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Sen. Ted Cruz and House Speaker John Boehner
In what may be the first ever Congressional committee formed exclusively to investigate a hashtag, multiple reporters (Sam Stein, Chuck Todd, and Dana Bash) are saying House Speaker John Boehner has decided to create a House Select Committee to investigate Benghazi. According to the reports, the committee will be chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, who, among other things, has the most amazing hair in Congress.

As you might expect, shadow House Speaker Ted Cruz is thrilled:

About time! Let's find out the truth about what happened in #Benghazi!
Republicans are expected to formally announce the committee later today. As to why they are creating the committee, they will point to a recently released email from White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes in which Rhodes listed talking points for then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's Sunday show appearances following the attack in Benghazi. Rhodes' email, which was not exclusively about Benghazi, said Rice should communicate that anti-American activities in the Middle East were a result of a video and not a result of a broader failure of U.S. policy.

Republicans believe that the email is a new piece of evidence proving that the White House doctored talking points in the wake of Benghazi in order to steal the election from Mitt Romney. It's true that the talking points were based on inaccurate information, but as Dave Weigel has pointed out, they were consistent with information coming from the CIA to the White House. Moreover, it's absurd to claim that the Rice's Sunday show appearance was the deciding factor in the 2012 election, especially in light of Mitt Romney's incredible and repeated bungling of Benghazi from a political perspective.

Republicans will also probably cite testimony this week from Brigadier Gen. Robert Lovell who said that he knew instantly the attack in Benghazi was not a result of a protest or video and was unhappy that we did not mobilize a military response to save the lives of the Americans who were killed in Bengahzi. They are highlighting Lovell because they believe he adds credibility to their argument that President Obama (and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton) willfully allowed the Americans to die by refusing to order a mission to save them.

What they won't say is that Lovell was in Germany at the time of the attacks and had no special knowledge about what was going on in Benghazi—and that he also doesn't have any belief that a specific course of action would have saved any lives. As retiring Republican House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon said: "Lovell did not further the investigation or reveal anything new." But the notion that the commander in chief is responsible for the deaths of Americans is too juicy for them to pass up, so they will pursue it for as long as they possibly can.

The new committee will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, adding to the millions that the GOP's probes have already cost.

9:11 AM PT: Here's the official press release. But here's what really blows me away about it—in announcing the news on Twitter, Boehner's office created this image:

Lest there be any doubt that this is first and foremost about politics, the salesmanship and marketing that went into creating that graphic should close the case.

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  •  "Terror" or "Terrorism?" One Syllable Destroys USA (12+ / 0-)

    That really is what it all comes down to right? One syllable?

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:04:02 AM PDT

  •  Because ... (16+ / 0-)

    ... you can't let Benghazi go if you're the GOP.  Otherwise, Hillary Clinton might win!

    I honestly feel that the GOP is still suffering from Nixon revenge syndrome.  They won't feel it's "even" until they impeach a Democratic president and make him resign.

    "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

    by MikeTheLiberal on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:05:10 AM PDT

  •  OK, they've done it. (11+ / 0-)

    I'm the one who caused Benghazi. I've been hiding behind the mask of anonymity on the web and letting the Obama administration and Hillary take the heat. But really, it was all my fault. I shouldn't have voted for Obama. Without me, none of this would've happened.

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:05:14 AM PDT

    •  No, no, no. (2+ / 0-)

      This is a Friday news dump.  If you're going to fall on your sword, do it on Meet the Press.

      "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them." Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

      by Mr MadAsHell on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:09:13 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well, I'm not taking this fall alone. (1+ / 0-)
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        Mr MadAsHell

        Everyone of you that openly admitted they voted for Obama will be going down with me. Buwhahaha! Years of plotting have come to this!

        Oh fuck it, I'll just have a Krispy Kreme instead.

        GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

        by ontheleftcoast on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:18:32 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Actually--the name of the committee is: (10+ / 0-)

    "Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!"

    "The life of men and women is so cheap and property is so sacred." Rose Schneiderman-political activist-union organizer 1866-1972 .

    by lyvwyr101 on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:06:26 AM PDT

    •  Banzai! Banzai! Banzai! (1+ / 0-)
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      It is ironic that "Bengazi" sounds almost like "Banzai!"

