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Congress Has Spent Millions On Benghazi Investigation With Hunts: Real Costs

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Congress Has Spent Millions On Benghazi Investigation With Hunts: Real Costs


The House of Representatives’ never-ending dishonest, partisan hearings on the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 have long since been exposed as a waste of time. Now, thanks to the Pentagon, we know that they have also been a waste of money.

As The Associated Press reported on Tuesday evening, on March 11 the Pentagon sent a letter to Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), which revealed that Congress’ numerous investigations into the attack have cost millions of dollars and thousands of hours of personnel time.

“The Department has devoted thousands of man-hours to responding to numerous and often repetitive congressional requests regarding Benghazi,” the letter reads. “The total cost of compliance with Benghazi-related congressional requests sent to the Department and other agencies is estimated to be in the millions of dollars.”

The letter goes on to note that “these investigations validate the conclusion of the Accountability Review Board led by Ambassador Pickering and Admiral Mullen,” which revealed that interagency response to the attacks “was timely and appropriate.”

Rep. Smith responded to the letter by writing one of his own, to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA).

“We must stop wasting this committee’s and our military’s scarce resources chasing a scandal that does not exist,” Smith wrote, according to The Hill.

“More than any other committee in Congress, this committee should understand the financial strain on the Department of Defense, which is being made worse by these ongoing and ridiculous investigations,” he added.

Although the numerous hearings have accomplished little (aside from blowing the CIA’s cover in Libya), McKeon appears to have no intention of heeding Smith’s advice. In a statement, his spokesman Cluade Chafin retorted that “it is important that the committee see this oversight effort through to its conclusion.”

Meanwhile, the House Oversight Committee, which led many of the Benghazi inquiries under the leadership of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), is still busy examining another fake scandal. As Rep. Smith urges an end to the costly Benghazi witch hunt, Congressman Issa is going all-out in his effort to prove illegal IRS political targeting that never actually occurred.

For those of you keeping score at home, those investigations have already cost taxpayers at least $14 million.

Photo: gregwest98 via Flickr

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. Sand_Cat March 26, 2014

    $14 million? Chump change, compared to what they wasted trying to get rid of Bill Clinton. And there’s two more years to go: give them time.
    Those planning to vote for these idiots this fall should consider this, but I guess most of them are idiots, too.

    1. elw March 27, 2014

      How true

  2. charles king March 26, 2014

    My ” Motto, is ” You Do Not Do Nothing ” Republicans, Democracts Representives HELP the country needs HELP, do not sit on your assess’s and do nothing.Why? are you being this way. What’s? the matter with you (Jive Ass People) the country needs HELP. Why? are you people carrying on like this ” Doing Nothing ” You Do Not Do Nothing. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. C. E. King

    1. JSquercia March 26, 2014

      hey are PROUD f their record as the least productive Congress in History Still no Jobs Bill from the Republicans

      1. dpaano March 27, 2014

        Yeah, wasn’t that their big deal when the last midterm elections were going on…didn’t most their candidates run on the “Jobs Contract?” I haven’t seen a SINGLE job idea yet, but I’ve seen them vote down several viable programs that were put forth by President Obama.

        1. Sand_Cat March 27, 2014

          I believe Boehnhead himself said their agenda was going to be “jobs, jobs, jobs.” Seen any hint of that?

          1. Faraday_Cat March 31, 2014

            To be fair, they have produced a lot of bills regarding the creation of jobs (at least in the titles), that have not been taken up by the Senate (for fairly obvious reasons when you read what is in those bills)…so they can TECHNICALLY claim that they are pushing for jobs bills (although, when you read most of them, they either create no jobs at all, or create a paltry amount of jobs for the costs proposed).

        2. Independent1 March 27, 2014

          What’s really unfortunate is that these selfsame Republicans will totally ignore the fact that the candidates who promised to create jobs, in fact, did nothing; and they’ll go right back and vote these worthless people back into office.

    2. CPAinNewYork March 28, 2014

      I voted you down because your posting is such illiterate, ungrammatical crap.

  3. JSquercia March 26, 2014

    It is also true that when Issa was holding hearings on the Affordable Car Act .rigged them so that only those who were dissatisfied with the law were allowed to give testimony .He is t s Fair and Balanced as Faux News .

