Now that even a Republican-led committee in the House of Representatives has debunked all of the conspiracies and talking points the far-right has been using to paint the Obama administration as the heartless murderer of 4 Americans in Libya, will this non-story – one that has cost taxpayers millions of dollars long after multiple independent reports found the same thing – finally be put to rest? I suspect not.
From the article: The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, has concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, said Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena, the second-ranking Democrat on the committee.
The panel voted Thursday to declassify the report, the result of two years of investigation by the committee. U.S. intelligence agencies will have to approve making the report public.
Thompson said the report "confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order (to U.S. forces) was given."
That conflicts with accusations of administration wrongdoing voiced by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista (San Diego County), whose House Government Oversight and Reform Committee has held hearings on the Benghazi attack.
Just months after the Benghazi attacks, an independent group, which included a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, looked into it and found security lapses, among other things, and recommended a list of changes and upgrades – most of which have been adopted by the Obama administration.
In a saner political world, the story would have ended there and the death of 4 Americans would not have become a political football. But it did and continues to be one as another committee led by one of South Carolina’s own, Rep. Trey Gowdy, continues to push this nakedly-political exercise forward. When will it end?