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Eugene Robinson: Republicans lead a witch hunt on Benghazi
Washington Post ^ | 05/10/2013 | Eugene Robinson

Posted on 05/10/2013 1:44:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Those who are trying to make the Benghazi tragedy into a scandal for the Obama administration really ought to decide what story line they want to sell.

Actually, by “those” I mean Republicans, and by “the Obama administration” I mean Hillary Clinton. The only coherent purpose I can discern in all of this is to sully Clinton’s record as secretary of state in case she runs for president in 2016.

That’s not a particularly noble way to use the deaths of four American public servants, but at least it’s understandable. Attempts to concoct some kind of sinister Whitewater-style conspiracy, however, don’t even begin to make sense.

The hearing convened Wednesday by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) produced a riveting narrative of the chaotic events in Libya last September. But what was the supposedly unforgivable crime?

Did Clinton’s State Department fail to provide adequate security for the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi? In retrospect, obviously so. But the three diplomats who testified at the hearing gave no evidence that this failure sprang from anything other than the need to use limited resources as efficiently as possible.

House Republicans who voted to cut funding for State Department security should understand that their philosophy — small government is always better — has consequences. Bureaucrats have to make judgment calls. Sometimes they will be wrong.

Is the scandal supposed to be that a four-man Special Forces team was not sent from Tripoli to help defend the Benghazi compound? This is a decision that clearly still haunts and enrages Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission in Libya, who sat helplessly in the capital while Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were being killed at the consulate 650 miles away.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; eugenerobinson; libya; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; republicans; spin; strawman; talkingpoints; waronterror; washingtonpost; whitehousespin; witchhunt
Eugene's spin:

The decision not to dispatch troops was made by the military chain of command, not by Clinton or anyone who reported to her. Superior officers decided this team was needed to help evacuate the embassy in Tripoli, which was seen as a potential target for a Benghazi-style attack.

The Pentagon has concluded that the team, in any event, could not have arrived in Benghazi in time to make a difference. Hicks testified that he disagrees. It is difficult not to feel his pain. But it is also difficult, frankly, to believe that he knows more about deploying troops than do the professionals.

THE RESPONSE TO THIS SHOULD BE WHAT JONAH GOLDBERG SAID:

Even if that were true, it would still be a self-serving falsehood.

If you see a child struggling in the ocean, you have no idea how long she will flail and paddle before she goes under for the last time. The moral response is to swim for her in the hope that you get there in time. If you fail and she dies, you can console yourself that you did your best to rescue her.

But if you just stand on the beach and do nothing as the child struggles for life, saying, “Well, there’s just no way I can get to her in time,” it doesn’t really matter whether you guessed right or not. You didn’t try.

The White House and State Department insist they guessed right, as if that somehow absolves them of responsibility. They would have sent help if they could have, they claim, but they simply weren’t ready to deploy forces on September 11, the one day of the year you’d expect our military and intelligence agencies to be ready for trouble in the Middle East, particularly given that before his murder, Stevens warned of security problems in Benghazi.

But we know the administration ordered others who were willing, able, and obliged to come to the consulate’s rescue to “stand down.” They in effect told the lifeguards, “Don’t get out of your chairs.”

1 posted on 05/10/2013 1:44:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s the other leftist spin ( and you will hear this repeated again and again ):

THERE WERE, in fact, tumultuous anti-American demonstrations taking place in cities throughout the Muslim world because of the video.

President Obama labeled the Benghazi assault an act of terror almost immediately — as Mitt Romney learned in the second presidential debate — but it was hard to imagine that the attack was completely unrelated to what was happening in Cairo, Tunis, Khartoum and Jakarta.


2 posted on 05/10/2013 1:46:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

3 posted on 05/10/2013 1:46:41 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: SeekAndFind

careful with that axe eugene


4 posted on 05/10/2013 1:47:21 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: bigheadfred

Witch hunt? Either someone misspelled the word and or it relates to Hillary.


5 posted on 05/10/2013 1:49:27 PM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: SeekAndFind
That spiel is getting old, Eugene. Think it'll work again this time?
6 posted on 05/10/2013 1:49:58 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh I’d say the Republicans know just where the witch is in this episode.