  4. Daniel Jones March 27, 2014

    Darrell Issa waste of time; (doo dah, doo dah)
    Issa waste of every dime. (all of every day)

    Issa wasted night.
    Issa wasted day.

    He’ll waste your money ’til you elect someone else;
    Please make him go far away.

    **Apologies to the writers of “The Camptown Ladies”**

    1. Allan Richardson March 28, 2014

      I believe I was taught in school that the song was written by Stephen Foster, who also wrote the state song of Florida, “Suwanee River” (not “Nearer, My God, to Thee”). Since he was a commercial song writer who never came near the Suwanee River, having only seen it on a map, he would probably be honored if he were alive to be paid for it. And the original title of THIS song was “Camptown Races.”

  5. Grannysmovin March 27, 2014

    We need oversight and hearings on Benghazi to find out what went wrong and how we can try to prevent from happening again. The same with the IRS hearing. The insult and waste is when you turn it in to a Political tool and not for seeking the truth and continue the farce because the truth is not what you want to hear.

    1. marriea March 27, 2014

      What went wrong is we were in another person’s country and they didn’t want you there.

      1. dpaano March 27, 2014

        And, who do we have to thank for being in that country in the first place????

        1. CPAinNewYork March 28, 2014

          I give up. Who was it?

          1. dpaano March 28, 2014

            Come on…..I don’t think I need to spell it out to you. It certainly wasn’t THIS administration. Hint, it starts with B and ends with H and has US in the middle, which is where they want us.

          2. CPAinNewYork March 28, 2014

            When you ask “cute” questions, you must expect “cute” responses.

    2. elw March 27, 2014

      We have had those and the made their report. What Issa is doing is called a witch hunt and everyone know that – including him.

      1. Grannysmovin March 27, 2014

        I agree that is what all these “so called investigations” have become a witch hunt,

        1. elw March 27, 2014

          Issa’s, yes. But not all, there are others completed investions by non-political branches of the Government that basically found no scandals.

    3. Lisztman March 28, 2014

      Fine, Granny. We’ve had the oversight and hearings. Many times. How often do you wish to flog the horse hoping to get a different answer?

      Move on, lady. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Let’s go do something productive.

      1. Grannysmovin March 28, 2014

        Sir – I agreed we have had hearings ad nauseam.

  6. Dominick Vila March 27, 2014

    Interestingly, Darrell Issa has not spent a dime investigating the potential role of the Koch brothers in the making of the film that inflamed passions throughout the Islamic world the day before the attack against our consulate. He has not spent a dime investigating the Koch brothers influence in the Benghazi area, or their contacts in that area. And he has not followed up on the warning a diplomat named McFarland received from a pro-Western tribal leader, the day before the attack, acknowledging that he could not guarantee the safety of Americans in Benghazi as a result of Egyptian radio broadcasts about the American film that insulted their prophet reaching the Benghazi area. Unrest was already evident and the likelihood of an attack was imminent. What did Mr. Farland do with that information? Did he ignore it? Did he pass it on to Ambassador Stevens when he returned to Tripoli?
    I doubt Amb Stevens would have gone to Benghazi knowing riots were likely to occur and Americans were going to be targeted. There is more to this tragedy than what has been revealed, and we will never know the truth if the focus continues to be a political witch hunt.
    Does anybody know if Issa is also planning to investigate the 12 attacks against U.S. diplomatic missions that occurred when W – and he – were in office, or should we assume there are good terrorist attacks and baaad terrorist attacks?

