Benghazi Committee Commences As Phony Fox News Scandal Falls Apart

The Republican House Speaker, John Boehner, announced today that he has chosen the rabidly partisan South Carolina Tea Party congressman, Trey Gowdy, to chair a special committee to waste more time and money investigating their trumped up Benghazi scandal. In naming Gowdy, Boehner praised his determination and desire for truth saying that…

“Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come. I know he shares my commitment to get to the bottom of this tragedy.”

Gowdy Doody

Of course the truth is that neither Boehner nor Gowdy have any interest in getting to the bottom of anything. Their statements and actions for the past year and a half show that they are only interested in politicizing a tragic loss of American lives. Having failed to uncover even a sliver of evidence of any wrongdoing, Boehner is, in effect, insulting his own colleagues in Congress (i.e. Darrell Issa) who have been conducting pseudo-investigations without producing the hoped for “smoking guns” with which they could continue their campaign of political slander.

With the appointment of Gowdy, Republicans will have an attack dog in charge of the panel who has demonstrated his bitterly prejudiced views on this subject. Here are just a few of his past comments regarding the issue he is now pretending to seek the truth about:

  • 4/28/2013: There are more Benghazi hearings coming; I think they’re going to be explosive. [That never came to pass]
  • 5/7/2013: I think I can prove tomorrow that it was an intentional misrepresentation by Susan Rice and others. [That was a year ago, and still no proof]
  • 8/2/2013: What creates the appearance and perhaps the reality of a cover-up? Not letting us talk with people who have the most amount of information, dispersing them around the country and changing their names. [Here he is descending into a delusional conspiracy theory for which he provided no evidence]
  • 12/31/2013: What in the world explains the violence in Benghazi prior to the video being translated and released? Our consulate was attacked way before the video was released. [And this is just patently false]

This background on the man who will be chairing the committee shows that Boehner and his party are not really taking this matter seriously. It is a desperate attempt to dig up some political mud to throw, to tarnish the prospective presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton in 2016, and to salvage Boehner’s sinking reputation with the far-right fringe of his party whom he needs if he wants to be Speaker in the next session of congress.

Adding to the absurdity of convening a special committee on Benghazi is that the foundation of the GOP’s case keeps collapsing. Just as Gowdy’s predictions from a year ago never materialized, the most recent allegations are likewise illusory. The email that has become the object of their obsession reveals nothing new and doesn’t even refer to Benghazi in the portion they have latched onto. So now some Republicans are swerving to claim that the real outrage is the whereabouts of President Obama when the attack in Libya was taking place, and whether or not he was in the Situation Room at the White House. The only problem with that line of attack is that it is utterly irrelevant to anything. Even when Gretchen Carlson of Fox News tried to light that sparkler, she was doused by Andy Card, George W. Bush’s Chief of Staff:

Carlson: Did you find it unusual that the National Security Adviser, the former one, a few days ago with Bret Baier said that President Obama was not in the Situation Room on the night of the Benghazi attacks? Is that odd or is that normal?

Card: I don’t think that says a lot. The President does not have to be in the Situation Room at every time with every crisis. […] I don’t think that it’s credible that we would expect, as the the pubic, that the President would be sitting in the Situation Room all the time.

This is the environment in which the Republican’s new committee will meet. They have nothing of substance to contribute. Democrats are considering boycotting the committee. That would be a wise move that would leave the GOP to stink in their juices.

Shameless self-promotion…
Get Fox Nation vs. Reality. Available now at Amazon.

The result will be that the GOP will be seen by the American people to have no case, no integrity, and no interest in solving the problems that the people really care about. And if Benghazi is the issue they hope to run with in 2014 – or 2016 – they are going to be sorely disappointed when the returns come in. And they will be able to thank Fox News for their losses. After all, it was Fox, and their CEO Roger Ailes, who masterminded the Benghazi myth and worked tirelessly to prop it up.



11 thoughts on “Benghazi Committee Commences As Phony Fox News Scandal Falls Apart

  1. Looks like the right have already begun their united front in pushing for a victory in elections for their frontline darling candidate Sir Benjamin Ghazi. They believe, it seems, that a means to shore up support for him is necessary.

    With commitment like that, it’s hard to see any other outcome aside from a landslide victory for Sir Benjamin in the Republican primaries of 2016. After all, it is very likely that even his rivals, Republican candidates running in 2016, will sing his praises in their campaigns. Wiuth support like that from the right how could he possibly lose amongst his peers?

    • Of course, he would have Bozo O’Reilly as his running mate. That will be an interesting race…

  2. “…as phony Fox News scandal falls apart…”

    Lie. The truth will eventually eat away at the left wing.

    • And I’m sure you were equally outraged at the nearly 100 deaths at embassies from ’00-’08, right?

      • To be precise, there were 14 embassy attacks resulting in 53 deaths under George W Bush.

        • You’re correct, if only American deaths count.

          • No kidding, I think the total number of innocent lives lost in all those attacks was a little under 200, and most if not all of those people worked in our facilities and with our people, making them the responsibility of our security protocols and personnel at the time. If Libya is so outrageous and egregious and indicative of the failure of the President’s foreign policy everywhere, then by comparison the right is looking for an unattainable perfection in every example of security abroad. Again, by comparison of the other side’s example already set, of foreign policy relative to security abroad, this President’s administration’s record is doing quite well. Given the ideological shift in the executive, and the records of security abroad therein, before and after, this administration is doing what their policies apparently couldn’t. Is it an excuse? No. But it’s not irrelevant by any means given the current discourse and ideological positioning on the issue, that in itself proves that politics and spite are all that drives this thing. It’s transparent to anyone that doesn’t swallow propaganda over digesting reality as is documented fact. Four people were murdered in a terror attack, but 200 were viciously murdered under the right’s watch. But that’s irrelevant now, because they have a political duty to defend and act as teflon to their own party’s failures, which, yet again, in comparison, are astronomically epic. There is no outrage, there is only the game. The piece they play is disingenuous anger fueled by the self proclaimed vindication of the label they stuck to the President of the pusillanimous liberal. The real outrage comes from those that see the game, and know they can’t change anything in the face of a now rigged system. Welcome to 21st century America.

            I feel like I need a shower.

  3. And once again he leaves an insult without any substantive reply. Typical right wing clown.

  4. Politico reported that the count for the mention of ‘Benghazi’ by fox has been over 1100 times since this ‘smoking gun’ email that has zero new info in it has been released. It’s fairly obvious the horse is dead.

    However, in light of the fact that they are still going to have this kangaroo hearing, I think the Democratic reps, if they decide not to boycott, should ask the witnesses their views on the minimum wage, immigration reform, campaign finance reform, climate change, etc, etc. At least this way the American people can see who is working on our behalf and who is wasting our tax dollars.

  5. Benghazi is the right wing fugazi!

  6. hopefully this time when you ass clown’s are done the dem’s and the people of this country send your dumb ass’s packing and put you in the bread line’s.after you pay back all the taxpayer money you have burned on this wouldn’t be so bad but you never investigated the embassy attack’s or the drone killing’s under the grand douche bag of them all dumya bushit! which pisse’s me and i’m sure many other’s OFF to no end .your hypocritical bigoted and racist.i dont really care what you say on that subject .because i’ll call BULLSHIT EVERYTIME!

Comments are closed.