The Facts About Benghazi – NY Times Editorial

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The New York Times Editorial Board

An exhaustive investigation by The Times goes a long way toward resolving any nagging doubts about what precipitated the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

The report by David Kirkpatrick, The Times’s Cairo bureau chief, and his team turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or another international terrorist group had any role in the assault, as Republicans have insisted without proof for more than a year. The report concluded that the attack was led by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s air power and other support during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and that it was fueled, in large part, by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.

In a rational world, that would settle the dispute over Benghazi, which has further poisoned the poisonous political discourse in Washington and kept Republicans and Democrats from working cooperatively on myriad challenges, including how best to help Libyans stabilize their country and build a democracy. But Republicans long ago abandoned common sense and good judgment in pursuit of conspiracy-mongering and an obsessive effort to discredit President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who may run for president in 2016.

On the Sunday talk shows, Representatives Mike Rogers and Darrell Issa, two Republicans who are some of the administration’s most relentless critics of this issue, dismissed The Times’s investigation and continued to press their own version of reality on Benghazi.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/opinion/the-facts-about-benghazi.html?_r=2&

H/t: DB for emailing me this article

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  1. Darrell Issa is one of the richest Millionaire Republicans in Congress. He eats, sleeps, drinks, go to the bathroom talk about Benghazi. That’s all he knows. He lies like all the rest of the right wingers and tea party people in Congress. He doesn’t talk about anything important and they should just call Darrell Issa “The chairman of Hearings with no results, no proof of anything and full of misinformation” He likes to go on witch hunts to get information and turn truth into lies like all the rest of his Republican colleagues which are chairmen in a lot of other committees and all who do the same thing. I say there is a lot of “knuckle head-ism” going on in the right wing tea party congress. I like to call them the do nothing bunch.
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