GOP conspiracy theories about Benghazi

  • Article by: New York Times Editorial
  • Updated: May 13, 2013 - 9:20 AM

Before last week’s hearing on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, Republicans in Congress promised explosive new details about the administration’s mishandling of the episode. Instead, the hearing showed, yet again, that sober fact-finding is not their mission. Common sense and good judgment have long given way to conspiracy-mongering and a relentless effort to discredit President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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pumiceMay. 12, 13 6:16 PM

From the article: "The real scandal is that serious follow-up on security in Libya is going unaddressed. Congress needs to make sure that State Department budgets for personnel and security improvements are sufficient and that security reforms are put in place as soon as possible. The Senate should move quickly to confirm the ambassador, Deborah Jones, whose hearing was last week. Congress and the Obama administration also need to pay more attention to what’s happening in Libya in general." Good advice. One can only hope that Congressional Republicans are not so determined to find scandal that they compound the stupidity which is the root of the tragedy.

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goferfanzMay. 12, 13 9:09 PM

"""so determined to find scandal"""........ well, it looks like scandal found the administration. Bigtime.

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ghutchMay. 13, 13 7:57 AM

Republicans are not interested in solving the security problem in Libya or anywhere else. They are grandstanding political opportunists bent on embarrassing the state department and the president. This simply weakens the the us in the eyes of foreign dictators and jihadists who are getting much better at exploiting these situations for the benefit of future terrorist plotters.

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usmc1127May. 13, 1310:36 AM

Does nobody pay attention to the possibility that the U.S. was arming Syrian rebels through Libya? Is that not a scandal? Then lying about why the attack took place. Everybody is so caught up in "I hate Republicans, they're racists just wanting to criticize Obama!" or "I hate Democrats, look they wouldn't call it terrorism!" How about looking deeper and ask why does our government, no matter which side is in charge, make so many back door deals that are shady at best in nature.

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gandalf48May. 13, 1311:16 AM

This is very simple, all the people who believe the Benghazi hearings are a political witch hunt...just please provide the name of the individual responsible for changing the talking points about an "anti-Islamic video". If you cannot do that then we need to continue to investigate.

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davehougMay. 13, 1311:56 AM

'The host country is to protect all embassies' and that works against crowds with sticks and bottles. When motars, machine guns, rocket launchers are used, the US had better have a plan B at the ready.

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kallman11May. 13, 1312:33 PM

What in the world is going on with this line of defense? That there is no problem with the handling of Benghazi? Besides the fact that an AMBASSADOR WAS MURDERED along with 3 other US citizens! There was an opportunity to respond but THEY WERE TOLD TO STAND DOWN? Why? Besides these obvious points, let's talk about an administration that INTENTIONALLY MISLED the public and tried to hide these circumstances TO PROTECT A CAMPAIGN! Finally, this is the second Clinton to OUTRIGHT LIE, ON CAMERA, to us! Why is this deemed a witch hunt? If a Republican were found to be doing these things the Left wiould be screaming bloody murder! Somebody tell me where those looking for more investigation are out-of-line?

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tuttifruttiMay. 13, 13 1:49 PM

Great line: "We could not have gotten there in time...". Problem is, you only know that AFTERWARDS. We didn't even try. In fact, our people were ordered not to try. This is a disgrace and then Obama lies and tries to cover it up. He should be impeached.

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hrearden57May. 13, 13 3:16 PM

It is the coverup.

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hrearden57May. 13, 13 3:17 PM

Th government blamed this on a film and the the filmaker went to jail???

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