"I'm going to do a hard review of this."
-- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
There is going to be yet another investigation of Benghazi. Yes, really -- another one.
But don't worry, this investigation is actually going to be very different. This one is going to be led by a pissed-off (and/or embarrassed) Lindsey Graham who wants to look into why the Republican-led, two-year, minutely-detailed investigation of Benghazi by the House Select Intelligence Committee almost totally absolved the Obama Administration of any conspiratorial wrongdoing.
You know Benghazi. The "Benghazi-Benghazi-Benghazi-Benghazi-Benghazi- Benghazi" All Benghazi 24-hours- a-day subject that has consumed the Far Right, Fox News and Republic Party for the past two years. Throwing any and all possible horrific conspiracies by the President into the stratosphere and seeing which of all the many of them would stick. And the answer, after two years, is -- none. Zero.
It's not that one or two of the least critical had some merit, it's that absolutely none of them did.
And again, keep in mind, this exhaustive two-year investigation was led by Republicans. And not just any Republicans, but Republicans who have the most authority, Republicans who had been making the most ongoing charges or head-bursting outrage, Republicans who had the most to gain by findings of wrongdoing, Republicans who oversee the House Select Intelligence Committee. And they found nothing. N-o-t-h-i-n-g. And acknowledged it.
And Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is really pissed off about it. This is the same Lindsey Graham who for the past two years has been at the forefront of Republican outrage in the Senate, decrying from his platform atop the mount about all the monumental conspiracies by the Administration -- only to find that the House Select Intelligence Committee of his own party has said, "Oops, sorry, there's nothing there. Our bad."
"I think the report is full of crap," he told CNN.
It is likely that the report thinks the same about Sen. Graham, though it wasn't available for comment.
Mind you, in saying things like, "That's a complete bunch of garbage" and "I don't believe the report is accurate," Mr. Graham didn't offer any evidence proving his sense of crap, garbage and disbelief. All he offered was a bunch of questions he felt were unexplained. These are questions, it should be noted, that the Republican-led House Select Intelligence Committee spent two years looking into, and determining that the answer to those questions were unexplained because there was nothing to explain.
Not just the House, but the Senate, as well. As Jeremy Stahl in Slate noted, "The report echoed the findings of a similar bipartisan review panel by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released earlier this year along with five previous investigations."
And so, Lindsey Graham now wants to look into the Benghazi report that looked into Benghazi. Swell. His party is now in the majority in the Senate. He's free to waste more public money and time doing nothing in the Senate that has been the hallmark of Republicans for the past six years.
I have no idea what a Lindsey Graham embarrassed-investigation would possibly try to twist and explain. (He has so much skin in the game at this point.) All I know is what a Republican-led House Select Intelligence Committee did explain. And this below is the EXACT TEXT from that very Republican-led report on page one, direct from its six-point opening summary, not anyone framing conclusions to put it all in a better light.
(Note: You can see this summary and the full report here, if you want proof . Not that proof seems to be a convincing factor to the Far Right and the Lindsey Grahams of the world.)
In its own words (emphasis added), the Republican-led report said -- quote --
To be clear, the report didn't say that everything was done perfectly and that no mistakes were made. There were mistakes, it was a tragedy, after all. What the report did do, though, was make clear that ALL the horrendous conspiracy theories (every one) and calls for impeachment that the Far Right has been dumping for the past two years had absolutely, full, totally zero merit.
I certainly admire that the Republican-led House Select Intelligence Committee didn't let the Republican Party's pre-conceived two-year outraged screed color its findings But if you would like to know what craven cowardice is, you probably wouldn't have to look farther than knowing how the Republican Party almost near-totally buried their own exhaustive, two-year investigation of the Benghazi which completely (as in "100% completely"), exonerated the Obama Administration, that they had been trying to crush -- releasing it only before the weekend on the "Friday News Dump" and holding it until after the mid-term elections.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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