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It was bound to happen sooner or later. The GOP is calling for an investigation into the attack on our consulate in Benghazi. Does anyone else smell a witch-hunt brewing?

From Politico:

Sen. Lindsey Graham says Congress should investigate the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last week.

“The Obama Administration’s insistence that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya resulted from a riot inspired by a film, rather than a planned and coordinated attack, defies common sense," the South Carolina Republican said in a statement. "It is my belief, as stated by the Libyan president, that this was a coordinated attack by al-Qaeda or like-minded groups, and it points to severe lapses of security in a region where likely attacks can be anticipated. The bottom line is statements by the Obama Administration must be properly scrutinized, and that is the proper role of Congress.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) proposed legislation last week that would mandate investigations of the recent attacks on U.S. missions in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. Graham said he supports the bill.

All we need is another faux investigation like the Fast and Furious debacle.

Here's a link the DeMint/Corker legislation in question.

DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, teamed up with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to introduce the measure, which asks the Obama administration to submit a report on the attacks within a month and recommend security upgrades at all U.S. missions within three months. DeMint and Corker are members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...

DeMint, who has endorsed Romney, was one of a handful of Republicans to defend the former Massachusetts governor. He said Romney was "absolutely right" and that U.S. leaders "should never apologize for American freedom."

“The attacks on American embassies and diplomats are outrageous. The administration owes the American people detailed answers on how this happened and how it can be prevented in the future,” said Senator DeMint. “It now appears these violent acts may have been coordinated terrorist attacks against America around the anniversary of 9/11. There may have even been warnings beforehand. Americans need to know if we were properly prepared and what steps must be taken to protect our diplomats in these dangerous environments.”

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    You can tell Romney’s depressed. Last night he just sat on his couch and bought the Häagen-Dazs corporation ~ Jimmy Fallon

    by AuroraDawn on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:16:23 PM PDT

  •  More like a "bitch-hunt." ( In the non-gender- (3+ / 0-)
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    specific sense of the word "bitch". )

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:22:25 PM PDT

    •  That about sums it up. (4+ / 0-)

      Seriously, though, is this really all the GOP has left?

      It would be one thing if they wanted a serious investigation to see if our embassies and consulates were properly protected, but we all know that isn't what will happen.

      Instead, they will hold some partisan dog-and-pony show, further politicizing the murder of four Americans serving this country abroad.

      You can tell Romney’s depressed. Last night he just sat on his couch and bought the Häagen-Dazs corporation ~ Jimmy Fallon

      by AuroraDawn on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:26:43 PM PDT

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      •  It is so tiresome. I don't think Graham realizes (3+ / 0-)

        this is going to cause a massive eye-roll across the country that may create dangerously high tides on the west coast by sundown.

        There's not much else he can do except to try to steal a little of the news cycle to help Romney out, but it's going to have zero impact otherwise.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:34:32 PM PDT

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        •  I doubt the hearing actually happens... (2+ / 0-)
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          but I agree, just the suggestion that Republicans want to hold more phony hearings is going to cause a lot of eye-rolling.  I doubt any American, at this point,  has faith in their ability to hold an impartial hearing investigating any subject. They've become too deeply partisan for that.

          You can tell Romney’s depressed. Last night he just sat on his couch and bought the Häagen-Dazs corporation ~ Jimmy Fallon

          by AuroraDawn on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:39:05 PM PDT

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  •  I think Congress should investigate (3+ / 0-)

    whether he's a closeted hypocrite first.

    VULTURE/VOUCHER 2012. FUCK YOU, MIDDLE CLASS!

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:22:40 PM PDT

  •  isn't congress on recess until after the election? (9+ / 0-)

    Just some political BS, nothing is going to happen until after Obama gets re-elected.

  •  Of course it's a witch hunt. (1+ / 0-)
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    And Madame Graham is either a liar or a fool if he doesn't know the link between the drone drubbing of a certain AQ #2 hailing from Libya and a coordinated attack on 9/11 against our Libyan diplomatic team.

    Mendacious little queen.

    VULTURE/VOUCHER 2012. FUCK YOU, MIDDLE CLASS!

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:24:40 PM PDT

  •  Do they really (3+ / 0-)
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    want to bring even more attention to that film?

    Turning over a lot of rock here, and it'd quite surprising what's being found.

    Looking at you Bolton, Romney advisor.

    Ron Reagan: "Sarah Palin's constituency are people who wear red rubber noses and bells on their shoes."

    by AnnetteK on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:25:43 PM PDT

    •  Sure, after all, the views expressed in the film.. (3+ / 0-)
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      if you can call them "views," aren't really at odds with the right-wing's view of Islam. And when has the modern GOP ever worried about endangering American lives with their rhetoric? Remember how they refused to tell Sarah to STFU when her "palling around with terrorists" line was causing death threats against the President to increase? They just don't care.