      After all, "Banzai" is the Japanese definition of "A last, desperate Military charge".

      Fits this situation perfectly!

      •  Doesn't it though? (0+ / 0-)

        Sadly---it won't be the "last ditch" effort it's noted for--although it should be!

        They will never give up...............

        "The life of men and women is so cheap and property is so sacred." Rose Schneiderman-political activist-union organizer 1866-1972 .

        by lyvwyr101 on Fri May 02, 2014 at 10:28:46 AM PDT

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        •  Every time (2+ / 0-)
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          the Republican's latest "Dem Scandal Warning" falls flat, they retreat to Benghazi.
          Banzai!  Definitely their choice of a last ditch assault.  It will always fail, but it sounds so important!
          And, they'll do it over and over and over again, just like their 50 attempts to repeal Obamacare.  They absolutely MUST keep Benghazi in the American consciousness, since there is nothing else they have to talk about.
          Each one is an Emperor in their own mind, and they all know they have no clothes!

          •  Quotable! (0+ / 0-)
            Each one is an Emperor in their own mind, and they all know they have no clothes!

            "The life of men and women is so cheap and property is so sacred." Rose Schneiderman-political activist-union organizer 1866-1972 .

            by lyvwyr101 on Sat May 03, 2014 at 10:55:52 AM PDT

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    •  Marcia! Marcia! Marcia! (0+ / 0-)

      Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

      by Matt Z on Fri May 02, 2014 at 02:12:32 PM PDT

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  •  I think this pretty much shows that the "ACA (18+ / 0-)

    has failed" and the "repeal and replace" strategy as the cornerstone for the upcoming elections have failed. They are now stuck with having to make something out of nothing. Four people died halfway around the world in a very dangerous country. What could they possibly prove about it?

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:06:52 AM PDT

  •  GOP Is Terrorists Biggest Cheerleader And Allies (0+ / 0-)

    Christ, blow up a hot dog stand somewhere in Ooga-Booga Land or Trashcanistan and the GOP will try to overthrow the US government.  Yes, commit any act of terror and the GOP will carry the ball over the goal line for you.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:06:58 AM PDT

  •  Recced for first line; and movies. (3+ / 0-)
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    Don't congresspeople watch movies?  Whenever there's a scene with a congressional committee questioning a witness, who is the audience rooting for?  Who is the dolt or bad guy?  I mean, in The Godfather, a stone cold murderer was the witness in an inquiry into his organized crime operation and we all STILL enjoyed watching the committee crumble.

    Now, with congress at a seven percent approval and the entire country predisposed to hate/disbelieve them, they pick this weak shit to waste time on with the cameras rolling?

    The dossier on my DKos activities during the Bush administration will be presented on February 3, 2014, with an appendix consisting an adjudication, dated "a long time ago", that I am Wrong.

    by Inland on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:07:15 AM PDT

  •  Will They Subpoena Condi Rice? (6+ / 0-)

    About all the fatal embassy attacks that occurred on her watch?

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:08:14 AM PDT

    •  Only if they can some it make it Obama's fault (1+ / 0-)
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      Remember how Hannity claimed the economic failure was Obama's BEFORE Obama even got elected. The "reason" was "Everyone knew he was going to get elected so the economy tanked!" So blaming anything from the Bush crime family on Obama has precedence, "Well, everyone knew that the liberal media was going to nominate and force a black man in to the Whitehouse. Even in 2005. So the terrorists attacked us because they knew we'd be weakened by that. Clearly that was Obama's fault!"

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:22:10 AM PDT

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  •  How many Americans have Benghazi on their minds? (7+ / 0-)

    except for secessionist militia types like the ones on the Bundy Ranch?
    None, is my guess.

  •  From TODAY's news, (10+ / 0-)

    no joke:

    Eight people were killed and up to 15 wounded when suspected Islamist militants tried to storm the Libyan government security headquarters in Benghazi on Friday, army officials and medics said....
    Car bombings and assassinations of soldiers and police officers have become common in Benghazi, where a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed minibus outside a special forces camp on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding two.
    Republicans' obsession with their CT BenGhaZi will make sure that nothing is done about terrorism in actual Benghazi. Idiotic in the extreme.

