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Buster Gammons

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Benghazi Committee Didn't Investigate A Scandal; It Was The Scandal

The GOP has done it again.  The House Select Committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack has finally concluded its labors and has found . . . nothing.  No wrongdoing, no cover-up, nothing new, no nuthin'.  Just a tragic loss of 4 lives that could not have been predicted or prevented.  But that didn't stop the Republicans from wasting a lot of time and money turning it into another witch hunt.

Prior to the House Select Committee, the Benghazi incident had been previously investigated seven times.  Eighth time's a charm!??

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Cal) boasted that the real purpose of the Select Committee was to damage Hillary Clinton politically.

The Committee's chief counsel, Army Lt. General Dana Chapman commended the military response to the Benghazi attack, and acknowledged that nothing could have affected what occurred.

Select Committee Chairman Trey "Malfoy" Gowdy (R-SC) admitted that U.S. troops wouldn't have been able to reach the embassy in time to save lives.

Not to discount the loss of life, but there are risks inherent in diplomatic work abroad.  The American Foreign Service Association says that 76 American diplomats were killed in 40 separate attacks from 1973 to 2013.

Unlike all those other incidents, the Benghazi investigation by the Select Committee took over two years and cost most than $7 million.  It was the longest congressional investigation in American history -- longer than the inquiries into Pearl Harbor, JFK's assassination, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Hurricane Katrina, and the 9/11 attacks.

And what was the result?  The Committee's final report is 800 pages of rehashed old news.  There is no "there" there.  It's just a big, embarrassing doorstop.  The GOP should be ashamed of itself.

Benghazi?  Case closed.

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