Desperate to forget

Democrats render their own political spin in attempt to make Benghazi scandal go away

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Just who is “politicizing” Benghazi?

Is it Republicans, who seek truth and justice in the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack that left four Americans dead? Or is it Democrats, who are trying to deflect and deter those efforts to protect a chief executive and secretary of state under whose tenuous watch this out-and-out slaughter occurred?

One side wants the facts brought to light through open congressional hearings and the rule of law. The other not only wants the facts obfuscated and withheld, it wants a virtual cease-and-desist on further inquiries.

Still undecided? You might have missed recent comments by Rep. Adam Schiff.

The California Democrat earlier this week urged his party to boycott the newly-announced select committee on Benghazi, which was formed last week after newly declassified White House memos implicated senior Obama communications officials in attempts to deceive the public about the true nature of the attack to shield the administration from embarrassment.

Emails obtained by a third-party watchdog group definitively linked the White House’s inner circle to the now-infamous cover story that characterized the bloody assault as spontaneous outrage to an anti-Islam video that was posted online.

Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that Democrats shouldn’t participate in the hearings, because that would lend undeserved credibility to the proceedings.

“Frankly I don’t think it deserves very much,” he said. “I think it’s a colossal waste of time ... I think it’s just a tremendous red herring, and a waste of taxpayer resources.”

Schiff’s blasé attitude appears to encapsulate his party’s view of the scandal: What’s the big deal? What does it matter now? Why are we still talking about this?

You may wonder the same thing – after a year and a half of stonewalling by the Obama administration and bizarre disinterest from the news media. Very well. Here is the short list of profound, important and unanswered questions, as spelled out by Benghazi select committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. And keep in mind, each question has its own subset of dozens of other lines of inquiry:

• Why were our people even in Benghazi, in an unsecure consulate; after earlier pleas for more security had been ignored or rejected; in civil war-torn and terrorist-infested Libya; when other allies had pulled out; and on Sept. 11, of all days?

• Why was there no military rescue attempt? One cannot say there wasn’t time, because no one could have known how long the attack would go on.

• Why was the false narrative about the Internet video put out by the president and his top advisers – repeatedly, and well after the White House knew better – and where did it originate?

Rep. Gowdy, a former prosecutor, is clearly in pursuit of the truth. Just as clearly, it is Democrats who are politicizing the issue.

They politicized it the moment our president’s advisers trotted out a false but politically palatable narrative to cover up an organized jihadist attack that would have spotlighted his foreign policy failings in the final weeks of the 2012 election.

Democrats continue to politicize Benghazi by the partisan stonewalling of any attempts to uncover the truth, practicing deceit as facts are sorted out. Now, they’re going so far as to suggest boycotting a special select committee – as if the matter has been settled.

“We’ve had four bipartisan investigations of this already,” Schiff griped.

Well, the matter is far from settled. The recently released White House emails raise as many questions as they answer.

What other documents has the administration kept from Congress during the previous 13 Benghazi hearings? Who ordered senior communications staffers to concoct the cover story? Where was the president when the attack occurred, and what was he doing?

How bad is the truth, that Democrats seemingly want to hide it so desperately?

President Obama claims he was only acting on the best intelligence information available at the time. If so, he should release the daily intelligence briefings he received in the days leading up to the attack.

It’s been done before – as Marc Thiessen, former speechwriter to President George W. Bush, has pointed out. In 2004, Bush declassified, and turned over to the 9/11 Commission, all copies of the President’s Daily Brief delivered to him before the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Bush didn’t have to. But he did so anyway, to show his critics what he knew and exactly when he knew it.

Can we count on this president to make such a magnanimous display of transparency?

We’re not so sure about that. It’s been nearly two years since the Obama administration assured the nation it would get to the bottom of the Benghazi attacks and punish those responsible for the murders.

Just because the administration has forgotten about Benghazi’s four victims doesn’t mean the rest of us should.