    "Trust me... I've been right before." ~ Tea party patriot

    by Calvino Partigiani on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:09:54 AM PDT

  •  Of course Cruz cares not about spending $$millions (2+ / 0-)
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    His ridiculous government shutdown cost us
    $$24 BILLION.

  •  I can see our allies now.....'Boy...and I thought (3+ / 0-)
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    rg611, RichM, TomFromNJ

    we were fucked up.'

  •  am I the only one (4+ / 0-)
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    Eric K, Hayate Yagami, jplanner, TomFromNJ

    who just doesn't "get" this whole "scandal"? I've heard them harping about it for months, but still don't see where the "scandal" is. Maybe that's why they haven't been able to get it to stick, I keep up on news more than the average Joe (not plumbers), but I just can't understand what they're after here, other than a scandal, any scandal, to pin to Obama. I think it's well past time for some public shaming of these assholes, by the President. Have a press conference to address this once and for all, and even let some Faux "reporters" ask a bunch of their inane questions and he can shoot them down, one by one. Then explain the amounts of money they have blown "investigating" this nonsense. Seriously, I just don't get it, and don't get how the administration hasn't shot it out of the air yet.

    •  They want the original Benghazi Memo (4+ / 0-)

      We’ve known for years now that George W. Bush Barack Hussein Obama received a presidential daily briefing on Aug. 6, 2001 2012, in which he was warned: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” "Terrorists loyal to Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S. Embassy in Libya." And then Bush Obama went fishing stayed in the White House working after the briefing.

      What we didn’t know is what happened after the briefing and before the fishing working. Bush Obama finding out that there was an actual threat to American lives told the CIA briefer: “All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.”

      The Benghazi Memo or what the transcript of a smoking gun Benghazi Memo would read like if this were an actual scandal.

      We all remember the endless committee meetings held hounding the Administration for the President's failure to protect American lives.

      "You know, just because the thing I saw wasn't there doesn't mean there wasn't something there that I didn't see." Ann Althouse, Conservative Thoughtmeister

      by Bill Section 147 on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:37:53 AM PDT

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    •  I don't claim to be an expert on Libya, (0+ / 0-)

      or Benghazi, but I have to wonder about how deeply the C.I.A. was involved in Benghazi.
      Libya was a country that just had a revolution and was chaotic.
      Common sense would tell you that the C.I.A. was operating there to a great extent.
      The State Department used C.I.A. talking points which I take it proved to be false.

      so the C.I.A. gave out false talking points?
      I'm shocked!
      Maybe the C.I.A. does not want to broadcast their business to the world.

  •  We now interrupt our laser-like focus on jobs to (1+ / 0-)
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    bring you a renewed extra-laser-like focus on Benghazi.

    Brought to you by FoxNews!

    "There's been a little complication with my complication"

    by dash888 on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:17:19 AM PDT

  •  Obama spends barely a min touting jobs report (2+ / 0-)

    If you can even call it touting. His remarks praising the "grit of the American people" and half-heartedly saying congress could do more could have (I'm pretty sure has before) preceded a bad jobs report.

    Now we're on an hour of largely negative news dealing with Ukraine, and no doubt a few questions on Benghazi at the presser, which Americans don't give two shits about. Ugh.

    I know Obama has to be cautious about economic progress, but until he starts rubbing good news in his critics (Republicans, the "librul media") the public are never gonna give him or Dems credit.

    /rant over

  •  Has anybody tallied the money wasted (3+ / 0-)
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    by the Pubbies on about 50 separate votes on Obamacare, the money wasted on government shutdowns, and all the other Pubbie fiasco gambits?  Now we have ANOTHER round of Benghazi hearings that will do nothing other than rehash the Issa hearings?  And Pubbies complain about wasteful government spending?  Sheesh!

  •  Wingers have seen too many action movies (0+ / 0-)

    From Military channel documentaries I've seen on our elite forces, operations take weeks/months of planning and rehearsal training.  

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:18:31 AM PDT

  •  Sounds like Boehner is using taxpayer money (1+ / 0-)
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    to benefit which ever GOP candidate is running in 2016 (perhaps even the mid-term elections too).  Using tax dollars and tax supported buildings.  Is this going to be like ObamaCare?  Are we going to have 50 plus hearings before it's finally dead by way of a Democratic majority in the House?  If that's the case this only gives me more of an incentive to vote blue across the board.

