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  •  Dream on. Remember what they did to Kerry. This (3+ / 0-)
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    is just the start. We have to give these fuckers a few brush-back pitches or we're going to be playing catchup

    "Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens," -Friedrich Schiller "Against Stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in Vain"

    by pengiep on Fri May 10, 2013 at 11:26:32 AM PDT

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    •  Already are playing catch up. (2+ / 0-)
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      Today Bengahzi became a real issue. GOPers are a dog on a bone and they won't let go. Journamalists smell blood.

      No predicting if Bengahzi will much matter, but frankly that's immaterial. GOPers have a hammer and everything else is a nail. They are very good at this kind of shit.

      •  real issue? (0+ / 0-)

        It's just as much paper mache and soap bubble as it was yesterday. The only blood journamalists smell is the whiff of Repub desperation.

      •  Why the "controversy" is entirely phony (0+ / 0-)

        At this point the high dudgeon of House Republicans seems to be focused on this: that the CIA identified Ansar-al-Sharia as the group responsible for attacking the Benghazi diplomatic office but someone in State or the White House edited this to remove the name of Ansar-al-Sharia and replaced it with the more general term "extremists."

        What's so outrageous about this? I can think of two good reasons for making such a change:

        1) Ansar-al-Sharia is a plausible candidate, but we 're not completely certain its was responsible. If State's final talking points had blamed Ansar-al-Sharia and it was subsequently discovered this was wrong, you can bet the armchair quarterbacks in the Republican Party would be demanding heads roll at State.

        2) Going after Ansar-al-Sharia right now is going to be difficult given the equivocal position of the Libyan government. Even though Libyan officials pointed the finger of blame at Ansar-al-Sharia some months ago, since February they have been PAYING Ansar-al-Sharia (along with other Salafist militias) to help police Benghazi, which is experiencing a major crime wave fueled by drug trafficking. The Prime Minister of Libya claims his government "has no choice but to do this," given the breakdown of law and order. Meanwhile there is armed conflict among rival tribal militias in the Benghazi area. Ansar-al-Sharia commander Yahya Abdel Sayed was assassinated last month; five days later Ansar-al-Sharia leader Sofian Ben Qumu narrowly escaped assassination. Several of these warring militias have links to al-Qaeda; Ansar-al-Sharia is not the only one.

        It therefore makes perfect sense for State and the White House to hold off on naming the guilty party until they are certain and until there is some action that can be taken.

        House Republicans may want to recall the 1983 Beirut Bombing which killed 300 US Marines and French paratroops. Reagan immediately evacuated the Marines from Beirut, so there was no way for us to follow up and investigate who was responsible; the Lebanese government was divided by civil war. TO THIS DAY no one is sure who carried out the Beirut bombing. Was it Hezbollah, which had not yet emerged from underground as a political organization? Or some other Shiite militia? Or did Syria provide the bombers with assistance? Or did Iran?

        Issa's Star Chamber is not going to find any substantial justification for hounding Clinton or Obama about Benghazi. But that may not matter. I worry that the very poor quality of reporting I've been seeing on CNN and the broadcast news networks will give the Republicans more credence and political clout than they deserve.  

    •  Luckily, they are wasting ammo (0+ / 0-)

      I believe Hillary is Ashley Judd. She ain't running, so Republicans are wasting their energy.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:57:35 PM PDT

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