      You can tell Romney’s depressed. Last night he just sat on his couch and bought the Häagen-Dazs corporation ~ Jimmy Fallon

      by AuroraDawn on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:31:39 PM PDT

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  •  They'll have to wait until the FBI investigation (5+ / 0-)

    is over I would think

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:27:38 PM PDT

  •  I think Congress should investigate whether they (3+ / 0-)
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    have any raison d'etre

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:28:10 PM PDT

    •  I'm sure at least one member of Congress, or (1+ / 0-)
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      at least a staff member has some Raison d'être cd's in their collec . . .  Oh, you mean . . .

      Nevermind.

      But seriously, the 112th Congress doesn't have much of a reason to even be in session.  We should all demand our money back.

      And, if you're interested, I think having Raison d'être playing in the background in the House would be quite fitting.  Have a listen.

      I think it makes a great soundtrack, given the kinds of votes being taken in this Congress.

      Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. Carl Sagan

      by sjburnman on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:30:04 PM PDT

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  •  It does eem that it was very premature to make (3+ / 0-)
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    a declaration on the matter so quickly

    •  Lindsey was premature. (2+ / 0-)
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      •  Even Libyan officals are suggesingt that there (1+ / 0-)
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        both Libyan and foreign individual involved and that Libyans security night played  arole in it.

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...

        "Sources on the ground told the official that security guards opened the gate to petitioners during the demonstration on Tuesday evening and were then overwhelmed by dozens of combatants.

        Separately, a Libyan deputy interior minister said that the attackers may have had inside help from members of the Libyan security forces working on the site.

        Wanis el-Sharef said that the heavily armed militants used the protest against the obscure internet feature as "cover" for what was a carefully planned, large scale attack that claimed the lives of four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens.

        The attackers raided a safe house in the compound just as US and Libyan security arrived to evacuate staff in the middle of a gun battle, suggesting they may have possessed information about its location. "

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

  •  Uh, it looks like "al-Qaeda or like-minded groups" (3+ / 0-)
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    includes Media for Christ, affiliated with groups like the Church at Kaweah, the Christian Anti-Defamation Coalition, the 911 Defend Students Campaign, and a bevy of Christian militia groups.

    Let them call Steve Klein, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, Terry Jones, David Johnson, Gary Cass, Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney and Jerry Boykin to the stand.

    Of course, the investigation will focus instead on Libya's association with Kenya, death camps and abortion.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:30:24 PM PDT

  •  Golly Lindsey...don't get your knickers all in an (1+ / 0-)
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    uproar.

  •  Procedural points and more (3+ / 0-)

    1) Repubs don't control Senate, so can't force a hearing
    2) They do control the House, so its less important Foreign Affairs committee could do this
    3) Committees meet all the time when Congress is not in session
    4) Do they really want to have Hillary Clinton as the lead witness, which she would be?
    5) It actually is appropriate for Congress to have hearings on this

    •  Well yes, it would be, if they intended... (0+ / 0-)

      to hold a serious hearing. Do you honestly think that is what would happen, though? I don't.

      5) It actually is appropriate for Congress to have hearings on this

      You can tell Romney’s depressed. Last night he just sat on his couch and bought the Häagen-Dazs corporation ~ Jimmy Fallon

      by AuroraDawn on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:35:19 PM PDT

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      •  That shouldn't make any difference (1+ / 0-)
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        in whether it is held. Checks and balances are ouf friend as well as the other sides'.

        I am not worried that the Obama administration would do fine if there are hearings. If either house asks for this, they should and will agree.

    •  with the GOP's track record (1+ / 0-)
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      there won't be a single intelligence agency or state department employee on the witness list.

      If strangely dressed old men who take a vow of celibacy are the GOP's experts on health care, one can only imagine the expert witnesses on the middle east and terrorism,  Pastor Terry Jones, Joe Arapaio,  any number of militias listed with the SPLC hate groups, Clint Eastwood talking to a chair, the mind boggles.

      •  Exactly. I would have no problem... (2+ / 0-)
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        with an actual investigation into the attack, but I don't believe for a second that an actual investigation is what the GOP desires.

        You can tell Romney’s depressed. Last night he just sat on his couch and bought the Häagen-Dazs corporation ~ Jimmy Fallon

        by AuroraDawn on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:47:51 PM PDT

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    •  No matter their intent in seeking a hearing (1+ / 0-)
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      it would provide some opportunity to get after the facts.

