Grant clemency to the Benghazi scapegoat

Featured image Now that Benghazigate is back on the front burner and Obama’s “the video is to blame” narrative has been even more thoroughly discredited, it’s time to grant clemency to Nakoula Nakoula, the guy who produced the video in question. After all, the White House plans to grant clemency to hundreds, or more likely thousands, of drug pushers. Why not do the same for the Benghazi fall guy? There are distinctions, »

White House urged Geithner to lie on Sunday talk shows

Featured image Timothy Geithner has written a memoir. It’s not a book I intend to read, and I’m sure I speak for all but an incredibly small number of Americans in that regard. Some of the reported excerpts are interesting, though. This one caught my eye: I remember during one Roosevelt Room prep session before I appeared on the Sunday shows, I objected when Dan Pfeiffer wanted me to say Social Security »

Dumbest Democrat Benghazi Spin Yet: Ambassador Stevens Wasn’t Murdered!

Featured image On Benghazi, Eleanor Clift, a reliable shill for the Democratic Party, has come up with the most mind-numbingly stupid talking point yet: Ambassador Stevens wasn’t murdered because he died of smoke inhalation! One wonders: are the Democrats seriously going to try to sell that theory in response to the upcoming hearings? I doubt it. But Clift’s moonbattery raises a point that the Democrats would much rather forget: we still don’t »

A quick look at the Republican Benghazi committee members

Featured image Speaker Boehner named the six additional Republican members of the select Benghazigate committee yesterday. Trey Gowdy will be joined by Susan Brooks (Ind.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Mike Pompeo (Kan.), Martha Roby (Ala.), Peter Roskam (Ill.), and Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.). Jordan, who has a law degree, serves with Gowdy on the House Oversight Committee. He has been a pretty effective questioner when I’ve seen him in action. Pompeo is a Harvard »

Do the Benghazi hearings pose a political risk for Republicans?

Featured image Charles Krauthammer argues that the upcoming Benghazi hearings “are a big political risk to Republicans,” but should go forward anyway because “the country deserves the truth.” Krauthammer worries that the hearings could distract voters from major issues like Obamacare, the economy, and chronic unemployment. He also recalls that the Clinton impeachment proceedings in 1998 backfired politically. The Republicans actually lost a few House seats in the election that year, even »

Tom Cotton Savages Democrats on Benghazi

Featured image Today Congressman Tom Cotton spoke, along with other House members, on the formation of the select committee on Benghazi. With barely controlled indignation, he ripped the Democrats’ “fake outrage” over the Benghazi investigation. Recalling the treacherous conduct of many Democrats during the Iraq war, he asked, Where was the outrage then? Cotton harkened back to the lessons he learned in the Army, noting that on the night of September 11, »

7 Repubs, 5 Dems for Benghazi select committee

Featured image Politico reports that Speaker Boehner has decided on the partisan split of the Select Committee on Benghazi. It will be 7 Republicans and 5 Democrats. That’s a fair split given the Republicans’ majority status in the House. As Politico points out, there are very few House committees that are evenly split. The Ethics Committee is one. Nonetheless, Nancy Pelosi had demanded an even split of 6-6. She claimed that with »

Pelosi Wants Even Split on Benghazi Committee

Featured image Nancy Pelosi issued a statement this morning on the soon-to-be-formed House Select Committee to investigate Benghazi. Byron York comments: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is complaining that the new select committee on Benghazi will have more Republican members than Democrats. “If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan,” Pelosi said in a just-released statement. “The panel should be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, as is »

Trey Gowdy, not your father’s investigation committee chairman

Featured image Speaker Boehner has appointed Rep. Trey Gowdy to chair the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Gowdy is an experienced prosecutor who has consistently impressed me (and, obviously, Boehner) during hearings before the Oversight Committee on Benghazi and the IRS. Gowdy breaks the mold for chairman of a big ticket investigative committee. The typical chairman is a stern but somewhat subdued father figure — think Sen. Inouye of Iran Contra fame »

On Benghazi, Dems Double Down on Denial

Featured image This morning on Fox News Sunday, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff suggested that his party will boycott the House’s proposed select committee on Benghazi: Establishing a select committee to investigate the State Department’s handling of the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya is a “colossal waste of time,” according to Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.). “We’ve had four bipartisan investigations already,” Schiff said on “Fox News Sunday,” adding »

Scandal? What Scandal?

Featured image How will the Democratic Party press try to defend the Obama administration over Benghazi? It won’t: it will ignore the story and hope it goes away. To the extent that liberals comment on Benghazi, it will be to mock conservatives for being concerned about it, without ever explaining what the scandal is all about. Here are two examples. Steve Sack has been the editorial cartoonist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune »

Visions of Vietor

Featured image In his weekly installment of pictures this morning, Steve alludes to the interview of former NSC spokesman Tommmy Vietor by Bret Baier on Fox News Special Report on Thursday. The video below captures the interview’s most memorable moment. Vietor addressed Baier as “dude” and said he could hardly remember how he helped change the Benghazi talking points because it was “like two years ago.” Try as we might, we won’t »

Boehner calls for select committee to investigate Benghazi

Featured image Speaker Boehner announced today that he will ask the House to vote to create a new select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. Here is Boehner’s announcement: Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People’s House. These revelations compel the »

State Dept., CIA, and Dod all understood that Benghazi was a terrorist attack

Featured image As Scott notes below, Beth Jones, then the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East, stated in an email that she told Libya’s ambassador on the morning of September 12, 2012 that the Benghazi attack was conducted by “Ansar Al Sharia [which] is affiliated with Islamic extremists.” So the State Department’s view within hours of the attack was that this was terrorism, not a protest over a video »

Another Benghazi email

Featured image Sharyl Attkisson draws attention to another newly released Benghazi email (the email is posted online here). I’m not sure, but this seems important: [The] email indicates that within hours of the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya[,] the State Department had already concluded with certainty that the Islamic militia terrorist group Ansar al Sharia was to blame. The private, internal communication directly contradicts the message that President »

Where Was Barry? Where Was Hillary?

Featured image As I wrote here, one of the striking features of the White House’s latest email production is the complete absence of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from the communications on the evening of September 11, 2012. Their names appear only later, when staffers write heartfelt statements about the deaths of four Americans to be released over their names. So where were they on the fateful night of September 11? Tommy »

Air Force General criticizes lack of military response to Benghazi attack

Featured image Retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell testified today that the military should have done more to try to help the Americans who were under attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. At the time of the attack, Lovell was the deputy director for intelligence at Africa Command. Lovell told the House Oversight Committee: Many with firsthand knowledge have recounted the heroism displayed by the brave Americans in Benghazi that »