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Fri Oct 30, 2015, 05:38 PM

 

Why Republicans keep missing the giant Benghazi scandal right before their eyes

By Michael Brendan Dougherty

It's better to be ruled by a wise Turk than a foolish Christian. That old bit of wisdom is an apocryphal quote from Martin Luther, but it was much on my mind watching the House Select Committee on Benghazi grill Hillary Clinton, as she cleverly outmanned Trey Gowdy and friends.

Sure, the committee extracted some interesting details during its 11 hours of interrogation. The most damning was that Sidney Blumenthal, the legendary fixer for the Clintons, had more direct access to the secretary of state during a crisis than America's ill-fated ambassador to Libya. He also passed on intelligence, surely none of it spoiled by his business interests.

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And it was political theater. A real hearing on Benghazi could be conducted in any number of ways. A particularly devastating one would just be a slideshow of photos of Benghazi as it stands today, with questions like: Why did we do this? Didn't we know we were helping Islamist terrorists? How could we not know?

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The conspiracy theory that motivated so much of the early popular interest in Benghazi was crude. It was premised on the notion that President Obama somehow prefers jihadis to America's own diplomats, and allowed them to die. This itself is a more weaponized version of the conspiracy theory that Obama is a "secret" Muslim, a Turk in the parlance of Reformation Europe.
Republican leadership, most notably Mitt Romney, latched onto a different conspiracy, almost equally stupid. It held that the Obama administration was weak and retreating before Middle Eastern threats.

The truth is almost exactly the opposite of these, and far more damning of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. In looking for the "secret Turk," Republicans missed the foolish Christians in front of them. Obama wasn't being weak and retreating he was being too clever and aggressive. The CIA operation in Benghazi was most likely a gun-running operation to Syrian rebels, part of Obama's proxy war with Iran, the covert project he could ratchet down as part of negotiations on nuclear weapons. To investigate that would be to admit that Obama wasn't impotent in the Middle East, but reckless.

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The fact is that the opposition party in America can't honestly investigate Obama's foreign policy without doing fatal collateral damage to its own. And so Hillary Clinton can say in public that the intervention she championed in Libya is "smart power at its best," even though that country is being terrorized by ISIS and other jihadists and is one source of the refugee crisis. The supposedly mean-spirited GOP that would do anything to attack Clinton has run into something it won't do: challenge our recklessly hawkish foreign policy.

And so we chat about what Sid Blumenthal emails Hillary Clinton, while our bipartisan consensus continues its work abetting a massive cull in the Middle East: secular dictators, Christianity, and other minority religions are all on the way out. Somewhere in hell, the world's most bloodthirsty jihadists are smiling at Trey Gowdy.

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Fri Oct 30, 2015, 05:43 PM

1. Good article. I've been saying much the same for a while. They'll never investigate for real

because too many high-level people in government will look really bad.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 30, 2015, 06:06 PM

3. Maybe its all a show

 

The idiot republicans gain support from the base by pretending to be fighting the "progressive" Clinton. While Clinton rightly looks like someone going through a republican witch hunt. Sadly, I grow more cynical each day that passes, the wars which I hoped would slow down with the election of Obama shows little sign of ending. Now the wars are being fought in the shadows with proxy fighters.

And none of the presidential candidates seems to have any answers to end it.

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Response to jamzrockz (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 30, 2015, 06:08 PM

4. Maybe. I'm pretty cynical lately too.

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Fri Oct 30, 2015, 05:49 PM

2. Republicans probably approve of that aspect.

What they wanted was a way to stop Clinton from being elected.

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