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House approach on Benghazi: Crazy — or plain stupid?
Politico ^ | 6-16-2013 | Fred J. Eckert - OP/ED

Posted on 06/16/2013 7:46:56 PM PDT by smoothsailing

House approach on Benghazi: Crazy — or plain stupid?

By: Fred J. Eckert

June 16, 2013 09:52 PM EDT

Sometimes watching Speaker John Boehner and his House Republican “leadership” team in action calls to mind that scene from “Forrest Gump” in which Bubba’s mother looks incredulously at Forrest and asks: “Are you crazy — or just plain stupid?”

More than six months ago, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) introduced a proposal to create a House Select Committee on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, a select committee being generally regarded as the best way to ensure an intelligent, well-coordinated, bipartisan investigation without fear or favor.

Six months later, Wolf’s proposal is still stalled because a certain powerful interest group is blocking it. The powerful group keeping the House from doing the right thing is the House Republican “leadership.”

Boehner and his team are foolishly insisting on letting all six House committees that can claim any bit of jurisdiction for investigating what went wrong with Benghazi do so — Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Armed Services, Homeland Security and Oversight and Government Reform — despite the fact that each is restricted to its own narrow scope. This wastes time, duplicates effort and stymies clear focus.

Why insist on investigating the Benghazi scandal in such a maladroit manner? Because it: 1) frees Boehner from having to decide who should chair the investigation, thereby saving him from possibly offending the ones not selected; 2) enables six different committee chairs to bask in the spotlight as star of their very own investigation; and 3) gives every member who serves on one of these six committees — all 239 of them, or more than half of the House — a chance to appear on prime-time national television.

Focusing on profile, lacking in courage, Boehner’s way is all about big egos and little fiefdoms. By insisting on this ill-advised approach, Boehner and company are abrogating their responsibility to the country.

Benghazi is a very serious and complex matter. More serious and more complex than Watergate was — and its scope is much wider. Getting the lessons of Benghazi right has profound implications for national security. The core questions delve deeply into the military and intelligence capabilities of the United States and how well we execute those capabilities. The range of other questions includes such matters as how we protect our diplomatic service and how the decision-making process operated at the Defense Department, State Department, CIA and the White House during this crisis.

The effort to get to the truth about Benghazi needs to be equal to the seriousness of the issue. The free-for-all effort being insisted upon by Boehner is not. The select committee effort proposed by Wolf is.

Boehner’s approach all but guarantees chaos, confusion, excessive bickering and a needlessly long, drawn-out process with minimal prospect of a constructive end result.

Each committee can deal with but part of the puzzle. Some committees have overlapping jurisdiction, which means uncertainty over which part of the incomplete puzzle they look at. Some committees — especially Intelligence and Armed Services — would certainly have to take a fair amount of testimony in secret, which means the others couldn’t get an idea of the whole puzzle no matter how hard they tried.

And what if one of these six committees didn’t conduct an investigation? How could we ever put the pieces over which it has jurisdiction into the puzzle?

So Boehner’s hope is at best for six separate sections of a puzzle to emerge. Anyone interested in Benghazi could then try to join the puzzle sections together. Good grief!

Washington being Washington and politicians being politicians, imagine all the fun and games as a half-dozen committees compete against one another to schedule their hearings for the best TV time slots and compete over scheduling news conferences. What if one committee wants to grant immunity to a witness while another committee did not?

Whereas Boehner proposes to give the country a silly spectacle, Wolf’s proposal is for a 19-member select committee, consisting of a Republican and a Democrat from each of those six committees of jurisdiction, plus five members appointed by the speaker and two appointed by the speaker after consultation with the minority leader. The speaker• would appoint the chairman. It would have full subpoena power and be able to completely investigate all Benghazi issues across all jurisdictions.

Supporters of Wolf’s effort to do the investigation right include:

More than two out of three House Republicans — 158 of them.

Family members of Americans murdered in the attack.

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, representing 26,000 federal law enforcement officers including Diplomatic Security Service officers, FBI agents, U.S. marshals, Secret Service agents and Border Patrol agents.

Special OPS OPSEC, an association of more than 700 retired Special Operations officials.

It makes no sense for Boehner and his team to block a more intelligent, more sensible, more efficient and more effective approach and insist on pursuing such a dimwitted one. By doing so, they are guilty of complicity in the Obama administration’s ongoing coverup efforts.

Besides being such poor government, it’s also mind-bogglingly idiotic as political strategy.

