GOP bury House Benghazi report
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
August 05, 2014 04:40 PM | 61068 views | 13 13 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

In public relations it is understood if you want to bury bad news you release it on Friday afternoon in August.

So it was the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee declassified its two-year-old investigation into the Benghazi tragedy last week, releasing its findings last Friday, August 1, at 3:30PM Eastern Time.

If you don't want people to know something, you could not pick a better date, day or time.

After all the overheated rhetoric and baseless charges made by wild eyed right wingers, the GOP wanted as few people as possible to know the facts. Here they are, as presented by Republican Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger in a statement:

  • Intelligence agencies were "warned about an increased threat environment, but did not have specific tactical warning of an attack before it happened."
  • "A mixed group of individuals, including those associated with al Qaeda, (Moammar) Khadafy loyalists and other Libyan militias, participated in the attack."
  • "There was no 'stand-down order' given to American personnel attempting to offer assistance that evening, no illegal activity or illegal arms transfers occurring by U.S. personnel in Benghazi, and no American was left behind."
  • "The administration's process for developing "talking points" was "flawed, but the talking points reflected the conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the crisis."

Rep. Mike Thompson, second-ranking Democrat on the committee, said the panel's findings "confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order (to U.S. forces) was given."

Oh, you conservatives didn't hear about this?

That's because your favorite "fair and balanced" news source, Fox News, completely ignored the revelations. What choice did Fox have? The findings run counter to the network's ongoing narrative that the White House was complicit in the attacks.

The House Republicans' own report blows Fox's phony narrative out of the water, not that the facts ever matter to Obama haters.

Nevertheless, this development is unfortunate for the GOP, which was counting on another Benghazi show trial this fall to divert voter attention from its own miserable record over the last two years.

They still think if they scream Benghazi loudly enough, voters will forget the 113th Congress has done practically nothing.

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what the
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August 13, 2014
What about Vince Foster and Travelgate we haven't solved those yet! Quick form another committee.
Kevin Foley
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August 11, 2014
No, Cobb Co Guy, that's an election season witch hunt aimed at covering up the fact that the GOP House hasn't done dog squeeze in 4 years.
CobbCoGuy
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August 08, 2014
For the edification of your readers, Mr. Foley, let's be clear. You're speaking of the House Intel Committee. The House Select Committee headed by Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is still investigating.
Kevin Foley
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August 08, 2014
That's right, Juan. Fox News always waits for the facts before reporting them. LMFAO.

I take responsibility for the minor error.

I wonder if Fox will take responsibility for two years of distortions, half-truths and outright lies?
Barrak Obama
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August 08, 2014
When I was in college you typically had to provide a source of information. Can you provide us a link or upload the document your referencing??
Juan Hart
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August 07, 2014
Minor Error? The article referenced a Republican report being buried by citing a statement made by a mis-identified Democrat Congressman as proof of the author's assertion. As of right now,there has been no official report filed on Benghazi. So yeah, why hasn't that darn Fox News interrupted all broadcasting for this breaking news event.

On another note, is this a news article or an opinon piece. Either way it reads with all the intellect of a nasty note passed in gym class by a junior high school girl.
Chuck Johnson
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August 07, 2014
If all this is true, then why did they lie about the facts in the first place?
John Smith
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August 07, 2014
That's classic. 3 Republicans hyping the minor error and completely ignoring the findings of the report.

This is why you lose.

Jack Offer
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August 07, 2014
So the Administration did nothing wrong, and House Republicans did nothing, period. Sounds about right.
Anonff
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August 07, 2014
Just an FYI,

"Here they are, as presented by Republican Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger in a statement:"

Is incorrect. Dutch Ruppersberger is a Democrat.
idle reader
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August 06, 2014
Ruppersberger is a Democrat.
Stultis
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August 06, 2014
>>releasing its findings last Friday<<

NOTHING has been released. The committee did indeed vote to declassify it, but agencies have to review it.

>>the GOP wanted as few people as possible to know the facts. Here they are, as presented by Republican Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger in a statement:<<

Ruppersberger is not a "Republican"! He is a Democrat. He is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. It is his job to spin the story as to how the committee came up with nuttin and The O Man is still aces.

But the only "facts" here are a partisan, Democrat representation about something no one outside the committee or it's staff and the agencies currently reviewing have read.
peppers023
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August 06, 2014
Will we be allowed to move on? My thought is no… they'll keep bringing it up and people will go on believing that the WH was involved in a cover-up. Worked with the Iraq war when a large portion of our population believed Saddam was behind 9/11.
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