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5/18/2015 2:43 pm  #1

Well, that was time and money well spent

No wonder the legislative branch never gets anything worthwhile done. They're too engrossed in political gamesmanship.

Rep. Trey Gowdy says Benghazi report may be inconclusive

The end of the long, winding road to the conclusion of the Benghazi investigation may be reminiscent of the “Sopranos” finale — inconclusive and open for interpretation.

That’s according to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi who has now been at the helm of investigation into the deadly assault for about a year.

“If you do a good enough job laying out the facts, the conclusions will either speak for themselves or you’ll have competing factual narratives and you can draw your own conclusions,” Rep. Gowdy told the Greenville News.

Gowdy charged that the the panel’s final report on Benghazi is doomed for a delay because the Obama administration has been dragging its feet on releasing documents and providing resources.

According to The Hill, a spokesman for the panel has suggested that a final report may not be issued until sometime in 2016, after all necessary documents have been assembled and the select committee interviews Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State during the Sept. 12, 2012 attacks.

But even with all that time and extensive investigating, Rep. Gowdy has prepared the public for a less than satisfying conclusion.

“If you do a good enough job getting every bit of information the fact-finder needs, they’ll be able to draw their own conclusions,” Gowdy said. “People are going to draw different conclusions. That’s fine.

“I have become extremely concerned by the path the Select Committee has taken, squandering millions of dollars of taxpayer funds as it drags out its search for anything Republicans can use to attack Secretary Clinton in the presidential election,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the panel’s top Democrat, said in a statement.

“For the Committee’s report to be credible — and honor the promises we made to the families – we should draw bipartisan conclusions based on the facts, state publicly when conspiracy theories are debunked, and set forth concrete recommendations to implement reforms that protect our diplomatic corps around the world,” he added.


5/18/2015 3:04 pm  #2

Re: Well, that was time and money well spent

13 hearings and counting on Benghazi, all aimed at Discrediting Hillary Clinton.

Got me thinking about previous disasters.

On October 23,  1983  299 United States and French servicemen were killed when terrorists attacked their barracks in Beirut..

"There were more than enough opportunities to lay blame for the horrific losses at high U.S. officials’ feet. But unlike today’s Congress, congressmen did not talk of impeaching Ronald Reagan, who was then President, nor were any subpoenas sent to cabinet members. This was true even though then, as now, the opposition party controlled the majority in the House. Tip O’Neill, the Democratic Speaker of the House, was no pushover. He, like today’s opposition leaders in the House, demanded an investigation—but a real one, and only one. Instead of playing it for political points, a House committee undertook a serious investigation into what went wrong at the barracks in Beirut. Two months later, it issued a report finding “very serious errors in judgment” by officers on the ground, as well as responsibility up through the military chain of command, and called for better security measures against terrorism in U.S. government installations throughout the world.

In other words, Congress actually undertook a useful investigation and made helpful recommendations. The report’s findings, by the way, were bipartisan. (The Pentagon, too, launched an investigation, issuing a report that was widely accepted by both parties.)"

"The story in Beirut wasn’t over. In September of 1984, for the third time in eighteen months, jihadists bombed a U.S. government outpost in Beirut yet again. President Reagan acknowledged that the new security precautions that had been advocated by Congress hadn’t yet been implemented at the U.S. embassy annex that had been hit. The problem, the President admitted, was that the repairs hadn’t quite been completed on time. As he put it, “Anyone who’s ever had their kitchen done over knows that it never gets done as soon as you wish it would.” Imagine how Congressman Issa and Fox News would react to a similar explanation from President Obama today."


We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 

5/18/2015 7:57 pm  #3

Re: Well, that was time and money well spent

Millions of dollars and thousands of hours wasted ! 

"Do not confuse motion and progress, A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress"

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