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gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 05/09/14 - 07:34 am
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Huh?

"Can we count on this president to make such a magnanimous display of transparency? We’re not so sure about that."

Forget what he says. Look at what he's done for over 5 years. We can be pretty sure that he will not.

Whatever reasons there may have been for what did and didn't happen that night, it is clear that one was to protect the presidents' reelection campaign.

And let's not forget Hillary, who said of the renewed investigation "I do not believe there is any reason for it.."

The same woman who, as to why, said of the dead ambassador (who worked for her) and three other Americans ... "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

And the same woman who, over the caskets of the deceased, told parents that the US government would “make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”

It's pretty clear she had a little to do with all this too.

Mr. Gowdy is facing more walls and obstructions from this administration and the Democrats. Hopefully, his persistence will throw a few doors open and provide some transparency in spite of them.

spelling correction

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corgimom 05/09/14 - 01:57 am
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You know, if the ACES didn't

You know, if the ACES didn't watch FOX News, they wouldn't know what to write about in their editorials.

There are so many good and thoughtful things to write about, in Augusta, the CSRA, and the nation- and instead they choose to rehash FOX News.

It's funny, but it's sad, too.

As for an attack on an Embassy on 9/11, that was a given. And it WILL continue in the future. Is the US supposed to shut down all Embassies, worldwide, every September 11th? Does America give in to terrorists, ever? If we change the way we do things, that's exactly what they want, so are we going to just hand them a victory?

Any Embassy in Libya is in danger, always, as is all of those Middle Eastern countries. They are always at war, always has unrest, so to suggest that the Embassy shouldn't be there is not realistic, unless you want to close all of them in the Middle East.

The truth is that all American Embassies around the world are subject to attack at any time, simply because they belong to America. So these deep questions (*snort*) that the ACES are asking show a lack of understanding of global issues.

It is a necessary risk that Embassies must assume to protect Americans and American interests in other countries.

In a perfect world, Embassies would be safe- but we never have, and never will live in a perfect world.

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carcraft 05/09/14 - 04:41 am
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Corgimom, (snort) the British

Corgimom, (snort) the British (snort) had pulled out of Libyia (snort), the Red Cross (snort snort) had pulled out of Libya because ut was unstable. Ambassador Stevens had requested more security and it had been denied. The only (snort snort honk) reason this is coming up AGAIN is because a Judge forced the release of documents that had been denied Congress all along and PROVED the Obama White House had been lying (honk, spit, pass gas, and snort snort) about the origins of the talking points all along!

carcraft
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carcraft 05/09/14 - 04:46 am
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In the recent pass Obama

In the recent pass Obama closed and reinforced Embassies in Indonesia because of signs of instability. That is what you do. Obama appears to understand this but some how Bengahzi was differant and you would think Hillary Clinton would be embarrassed she told a tale about the death of a son to the grieving family!

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edcushman 05/09/14 - 05:19 am
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"As for an attack on an
Unpublished

"As for an attack on an Embassy on 9/11, that was a given. And it WILL continue in the future."
OK, SO WHY DID THEY ABOUT WHAT CAUSED IT. They lied about it because of the election, The community organizer and Hillary lied and lied. The only people that want to forget it is the supporters of the lying, racist communist piece of garbage in the WH.

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Rhetor 05/09/14 - 05:35 am
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missing one word

The Republicans' desperate attempt to turn this tragedy into a scandal is missing one word: evidence. The administration has admitted mistakes. The accusations of misconduct, deliberate deception, etc. remain utterly unproven and lack credibility. The conservatives' obvious attempt at this point to throw wild accusations against the administration, one after the other, hoping that one of them will stick, seems more like desperation than investigation.

carcraft
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carcraft 05/09/14 - 05:48 am
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Nice try Rhetor, but the

Nice try Rhetor, but the evidence is in the released memo. The White House claimed the talking points came fr intelligence and the White House hadn't changed the talking points from attack to demonstration etc. need I remind you this information had been. Repeatedly requested by congress but it took a court order for Judicial Watch to get the memos?