    1. marriea March 27, 2014

      And he won’t. Issa is talking to the folks who are loath to see Obama in office. The problem that most people won’t look at is when we are in another person’s country, and especially if there are those who don’t want us there in the first place, we are going to have things happen like a Benghazi. We have trained the American mind to think that wherever an American step, folks should run or stand there and bow. America don’t have that awe thing going anymore and haven’t for decades. We are still living off the brave actions of WWII, the last real battle the US was truly entitled to be involved in. Korea?, why were we there? Vietnam, ditto, the Middle East, please. I even question why we were involved in Afghanistan considering that in the spring of 2001 we gave that country $46 million in ‘humanitarian aid’ even as we knew Bin Laden, (one of our operatives, no doubt) was training AL Quada in that same country. And then 6-7 months later we are at war with them because of 9-11 an action we later said was involving Iraq (a big lie). I still to this day believe of US complicity in that event. If not Bush himself, then surely by our, excuse me, your vice president at the time. Maybe 100 years from now that will come to light. And Issa, as long as he can continue to convince naive Americans that he and his comrades will and can keep Americans safe, then why not keep doing what he is doing and charge it to the American taxpayer. Isn’t that similar to what the musclemen/mob of old did. Create a problem so they could say they will fix it and then charge a big fee for doing so. All of the mobsters and crooks of yesterday are now in Congress writing the laws that we have to abide by while somewhere in the small print there is a provision that protects them if they get caught. And stupid American keeps falling for it by continually voting these very folks back in office. Go figure.

      1. Dominick Vila March 27, 2014

        Not only did we give humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, we provided weapons, training and intelligence to the Jihaddists that were fighting the Soviets, including Osama bin Laden. In Iraq’s case, we provided Saddam Hussein everything he needed during the Iran-Iraq war, when his domestic abuses were ignored because of his ability to engage our nemesis (Iran) with a probability of success.
        Our presence near Mecca and Medina, and our unconditional support to Israel, were the main reasons for the Fatwa issued by OBL, and the basis for 9/11. The Bush administration quietly moved our troops to other parts of Saudi Arabia, where many were slaughtered when terrorists attacked the barracks where they were sleeping.

    2. dpaano March 27, 2014

      Issa isn’t interested in the truth, nor is he interested in anything that Bush did. His only goal is a witch hunt against our current president because that’s what Republicans do!!! They have nothing better toi concentrate on, it seems.

    3. elw March 27, 2014

      Issa is an use car salesman who made millions telling lies. He has no idea what the truth is or how to use it.

    4. JohnnyH March 27, 2014

      Still drinking that “it was a demonstration because of that video” Kool-Aid are we? There are 4 people dead, nobody did anything to go to aid the embassy except for CIA security in Triopoli, the CIA says they knew it was an attack after the first 15 minutes, the White House trotted out Susan Rice to the Sunday talk shows to spread the lies about “a demonstration over a video”, nobody was held accountable, nobody did anything at all, and Hillary says “What difference does it make?” At least you acknowledge that we still don’t know the truth about why the Ambassador was there. And you prattle on about the Koch brothers exercising their rights to free speech? Shame on you!

      1. Sand_Cat March 27, 2014

        No, actually you’re the idiot with the drink who is desperate to make the black man look even half as bad as most of the GOP, or it’s real stars, Nixon, Reagan, Bush, and Cheney, but can never succeed because those nasty facts just keep being true.

        1. JohnnyH March 27, 2014

          Playing the race card are we “Sand Cat”?

          1. Sand_Cat March 27, 2014

            Very cute. No, “we” aren’t playing the “race card.” You’re trying to deny the truth.

          2. JohnnyH March 29, 2014

            Well, in response to criticism of the current administration, you are the one who accused me of “trying to make the black man look bad”. Incompetence knows no skin color.

          3. Sand_Cat March 29, 2014

            Neither do delusion and dishonesty.

      2. DurdyDawg March 27, 2014

        Just as Obama’s, “You didn’t build that” * was a selective lie in and of itself.. So too was Hillary Clinton’s statement of, “what does it matter?” ** These are selective phrases taken out of context by bitter losers in an attempt to justify their anger and disappointment of being losers.

        * “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own… If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher some where in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business you didn’t build that, Somebody helped to make that happen.”.. (somebody as in consumers and workers).
        ** “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” Clinton asked Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin – then added, “It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again.”
        … I know, I know.. It’s futile trying to convince a closed mind but at least others who wanna know can understand those selective phrases from the whole statement.