7 posted on 05/10/2013 1:50:28 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: SeekAndFind

The ComPost, LASlimes, MSLSD, NYSlimes, etc. all have the exact same talking points...

Axelrod had a very, very long conference call with all the Media heads last night to get the messaging right.

Left for dead b/c of the election.


8 posted on 05/10/2013 1:52:10 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is using ‘witch hunt’ politically correct? Isn’t that implying that it’s always women? There are warlocks. We no longer have all female named hurricanes. There aren’t anymore freshmen. They need to come up with a non-gender _____________ hunt. If they’re really true believers in their militant non-gender chit. I think I will write and complain...


9 posted on 05/10/2013 1:52:46 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Mouton

Some Dem congressman was on Cavuto saying the same thing; that this is all about getting Hillery because she is the only person qualified to be the next president.


10 posted on 05/10/2013 1:53:00 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: SeekAndFind

Problem is, this time there really are witches.
And they didn’t turn anyone into a newt - they killed them through inaction and treachery.


11 posted on 05/10/2013 1:54:38 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: SeekAndFind

No, Eugene. We’ve found the witch.. the key is aiming the water bucket. Then, the witch will know what the “difference” is.


12 posted on 05/10/2013 1:55:37 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Mouton

lol—just as long as somebody high up goes to jail


13 posted on 05/10/2013 1:56:11 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tool.


14 posted on 05/10/2013 1:56:19 PM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: bigheadfred

Eugene. THE FOREIGNER and MRS. WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE did not act like AMERICANS in the BENGHAZI tragedy. No americans I know of would leave our people on their own to fight off an attack without making EVERY EFFORT to support them. The only effort these two ANTI AMERICANS made was to COVER UP their ineptitude. Stick up for them. I would expect nothing less from another anti american democrat. But let me tell you. You sound just like the fool democrats in the hearing when they made their inquiries to get to the bottom of the facts from the whistle blowers. Ah, what did you have for breakfast this morning.


15 posted on 05/10/2013 1:56:38 PM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: ScottinVA

Eugene Robinsons take:

Obama is black and Republicans are racists.


16 posted on 05/10/2013 1:56:48 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: bigheadfred

Axe?

Did Eugene have a question?


17 posted on 05/10/2013 1:57:15 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

...and to blame these deaths on budget cuts done Republicans i.e. “smaller government” is disgusting...I think people are really sick of the R’s being blamed, Bush being blamed,Romney being blamed-and I mean the low-info people. They hear that as an excuse for everything and it is now to the point of being RIDICULOUS.


18 posted on 05/10/2013 1:58:37 PM PDT by homegroan (Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option....)
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To: Rusty0604

“the only person qualified to be president” that jerk congressman said? The only person! Were that true, we would be in a far worse shape then even I thought if she were the only one qualified. IMO, that .itch is not qualified to be handing out towels in the bathroom.

The ironic thing about her is I had an argument with a RINO friend yesterday who said that Hillary would have been a far better choice for president than the current POS. Two peas in the same pod IMO.


19 posted on 05/10/2013 2:00:37 PM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Mouton

Yes, that’s what he said; I wish I could remember his name.


20 posted on 05/10/2013 2:02:35 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: SeekAndFind
As I recall it was Hillary Clinton who told a family member of one of the slain about the administration's intention to undertake a most aggressive witch hunt to round up the video makers.

And she did it knowing there was no protest in Benghazi.

As for the author he nver considered the possibility that the rioting and protesting elsewhere was all a diversion to insure that an obscure little diplomatic station - not even an embassy- would be a wide open, easy target since the admin -which new about the protests in advance- would divert resources to "more important" embassies and away from Benghazi? Did the admin fail to respond because they were assuming Benghazi attackers were just some irate "occupy" youths in Guy Fawkes masks and the US personnel there were exaggerating the danger?

21 posted on 05/10/2013 2:10:16 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: SeekAndFind

Was Eugene quiet when Harry Reid led a “taxer” conspiracy witchhunt against Mitt Romney during the 2012 election demanding to see his “papers please”?

Stalinists are funny about their mock outrage.


22 posted on 05/10/2013 2:12:57 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

he’s insinuating Hillary is a witch.

with that I agree.


