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  •  As many people here know (1+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell

    I call myself conservative and I'm a lifelong Republican (although I've been supporting Dems since 2008 because of teh crazy on "my" side).

    Anyway, if my party was a reputable party then they might have some points.  The after action review report was apparently very critical of the State department.  I think that there were some political calculations by the WH and the State department in the days following the attack.  On top of that I think it is important to fully understand whether actions could have been taken during the attack that could have saved any of the lives lost.

    With that said, the way the Republican party has pursued this issue is nauseating.  As I said, I think that there were some political calculations by the WH and State but those political calculations pale in comparison to what the Republicans have done in the aftermath of this.

    This was a sad and tragic event.  It may have been avoided if either more funding was allowed for diplomatic security (voted down by Republicans) or if more security was allocated to Benghazi (apparently turned down by someone at the State dept but it remains unclear whom).   If the Republicans had pursued this in the way that the fact finding exercise  went after the original 9/11, the Dems would, perhaps, take some political hits.  However, the way they pursued this, it is the Republicans that should take the political hit and suffer in the polls.

    We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

    by theotherside on Sat May 11, 2013 at 02:08:36 PM PDT

    •  A real opposition would be great. (1+ / 0-)
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      Our system of government depends on checks and balances, and Congressional oversight is a major part of that.

      But Darrell Issa makes Dan Burton look like Daniel Webster.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Sat May 11, 2013 at 05:38:34 PM PDT

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