      3. Independent1 March 27, 2014

        Say Johnny, what do you think Bush and Cheney were doing during the 3 attacks on the same consulate back in 2002, 2003 and 2006 when not 4, but 18 people were killed including a diplomat? Hunting? Clearing Brush? Golfing? Given that they spent more than 1/3 of their time in office on vacation, it was probably one of these. These attacks happened at the Karachi, Pakistan Consulate and the Bush Administration did absolutely nothing after the 1st attack when 12 were killed to beef up security in any way to prevent attacks 2 and 3 (and 4 were killed in the 3rd attack including the diplomat). Why wasn’t there an investigation??? Because Bush was a Republican and Republicans controlled Congress. (Or during the other 10 attacks that occurred during Bush’s disasterous 8 years in office? Huh!! What were they doing that kept them from doing one thing to stop any attack????)

        Why do you suppose no one “investigated” any of Bush’s incompetence? Could it be because he was a Republican and the Congress was controlled by the GOP?? HMMM!!!

        1. JohnnyH March 29, 2014

          Perhaps you should re-read my post. I was talking about the failures and falsehoods of the current administration. Particularly that they did nothing while the attack was ongoing, and then tried to blame what they knew to be an organized terrorist attack on a demonstration over a video that just got out of hand.
          And, by the way, there were no attacks on the US Consulate in Benghazi in 2002 and 2003. There was no Consulate there to be attacked. US diplomatic relations with Libya ended in 1979, and a presence in Libya did not resume until February 2004.

          1. Independent1 March 29, 2014

            Only low IQ conservative morons such as yourself would even conceive of the fact that the White House would be responsible for responding to an attack on a CIA detachment with a quasi consulate as a cover; a fact that was outted by clueless Republican idiots such as yourself. Obama was never in the line of responsibility TO DO ANYTHING WITH RESPECT TO THE BENGHAZI ATTACK!! Those responsible for protecting the CIA office responded within 25 minutes and did the best they could with two CIA personnel being killed.

            And you are pretty slow witted aren’t you??? when I said the Bush administration likewise did absolutely nothing even when there were 3 attacks “at the same consulate”, I said nothing about that consulate being in Benghazi – where did you get that lie and distortion??? Just using your typical GOP lying and distortion trick?? I said the 3 attacks happened at the Karachi, Pakistan consulate – or is it you’re too slow witted to even read???

      4. Dominick Vila March 28, 2014

        Do you believe the Bush administration and the GOP controlled Congress came to the aid of the 3,000 people killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. Do you think they did anything to help the 100+ people killed during the terrorist attacks against 12 U.S. embassies/consulates in the Bush era? Still drinking the Kool-Aid?
        The film released two days before the terrorist attack against our consulate in Benghazi did incite violent demonstrations, not only in Benghazi, but throughout the world. Its release was not an innocent act, it was meant to inflame passions and create chaos a couple of months before a presidential election in the USA. Only the most naive fail to see why this happen, and believe the garbage being fed to a naive segment of our population.
        The people protesting the insults directed at their prophet may not have participated in the attack against the consulate, but they provided the opportunity for former Gaddafi military officers to exact revenge against the USA for our role in the toppling and killing of their leader. Since anything directed against us by foreign elements is considered a terrorist attack, this was obviously an act of terrorism, which the Obama administration acknowledged. Don’t confuse an explanation about the initial reason for the civil unrest that followed the release of the film, with whether or not the actual attack against our consulate was an act of terrorism.
        The reason our rapid deployment forces were unable to reach Benghazi in time to save Ambassador Stevens and his security detail has been explained over and over again. We simply don’t have military forces stationed in every corner of the world. The closest were in Rota and Torrejon, Spain; and in Aviano, Italy. Four security agents were dispatched from our Embassy in Tripoli to help our besieged personnel at the Benghazi consulate, but they did not arrive in time to save them because the departure of the Libyan transport plane that carried them there was delayed.
        Are you aware that our consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, was attacked by terrorists in the Bush era, not once but twice? How come precautions were not taken after the first attack. More to the point, how come an investigation into the failure of the Bush administration to take action to prevent subsequent attacks never happened?

  7. ps0rjl March 27, 2014

    This is the same congress that refuse to authorize more money for additional security at embassies and consulates. I guess there is plenty of money for investigations after that though. Of course nothing in their finding will point to their refusal to authorize more funding for security.

  8. ken pifer March 27, 2014

    “For those of you keeping score at home, those investigations have already cost taxpayers at least $14 million.”
    The Emperor and family’s lavish vacations and lifestyles are costing Americans into the billions, yet they still continue. Wonder why that is? No wonder why there was a French revolution. Another American revolution is on the horizon.