    I would much rather see hearings on fair pay, immigration reform and the effects of fracking and climate change than listen to another discussion on issues long since resolved e.g., abortion, separation of church and state and the conspiracy of the day.

  •  NOW we'll get to the bottom of this! (0+ / 0-)

    If they really feel that way, they should strip Issa of all of his duties. If this is truly true, then they must think Issa the most incompetent bungling ninny since...since....since.....Romney ran for president!

    Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

    by Floyd Blue on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:19:52 AM PDT

  •  Twitter and other shite is blocked at my computer. (0+ / 0-)

    Can someone please either paste in, or describe the Boehner political image above for me??

    Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

    by Floyd Blue on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:20:33 AM PDT

  •  In the rare case, a John Boehner (0+ / 0-)

    that lasts for more than four hours, seek immediate medical attention.

  •  Just wait. . . (1+ / 0-)
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    Before this whole thing is over, they'll have connected it to Vince Foster, Chappaquiddick and the downfall of Victoria Jackson's career.

    To the bigoted, uneducated lunatics who make up the overwhelming majority of the Republican Party these days, this will be more exciting than watching porn.

    They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time. -- Brian Fantana

    by IndyScott on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:23:29 AM PDT

  •  Double... Secret... Probation, sir? eom (0+ / 0-)

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck (Disputed)

    by RichM on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:23:46 AM PDT

  •  Make Them Reveal Their Insane Conspiracy Theories (2+ / 0-)

    This Republicans creepy secrecy bullshit totally rings true to people from abusive families where there really is an elephant in the living room, some horrible secret that is never fully revealed like molestation.

    But most people are here are scratching their heads and wondering what the hell are they talking about.  But for some part of the GOP base, they don't need to be convinced there is some horrible secret because in their lives there is always some horrible secret.

    And it should hardly be any surprise that the big secret is ..... anal rape.  Yes, they are convinced the ambassador was sodomized by the mob. And presumably Obama and Hillary saw the whole thing in a live video feed from a drone.

    To make the GOP look really insane, they should be forced to disclose their insane conspiracy theories .  And while that won't change the minds of their base, the rest of us can ridicule them and be horrified.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:23:55 AM PDT

  •  the ymust hav seen... (0+ / 0-)

    the Florida Quinnipiac poll.

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:25:24 AM PDT

  •  They probably worked harder on that graphic (2+ / 0-)
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    Inland, rg611

    than on their ACA replacement 'ideas'

    To be great is to be misunderstood

    by LordFairfax on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:26:21 AM PDT

  •   As to why they are creating the committee, (0+ / 0-)

    It is the economy, stupid

    “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need.” Frederick Buechner (born 1926);

    by vickijean on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:28:44 AM PDT

  •  I've heard of beating (1+ / 0-)
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    dead horses...

    But this is ridiculous... will not work. It didn't work in 2012.

    Please proceed, Republicans.

  •  What about forming a committee to investigate (1+ / 0-)
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    But I guess that would mean actually doing work for the American people,
    and of course the GOP would never do that because if things were to get better it might make Obama look good.

  •  Is diary official DK policy? (0+ / 0-)

    or just a misguided effort that you personally believe in??

  •  Do an image Google of Trey Gowdy ... The second (0+ / 0-)

    automatic search that comes up is "Trey Gowdy hair."

    I kid you not!

    And, having never seen it before this minute, it turns out to be a magnificent evolutionary dead end, if I do say so myself.

  •  Will go as well as IRS, Fast and Furious, ETC.... (0+ / 0-)

    2 million Fox News addicts will eat it up- the rest of America...
    not so much

  •  David Gregory aka MC Rove was being interviewed (1+ / 0-)
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    by Andrea Mitchell AKA Mrs. Alan Greenspan about the "bombshell" yesterday.... by that "Liberal" network MSNBC. I wanted to vomit. David was all over "what we don't know".

    Then Michael Steele "who thinks the republicans have used this badly"... also thinks the white house may be covering something up.


    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:39:45 AM PDT

  •  Saw a nice tweet today, that said it all (2+ / 0-)
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    Retweeted Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat):

    House GOP uncovered that the 4 Americans who died in Benghazi were shot by an AR-15 in an elementary school, so they no longer give a shit.

