Tomorrow, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) will convene yet another committee hearing over Benghazi. Yes, Benghazi. Issa holds to the Dorothy principle which states that if you just close your eyes, click your heels together and say the word Benghazi three times, or three hundred......then President Obama will resign and Hillary Clinton will announce she won't run for president in 2016....or both.
If you are wondering what the hubbub is all about over the tragic attack last September 11th in Benghazi, Libya....you're not alone.
So allow The Reverend to wipe the GOP-bug splattered windshield for you so you can understand what Republicans are attempting with Benghazi.
Republicans....all Republicans....really, really....I mean effing really....thought they had a way to defeat President Obama's re-election bid using the Sept. 11, 2012 mob attack at a makeshift U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
I know that for a fact because Mitt Romney, cocksure during one of the presidential candidates debates, taunted Barack Obama over whether Obama had called what happened in Benghazi an "act of terror." Romney was cocky about it....and dead wrong. Candy Crowley had to correct Romney.....a most embarrassing moment for the ultimate loser of the 2012 election. Romney's faux pas occurred because Romney had bought into the Issa/Fox/Limbaugh Benghazi manure spreader.
Obama won re-election easily......but hey, Hillary Clinton was Sec. of State when Benghazi occurred....and she is the odds-on favorite for the 2016 presidential election....so Republicans simply moved their Benghazi target. Hate-radio King, Rush Limbaugh, admitted as much on his 3 hour hate and disinformation fest yesterday.
So, the very first point to grasp about Benghazi is that this entire "investigation" is being used by Republicans in an attempt to do political damage.....first to Obama (which failed) and second, to Hillary Clinton. There is no other there, there.
Brief, but extremely important review....
On October 15th, 2012 the NY Times reported this....
To Libyans who witnessed the assault and know the attackers, there is little doubt what occurred: a well-known group of local Islamist militants struck without any warning or protest, and they did it in retaliation for the video. That is what the fighters said at the time, speaking emotionally of their anger at the video without mentioning Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or the terrorist strikes of 11 years earlier. And it is an explanation that tracks with their history as a local militant group determined to protect Libya from Western influence.
The fighters said at the time that they were moved to act because of the video, which had first gained attention across the region after a protest in Egypt that day.
At a news conference the day after the ambassador and three other Americans were killed, a spokesman for Ansar al-Shariah praised the attack as the proper response to such an insult to Islam. "We are saluting our people for this zeal in protecting their religion, to grant victory to the Prophet," the spokesman said. "The response has to be firm." Other Benghazi militia leaders who know the group say its leaders and ideology are all homegrown.
Reason for Benghazi attack? Libyan Muslims "protecting" and defending their Muslim religion from the bigoted anti-Muslim video being shown in early September 2012 on Egyptian teevee. Watch or read about the video here.
You may remember during the first go around....Susan Rice was mocked, derided, accused and villified by the Foxsters because she went on Sunday shows after the tragedy explaining that the anti-Muslim video was the catalyst for the violence at the Benghazi consulate. Rice, if the NY Times reporting is to be believed at all, not only told the truth......but here is the final CIA intelligence bullet-point from which Susan Rice derived her own teevee talking points.....
The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. diplomatic post and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.
While Fox continues to lie through their teeth over all of the above.....Issa realizes that he lost the first round of "who will believe my lies about Benghazi?" But Issa has simply readjusted his sights to focus on another target.....Hillary Clinton. Thus, tomorrow's circus "hearing" where "witnesses" will try to convince the gullible that Hillary either ordered security to stand down that day in Benghazi or was complicit in covering something up.
Here's former Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta testifying in February...
"Unfortunately, there was no specific intelligence or indications of an imminent attack on that -- U.S. facilities in Benghazi," Panetta said. "And frankly without an adequate warning, there was not enough time given the speed of the attack for armed military assets to respond."
"The bottom line is this: That we were not dealing with a prolonged or continuous assault, which could have been brought to an end by a U.S. military response, very simply, although we had forces deployed to the region," he said.
I include Panetta's statements because at tomorrow's hearings Issa and his Ice-Hillary clowns will be testifying that what Panetta said in February is not to be believed.
Finally for today....you need to know this about tomorrow's "hearings"....
Victoria Toensing and her husband and legal partner Joseph diGenova are pushing claims that anonymous State Department and CIA "whistleblowers" have been blocked and threatened by the Obama administration to prevent their testifying on the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.
Those "whistleblowers" are scheduled to testify tomorrow.
Toensing and diGenova are the same lawyers who appeared 300 times on teevee during the Monica Lewinsky faux scandal. The duo is famous for their Republican leanings and dirty, sleazy tactics.
Here's just a taste of what to expect in tomorrow's hearings from this sleazy power couple....
1998....Toensing was approached by an intermediary for a Secret Service agent who had supposedly seen something untoward involving President Clinton and the former intern. DiGenova was at the heart of a quickly retracted Dallas Morning News account of that matter. What's more, diGenova took to the airwaves Sunday to charge -- based on nothing more than one reporter's inquiry -- that private investigators "with links to the White House" were digging up "dirt" on him and his wife.
In 1998, the power duo just made stuff up. Tomorrow, their "clients" will do likewise.
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