    1. Paul Bass March 27, 2014

      What an idiotic statement! NO ONES vacation costs into “the billions”! You DO realize that a billion is 1000 millions? Get a clue and stop lying.

      1. ken pifer March 27, 2014

        You might total up all the costs of ALL the vacations the Emperor has taken, not to mention his small outings. Exactly how much does it cost to have a private flight for your dog? We have big problems with our country, mostly caused by the communist in power, yet his viewpoint is let the American people suffer while he visits his Kenyan birthplace.

        1. dpaano March 27, 2014

          Gee, Ken, let’s add up all the vacations that Bush took…..he was out of office over 300 days during his reign! President Obama hasn’t been out of office even HALF that time…..but, hey, let’s not discuss that, right? How quickly you idiots seem to forget! And, why shouldn’t he visit Kenya (not his birthplace unless it’s moved to Hawaii) and visit relatives? I plan on visiting my relatives in New Zealand, but it doesn’t mean I was born there!!! Boy, you people are so ridiculous. Where in heck did you leave your brain….or is it mush from listening to too much Faux News!!!

        2. Mortalc01l March 27, 2014

          Ken, your math abilities are atrocious. Look up the definition of “one billion” count how many zeroes there are after the one and then try to wrap your tiny brain around exactly how it is IMPOSSIBLE for a billion dollars to be spent by Obama on any vacation or vacations, plural.

          Obama has had fewer vacation days than Bush or Clinton; those are facts, you can look them up if you are so inclined, but I suspect you would rather wallow in miserable ignorance and willful misinformation than to accept the truth.

          God you people are tiresome.

          1. Paul Bass March 28, 2014

            Couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank you!

        3. Sand_Cat March 27, 2014

          Your whole premise is a lie, which you are obviously too stupid and blinded by irrational hatred to detect. Bush spent WAY more time on vacation. You’ve been suckered again, just like all the morons who rely on Fox for their “facts.”

        4. Independent1 March 27, 2014

          Several have already responded to your totally clueless post but let me give you some facts:
          1) Bush Jr. is by far the vacation king of modern presidencies having spent more than 950 days on vacation in 8 years (that’s more than 1/3 of his time in office away from Washington), a great deal of the time spent golfing, clearing brush or hunting. He even tied Nixon for the record of 30 straight days vacation, returning to Washington less than 6 days before 9/11 happened (after he and Cheney refused to let the CIA tried and prevent the attack). Georgie Boy spent more money flying between Washington and Texas (78 round trips) than Obama has spent in in travel expenses for all his trips around the world (vacation or not).

          Despite what you may think, when Presidents are on vacation THEY PAY for everything but the travel expenses and the costs of boarding and feeding the secret service personnel who are required by law to go along.

          In addition, every month, the President gets a bill for all the food that is used in the White House that is not directly related to a party or banquet assumed to be for a formal government function – such as entertaining a foreign dignatary. What that means is, if the President chooses to put on a banquet for what he feels is simply of entertainment value, as Obama often does, HE PAYS THE FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT BILL!! When the Carter’s left the White House back in 1981, they almost had to file for bankruptcy because of all the expenses they had incurred while in the White House.

          When Obama, who often summer vacations in Martha’s Vinyard (which is a very short distance from Washington) his travel expenses are obviously much less than were the travel expenses of Nixon who took far more vacations and vacation in either Florida or California usually; or Reagan who spent more than 4 times the vacation days as Obama most often in California, or even Bush Sr. who spent 3 times the vacation days being almost constantly in Kennebunkport Maine. But once the government incurred the travel expense, IT WAS THE PRESIDENT WHO PAID FOR EVERYTHING ELSE!!!

          And consider this too, Obama is one of the few recent presidents who has not had the Federal Government foot the bill for turning some property they owned into a 2nd White House. When Obama takes a Christmas Holiday in Hawaii, we foot the bill for their air travel, but Obama pays for where he stays – and the same for when he summer vacations in Matha’s Vineyard.