edcushman
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edcushman 05/09/14 - 05:49 am
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"The administration has
Unpublished

"The administration has admitted mistakes."
Hillary nor the lying, racist communist in the WH has not admit they lied so it should go on until all the facts are out. If there is nothing to hide why are they with holding the information.

edcushman
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edcushman 05/09/14 - 05:54 am
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"The conservatives' obvious
Unpublished

"The conservatives' obvious attempt at this point to throw wild accusations against the administration, one after the other, hoping that one of them will stick, seems more like desperation than investigation."
This administration is the most corrupt since LBJ. LBJ and the community organizer were not only most corrupt but the most racist presidents in my life time.

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karradur 05/09/14 - 06:08 am
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"Desperate to forget"? Oh ho ho ho ho.

Allow me to let you all in on a little secret that Republicans are REALLY desperate to forget.

In 2012, at the very first congressional hearing on the Benghazi incident, conducted by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, of which California Republican Darrell Issa is the chairman (And was at the time), this happened:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-letting-us-in-on-a-s...

"Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was the first to unmask the spooks. “Point of order! Point of order!” he called out as a State Department security official, seated in front of an aerial photo of the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, described the chaotic night of the attack. “We’re getting into classified issues that deal with sources and methods that would be totally inappropriate in an open forum such as this.”

A State Department official assured him that the material was “entirely unclassified” and that the photo was from a commercial satellite. “I totally object to the use of that photo,” Chaffetz continued. He went on to say that “I was told specifically while I was in Libya I could not and should not ever talk about what you’re showing here today.”

Now that Chaffetz had alerted potential bad guys that something valuable was in the photo, the chairman, Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), attempted to lock the barn door through which the horse had just bolted. “I would direct that that chart be taken down,” he said, although it already had been on C-SPAN. “In this hearing room, we’re not going to point out details of what may still in fact be a facility of the United States government or more facilities.”

Feel free to read the article, or the testimony itself, to find out how Rep. Issa accidentally and quickly answered every question that Fox News and the ACES keep asking about Benghazi.

The answer to all three questions is that it was a CIA black ops site.

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TrukinRanger 05/09/14 - 05:57 am
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This witch hunt needs to
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This witch hunt needs to stop. This is a non-existent story (not the death's of American but trying to put blame where it does not need to be). Terrorists hit us everywhere, even on our own soil now and it will never stop as long as we are putting our nose where it doesn't belong. Under Obama's watch we've had fewer deaths than some of the more recent presidents. Where is the witch hunt for those incidents?? Get over it and quit trying to invent a story. Emails from a 3rd party loony group proves nothing...

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localguy55 05/09/14 - 06:07 am
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For you here on this post

For you here on this post that thinks there's nothing to investigate in the Benghazi tragedy, look at these names, , , LOOK AT THESE NAMES.

Ambassador Chris Stevens;

anyone of you who close your eyes to this and support that no account president and the Hag Hillary, go tell the family of Chris Stevens that there is nothing to investigate.

Information Management Officer Sean Smith

anyone of you who close your eyes to this and support that no account president and the Hag Hillary, go tell the family of Sean Smith that there is nothing to investigate.

Glen Doherty;

anyone of you who close your eyes to this and support that no account president and the Hag Hillary, go tell the family of Glen Doherty that there is nothing to investigate.

Former Navy Seal, Tyrone Woods:

anyone of you who close your eyes to this and support that no account president and the Hag Hillary, go tell the family of Tyrone Woods that there is nothing to investigate.

karradur
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karradur 05/09/14 - 06:13 am
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You want something to investigate?

Investigate the CIA's role in the Benghazi incident.

