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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Keep the Benghazi Select Committee Select -- streiff, RedState

Sept. 11: The U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was aflame after coming under attack. (text from within article)

When this idea didn’t take hold, John McCain floated a new idea:
Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) called for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) to allow the Senate to take part in the Benghazi Select Committee Wednesday on Fox News.
McCain said allowing Senate participation will lend credibility to the committee and is appropriate because members such as himself, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) have been involved in the issue from the beginning. The Arizona senator cited his September, 11 2012 Face the Nation interview after Susan Rice appeared in which he cast doubt on her assertion Benghazi was a spontaneous attack.
McCain also added he was friends with Ambassador Chris Stevens and has participated in extensive meetings with individuals such as Mike Morell and David Patreus about Benghazi.
This is a profoundly bad idea from every possible perspective other than furthering the cover-up.
  • The House Select Committee will have a partisan make-up of 7 Americans and 5 Democrats. This ensures some real investigative effort will be devoted to uncovering the truth. Adding a similar number of senators and saddling Mr. Gowdy with a Democrat co-chair would guarantee a whitewash.
  • John McCain would be the worst possible addition to any committee. Not only is he well past his “use by” date, he is hopelessly compromised when it comes to dealing with Democrats in actual confrontations, and he simply does not play well with others. We could rely on McCain to sandbag Gowdy in order to raise his own profile.
  • Adding more people to the committee, much less Senate-sized egos, would guarantee the entire effort would degenerate into a morass of inertia.
The Senate had its chance to act. The befuddled and corrupt Harry Reid decided that dead Americans were a small price to pay for protecting his party. Now that Mr. Boehner has formed a committee he should ensure that Mr. Gowdy gets the chance to conduct a fair and transparent inquiry.

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