          In Contrast, all 4 of at least the last GOP presidents has insisted the our government pay to modify homes they owned to make them suitable for 2nd White Houses. Nixon actually two of them that taxpayers had to upgrade so they could accomodate security staff and entertain foreign visitors if necessary. Nixon’s 2nd White House was in Miami and his 3rd White House was in California. Not only did our government spent millions updating his homes, the taxpayers had to foot the bill for ongoing staffs at these homes so they would always be available should the President want to use them. Of course Reagan’s 2nd White House was his ranch in Calif, Bush Sr’s was his family’s home in Maine and Bush Jr’s was his Ranch in Texas.

          Having the government upgrade their homes not only made them worth a lot more (at taxpayer’s expense), when they spent weeks and months at these homes, they stayed at them free, unlike Obama who has to pay for the homes he rents when he vacations.

          And adding a little to the overkill of Bush Jr., while he was in the White House, Laura Bush and their two daughters took 3 trips to Africa for “vacations” and supposed good will tours, and Georgie Boy and Laura took 2 additional long trips their promoting their support for erradicating HIV (and Africa was the only place Georgie could go without the danger of being arrested and tried for crimes against humanity).

        5. Barbara Morgan March 28, 2014

          For information Pifer everytime the Obamas fly on a private flight they pay for it using Air Force One, and that includes the one for their dog. Unlike Congress whose flight bill we pay weekly for them to go to home and spend the week end there and return trip weekly the Obamas use their own money to fly places that aren’t part of the job of being President. You sure are full Republican koolaide, Tea party tea and Fox not news poop to believe what you have posted.

    2. edwardw69 March 27, 2014

      The French Revolution was aimed at the 1%. And a different 1% will be the target of any revolution here.

    3. elw March 27, 2014

      Oh, please that is just plain nonsense.

    4. Barbara Morgan March 28, 2014

      Give court room beyond doubt that your lie the Presidents and his family lavish vacations and lifestyles have cost the taxpayers is the truth. You can’t because to start with all the American taxpayers has paid when it comes to their vacations, which have been less that Bush 2 took, is for their security which we pay for no matter where they go or stay by law. Show us pictures of this lavish life styles the Obamas live that cost billions.

    5. old_blu March 30, 2014

      The tax payer doesn’t pay for the president’s vacations we pay for security while he’s on vacation, as we’ve done and still do for all presidents.
      They pay for their own vacations, if we pay for it, it was while they are working.

  9. Bob Williams March 27, 2014

    Why even worry about Benghazi? After all, only 4 people died. At least Obama didn’t miss his tee time.

    1. dpaano March 27, 2014

      Seriously? You’re going to fault President Obama for playing an occasional game of golf? Even presidents get time off once in a while, but you can be certain that the guy with the “box” is still by his side on the fairway!! Get a life, okay?

      1. edwardw69 March 27, 2014

        One of the best Presidents we ever had was Dwight D. Eisenhower. He liked to play golf.

    2. Sand_Cat March 27, 2014

      Well how about 9/11? Only about 3,000 or so, but they were probably liberals, living in New York and all…
      And Bush managed to finish reading The Pet Goat while the towers were exploding. You’re an idiot!

    3. Independent1 March 27, 2014

      What do you think Bush and Cheney were doing during the 3 attacks on the same consulate back in 2003, 2004 and 2006 when not 4, but 18 people were killed including a diplomat? Hunting? Clearing Brush? Golfing? Given that they spent more than 1/3 of their time in office on vacation, it was probably one of these. These attacks happened at the Karachi, Pakistan Consulate and the Bush Administration did absolutely nothing after the 1st attack when 4 were killed to beef up security in any way to prevent attacks 2 and 3 (and 11 were killed in the 3rd attack including the diplomat). Why wasn’t there an investigation??? Because Bush was a Republican and Republicans controlled Congress.

    4. Independent1 March 27, 2014

      By the way, the 3 attacks in Karachi I asked you about, those were only 3 of the 13 overseas attacks which the Bush Administration did absolutely nothing to try and prevent. Not only did they do nothing to prevent them, they did not do anything at any of the embassies and consulates to prevent future attacks either or even do an investigation to see if something could have been done to prevent any of them.