23 posted on 05/10/2013 2:14:01 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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24 posted on 05/10/2013 2:14:44 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: MrB; spawn44; Mouton
(grooveshark link) careful with that axe eugene (pink floyd)
25 posted on 05/10/2013 2:17:05 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
What rhe hell business does he have sticking his nose in this?

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


Benghazi Index

26 posted on 05/10/2013 2:18:10 PM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Ok, I’ll go there...
Nothing to see here because only four WHITE guys got killed...
(I just came from a local grocery store and witnesses very rude behavior from a group of young black kids...I’d be pissed if they were white, too).


27 posted on 05/10/2013 2:20:11 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: bigheadfred

Careful with that axe eugene

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx-2e0FL160


28 posted on 05/10/2013 2:20:13 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Eugene Robinson = Juan Williams

They are twins separated at birth.

May their tongues cleave to the roofs of their lying sycophantic mouths!


29 posted on 05/10/2013 2:20:56 PM PDT by miserare
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To: Irenic

Haha...good point!


30 posted on 05/10/2013 2:21:58 PM PDT by miserare
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To: spawn44

Eugene, if you ever have or are still passing yourself off as a journalist you need to stop. When you put your crap out on front street like this you just prove to all you are nothing but a whore. Mother’s day is coming up Eugene. Do her a favor and STFU Eugene.


31 posted on 05/10/2013 2:25:51 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: Nachum

I like the ummagumma version the best (post 25) and thanks.


32 posted on 05/10/2013 2:30:14 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: SeekAndFind

Like the sun rising, sure enough there’s Token Gene carrying the water for his masters


33 posted on 05/10/2013 2:32:05 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: SeekAndFind

Shouldn’t be much of a hunt. Or has Hillary gone into hiding?


34 posted on 05/10/2013 2:41:02 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Poor ol’ eugene got dropped down the affirmative action rabbit hole and met up with the red queen. His chances of recovery are nil.


35 posted on 05/10/2013 2:46:11 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: SeekAndFind

Eugene: go Macaca yourself.


36 posted on 05/10/2013 2:52:23 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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To: SeekAndFind
no evidence that this failure sprang from anything other than the need to use limited resources as efficiently as possible.

Such as the electric-car charging stations at the Vienna US Embassy. Priorities, priorities...

37 posted on 05/10/2013 2:53:56 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, when you’re not in Kansas anymore, and people are dying, and there’s some weird artificial guy pulling levers behind a curtain, you need to start hunting witches.


38 posted on 05/10/2013 3:21:29 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The only coherent purpose I can discern in all of this is to sully Clinton’s record as secretary of state in case she runs for president in 2016.”

Then you reveal your own shallowness with your own words, Eugene. Maybe you should not be writing about stuff you don’t understand. Would that be too much to ask, or don’t you understand even that simple proposition?


39 posted on 05/10/2013 3:41:06 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: SeekAndFind
THERE WERE, in fact, tumultuous anti-American demonstrations taking place in cities throughout the Muslim world because of the video.

That would be the annual Muslim celebration of the 9/11 attacks.

40 posted on 05/10/2013 3:46:44 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: SeekAndFind

All too predictable. Eugene must be the world’s greatest contortionist to be able to kiss Hillary’s and Barack’s keisters simultaneously.


41 posted on 05/10/2013 3:51:37 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: SeekAndFind
... The only coherent purpose I can discern ...

Gene is missing the coherent gene.

42 posted on 05/10/2013 4:09:25 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just want to know how Robinson drew latrine detail. Because he sits on the House committee? He was nearly incoherent on Morning RINO.


43 posted on 05/10/2013 5:09:45 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (Own it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

In the Arm back in the day it was pounded into us that nobody gets left behind. The Obama crowd has bastardized that to screw the men, cover my behind. And that includes every swinging Johnson in the officer corps who swallowed this shit.


44 posted on 05/10/2013 6:11:01 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: bigheadfred

Wonderful Pink Floyd reference.


45 posted on 05/10/2013 6:25:49 PM PDT by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
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To: crazydad

thanks


46 posted on 05/10/2013 6:27:14 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.

Hillary is playing the role of Monica’s dress.


47 posted on 05/11/2013 6:29:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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