      Certainly, it is doubtful that an assault on a consulate, with weaponry, bears the hallmark of a protest.

      Where I would take Graham to task is that he (as usual) tips his hand to the conclusion he wishes to draw - by painting the entire Administration as believing this was a purely spontaneous act.

      That does comport with statements by Rice and others - but, it is not a universally trumpeted notion. Biden and others unnamed from the administration hinted that there was more to this attack that mere umbrage at the youtube video pretending to be a movie trialer.

      The great journalism seen in recent days on Rachel Maddow's show illustrates another very plausible theory for what went down. The demonstration might be seen as providing some initial cover - but, the militia that showed up, all under black flags, bore a different stamp entirely. Coordinated, determined, armed, dangerous. Likely linked to AQ or their affiliates in Eastern Libya.

      It is troubling that this would happen to a consulate of the US anywhere. More troubling is the possibility that the assailants knew that a higher profile target, like Stevens, was amongst those visiting the consulate. His visit was otherwise unannounced, recall. Unless these murderers got the devil's luck that day, how might they have known who was there - or on their way? Is there some unwanted intrusion into the apparatus of the embassy or consulate  in Libya?

      Even if, as some correctly suggest, Lindsey Graham does not get a hearing on this in the Senate these are surely questions for which answers must be and are being sought amongst the State Dept. and intelligence organizations.

      •  I really hope you are right. (1+ / 0-)
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        No matter their intent in seeking a hearing (0+ / 0-)
        it would provide some opportunity to get after the facts.
        I have no faith in an investigation spearheaded by the Republicans in Congress, but I would like certain questions about the attack, and the security of our embassies/consulates, to be answered.

        The hearing, if it occurs, would have to take place after the election. We'll just have to wait and see.

        You can tell Romney’s depressed. Last night he just sat on his couch and bought the Häagen-Dazs corporation ~ Jimmy Fallon

        by AuroraDawn on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:20:37 PM PDT

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        •  I hope the internal search for facts about this (1+ / 0-)
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          takes place now. And, I suspect, that is already underway -  no prompting needed by the neo-cons or their kin in Congress.

          In addition to questions of how and what did the attackers know - there is a clanging alarm bell: memners of the intelligence acommunity clearly state that there was no "actionable intelligence" to forewarn of such an attack.

          Let us agree that the attack was coordinated as it was deadly. It is highly alarming that the diplomatic staff were so completely in the dark about the danger they might be facing - until it was too late.

          Only by questioning, and identifying why there was such a gap in our knowledge can you hope to avoid or mitigate future risk.

          •  ICAM with this. (1+ / 0-)
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            Only by questioning, and identifying why there was such a gap in our knowledge can you hope to avoid or mitigate future risk.
            The latest reports are so incredibly sad, and yes, questions should be asked. I just wish the GOP could abandon their pointless political grandstanding. It isn't helpful.
            The account underlines the confusion that reigned during the assault by protesters and heavily armed gunmen that overwhelmed the consulate in Benghazi last Tuesday night, killing four Americans, including Stevens...

            When they entered the consulate, "there was no one around. There was no fire fighters, no ambulances, no relief," said the photographer, Abdel-Qader Fadl.
            The accounts of all three witnesses mesh with that of the doctor who treated Stevens that night.

            Dr. Ziad Abu Zeid told The Associated Press last week that Stevens was nearly lifeless when he was brought by Libyans, with no other Americans around, to the Benghazi hospital where he worked. He said Stevens had severe asphyxia from the smoke and that he tried for 90 minutes to resuscitate him with no success. Only later did security officials confirm it was Stevens.

            Fadl said he drove to the hospital behind the car carrying Stevens. During the assault, more than 30 U.S. staffers were evacuated from the consulate. So far, U.S. officials have not announced the results of an investigation into the circumstances of the four Americans' deaths.

            They have said preliminary reports said that amid the evacuation, Stevens and foreign service officer Sean Smith were inside the consulate with a regional security officer. They got separated in the smoke. The security officer and others went back in to try to find the two of them and found Smith dead. They pulled him out but flames and gunfire forced them to flee before they could find Stevens.

            Al-Bakoush and his colleagues said that once they learned his identity, they were stunned Stevens had been alone.

            "I've never seen incompetence and negligence like this, from the two sides, the Americans and the Libyans," he said. "You can sacrifice everyone but rescue the ambassador. He is the ambassador for God's sake."

            You can tell Romney’s depressed. Last night he just sat on his couch and bought the Häagen-Dazs corporation ~ Jimmy Fallon

            by AuroraDawn on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 02:07:54 PM PDT

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    •  One of the things that really infuriates me about (1+ / 0-)
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      Do they really want to have Hillary Clinton as the lead witness, which she would be?
      these hateful Bozos is that taking the SoS away from the crucial task of negotiating to stabilize an increasingly volatile and more dangerous part of the world for Americans is a REALLY IMPORTANT JOB!  