But Republicans wouldn't dare.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/09/14 - 06:19 am
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a perjury of trust, and a subornation of perjury to that trust

it's more than a stain on a little blue dress
even the stain on the little blue dress was more
than a stain on the little blue dress
it was the lie- and the subornation of perjury
and what feminists refer to as rape by any other man, instead of "just sex"
a powerful man using a 19 year old naive girl for his own lusts
that manner of stain does not come from men of character
it comes from finger waggin "i did not" when they most certainly did, and often, men
and that stained man at least lost his license to practice law
and now it's powerful people using the media and useful idiots
to stain America
to hide something- because they lied, collectively, to America
and someone told them to lie- to commit a perjury of trust with the American people
Clinton lied for the same reasons as schoolboys lie- to save his own skin
and Monica loved her Bill and thought if she gave her all to him
even perjury
he just might love her
but the O'phytes are lying to America, and getting subordinates to lie to Americans- for the dangerous reasons- the same reasons as dictators and tyrants lie- to keep power
and to keep their hold over Americans and hide their incredible incompetence
and any of the more devious reasons a man may have for lying
such as promoting the wishes of the more rich and powerful in the muslim world
the liberals doth protest too much, methinks
the press they do love their Obama, and they know if they give their all to him
he just might love them back
ironically, Clinton's actual disbarment was for telling Monica to keep her mouth, her 19 year old mouth, of all things, shut

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nocnoc 05/09/14 - 06:33 am
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If it stinks too long it needs investigating

Everyday we have a new problem in Washington DC.

Enough of the Political Hot Air ,
Its time to have a independent investigation into the Bengazi incident for the American Public and let the chip fall as they lay.

Any one opposed to an Independent Investigation must that feels their side is either covering up, or blowing hot air.

So lets get it over with.

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localguy55 05/09/14 - 06:49 am
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The people who warship this

The people who warship this demagogue in the WH will go to such lengths as to run interference while their dear leader lies, deceives, and obfuscate every scandal he and his thug administration is involved with.

Reminds me of stories a relative told me of Germany and the Nazis of the late 1930s. Fortunately, he and his family escaped. Others were not so lucky.

But he was very clear of how Hitler's handlers insulated him from scandal and how the press and his public loved him, but not all were so fooled.

Sound familiar ? ? ?

karradur
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karradur 05/09/14 - 06:50 am
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@nocnoc

There have been thirteen of them already.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/09/14 - 07:04 am
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@karradur

there have been 0
the thirteen were not investigations, they were continuations
of the narrative

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/09/14 - 07:04 am
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Me thinks

The libs doth protest too much. If there is nothing there, fine. What are they scared of?

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Bizkit 05/09/14 - 07:11 am
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Look Dems know Obama is a

Look Dems know Obama is a liar, a murderer-he has ordered the death of American citizens, and has no integrity or character and likely is just a crook, but y'all don't seem to get it-they don't care. Dems in Congress don't care, Obama don't care, Clinton doesn't care and even what difference does it make-basically saying up yours. They just don't care. Now if it was a Rep oh they'd be on the war path and suddenly care. This is just an annoyance to fundamentally change America into a country half don't care about into half won't want to live in-you know the ones who voted for Mitt.

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Bizkit 05/09/14 - 07:15 am
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Dems keep saying something

Dems keep saying something like 20 something Benghazi investigations-are they even liars about something as simple as that. The Daily KOS, of course, is supporting the liars and even trying to get people to sign a petition against Issa-you know they one they keep touting is guilty of grand theft auto. Which is odd too because he was a Dem guilty of grand theft they'd just say no biggie.

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nocnoc 05/09/14 - 07:18 am
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One party investigating the other is NOT Independent

If we want this to end with a definitive answer then a Independent investigation is needed. Followed affixed blame and a court hearing over perjury, misleading the public, violation of the oath of office if any.

But not RED vs. Blue hearings.

