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House Republicans may have already decided to move their #Benghazi conspiracy theorizing to another venue, but Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa can't stop chasing himself down the rabbit hole. Here's his latest attempt to stay relevant:
A still-classified State Department e-mail says that one of the first responses from the White House to the Benghazi attack was to contact YouTube to warn of the “ramifications” of allowing the posting of an anti-Islamic video, according to Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
It turns out the attack was not a spontaneous response to the video, but the email shows that the administration genuinely believed their initial view that it was. Hardly the stuff of scandal—in fact, it's quite the opposite—but it does raise an interesting question:
Did Issa mess up & accidently prove WH point? Or intentionally throwing tantrum to undercut Gowdy since he's not on select comm?
I'd bet on the former. But I wouldn't rule out the latter.

1:00 PM PT: Oh, and no, this isn't news. The White House phone call was reported at the time.

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  •  Intentionally? (15+ / 0-)

    The only thing Issa does intentionally is to intentionally be a bigger and bigger asshole every day. So what ever helps on that agenda is what he did intentionally, anything else is pure happenstance.

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:34:00 AM PDT

  •  Issa is smarter than we give him credit for ... (5+ / 0-)

    ... I think. But certainly not in this instance.

    Frankly, I think that's pretty adept of the White House.

    2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:35:48 AM PDT

    •  No, I think he's really not (7+ / 0-)

      And he has a bad case of me-ism.

      Remember, he's the one who instigated the recall of Gray Davis, thinking the people of California would reward him with the governorship.

      We all know how THAT turned out.

      Same thing with this - he pushes for a new committee to be all Benghazi, all the time, and expects full well to be head of it, or at least a driving force.

      Bzz! Wrong! The GOP is happy to take his ideas, and then push him to the side.

      You'd think he'd learn. Darryl honey, they're really not that into you. All the flowers and candy and jewelry in the world isn't going to make them like you. They'll just take it and go to the prom with somebody else.

      •  Yep. And I remember the boo-hoo-hoo big tears (2+ / 0-)
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        press conference when he withdrew from the campaign. Weepy wet tears rolling down his face.

        Everything is all about him. What an ass.

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        by pucklady on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:18:58 PM PDT

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  •  it shows how deep and speedy the cover up was - (6+ / 0-)


    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:36:01 AM PDT

    •  Someones been using the Obama time machine again. (2+ / 0-)
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    •  you joke, but that literally seems to be (2+ / 0-)
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      what Issa is saying. According to his tweets, he says that WH came up with the false narrative, as the attack was happening.

      I think the GOP has completely forgotten that there were actually protests at many embassies because of the video. They believe the WH just randomly came up with the video as an excuse,

      •  There's a giant memory hole (0+ / 0-)

        as it regards the events of Sept. '12. Not just among the right wing but also among many members of the media.

        I distinctly recall watching the reports of protests (which it was reported were mainly about the video, which had just been shown on Egyptian TV after being on youtube for months) and those protests were popping up all over the Middle East. I recall CNN showing maps with little icons (fire, maybe) on the map showing where protests were happening.

        I also clearly remember being not so much concerned about the Benghazi attacks as it related to the election (though, of course, I was upset about it as a tragedy) but I thought the greater political threat was the spreading protests and the danger of a spreading violence across the Middle East. This all clearly related to the showing of the video, and the way sentiments were being inflamed.

        I also remember the media reporting concern about what would happen after Friday prayers and whether the protests would spread or cooler heads would prevail.

        How has this all seemed to disappear down the media memory hole, with many acting as if Benghazi was an isolated attack with nothing else going on and that the WH simply plucked the "youtube video excuse" out of thin air?

        I'm a dyslexic agnostic insomniac. I lie awake at night wondering if there's a dog.

        by rennert on Thu May 22, 2014 at 01:33:38 PM PDT

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  •  It's not clear why this is an either/or choice. (6+ / 0-)

    C) All of above.

    That gets my vote.

    "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them." Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

    by Mr MadAsHell on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:36:25 AM PDT

  •  While the attack itself wasn't a spontaneous event (7+ / 0-)

    the protests arising from the video clearly exacerbated the attack:

    The violence, though, also had spontaneous elements. Anger at the video motivated the initial attack. Dozens of people joined in, some of them provoked by the video and others responding to fast-spreading false rumors that guards inside the American compound had shot Libyan protesters. Looters and arsonists, without any sign of a plan, were the ones who ravaged the compound after the initial attack, according to more than a dozen Libyan witnesses as well as many American officials who have viewed the footage from security cameras. NY Times

    Conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less. E.J. Dionne

    by blueyescryinintherain on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:36:44 AM PDT

  •  From the Confused (3+ / 0-)
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    To the confused.

    Sod Off.

  •  No no, ya see now? That was part of the plan. (1+ / 0-)
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    They had fully intended to claim at the beginning that it was spontaneous and thus take actions that would support that version of events in the event those plucky GOP congresscreatures didn't fall for the coverup.

    Genius, I tells you. Evil, but genius.

  •  They really are a clown show aren't they. (5+ / 0-)
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    "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

    by raptavio on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:38:55 AM PDT

  •  new email + Benghazi = the story lives (6+ / 0-)

    yes, the email doesn't support the Republican narrative, but the Republican narrative doesn't support the Republican narrative.

    The key to all these phony scandals is never actually fixing on what the scandal actually is. If you never get around to making any accusation it's impossible for anyone to refute your accusations.

  •  I don't think it's either/or (2+ / 0-)
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    I think it's both/and

    "Did Issa mess up & accidently prove WH point? Or intentionally throwing tantrum to undercut Gowdy since he's not on select comm?"