Boehner’s way is a gift to Barack Obama. It enables the president and his apologists to deflect attention from the core issue by railing against how the Republicans have unleashed not one but six separate committees with 133 Republican members all trying to damage him. It guarantees a mess that will assist Obama in his attempt to dismiss investigating Benghazi as nothing but a “sideshow” and it will embarrass all Republicans and turn off the general public.

Crazy? Or just plain stupid?

Perhaps it’s time for the two-thirds or more of House Republicans who have the good judgment and political savvy to be with Wolf rather than Boehner on this to find new “leaders” who understand the meaning of the word.

Fred J. Eckert is a former Republican congressman from New York and twice served as a U.S. ambassador under President Ronald Reagan.

© 2013 POLITICO LLC


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; genocide; navyseals; obamaspeople; terrorism; threatmatrix

1 posted on 06/16/2013 7:46:56 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
More than six months ago, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) introduced a proposal to create a House Select Committee on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, a select committee being generally regarded as the best way to ensure an intelligent, well-coordinated, bipartisan investigation without fear or favor.

Yeah. That's the ticket.
Kinda like the 9/11 c0mmission.

2 posted on 06/16/2013 7:50:47 PM PDT by Roccus (ABLE DANGER????.......What's an ABLE DANGER????)
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To: smoothsailing

To show their lack of partisanship, they could apppoint Victoria Nuland to be on it.


3 posted on 06/16/2013 7:53:25 PM PDT by Roccus (ABLE DANGER????.......What's an ABLE DANGER????)
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To: smoothsailing
We have to turn to Politico for this kind of analysis? Unbelievable.
4 posted on 06/16/2013 7:55:02 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these here Boncentration Bamps!)
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To: smoothsailing

Boehner’s lack of action is still a decision made.
It is no different than an order to “Stand Down” during the assault at Benghazi
The indecision and lack of accountability is what infuriates those who care about what happened in Benghazi
Boehner should be replaced and a leader installed


5 posted on 06/16/2013 7:56:48 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” - Ronald Reagan)
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To: sargon

It is a surprising source.


6 posted on 06/16/2013 7:57:29 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I learned all I needed to know about GOP House Leadership when they wailed to the heavens about the “grave consequences” of the FBI searching Representative William Jefferson’s office for what turned out to be proof of his bribery.


7 posted on 06/16/2013 7:58:06 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: smoothsailing

Crazy like a fox. This way he gets six bites of the apple. Maybe one will taste good!!


8 posted on 06/16/2013 7:59:57 PM PDT by timlilje
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To: smoothsailing

I said from the beginning that the GOP would screw up every single one of these investigations. Issa is the most incompetent at this point.

I love your Bubba Gump analogy. Perfect.


9 posted on 06/16/2013 8:01:26 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: smoothsailing; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; ...
I don't care how they do it, just DO IT! Find out the truth any way you can. I want a safe harbor for whistleblowers and a damn dungeon for the perps.

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


10 posted on 06/16/2013 8:02:23 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: smoothsailing
Focusing on profile, lacking in courage, Boehner’s way is:

Profiles in Stupid!

11 posted on 06/16/2013 8:02:55 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: smoothsailing
Sadly, it seems Boehner wants chaos, confusion, excessive bickering and a needlessly long, drawn-out process to help cover for his buddy in the WH, a new Republican Speaker is badly needed.
12 posted on 06/16/2013 8:08:34 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: smoothsailing

Boehner is as totally inept at being Speaker as Obama is at being President.


13 posted on 06/16/2013 8:09:05 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: timlilje

It’s just as easy to stonewall six committees as one. As long as they keep consistent team Obama should have no problem lying to six committees. Besides, who’s even interested? Old news...


14 posted on 06/16/2013 8:09:39 PM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: timlilje

That my friend is merely a pipe dream. The cry baby house leader is more the single cell amoeba type than the fox.


15 posted on 06/16/2013 8:11:08 PM PDT by Kalam (<: The answer is 42 :>)
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To: jazusamo

Bring back Allen West, that’s the Speaker I want!


16 posted on 06/16/2013 8:12:40 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Venturer

Ding, ding we have a winner!


17 posted on 06/16/2013 8:13:32 PM PDT by Kalam (<: The answer is 42 :>)
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To: smoothsailing

Amen! Allen West would kick ass and take names as Speaker.


18 posted on 06/16/2013 8:14:11 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: smoothsailing

RINO’s need to realize that if revolution comes, they will be guilty of aiding and abetting the oligarchy. For the consequences of that, they might want to listen to Netanyahu’s remarks he recently gave in Europe.


