02:43 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Kaslin

Pubbies don’t play hardball. They’re not called the stupid party for nothing.


19 posted on 11/21/2012 2:20:44 PM PST by wny
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To: Kaslin

Hard ball. Thats a joke. Tammy Faye can barely restrain himself from boo hooing into his hanky after every cave in to the Dem demands for more money and higher taxes. They are all running scared right now. Afraid they will lose their cushy jobs, perks, power and pensions.


20 posted on 11/21/2012 2:22:02 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin

First, you need to have BALLS to play hardball.

The GOP-e is a ball-less bunch of castratos.


21 posted on 11/21/2012 2:38:06 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Kaslin

Let’s be brutally honest here. The Republicans have lost all abililty to play Hard Ball. Until we get another Lee Atwater on the scene, there really is no hope of defeating the takers.


22 posted on 11/21/2012 2:47:05 PM PST by AdaGray
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To: Kaslin

Who gave the order to the military to “stand down” and NOT execute the plan to rescue our Ambassador and our other three brave men?

When did they give the order?

Why


23 posted on 11/21/2012 4:01:21 PM PST by John Galt's cousin (Constitutional Conservatism NOW! * * * * * * * * * * Repeal the 17th Amendment!)
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To: Gator113

I am with you. The rest of this is importnat, but not as urgent

Who gave the order to our military to “stand down” and NOT execute the plan to rescue our Ambassador and our men in Benghazi on 9-11-12?

When did they give the order?

Why?


24 posted on 11/21/2012 4:07:56 PM PST by John Galt's cousin (Constitutional Conservatism NOW! * * * * * * * * * * Repeal the 17th Amendment!)
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To: John Galt's cousin
Who gave the order to our military to “stand down” and NOT execute the plan to rescue our Ambassador and our men in Benghazi on 9-11-12

This is the wrong question. Only the President can give the go-ahead to cross an international border without permission from the entered country. If, and it seems likely, Obama never gave this order(once and maybe still called Cross Border Authority), then all the American troops lined up in Sicily, on ships in the Med or even in the air, could not go to the aid of our men.

Obama will continue saying that we did everything possible to help, meaning with what we had in Libya already. Why doesn't anyone in the media ask Obama where he was for the entire 7+ hours of the attacks. He was probably in his private quarters getting ready for his trip to Vegas.

25 posted on 11/21/2012 6:14:45 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: Freee-dame
We are seek answers to the same questions:

Who gave the order to our military to “stand down” and NOT execute the plans to rescue our Ambassador and our men in Benghazi on 9-11-12?

<\b> We must know what the residents of the WH did, when, and why.

Someone is stonewalling and trying,desperately, to avoid answering those questions

26 posted on 11/21/2012 9:04:58 PM PST by John Galt's cousin (Constitutional Conservatism NOW! * * * * * * * * * * Repeal the 17th Amendment!)
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To: onyx; All

Good one onyx, just too good!
Remember Freepers a dollar day helps JimRob keep the commies away.Now more that ever we need to come together.


27 posted on 11/22/2012 4:47:46 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: Kaslin
Unfortunately we can forget truth ever seeing the light of day in the DBM.If truth be known it will be here that gets the job done. If truth be known the entire operation was probably an obama pipe dream about enhancing his election hopes that went south. The terror types got tired of being used by him and did what they do best. After that the regime got off their game plan and desperately tried the video BS to keep running out the election clock.This is the entire story of their soon to be eight years. Run out the clock while destroying everything they can in the background. Its a look here not there type of situation.
28 posted on 11/22/2012 4:54:16 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: John Galt's cousin
When you start thinking about Benghazi the run up to it its history of other embassies closing down due to terror acts in the region,the ambassador, others,all asking for additional help that never comes. I think its naive not to think that the regime was behind this all the time.I believe it was always their op.The big question is was Petraeus in on it as well,was he being blackmailed about the affair?

How stupid can you get not to know the eventual wind-up of the Benghazi story.

I don't think they are that stupid. I think they planned it all and were ready for everything that happened except when the terror types turned on them and started taking out every infidel they could.

That ruined the regimes day and they didn't know how to react which was obvious.Enter Axelrod creating the video BS and a sweet young impossible to counter black woman who just oozed believe ablity and if you counter her you are a racist. It was super slick.And, all designed to simply to buy time to run out the election clock.

The more complicated this thing appears the simpler it really is.

29 posted on 11/22/2012 5:05:25 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: Kaslin

In the second debate Obama reminded everyone he had called it an “act of terror” on the second day. Petraeus called it “terror.” Yet Obama’s teleprompter kept saying “It’s the video,” and Rice along with Hillary kept saying “It’s the video.” Someones lying!! And most important, who ordered the military to stand down?


30 posted on 11/22/2012 5:30:31 AM PST by jacob allen
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To: rodguy911

You are right.

As many Freepers have noted, there are at least three scandals involved:

BEFORE: the failure to have adequate security before the attack;

DURING: the failure to immediately respond to the attack and rescue our people;

AFTER: the lies and cover-up.


31 posted on 11/22/2012 8:46:38 AM PST by John Galt's cousin (Constitutional Conservatism NOW! * * * * * * * * * * Repeal the 17th Amendment!)
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To: John Galt's cousin

I thought I knew a little bit about Benghazi until I read this.
Now I just shake my head in wonder.
The allegations in this link suggest that Benghazi happened because we basically pissed the Russians off by supplying too many arms to not only Libya but Syria through turkey and we overplayed our hand with Turkey.Benghazi was the arms depot and the center for distribution to many places evidently.
The Turks got pissed that they were put in the middle between us and the Ruskies and took the Russians side. The rest as they say is here:

http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/08/benghazigates-underpinnings-bubbling-to-the-surface-impeachment-in-our-sights-addendum-to-northeast-intelligence-network-posits-a-direct-nexus-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/


32 posted on 11/22/2012 11:31:05 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: Freee-dame

From what I read and am now wondering about is that with Benghazi being used as a weapons depot and basically a distribution center for Syria and formerly for Libya help was not sent since everyone would find out what the regime was doing there and it would be over for zero.
this thing never ends,there is no end.


33 posted on 11/22/2012 11:34:05 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: John Galt's cousin

I thought I knew more answers that before I read some recent links.This thing is like a mirage. First its there then it isn’t.


34 posted on 11/22/2012 11:37:00 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: rodguy911

I am sending an email to my R Congressman and asking him to tell us:

Who gave the order to our military to “stand down” and NOT execute plans to rescue our men in Benghazi on 9-11-12?

When did he give the order?

Why?


35 posted on 11/22/2012 4:30:41 PM PST by John Galt's cousin (WTF?)
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To: John Galt's cousin

Outstadning,if enough people do that we will get their attention.
I am lucky I have Marco for a Senator and am sure he will do all he can and used to have Ileana ros who never neglects anything important.Both are great Americans.


36 posted on 11/23/2012 5:58:01 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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