Thursday, December 4, 2014

Benghazi Truth

Report: Obama blameless on Benghazi

Marilyn Langford

Unfair and Unbalanced

Thursday, December 4, 2014 6:07 AM CST
Benghazi. Benghazi. Benghazi.  If you stopped reading now I wouldn’t blame you because I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about it.  For two years we have heard all the conspiracy theories and downright lies about what happened on September 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. For two years, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and the CIA have been demonized by the right-wing media and any Republican with a microphone in their face. How many times have you heard the statement, “Four Americans died and the President lied?”  I only bring up this “beat-to-death” subject for one reason…..

AND THAT is to make sure that the die-hard Fox viewers out there hear the results of the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee’s (a Grand Jury of sorts) exhaustive investigation regarding Benghazi. After all, chances are you didn’t hear the story on Fox News.

THIS LONG anticipated report was released Friday evening, Nov. 21, in what is called a “news dump.”  That’s a time when no one is paying attention and by Monday, it’s old news.  The Republicans and Fox News demanded this investigation.   With so much time spent debating what happened in Benghazi, one would think that it would be big news, worthy of “Breaking News!”  One would think that Fox News would have assembled a panel of their most ardent Benghazi conspiracy theorists to provide analysis of the report. On the contrary, the story was barely mentioned by Fox News that Friday night and what they did report did not reflect the meat and bones of the story.

CAN WE blame them for not reporting this important story?  Yes!  It lends further truth to the many studies that show that people who get most of their news from Fox News are the most uninformed Americans.  And, before you scream at me for an inflammatory remark, research it.

AS REPORTED by the Associated Press (AP) and picked up by most all other news outlets, the entire Benghazi conspiracy theory was debunked.  The report concluded there was no wrong doing by anyone in the Obama administration!  There was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence CIA was overtly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.  Further, the committee report did not indicate that Susan Rice or anyone (including President Obama,)  acted in bad faith or deliberately sought to mislead the American People.  It was a failure of intelligence analysts, not political appointees.  In defense of political analysts, we all learned in the aftermath of the announcement of the Ferguson Grand Jury decision, that it’s sometimes hard to differentiate between protesting and a terrorist attack.

I WAS not surprised with the findings of the House Committee, After all, the House Armed Services Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the State Department had reached similar conclusions in their investigations.  Finally!  No more BENGHAZI!  No such luck!  Speaker Boehner announced that he wasn’t pleased with the findings of his own Committee and would form a new committee in January to investigate it again.

I HAVE one question for Speaker Boehner.  Since tens of millions of tax dollars have been spent on all of these investigations already, what budget cuts will you make that further hurt the working class to fund yet another political investigation?  My head hurts.

Marilyn Langford of High Falls writes a regular op-ed column in the Reporter sharing the liberal perspective on events.

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