    5. Barbara Morgan March 28, 2014

      You didn’t worry when over the 3000 were killed when the twin towers were attacked, an attack that could have probably been prevented if George Walker Bush had let the CIA investigate the reliable information they had that such attack along with the Pentagon attack was going to happen but he wouldn’t. He stayed out DC for over 30 days just before 9-11-01 and was in Florida when the twin towers fall and did not leave until after the Pentagon was attacked why ? Four people died at Benghazi, over 60 died when embassies and consultants on Bush 2’s watch so what makes the 4 that died at Benghazi more important than the 60 killed on Bush’s watch, the over three thousand that died on 9-11-01, the sailors killed when the USS Cole was attacked while in a foreign port?

      1. Bob Williams March 28, 2014

        My mistake. I didn’t realize that if Bush did something, it makes it OK. I thought that “wrong is wrong”, but apparently it’s not wrong if Bush did it. Somehow, I think that your sphincter is restricting the blood flow to your brain, so please pull your head out of your a$$.

        1. BillP March 28, 2014

          One could make the same comment about you. You make a ridiculous statement that’s not backed up by any proof just your juvenile sarcasm. Tell us what could have been done on the night the four died in Benghazi. The military has stated that it couldn’t have gotten any help there in time and the friendly local militia were not doing anything to prevent the attack. Why don’t you read about what happened before you make another juvenile remark.

      2. JohnnyH March 29, 2014

        Gee, Barbara, it’s interesting that you repeat the mantra of “blame George Bush” for the USS Cole attack. W had not been elected at the time. But, don’t let the facts confuse you.

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  10. Jambi March 27, 2014

    These are the same “Clowns” that complain about deficits, debt, and spending….they still believe they can create suspicion and doubt, so they continue to appeal to “Fox News Nuts” and other “we’ll believe anything bad about Obama” IDIOTS!!!!

  11. dpaano March 27, 2014

    Since I live in California…..I think I’m going to send a bill to Issa for my share of the taxpayer money that he’s wasted on these ridiculous hearings! If not, at least a well-worded letter telling him to quick wasting time and do something that is actually profitable!! I’m tired of my money being wasted on ridiculous hearings that prove nothing that hasn’t already been proven! We need to vote his butt out of office immediately!!! It would be a Godsend for both the country AND California!

    1. elw March 27, 2014

      I live in Issa’s district and I plan to campaign for his opponent. The guy is a total joke.

      1. dpaano March 27, 2014

        Good for you!!! Unfortunately, I don’t live in that district, but I applaud you wholeheartedly. Hopefully, there’s someone in the running that can beat him…..he’s been there for so long!!! People should be aware of the taxpayer money he’s spent on such frivolous BS!!! Hang in there!

        1. elw March 27, 2014

          This is a very conservative area, but it is changing. I think his days are numbered. In his last election he won by less then 5% a very significant drop from earlier elections.

        2. Barbara Morgan March 28, 2014

          You may not live the district, but you can help defeat him by contributing to his opponent when he or she is selected. That is what I plan to do against Republicans that run in other district where I live. I won’t be to contribute much but I will contribute to most that runs against Republicans in my state.

          1. dpaano March 28, 2014

            I will definitely do that……not sure who’s running against him, but I’ll be there with a couple of bucks, which is about what I can afford. Anything to get rid of that idiot. He’s been there too long and caused too much trouble, AND spent too much of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars!

          2. plc97477 March 31, 2014

            I will also help out with whatever I can afford. Since I live in a very blue area my pols don’t need the help.

    2. Barbara Morgan March 28, 2014

      Great idea. Lets all send Issa a bill for our tax money he has wasted since he became the head of this committee,( I refuse to call it by its name because it is not doing what the committee is suppose to do). Lets see at last report $14 million+ paid by the IRS, at that much if not more for Benghazi say 20 million + that equals to 34 million another say 20 million for his Affordable Medical Act fishing trip up to 54 million and all the other not scandal investigations he and the other Republicans on that committee have done means they owe US taxpayers somewhere around $100 million dollars they wasted since he placed in charge the committee. Lets all send him the bill for that money and tell him it is to be paid in full now by him and his fellow Republicans because they have spent too much money and we don’t have money to waste like that.

      1. dpaano March 28, 2014

        I think that’s a great idea!!!