    Nobody deserves poverty.

    by nominalize on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:41:02 AM PDT

  •  It's like the 90s all over again. nt (0+ / 0-)

    "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

    by ranger995 on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:42:48 AM PDT

  •  Kickoff of the 2016 presidential campaign. (0+ / 0-)

    The committee should bring funny hats, noisemakers and buttons with slogans like "Whip Inflation Now!" and "Nixon's the One!"

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

    by Bob Love on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:43:30 AM PDT

  •  All this Benghazi shit is a setup for impeachment (1+ / 0-)
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    They think they're going to hold the House and re-take the Senate. If that happens, you'll hear about impeachment proceedings within 2 months. Guarantee it.

    That's all this has ever really been about. That the rightwing noise machine can also profit off the rubes is just a nice bonus.

    My style is impetuous.
    My defense is impregnable.

    by samfish on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:44:09 AM PDT

  •  Why are these Republicans... (0+ / 0-)

    allowed to simply waste our tax dollars, and just how much has been wasted on Benghazi already ?

  •  The GOP Are Really Insane (1+ / 0-)
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    I think democrats in the Senate ought to go back and call up a committee to look at President Bush and Cheney ordering torture.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:44:46 AM PDT

  •  why oh why (0+ / 0-)

    Don't all serrogates push back in one voice, explaining Benghazi in contex of embassy and consulate bombings and deaths under all recent Presidents? We do here.put the public doesn't hear it as a consistent message from the admin and Dems. Obama himself can't say anythng it will look like he isn't taking responsibility. Let everyone else say it. We need to not mention Bush 2 by name, say it is a regretable overall pattern that the State Department after Bengazi is taking steps to improve. List numbers of bombings and deaths under recent Presidents including the last one. And then say it is curious and seems political that the Reps in charge of the House continue to investigate and reinvestigate, despite x,y,z investigations already concluded, this one event, wasting millions they could be using to help the economy on this one event for political purposes.

    I know why though. Dems are still bad at messaging in one voice. The people can't hear us.

  •  Pelosi should refuse to have her side participate (0+ / 0-)

    Let it be the partisan clown car that it is.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:49:03 AM PDT

  •  I Think It's Time For Some Revelations... (0+ / 0-)

    About Boehner and all the Republicans on this committee. It would be a real shame if they were fans of downloading very bad photos.

    And as the song and dance begins, the children play at home with needles, needles and pins.

    by The Lone Apple on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:50:21 AM PDT

  •  Changing my name to Ben Gauzi (0+ / 0-)

    Then I'm gonna sit back and wait for the crazies to find me.  Should make me some money if I can get some sponsors!

  •  They STILL don't get it... (3+ / 0-)

    Romney didn't lose because of Benghazi--he lost because he's an asshole.

    Did they not think that on the heels of the recession, when many people lost good paying jobs to outsourcing and downsizing, that it would be a good idea to nominate an uptight douch who resembles the same type of person that screwed over millions of people. In fact, even during the campaign Bain was STILL fucking people over out of their jobs.

    Then the 47% comment was just the cherry on the cake. There could be a thousand Benghazis and that douche still would have lost.

    BUT what's really shocking is he freakin' wants to run AGAIN!! Will the base be stupid enough to nominate him again? Probably.

  •  Chutzpah (1+ / 0-)
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    It takes a lot of chutzpah to do this the day after the 11th anniversary of the "Mission Accomplished" speech.

  •  I've got a better idea (1+ / 0-)
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    Instead of a mere two House subcommittees investigating Benghazi, why not ten? Twenty? Hell, why not let each Republican in the House of Representatives chair their own personal investigation into Benghazi? Sure, they're not going to actually come up with anything, but think of the photo ops!

  •  Yes... (0+ / 0-)

    Let's declassify all of the CIA information about what went on in Benghazi instead of depending on some politicized general who was hanging out in Germany and has his opinions.

    And let's investigate the leaks from DoD and CIA sources to the GOP caucus and to Rep. Issa directly and examine how knoeledgeable they were about the situation.

    Then investigate why John Brennan misinformed Susan Rice.  And find out what correspondence Brennan has had with GOP operatives.  Or the Bush family.

    If we are going to spend all this money, let's get all of the information about the Libyan War out on the table.  Who authorized what and when.