      Unlike the dumbass posturing and right wing buttsucking these fuckers are doing.  Graham and his ilk are a threat to national security by even suggesting yanking Hilary off task for even one day!  Assholes!!

      Is anybody listenin' ? - by Tori del Allen

      by Dumas EagerSeton on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:56:24 PM PDT

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  •  When Romney's PAC money surfaces as payoffs to (1+ / 1-)
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    the rioters, Repugs may back off. This is certain to happen sooner, rather than later.  I feel certain Romney's campaign is behind this thing or at least supportive of the video that started the rampage.  Carl Rove's fingers are in this mess, too.

  •  Sounds like a wonderful idea! (1+ / 0-)
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    Should we book the flights to Libya for Lindsey and his cohorts for the upcoming recess?

    Fuck me! He made it. Will Scarlet

    by dagolfnut on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:10:57 PM PDT

    •  I'll chip in to pay for the airfare! (0+ / 0-)

      Seriously, the whole thing is pointless and absurd. No hearing can take place before the election. So, for the moment, this is just more shameless political grandstanding by the GOP.

      You can tell Romney’s depressed. Last night he just sat on his couch and bought the Häagen-Dazs corporation ~ Jimmy Fallon

      by AuroraDawn on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:13:59 PM PDT

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  •  Get out the sidesaddle, (1+ / 0-)
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    Graham is on his high horse again.

    This comment is a natural product. The slight variations in spelling and grammar enhance its individual character and beauty and in no way are to be considered flaws or defects.

    by blue muon on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:21:03 PM PDT

  •  DeMint on Senate Foreign Relations Committee?????? (1+ / 0-)
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    Good heavens.  God help us all.

  •  Defeat Lindsay Graham in 2014! (1+ / 0-)
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    Look, I happen to believe that Lindsay Graham is not as divisive as other Republicans in Congress and he's been good at compromising with Democrats in the past.  However, these kinds of actions he's done seem to show that he has a lack of understanding about the whole incident at Libya.

    Therefore, he should be challenged in 2014.

    However, I'm more about challenging Jim DeMint in 2016.

    If Graham can be beaten in 2014, then the Democrats can clean up South Carolina by knocking DeMint off his Senate seat in 2016.

    •  Graham is an opportunist IMHO. (0+ / 0-)

      I think he is much more sane than Inhofe and DeMint, but for whatever reason, he isn't willing to break ranks, and when push comes to shove, he almost always falls in line with the wing-nuts.

      Inhofe, on the other hand, is a complete loon. He believes that Global Warming is an evil UN plot to destroy American freedom.

      He doesn't belong in the Senate, let alone on the Foreign Relations Committee!

      INHOFE: "Why did the UN cook up the idea of global warming? To “shut down the machine called America.” In fact, we learned, global warming is a plot to destroy the US economy and to initiate one-world government–a goal not only of the UN but of the American political left more broadly. Establishing his Christian credentials, Inhofe invoked Romans 1:25 (For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever) to suggest that taking steps to ameliorate global warming would constitute a form of idol worship.

      You can tell Romney’s depressed. Last night he just sat on his couch and bought the Häagen-Dazs corporation ~ Jimmy Fallon

      by AuroraDawn on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 02:27:03 PM PDT

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      •  Inhofe MUST be Democrats' top target in 2014!!!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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        No question about it.  Oklahoma is probably the reddest state in the U.S. or at least one of the top five of them but Inhofe is no environmentalist.

        Also, we cannot forget this:

        •  You're right, OK is the reddest state. (0+ / 0-)

          For Oklahoma delegates in the 'reddest' state, pity and respect

          CHARLOTTE, N.C.— As she headed to the Democratic National Convention that starts here Tuesday night, 83-year-old Oklahoma delegate Isabel Baker ran into Democrats from other states. They greeted her with a blend of respect and pity.

          But mostly pity, she said, for coming from one of the nation’s most resolutely Republican states.

          “They say, ‘God love you. Thank you,’” the retired college professor said Tuesday morning, wearing a long-sleeve pink shirt with “Forward Obama” printed in a glittery silver. “I think we’re treated better, maybe. I think they feel sorry for us.”

          You can tell Romney’s depressed. Last night he just sat on his couch and bought the Häagen-Dazs corporation ~ Jimmy Fallon

          by AuroraDawn on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:00:47 PM PDT

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  •  A related video.. (1+ / 0-)
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