    3. Duckbudder March 28, 2014

      I have two letters for Issa-hole. F.Y.

  12. Tongbai Mason March 27, 2014

    The Koch Brother’s and Darrell Issa is the same type of human ” bad Evil as it can come ” He need to be remove from his position and get rid of him when time to re election in 2014 ..

    1. DurdyDawg March 27, 2014

      The only down side to your desire is he’ll still be fed from g’ment tax money until the day he croaks.. What he needs to be is fired without compensation except for what he personally invested in (401k, etc.). I hate this most about so-called ‘career’ politicians.. They can start out as mayor, go up to gov’ner then senator and as far as president then receive pensions from each and every position held ALL on the taxpayer’s back then because politicians do not have to invest in S.S. try to abolish it for those who need it. Sick bunch of thugs, toads and malcontents.

      1. Barbara Morgan March 28, 2014

        They have to contribute to SS if they make below what the cap is which doesn’t happen because the majority of the members of Congress are millionaires and or married to wealthy spouses. There are several that should be impeached among them Darrell Issa and stripped on all their benefits and perks which includes pension.

        1. DurdyDawg May 5, 2014

          And I’m certain they planned it that way or else hired a dozen mouth pieces to play in the gray areas and create new laws and rules that they follow ONLY as it benefits them and IF they contributed anything into S.S. before they started mooching off tax payers, I’m sure they would demand they be compensated for that period of their life as well but since to the wealthy S.S. only means being able to pay for prescription drugs without spending out of pocket money it’s negated by their ability to create a first class insurance that they don’t have to put a dime in.

  13. elw March 27, 2014

    So the big question is when will the ethics committee step up and do its job?

    1. Sand_Cat March 27, 2014

      “Ethics”? In a GOP-controlled House? You’d have more chance of success wishing they’d step off a cliff!

      1. elw March 28, 2014

        That is most likely true. But there is also the Office of Congressional Ethic – it is suppose to be non-partisan.

      2. plc97477 March 31, 2014

        I will get behind that wish if it will help.

    2. Barbara Morgan March 28, 2014

      There no ethics committees in either the House or the Senate if there was Issa would be in front of it now and TN Republican Senator Bob Corker would be facing the ethic committee in the Senate but they aren’t

      1. elw March 28, 2014

        Indeed there is and there is also the Office of Congressional Ethics which is a non-partisan organization authorized by the House of Representatives. Try searching using these words ethics.house.gov

  14. Pamby50 March 27, 2014

    Darrell Issa & his cronies that keep wasting taxpayer money because they can’t find anyone who will say that it is all President Obama’s fault. They believe he is the most corrupt president and they are not going to stop till they do. We need to take back the house so that we can get rid of him.

  15. AlfredSonny March 28, 2014

    When will Congress spend a penny investigating the rationale of invading Iraq that killed 4,000 Americans?

  16. AlfredSonny March 28, 2014

    If Issa sleeps well, he is a bully of no conscience.

    1. Sand_Cat March 28, 2014

      Whether he sleeps well or not, he’s still a bully of no conscience.

  17. atc333 March 28, 2014

    Why should Issa care? It is not money out of his pocket, and it keeps the coverup conspiracy flames burning brightly,, and therefore, in his mind, improves the GOP’s chances of winning in 2014, and 2016, Certainly 14 million is a paltry sum of taxpayer’s money to spend for such a noble purpose.

  18. GREG SIMPSON April 1, 2014

    I would like to ask the question? Can anyone explain to me why the Republicans and their supporters weren’t tearing their hair out about 9-11? Yes i know about the 9-11 commission.Maybe I am wrong but I don’t recall

    any out rage by the GOP, certainly no one was held accountable.And they keep keeping on about Benghazi. I guess its outrage only when it fits your agenda.

    1. bloggulator November 23, 2014

      That’s kind of obvious – it happened under Bush’s watch. Imagine the screaming and yelling from the GOP if 9/11 happened when Clinton was President?

  19. Bradley D. Floyd October 8, 2015

    We are finally witnessing why congress gets nothing done
    unless it involves destroying the reputations of their competitors. Even when the truth slips out, we continue
    to see a denial of the mistake, and another lie about why these Benghazi
    Hearings have taken place.


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