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Friday, May 09, 2014

Wasteful Benghazi Congressional hearings but no accountability for thousands dead in Iraq

Americans don't need any more Congressional hearings about anything! We especially don't need a sad Benghazi autopsy, especially when the grandstanding by right wing Republicans will be costly to taxpayers. Moreover, hearings will have absolutely no hope, whatsoever, of changing the outcome of what happened in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, when Ambassador Stevens and others were killed in street firefight. Congressional hearings about Benghazi will not bring back those killed.

Huffington Post reports: WASHINGTON -- With a Congressional committee conducting the latest of many hearings on U.S. security failures in Libya, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that it all amounted to a "subterfuge" called "Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi."  (What Mrs. Pelosi didn't say is that they amount to Fox News fodder for right wing advertisers!)

"What I will say is, again, diversion, subterfuge," Pelosi declared when asked at her weekly news conference about the emergence this week of emails related to the deadly attacks against a U.S. compound on Sept. 11, 2012. "Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. Why aren't we talking about something else?"

Pelosi said that the numerous Benghazi hearings, the attempts by Republicans to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt, and other items on the House GOP agenda were all meant to deflect attention from what she said was the Republicans' poor record on jobs and helping the middle class.

Republicans are obsessed with muckraking Benghazi, while the families of those tragically killed are still mourning the deaths of their loved ones. Yet, no one calls for similar investigations about the American led invasion of Iraq, where thousands were killed and the people of the country continue to be terrorized by a resurgence of Al-Qaeda.

Benghazi and the deaths of the four Americans must not be theater for right wing Republicans, who use the prospect of Congressional hearings to advance their personal political ambitions.

"The American people want to know who is going to create jobs," said Pelosi.  "...who is going to create growth in our country...?"

Congress will regret calling for Benghazi hearings. This grandstanding is a waste of money. Republican Benghazi muckraking is especially risky while the American people are fearful of Vladimir Putin threatening military harm in Eastern Europe and millions of Syrian people live in exile because Russia controls the evil intentions of President Assad.

House Speaker John Boehner should show leadership by preventing his out of control right wing caucus from wasting money on Benghazi public hearings. If Boehner wants to waste tax money on useless public hearings, it's a better idea to investigate the failed Iraqi Freedom campaign, where thousands died while no one claimed accountability. There were no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, yet tens of thousands of lives were forever altered as a result of this monumental intelligence failure. 

Indeed, House Speaker Boehner should call for further Congressional hearings about Iraq, but let those who were tragically killed in Benghazi rest in peace.  

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