On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, 232-186, to establish an investigative Select Committee on Benghazi. The committee, which will consist of seven Republicans and five Democrats, is a welcome if overdue step toward getting to the truth about the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012, which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
The committee was established with bipartisan support—seven Democrats crossed party lines to vote for it. And hopefully, the committee will be a bipartisan effort. It should concern all Americans, regardless of their politics, that Americans died in Benghazi and their government failed to protect them.
It is not surprising Americans overwhelmingly believe Congress needs to stay on the case. We already know the State Department under Hillary Clinton failed to provide the level of security our diplomats in Libya continuously asked for as Benghazi became increasingly dangerous in the spring and summer of 2012. State then failed to request military assistance when the terrorists launched their attack on the diplomatic facility, even as Ambassador Stevens and his staff were begging for help via radio and cell phones. In the aftermath, the administration concocted a phony story about the attack—one that contradicted facts already known at State, the Department of Defense and the CIA. Finally, the administration stonewalled congressional investigations to the point of intimidating whistleblowers who wanted to come forward with their stories.
House Speaker John Boehner has appointed Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a former prosecutor, as chairman of the Select Committee, a choice that suggest seriousness of purpose. As a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Gowdy has been one of the toughest questioners on Benghazi, though constrained like everyone else by the five minutes members are allotted to question witnesses during most congressional hearings. Depending on its governing rules, a select committee will allow for probing more lines of questioning and have greater subpoena powers.
Predictably, Obama spokesmen and surrogates have had nothing but disparagement for the decision to go forward with a select committee. But the administration has only itself to blame for the continued outrage over Benghazi.
I so appreciate John Boehner's insight and choice of Trey Gowdy to head this committee. Not only do we have a man who is very concerned and outspoken about the need for this investigation, but this is a man that has the background as a prosecutor and therefore knows just what information is necessary and needed to get to the truth and to make the case for further discipline if that is found to be necessary which, I believe, it will be found necessary. He would know just what to do to build the case for impeachment, too, if that is what he finds needs to b accomplished.
When we say Boehner is not doing his job or listen to the less than intelligent conservative voices, we need to remember that even they can be wrong.
It was brought to my attention two days ago that there is a lot of dissatisfaction today toward Fox News and the talk show people sponsored by them; that they are not representing the conservatives as they should, and that even moderate conservativs are upset today with them. For the first time, there are conservative talk show people on the West Coast that are doing a much better job of presenting the conservative position than the East Coast. I was surprised to hear there, did some more investigating and found this is actually true. So, we should be careful of who we are listening to, also.
Benghazi...............A MUST WATCH......
Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) turned the tables on the media and asked them questions about Benghazi. The silence was deafening.
Best video clip I’ve seen in months. I hope you watch it ~ it’s only 3 minutes.
The Media should be embarrassed by Congressman Trey Gowdy’s questions. Many Questions - No Answers Good questions, all!
This is most certainly the most embarrassing event that has occurred in the last 16 months. The burden falls on the media who have not done anything to investigate this.
If I were to measure BIG events the media touted in the Last 40 years, I would rank this above the Nixon Watergate Scandal!!!
So - why has this gone for over a year without a peep from the media??? You tell me!!! Have you seen this video yet? It's amazing!!!!!!
After viewing this 3.5 minute video, I urge you to forward it to your sphere of influence.
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Frank, thank you as it was already posted and I have seen it and good for those that may not to do so, as you suggest. He is the perfect person for this commitee chairmanship.
We need more like him in the White House. Both parties need to understand that they work for US the taxpayers. They are elected to be honest and do their jobs to the best of their abilities for the good of the American people. They are elected to keep us safe from harm (terrorism) etc. Four innocent people died in Benghazi and Hillary Clinton asks the question in a shrill voice "What difference DOES IT MAKE?" She should never be elected to the POTUS....never.