    If you don't like it, attack the message, not the messenger. The former may convince me that I am wrong, but the latter will always convince that I am right.

    by nancyjones on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:42:15 AM PDT

  •  This is actually wonderful news. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Or the attack was a spontaneous response... (3+ / 0-)
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    Largely generated by the video. I believe that was the conclusion of the NYT's independent investigation.

  •  . (8+ / 0-)

    Joe Biden famously said of Rudy Giuliani, "There's only three things he mentions in a sentence -- a noun, a verb, and 9/11.

    The same thing could be said of Darrell Issa,  "There's only three things he mentions in a sentence -- a noun, a verb, and Benghazi.

  •  Hopefully the Dems on the select committee (4+ / 0-)
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    Will, if nothing else, be able to establish the broader context in which the incident at the Libyan embassy occurred. It was a complex week. Yet only one incident is in the focus. There are many questions the Democrats could ask the players that will be called to testify that could set the stage and provide genuine context.

  •  Is it just me, or does Issa bear a strong (2+ / 0-)
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    resemblance to Pat Paulsen's evil twin?

    What a shame Paulsen is dead. I can only imagine what he might snark about.


    by commonmass on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:47:45 AM PDT

  •  Sentiments abound- (4+ / 0-)

    © 2014 Balloon Juice

    And speaking of Benghazi, I think Pelosi screwed up by appointing five accomplished and serious people to the panel. By doing so, it implies you are taking this bullshit seriously. If I were Speaker Pelosi, I would have appointed one person, and one person only. Alan Grayson. And then I would give him instructions to impede at every opportunity, disrupt as loudly and obnoxiously and to grandstand and make snide remarks, and on the occasions he was allowed to speak he was to talk only about Beirut and Reagan. Hell, if he had twenty minutes to speak, I’d be cool with him just saying “241 dead Reagan cut and run accountability” over and over and over again.

    Evidence that contradicts the ruling belief system is held to extraordinary standards, while evidence that entrenches it is uncritically accepted. -Carl Sagan

    by RF on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:48:28 AM PDT

  •  Its obvious we now need (2+ / 0-)
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    a committee to be formed to investigate the White House's attempt to muzzle the free-speech rights of  Anti-Muslim Americans/Youtubers .

    Really though, if anyone wants a real scandal to investigate they would dig into the history/funding of the Anti-Muslim video.

    If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything.

    by LieparDestin on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:59:30 AM PDT

  •  "the attack was not a spontaneous response (2+ / 0-)
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    to the video."

    I don't think this is exactly correct.  I believe the NY Times established several months ago that the initial rioting was triggered by the video and the extremists took advantage of the confusion to stage their attack.

  •  Please step away from the Benghazi. (0+ / 0-)

    Mr. Issa, you are under arrest for operating a motor vehicle while in possession of a loaded Benghazi.

    Mr. Issa, you have pled guilty to possession of an unregistered Benghazi.

    You're claiming, Mr. Issa, that your brother stole the Benghazi?

    Mr. Issa, did you set fire to Benghazi in order to collect on the US State Dept. insurance policy?

    Mr. Issa, did you point a loaded Benghazi at Sec. State Clinton and threaten her?

    Mr. Issa, why do you think the State Dept. insurance policy should cover a botched CIA operation at an unsecure, unguarded, indefensible outpost in Benghazi?

    We're all just working for Pharaoh.

    by whl on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:55:44 PM PDT

  •  Ok. (3+ / 0-)

    Someone has to ask this.

    Let's say the White House originally thought the attack was an answer to the video.

    And then Obama called it an act of terror.

    Can someone PLEASE tell me why that matters?

    Like, at ALL?

    "Republicans are shameless dicks. No, that’s not fair. Republican politicians are shameless dicks." - Al Franken

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu May 22, 2014 at 01:00:28 PM PDT

    •  Right. (1+ / 0-)
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      This is like Hillary saying 'what difference does it make' and the GOP using it out of context, kinda like Obama's 'you didn't build this' comment.

      They think we are stupid, but the average American voter is not served well by the media and cannot figure out what the truth is.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

      by GustavMahler on Thu May 22, 2014 at 01:50:42 PM PDT

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  •  RW is going nuts (0+ / 0-)

      I wandered over to RW sites to read their take - OUTRAGE I tell you....PEOPLE ARE DYING AND the WH is calling U-tube.....did you miss the facts:   PEOPLE ARE DYING in the middle of an attack - and the WH - 6kmiles away is trying contact U-tube.  

    Only in RW CT land is doing one thing at a time the only option.     I suppose they wanted President Obama to dress-up like MacArthur and yell out orders to those on the ground....  live video of him screaming in the phone to Generals - quaking in their boots and standing at attention....    their insanity may be contagious, I had to wash my eyes out after reading their screed.  

  •  Putting it bluntly (2+ / 0-)

    Issa is an assa.

  •  Hair Dye Darrell Issa (0+ / 0-)

    Mr Grand Theft Auto- who else is more suited to be the mouthpiece for an investigation aimed at "getting to the truth"?  Hair Dye Darrell must have a severe case of ethical fatigue, given he committed 3, and more likely 4- if you count the unregistered firearm in the glove compartment- felonies as an adult.

    The perfect man to lead to the charge for truth, justice, and the American way.

    "The more firearms a man owns, the smaller his member"-- Abraham Lincoln

    by truthronin on Thu May 22, 2014 at 04:18:19 PM PDT

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