Mar 10, 2015

Benghazi Flashback With The Daily Show: GOP Hypocrisy & Pettiness Over Benghazi

Legends of the Fault Aired: 11/28/12 - John McCain and Lindsey Graham criticize Susan Rice for her Benghazi misstatement, despite their own history with misstatements. (5:42)

Meh Culpa: "60 Minutes" Aired: 11/11/13 - Lindsey Graham pays a price for the "60 Minutes" report on Benghazi being total bulls**t. (5:45)

Appetite for Distraction Aired: 02/04/14 - President Obama deflects attention from his scandals by doing an interview with Fox about his scandals right before the most watched event in the history of television. (3:00)

Hagel with a Smear Aired: 02/20/13 - Senate thespian Lindsey "Beauregard" Graham foils Chuck Hagel's Secretary of Defense confirmation. (3:28)

Hagel with a Smear - Country First Aired: 02/20/13 - Republican filibustering of Chuck Hagel's Secretary of Defense confirmation vote is tinged with a hint of junior high school-level pettiness. (6:37)

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Related articles pointing out the ridiculousness of the attempts by the GOP/FoxNews to turn the Benghazi incident into a scandal;

13 Benghazis That Occurred on Bush’s Watch Without a Peep from Fox News

A telling article by Mother Jones:
It's hard to exaggerate just how remarkable this document is. It's not that the committee found nothing to criticize. They did. The State Department facility in Benghazi had inadequate security. Some of the early intelligence after the attacks was inaccurate. The CIA should have given more weight to eyewitnesses on the ground.
But those are routine after-action critiques, ones that were fully acknowledged by the very first investigations. Beyond that, every single conspiracy theory—without exception—was conclusively debunked. There was no stand down order. The tactical response was both reasonable and effective under the circumstances. The CIA was not shipping arms from Libya to Syria. Both CIA and State received all military support that was available. The talking points after the attack were fashioned by the intelligence community, not the White House. Susan Rice followed these talking points in her Sunday show appearances, and where she was wrong, it was only because the intelligence community had made incorrect assessments. Nobody was punitively reassigned or polygraphed or otherwise intimidated to prevent them from testifying to Congress.
Read that list again. Late on a Friday afternoon, when it would get the least attention, a Republican-led committee finally admitted that every single Benghazi conspiracy theory was false. There are ways that the response to the attacks could have been improved, but that's it. Nobody at the White House interfered. Nobody lied. Nobody prevented the truth from being told.
It was all just manufactured outrage from the beginning. But now the air is gone. There is no scandal, and there never was.

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