House Benghazi Report Finds No New Evidence of Wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton – The New York Times

“WASHINGTON — Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, finding no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead.The 800-page report delivered a broad rebuke of the Defense Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department — and the officials who led them — for failing to grasp the acute security risks in Benghazi, and especially for maintaining outposts there that they could not protect.

The committee, led by Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, also harshly criticized an internal State Department investigation that it said had allowed officials like Mrs. Clinton, then the secretary of state, to effectively choose who would examine their actions. In addition, it included some new details and context about the night of the attacks on the American diplomatic compound and reiterated Republicans’ complaints that the Obama administration had sought to thwart the investigation by withholding witnesses and evidence.

The report, which included perhaps the most exhaustive chronology of the attacks to date, did not dispute that United States military forces stationed in Europe could not have reached Benghazi in time to rescue the personnel who died — a central finding of previous inquiries.”

Source: House Benghazi Report Finds No New Evidence of Wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton – The New York Times

Benghazi Panel Chief Nullifies a Key Republican Theory, Democrats Say – The New York Times

“WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House select committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said on Tuesday that military reinforcements could not have reached the besieged diplomatic outpost in time to prevent the killings of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

The panel’s chairman, Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, told Fox News: “Whether or not they could have gotten there in time, I don’t think there’s any issue with respect to that. They couldn’t. The next question is: Why could you not? Why were you not positioned to do it?”Democrats seized on Mr. Gowdy’s admission, saying that it nullified one of the main Republican criticisms of how the Obama administration — including Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state at the time — handled the episode. Republicans have argued that the Pentagon was directed not to send reinforcements to back up the outnumbered security forces battling militants on the night of Sept. 11, 2012.

“Chairman Gowdy has finally admitted what we have all known for years,” the committee’s top-ranking Democrat, Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, said in a statement. “The central Republican allegation that the military was told to withhold assets that could have saved lives in Benghazi for political reasons was wrong.” ”

Source: Benghazi Panel Chief Nullifies a Key Republican Theory, Democrats Say – The New York Times

What a double tragedy. First, the horrible killing of our diplomats, then the egregious political witch hunt by Republicans, one of whom was caught admitting, it was all about hurting Hillary’s political capital. Shameful and embarrassing bullies.

Here is a comment from nyt comments on one of my favorite points.

Libby Rahl

Durham NC 23 hours ago

“Interesting that the article doesn’t discuss the committees investigation into whether congressional cuts to funding of the embassies contributed to their inability to defend our diplomats abroad. I’m sure they must have discussed that, right? I mean they drew conclusions about how everybody else’s behaviors might have led to this tragedy, no matter how tenuous their connection to actual embassy activities. It must be somewhere in those 800 pages, right??!!!”


Hillary and Benghazi The House Benghazi committee’s inappropriate approach is outdone only by the Stop Hillary PAC and its ghoulish commercial.|By Gail Collins

Protect us from the zombies. Great piece by Gail Collins.

The House Benghazi committee’s inappropriate approach is outdone only by the Stop Hillary PAC and its ghoulish commercial.|By Gail Collins
David Lindsay
David Lindsay My favorite comment so far from the NYT Comments: Socrates Verona, N.J. 9 hours ago

And then there’s Ronald Reagan’s 1983 Beirut Benghazi for comparison:

On October 23, 1983, a suicide bomber drove a truckload of explosives through a lightly fortified plywood fence, past two marine guards with no bullets in their rifles at the Beirut marine barracks, and killed 241 sleeping American soldiers.

It was the deadliest day for the Marine Corps since Iwo Jima.

Ignoring earlier protests by Congressional Democrats and his own Secretary of Defense, Casper Weinberger, President Reagan had sent the marines to protect Beirut’s airport during the Lebanon civil war.

Citing the earlier April 1983 US embassy bombing in Beirut, where 63 people died including 17 Americans, Weinberger and Congressional Democrats had argued that Reagan’s plans for deploying additional marines to Beirut would make the American soldiers “sitting ducks.”

The day after the Beirut ‘Benghazi’, House Speaker Tip O’Neill told Congressional Democrats that “it was their duty, now, not to criticize but to support their President and to do nothing to undermine him no matter what the political advantage.”

O’Neill told them that it was time for “patriotism over partisanship.”

Reagan’s own Defense Department investigation blamed the White House for the tragedy and the Democratic House held a short non-partisan hearing and recommended improved security.

Today’s GOP ‘Benghazi’ investigation is nothing less than the Republican National Convention.

Party First: Country Last: GOP 2015

Nice people.

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