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itsanotherday1 05/09/14 - 07:23 am
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Exactly JTF; if the

Exactly JTF; if the administration would just come clean with the requested info, this would go away. Unless of course, there is something to hide.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/09/14 - 07:31 am
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Red vs Blue like Dems were

Red vs Blue like Dems were chasing after Bush and still are. They even had impeachment hearings and a vote that went to the judiciary and died.
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Bush_administration_investiga...
Interesting one charge is because Bush did nothing about global warming.
Gosh Dems are so egocentric-like watching Hillary talk about guns it's like she has no interest so why should any american be allowed. Well most americans don't give a hoot about global warming real or not and we will be forced to eat their pathetic and ridiculous attempts that will not achieve any of their goals-what's new that seems the Dem mantra ineffective governing-like how they handled the ACA. Man I don't feel safe in the US anymore-kind of reminds me of the Cuban missile crisis kind of fear because I know Obama is inept and screws up everything he touches.

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Bodhisattva 05/09/14 - 07:35 am
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third-party watchdog group? Judicial Watch

Founded by Larry Elliot Klayman. Totally non-partisan and a great guy who sued his own mother. Funded by the John M. Olin Foundation and Richard Mellon Scaife, who's had it in for the Clintons and funded "The Arkansas Project" to try to hang Vince Foster's suicide as a murder with the nutcase conspiracy theory master of NewsMax and World Nut Daily, Christopher W. Ruddy and Joseph Farah. More of the same slander, libel, and the usual right wing conspiracy bubble to keep fake "scandals" in the news cycle before an election. Win by hook or crook, usually crook. More billionaires running the show for the GOP. Eventually the GOP will just sell them country outright.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/09/14 - 07:40 am
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Don't forget that Progressive

Don't forget that Progressive keep saying there were 13 Benghazi's during Bush tenure. I'm glad because that is 13 instances to compare. The big difference is within two years arrest or deaths were made in about all of the cases. The Bush administration was transparent about the 9/11 attacks and these embassy terrorist attacks too-no stonewalling. So we have one attack under Obama and this is what we get from the man touting the most transparency-boy he lied again because he is the least. The only thing transparent about Obama is he is a liar and trying to hide something. He could have easily dispelled this but we find new outlets beat them to interview Benghazi suspect, when asked the investigation in hearing they don't what is going on with it (say what???). Basically they have not investigated it or made any attempts at arrest or catching the suspects. Likely the same suspects returned recently to attack it again-I guess to re-live that first experience. Why aren't Dems mad nothing has been done to bring justice to this? They don't care-what difference does that make now. Man this will be fodder for future investigations from Rep hitting Dems-their strategy will come back to bite them and they will not be able to say a word.

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t3bledsoe 05/09/14 - 07:43 am
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Editorial

Every one, including The President, has said that there is sorrow over having lost these embassy men. However, The President should say to EVERYONE, "with all due respect to the men who were killed, THE CONGRESS needs to get on with the peoples' business." Obama just needs to say, "I deeply regret this incident, BUT I am sending troops in harms way to protect our country's security. In a time of war, ALL over-seas MEN AND WOMEN ARE putting their lives on the line. With all due respect to these four men, let them rest in peace and get on with the business which they died to insure. I was derrelict in my duties, and I will have to live with ALL of these deaths that were and are taking place on my watch as President. Many Presidents have made tuff decisions, but sometimes these ruff decisions have to be made."

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Bizkit 05/09/14 - 07:46 am
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Gosh, if Dems have no

Gosh, if Dems have no argument then shoot the messenger, ad hominem, or just blow it off.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/09/14 - 07:49 am
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Well if I were Obama or

Well if I were Obama or Hillary and personally knowing Ambassador Stevens I would have immediately ordered some action, even if in vain, rather do nothing. At least you could console the families you tried-it takes a pretty uncaring callous person to do nothing as a friend dies. What is so cowardly is trying to cover up they did nothing.

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lovingthesouth72 05/09/14 - 07:56 am
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M.O.

Standard operating procedure for this administration: lie and lie and lie some more, until all believe. Out of honor and respect for the falling Americans, we need to know the truth. I am grateful for the republicans who want to get to the bottom of this all.

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