The Democrats’ rationale for boycotting the #Benghazi committee just died

Posted by: Phineas on May 13, 2014 at 5:35 pm

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American Blood, US Consulate, Benghazi

American Blood, US Consulate, Benghazi

Oh, they might still try it, though I think they’d be dumb to do so (1), especially when Obama’s former Secretary of Defense and Deputy Director of the CIA say they welcome it:

But Panetta and Morell, noting the attack has been subject to many investigations already, said they welcome the latest one in the House.

“If you look at the polling numbers a not insignificant percentage of the American people still have questions,” Morell said.

Morell, who said he already has testified four times about Benghazi, said he is 100 percent confident the upcoming investigation will show that allegations “the intelligence community politicized its analysis” are false.

Panetta, a former Central Coast congressman and Democratic Party stalwart, said there needs to be an investigation to lay out the full story to the public. “The problem has been sometimes bits and pieces of information keep coming out” that raise more questions, he said.

“Obviously there is a concern whether it’s going to be a political effort to target an issue for a campaign,” Panetta said. “I hope Democrats participate, and it really is a legitimate effort.”

Spoken like two men who have nothing to hide, or at least think they can come through the hearings relatively unscathed. It also makes it very difficult for the White House and State to continue to denounce the committee as a farce or a political stunt (2) when two key former officials say “fine by me.” Given the questions about Obama and Clinton’s actions (or non-actions) with regard to Benghazi, continued resistance may well convince more and more people that there really is something to hide.

One other thing to bear in mind: there’s been friction between the White House (and to a lesser extent State) and the intelligence and military communities for years. One has to wonder if the latter aren’t relishing the opportunity for a little payback.

via Power Line

(1) Come on, if you were Hillary Clinton or Susan Rice or Tommy “Dude” Vietor, among others, would you want to go before this committee with no allies there to at least try to cover for you? And, if you’re the Democrats, do you really want to leave the field to the Republicans, who smell blood?
(2) Of course it’s political — this is what Opposition parties do. But the key is that it is not solely political, and there are indeed very serious questions to answer.

PS: It would help if I placed the update on the right post.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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2 Responses to “The Democrats’ rationale for boycotting the #Benghazi committee just died”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    Morel’s motivations are easy to spot. The negative perceptions about the CIA outweigh the good they do because of the classified nature of their work and their inherent inability to speak out in defense. This is a golden opportunity for the intel community.

    There have been highly publicized adverse incidents, especially under Nixon, such as political assassinations in South America and domestic uses which are strictly against the CIA charter.

    Panetta is not such an easy read since he hit the door in a high gallop before the investigating committees started work and has not volunteered anything until now. He could also be wanting to burnish the intel image since he was once Director.

  2. Steve Skubinna says:

    What I take away from this is that Morell and Panetta know their hands are clean, and that their respective agencies and departments can stand the scrutiny. They are also tired of being shoved perilously near the underside of the bus as Obama and Clinton and their throne sniffers frantically claim that even questioning their actions is racism and sexism, as well as conspiracy mongering paranoia.

    In other words, their loyalty to Obama and Clinton has been exhausted and they want a clean slate, even if it reflects adversely on Mister Too Cool For School and The Smartest Most Accomplished Woman In History.

    Or it may simply be they both have discovered previously unsuspected reserves of decency and integrity, but the odds are against that. They just want to be cleared of responsibility for this debacle, and to hell with taking one for the team.