    Using classification to present a one-sided story is an old Washington game.  We saw it last in the trial of Chelsea Manning.

    Yes, on Benghazi show the public the cables--all of them.

    And then let's have an ethics investigation of Rep. Issa.  Because the poor helpless Californians can't seem to find a candidate who can get rid of him.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Fri May 02, 2014 at 10:29:54 AM PDT

  •  It's still all about Watergate, isn't it? (2+ / 0-)
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    Republicans seem obsessed with finding their own scandal that - in their minds - makes up for Watergate.  

    But, as others have pointed out, it's kind of like the old saying in law: when you have the law or the facts on your side, you argue the law or the facts.  If not, pound the table.

    Republicans have been pounding that poor table since 1/20/09.

  •  Water still circling the drain (1+ / 0-)
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    I thought the NYT made it quite clear that elements involved in the Benghazi attack were motivated/angered by the crazy video. I don't think there's been a single new thing learned about that night from what we knew week one.

    PBO should calmly announce that given the GOP's concern for truth regarding Benghazi he's forming a presidential commission to investigate all terrorist attacks since 2000, with the authority to identify and indict war crimes.

    If the Republicans want the truth, then I say give it to them.

  •  The video did motivate the terrorists: (1+ / 0-)
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    David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times reported in three articles that individuals, including the attackers themselves, stated they were motivated by the video

    Sep 12, 2012

    Fighters involved in the assault, which was spearheaded by an Islamist brigade formed during last year’s uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, said in interviews during the battle that they were moved to attack the mission by anger over a 14-minute, American-made video…

    Interviewed at the scene on Tuesday night, many attackers and those who backed them said they were determined to defend their faith from the video’s insults.

    Sep 15, 2012
    The organization and firepower used in the assault, which killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, has raised alarm in Washington about the possibility of links to Al Qaeda and a premeditated conspiracy that found a pretext in anger over an American-made video mocking the Prophet Muhammad

    Oct 15, 2012
    To Libyans who witnessed the assault and know the attackers, there is little doubt what occurred: a well-known group of local Islamist militants struck the United States Mission without any warning or protest, and they did it in retaliation for the video. That is what the fighters said at the time, speaking emotionally of their anger at the video without mentioning Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or the terrorist strikes of 11 years earlier....

    The fighters said at the time that they were moved to act because of the video, which had first gained attention across the region after a protest in Egypt that day.

    In addition, HuffPo ran a story on the NYT's sticking to its story that the video motivated the attackers:  This is the version of events that was captured in the infamous "talking points," Ben Rhodes' memo – AND the final report of the Armed Services Committee which should have put an end to this thing.

    "All politics is national."

    by Auriandra on Fri May 02, 2014 at 10:48:34 AM PDT

  •  I have to ask, (3+ / 0-)
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    I served in the Marines 82-90. I was a young whipper snapper 18 years old in California, having Fun not paying any attention to politics like I do now. My question is, Was there this much outrage over what happened in Beirut?  

    •  No, just a stately DOD look at it, that's all n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "All politics is national."

      by Auriandra on Fri May 02, 2014 at 11:44:33 AM PDT

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    •  There was no outrage (1+ / 0-)
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      Saint Ronnie cut and run.  Not one Republican questioned that move.

      •  Thanks, As I mentioned (0+ / 0-)

        I didn't pay attention to any Politics during that time, I never really asked what the sentiment of the Nation was. I will say at he time, The attitude Many of us had towards Reagan after that, It wasn't exactly pleasant. A lot of resentment. To see My fellow Brothers slaughtered, MY best Friend from HS that was there, Great guy, Never the same afterwards. When WE heard that on the news, It was very hard to accept. I have learned quite a bit since then, Still a lot of resentment, Screw Reagan, I'd piss on His Grave IF I had the chance. Thanks

  •  From the People Who Brought you 9-11 (1+ / 0-)
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    This is what happens when you let the GOP get away with murder, enjoy!

    9-11-2001 was murder and insurance fraud on a new level and now the murderers are rubbing our noses in the dog shit.

  •  the graphic (1+ / 0-)
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    Lest there be any doubt that this is first and foremost about politics, the salesmanship and marketing that went into creating that graphic should close the case.
    Are you sure about that?  Looks to me like it could have been a simple PowerPoint template that some aide typed in the text.  But then, I don't tweet and I'm not even that sly with html.

