Tagged Benghazi

Not a Good Week for Hillary Clinton

First, there was this. Then, there was the fact that Diane Sawyer–of all people–laid into Clinton over Benghazi (in the event that you do not recall, Benghazi has been deemed not to be a scandal, nope, no chance whatsoever that it might be a scandal, nothing to see here, move along, don’t worry your pretty little heads about this story, darlings). And then, there is the fact that her book . . . well . . . it isn’t so good: Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choices” officially launches Tuesday morning, but it’s already being savaged by critics for being…

Remember Benghazi?

Sure you do. It’s that scandal we aren’t supposed to talk about because if we talk about it, we out ourselves as knuckle-dragging mouthbreathers . . . or something. Anyway, in news that should shock no one who wasn’t born yesterday, or even as early as last week, we see that the Obama administration’s attempt to explain why the attacks in Benghazi took place were anything but accurate: A newly released email shows that White House officials sought to shape the way Susan E. Rice, then the ambassador to the United Nations, discussed the Middle East chaos that was the context for the…

Department of Self-Corrections (Al Qaeda and Benghazi Edition)

In the past, I have argued that it really does not matter whether or not al Qaeda was involved in the terrorist attack in Benghazi. Well, as it turns out, that’s not quite right: The U.S. military cannot hunt down and kill people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as long as the terrorists are not officially deemed members or affiliates of al Qaeda, newly declassified transcripts from congressional hearings show. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey in testimony on Oct. 10 said the Pentagon’s hands are tied because the groups involved…

Al Qaeda and Benghazi

I continue to believe that it does not matter one way or the other whether al Qaeda per se was involved in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, but to the extent that it does matter, let it be noted that whatever the denials of her staff, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee (and a Democrat, in the event that anyone needs reminding), takes issue with the New York Times claim that al Qaeda was not involved in the attack. Additionally, Senator Feinstein takes issue with the belief that the attack “evolved from a protest against the video,…

Who Cares Whether al Qaeda Was Involved in the Benghazi Attack?

I am scratching my head, wondering what the point is of arguing over whether al Qaeda was behind the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. I don’t see why the identity of the terrorist group matters when it comes to judging the Obama administration’s awful handling of the issue. We got varying stories regarding the reasons for the attack, we got varying stories regarding the timeline and facts surrounding the attack, and no one in the administration has been held responsible for the debacle–a debacle that cost lives. The terrorists behind the attack could have been al Qaeda,…

Still Think We Shouldn’t Take the Benghazi Terror Attack Seriously?

I for one would like to know just what on Earth is going on here: CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in…

IRS Follies: More on the Supposed Non-Scandal That Actually Is a Scandal

Another blow to the theory that “rogue agents” in a local IRS office were responsible for targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny:  An Internal Revenue Service supervisor in Washington says she was personally involved in scrutinizing some of the earliest applications from tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, including some requests that languished for more than a year without action.Holly Paz, who until recently was a top deputy in the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, told congressional investigators she reviewed 20 to 30 applications. Her assertion contradicts initial claims by the agency that a small group of agents working in an office in Cincinnati were solely responsible for…

Scandal Watch (A Continuing Series)

So, let’s review the latest: Concerning the IRS scandal, we learn that Lois Lerner was “directly involved” in the targeting of conservative groups. This included signing letters that contained “a list of detailed questions of the kind that a Treasury inspector general’s audit found to be inappropriate.” Organizing for Action is a 501(c)(4), which means that it is supposed to act in a non-partisan capacity when engaging in advocacy. So naturally, the president of the United States–who is anything but non-partisan–has signed a fundraising letter on behalf of Organizing for Action, which includes a request to register at this site, which as you…