Benghazi: Does The GOP Protest Too Much?

Benghazi Chaffetz

Juan Cole has an excellent piece on Alternet about the Republican Benghazi obsession that again provides the answers the right-wing partisans have demanded over and over through four investigations. And Cole has a few questions of his own (emphasis added).

What the House should really investigate is who really funded and encouraged the production of that get-up ‘film’ attacking Islam, “The Innocence of Muslims.” It was redubbed after being shot, such that the cast had no idea they were in a bigoted attack film. The makers of the film, including a far right wing American militia figure, sent it determinedly to Egyptian hard line Salafi Muslims until part of it was finally shown on a Salafi television channel. They were clearly trying as hard as they could to provoke attacks on US facilities. Isn’t this a sort of terrorism in itself? Was it a Republican Party black money group hoping to provoke a diplomatic hostage crisis that would damage President Obama’s chances of reelection? Why did GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney keep comparing President Obama to former president Jimmy Carter in spring of 2012? Carter had been bedeviled by the Iran/ US embassy hostage crisis. Had Romney’s speech writers heard from the US Islamophobic network that there was likely to be embassy trouble that summer and that it might make Obama look weak? Why are GOP leaders so determined to deny that the film helped provoke the Benghazi attack? Are they afraid that sooner or later a link between GOP funders and the film will emerge, and they want to hold themselves harmless? Why do Muslim-hating political campaigns break out regularly every two years in the US, pushed by Republican candidates? Will there be another one in summer-fall of 2014?

Let’s hope the House Democrats have enough backbone to refuse to participate in yet another GOP partisan Benghazi investigation. And wouldn’t it be good if some non-partisan commission could find out if the anti-Muslim video, the embassy protests, and the attack on the Benghazi consulate resulted from right-wing political operators trying to embarrass the Obama administration?

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on May 11, 2014 - 7:24 pm

    If somebody could connect the GOP to the Benghazi attacks with irrefutable evidence, it wouldn’t make the news and groundhog day would start again the next morning.

    But thanks anyway Mr. Bagley. We love your works!

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on May 11, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    And now I’ll give you MY crazy theory:

    The GOP is attacking Hillary Clinton with a ridiculous story because they want to get democrats on her side. They want her to win because they know she will give them everything they want and Elizabeth Warren won’t.

    Hey, we live in crazy times.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on May 11, 2014 - 7:55 pm

    Whatever it takes to rid us of the droner in chief…and whatever they say likely more than true about him.

    Getting a lying drone assassin out of power is a bad thing?

    • #4 by Nathan Erkkila on May 11, 2014 - 11:12 pm

      Then why the fuck did you do nothing during the Bush years?

  4. #5 by cav on May 12, 2014 - 7:06 am

    The truth ALWAYS lies in the ‘likely’ realm. Always!

    Especially when the Grand Old Party is framing.

    I may have little faith in the Dems, but I have very near zero in the ridiculously ideological clowns on the other side.

  5. #6 by brewski on May 12, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Wow, what a ridiculous piece by Juan Cole. He actually cites the NYT piece of shit which was debunked by the Democrat-led Senate’s report a few weeks later. Talk about willful dishonesty. Thanks for the laugh.

    • #7 by Richard Warnick on May 12, 2014 - 10:02 am

      “Debunked” how? Give us specifics, and links if there are any.

      • #8 by brewski on May 12, 2014 - 4:28 pm

        Old news. Been over this before. Go read it yourself.

        • #9 by cav on May 13, 2014 - 8:06 am

          I’m beginning to descern a pattern.

  6. #10 by Anonymous on May 13, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    Good question to ask pelosi, hillary and the rest of the go along to get along murder crowd called democrats…its not like they stopped bush Nathan …do you think people didn’t try? Plenty did, including this unknown person.

    The question is how did a man viewed by the left as a dummy walk ten feet tall over democrats?

    Answer: the same way Obama has. Drone assassination, NDAA, trillion a year debts…yup..just like w.

  7. #11 by Anonymous on May 13, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    And Nathan, obama drones people at a rate 8 times that of bush…its a sad situation, as drones are for chicken shits, and what comes around will go around…

    Hey! What’s that? A drone you say? And over our very own country, same people murdering foreigners with them are using them to spy on us.

    Wonder how long its gonna take before they murder some Americans with them? Yep, that’s our leadership.

  8. #12 by Anonymous on May 13, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    Oh wait I forgot! Obama has already drone murdered an American, and that citizen was a minor, a child. Yep, you gotta be prouder n’ shit Nathan.

    Obama’s man said after the murder that the citizen victim, “should have had a better father”. Or at least a dad with drones or something killer like.

  9. #13 by Richard Warnick on May 18, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    Funniest headline of the week so far:

    Dick Cheney wants Hillary Clinton ‘held accountable’ for Benghazi terror attacks

    Yeah, just call him Mr. Accountability.

    • #14 by cav on May 18, 2014 - 12:51 pm

      Cracks MY sh*t right up, it does.

    • #15 by Larry Bergan on May 19, 2014 - 4:53 pm

      Compare Benghazi to what Cheney did to this country. Even if Hillary HERSELF killed the four American diplomats – after all, she dragged Vince Foster’s body across a parking lot in broad daylight, (not really!) – ,Benghazi doesn’t even amount to a nose bleed.

  10. #16 by Anonymous on May 18, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    How anyone with conscience can support any of these filthy animals is beyond me, and beyond most forward thinking members of the species.

    If you are for Hillary, you might as well support Cheney, same subspecies of filthy sub par human animal…or anti human if you like.

    If she is elected it would be akin to replacing hitler with goebbels’s.

  11. #17 by Anonymous on May 19, 2014 - 9:55 pm

    Ah, making excuses for murderers…we truly are a gutter based people anymore. Quite a toxic perspective.

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