    As for, substance of this...all I can say about Republicans and #Benghazi is that hogs squeal loudest when they get stuck under a gate.

    Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

    by Big River Bandido on Fri May 02, 2014 at 11:03:03 AM PDT

  •  This will be used against them (0+ / 0-)

    You just have to frame it.   The Republicans will publicize it at tax payer expense and so everybody will want to hear the response.

    It's a politically motivated fishing expedition costing tax payers millions of dollars so that the Republicans can raise money for themselves and avoid doing anything for Americans.

    Since the Republicans are escalating the stupid now, it's just going to hurt that much more when it boomerangs on their stupid asses.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Fri May 02, 2014 at 11:14:48 AM PDT

  •  So the Republicans plan on (1+ / 0-)
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    Trolling Clinton with Benghazi and this is how they accumulate 100's of sound bites.

    Then they have more material to make commercials from.

    And Americans are paying for all of this.

    It really should backfire on them.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Fri May 02, 2014 at 11:20:12 AM PDT

  •  It might also be (1+ / 0-)
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    because they're bored. They weren't intending to do any useful work anyway.

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by deebee on Fri May 02, 2014 at 11:23:30 AM PDT

  •  Cut and paste (2+ / 0-)
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    Unlike most "conservatives" I've actually read the whole email and it is clearly an overview of the situation in general. There is as much, if not more focus on Egypt, Iran and Israel as there is on Libya. At one point Rhodes even says "I'm not here to talk politics."

    When he does talk about Benghazi specifically the killer quote states the "currently available information" which smacks of a qualifier if ever there was one. And funnily enough, that is exactly what the CIA said and what Rice said that Sunday.

    "Well, Jake, first of all, it's important to know that there's an FBI investigation that has begun and will take some time to be completed. That will tell us with certainty what transpired."

    Again, "conservatives" completely ignore the other two bullet points which state the United States is doing everything it can to protect its people abroad and that those who harm Americans will be brought to justice.

    That should always be the focus. The motive, whatever it may be, is, or should, be largely irrelevant. Republican focus is always on how to harm Democrats.

    "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

    by conspiracy on Fri May 02, 2014 at 11:31:27 AM PDT

    •  I read it too; agree; link to it below (0+ / 0-)

      It's the third document after the cover letter, five pages long, page 13 on my pdf reader.

      Someone said he likely cut & pasted it from the CIA doc, to be consistent.

      I thought it looked like standard, decent work, if a bit hurried.

      "All politics is national."

      by Auriandra on Fri May 02, 2014 at 11:54:56 AM PDT

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  •  Boehners last boner... (0+ / 0-)

    Let's turn Boner's Benghazi into a national discussion of how the GOP has twisted and mangled this story for political points.  Take a look at the millions $ wasted with Issa's committe and now on this.  The Greedy Old Party should be held accountable for wasting everyones time with this bullcrap.

  •  one thing is for sure (0+ / 0-)

    the truth never sets the republicans free it only angers and confuses them.

    save america defeat all republicans and conservatives

  •  Here we go again. (0+ / 0-)

    Spending millions of dollars of taxpayers money on a red herring.  There is nothing there.  More committees and dollars spent will not change anything.

    This was and is a volatile place.  There is and was a CIA affiliation with double agents involved.  There were covert actions well-known to those in the consulate.  The Republicans still insist on putting further lives at risk.

    If anyone takes the time to look at the facts of the dangers of  foreign service diplomats, one can easily find attacks on embassies and consultates, as well as diplomats throughout our history.  The most attacks occurred during the Reagan and H. Walker Bush years.

    During George W. Bushes administration there were 13 attacks on embassies/consultates with the dead and wounded running well over 100.  Somehow, he wasn't labeled as "weak" or "soft."  

    This is the run up to the 2016 election; to paint Hillary as inept and the Democratic Party as weak in foreign policy.  

  •  No fucking money in this country for SNAP or to (0+ / 0-)

    raise the minimum wage, or have any kind of jobs program or to give more money to embassies for security BUT we sure have fucking money to spend on "committees" and "investigations"  This is about how I feel about "Benghazi" at this point:

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