About Me

My photo
This site is the inspiration of a former reporter/photographer for one of New England's largest daily newspapers and for various magazines. The intent is to direct readers to interesting political articles, and we urge you to visit the source sites. Any comments may be noted on site or directed to KarisChaf at gmail.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Benghazi demands a select committee in Congress -- By James A. Lyons, The Washington Times

Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times(Illustration by Linas Garsys, The Washington Times)

Reports released recently by both the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Armed Services Committee have mostly discredited the Dec. 28 article on Benghazi by David Kirkpatrick in The New York Times. Both reports and the newspaper article have served the purpose of refocusing America's attention on this tragedy. When combined with the Jan. 6 letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner signed by more than 70 people, including relatives of those killed, urging him to form a select committee to investigate the Benghazi tragedy, it should send the signal that this issue is not going away — no matter how many "Bridgegates."

The speaker's contention that having five separate standing committees investigating Benghazi should be more than sufficient does not pass the smell test. This has been a disjointed effort that has yielded few results. Mr. Boehner further claims that with the tight budget situation we are facing, it takes a lot of money to staff a full "Watergate-type" select committee. However. the funding issue hasn't deterred President Obama from approving the transfer of $1 billion to the Palestinian Authority to keep the organization at the negotiating table. This is in addition to the $500 million that Secretary of State John F. Kerry has already turned over. Since there apparently is no shortage of slush funds for the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Boehner certainly should be able to find funds for a select committee with full subpoena power to investigate the deaths of four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador.

Polls by both Democratic pollster Pat Caddell and Republican pollster John McLaughlin released in October 2013 showed that 62 percent of Americans want a select committee to be appointed. Therefore, it can't be for political reasons that Mr. Boehner opposes the select committee proposed by Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf of Virginia in House Resolution 36, which has 178 co-sponsors. There have been reports that Mr. Boehner, as a member of the "Super 8" intelligence group, may have been briefed on special activities in Libya, including the transfer of arms to al Qaeda-affiliated militias authorized by the Obama administration. While this could be more than embarrassing, it's a separate concern from the "dereliction of duty" issue, which involves security failures at the Benghazi Special Mission Compound prior to and during the attack, and the absence of a military response.

(Click link below to read more)
READ MORE Sphere: Related Content

No comments:

Post a Comment