19 posted on 06/16/2013 8:23:34 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: smoothsailing
Forrest Gump doesn't work for me.

When I see John Boehner, I see Ted Baxter.

A guy with good hair, good teeth, a good voice, and a gaudy tie who is clearly in over his head.

Just like Ted Baxter, he works very hard pretending that he knows what he is talking about.

In media and politics, it is all about how you look and how you sound,the coherent content of what you say means very little.

20 posted on 06/16/2013 8:26:51 PM PDT by metafugitive
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To: smoothsailing
Crazy? Or just plain stupid?

Complicit.

21 posted on 06/16/2013 8:33:27 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: jazusamo
I found some good info on the writer....

In That’s a crock, Barack, Ambassador Fred J. Eckert -- author of the political satire novel Hank Harrison for President that Library Journal hailed as “One of the best political spoofs since The Mouse That Roared” -- examines Barack Obama’s own words – incredibly duplicitous, deceitful, arrogant and delusional – and subjects them to logic and wit to demonstrate what a con job Obama and his fawning media cheerleaders have perpetrated upon the American people. Source-Amazon

About the Author

Fred J. Eckert, former US Ambassador and former conservative Republican Member of Congress, is the author of the political satire novel, Hank Harrison for President, that Library Journal hailed as “one of the best political spoofs since The Mouse That Roared.” His writings have appeared in such national magazines as Reader’s Digest, The Wall Street Journal and Outdoor Life; in a number of conservative on-line publications, including Human Events, American Thinker, Pajamas Media, National Review Online and The Washington Examiner; and in nearly every major newspaper in the United States. President Ronald Reagan called him “a good friend and valued advisor…a man of great experience and wisdom.”

22 posted on 06/16/2013 8:33:40 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Sounds like to me Eckert knows of what he speaks.


23 posted on 06/16/2013 9:08:14 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: Roccus

911 Comission. What a farce that was. Jamie Gorelick, the hack that built
the “Wall” was put on the Comission. She should have been put in Jail.


24 posted on 06/16/2013 9:09:55 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: smoothsailing

That’s because Bonehead wants to use it as a campaign issue.
He has no interest in getting the truth or putting people jail for lying
to congress.


25 posted on 06/16/2013 9:11:52 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: tennmountainman

I agree and it makes me ill.


26 posted on 06/16/2013 9:24:46 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: smoothsailing
Why insist on investigating the Benghazi scandal in such a maladroit manner? Because it: 1) frees Boehner from having to decide who should chair the investigation, thereby saving him from possibly offending the ones not selected; 2) enables six different committee chairs to bask in the spotlight as star of their very own investigation; and 3) gives every member who serves on one of these six committees — all 239 of them, or more than half of the House — a chance to appear on prime-time national television.

I have to agree that someone needs to ask Boehner whether or not he is crazy or just plain stupid. Perhaps he does not want to risk being taken off the golf with Obama invitee listing.

27 posted on 06/17/2013 2:27:54 AM PDT by olezip (Time obliterates the fictions of opinion and confirms the decisions of nature. ~ Cicero)
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To: olezip

bump


28 posted on 06/17/2013 6:24:10 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: smoothsailing

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3025431/posts

related from tgo


29 posted on 06/17/2013 6:32:46 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

The author illustrates precisely why the families of our ambassador, his assistant, and two Navy SEALs will never know why their sons were betrayed and abandoned, to be brutally murdered by savage psychopaths.

Boehner and the establishment GOP have the blood of murdered heroes on their hands, and they don’t care.


30 posted on 06/17/2013 9:33:35 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: don-o

Thanks for the link. We can almost always count on Mark to bring clarity to the matter at hand.

................

” [the problem is] he’s not appointing a special investigative committee.”

I’m not sure this has anything to do with money and influence. I think he’s ... ah... I think he’s weak. I think he doesn’t... you know... he’s more than happy to talk about this, he’s more than happy to hold press conferences about this... but he actually doesn’t want to get much done. That’s the problem. Thank you for your call my friend.

And this is the problem with the Republicans across the board. They’ll introduce something... but they’re really not serious about it... they have the power of the purse in the house, but they almost never use it. It’s pathetic.

I can assure you if the Democrats were in our position, and we were in their position, they’d be unleashing all kinds of havoc, and affecting the agenda in ways that the current Republican leadership is incapable of. “


31 posted on 06/17/2013 10:17:13 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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