Benghazi and the Republican scandal m...

Benghazi and the Republican scandal management playbook

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Minneapolis, MN

#1 May 13, 2013
For Republicans, Benghazi is the scandal that must not die. Despite the testimony by Obama administration officials including Hillary Clinton and the blistering findings of the State Department Accountability Review Board she endorsed, the GOP is determined to bludgeon the current president and the woman who might be his successor. So, the Republicans' talking point regurgitators insist, President Obama should be impeached (Mike Huckabee) for a "massive cover-up" worse than Watergate (John McCain), while Hillary Clinton should be disqualified for her "dereliction of duty" (Rand Paul) or even prosecuted for "lying to Congress" (Darrell Issa). And with November 2016 and not Sept. 11, 2012 in mind, Republicans led by Lindsey Graham and Dick Cheney are calling for Clinton to be subpoenaed by House Republicans.

For its part, the Obama administration has generally been forthcoming and cooperative, if sometimes clumsy, in working with both Congress and the independent Review Board regarding the Benghazi tragedy that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Of course, it didn't have to be this way. The Obama White House could have simply copied some pages from the Republican Scandal Management Playbook.

Oppose the Investigation. As the chorus grew in early 2002 to create a commission to investigate the 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 people, President Bush, Vice President Cheney and their allies said no. While Cheney warned "the people and agencies responsible for helping us learn about and defeat such an attack are the very ones most likely to be distracted from their critical duties if Congress fails to carry out their obligations in a responsible fashion," House Majority Leader Tom Delay declared:

"A public commission investigating American intelligence in a time of war is ill conceived and, frankly, irresponsible. We need to address America's challenges in intelligence gathering and terrorist prevention. But we don't need to hand the terrorists an after-action report."

Delay's Senate counterpart Trent Lott went a step further:

"I really think there's nothing more despicable ... for someone to insinuate that the president of the United States knew there was an attack on our country that was imminent and didn't do anything about it. For us to be talking like our enemy, George W. Bush instead of Osama bin Laden, that's not right."

Lott's GOP colleague from Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison concurred, protesting, "I don't think that anyone should start pointing fingers in a personal way or suggest that people are trying to cover their political backsides."

Agree to Testify, But Not Under Oath. Ultimately, President Bush yielded to mounting public pressure and agreed to support the 9/11 Commission under the aegis of Henry Kissinger.(Unwilling to reveal his financial interests, Kissinger withdrew.) But as for his own participation, Bush agreed to testify, but on the conditions that he be questioned behind closed doors jointly with Vice President Cheney and neither man would be under oath. As President Bush explained his White House meeting with the 9/11 commissioners on April 29, 2004:

"If we had something to hide, we wouldn't have met with them in the first place. I came away good about the session, because I wanted them to know, you know, how I set strategy, how we run the White House, how we deal with threats.

The vice president answered a lot of their questions, answered all their questions. And I think it was important for them to see our body language as well, how we work together."

Of course, when it came to Congressional investigations of the Bush administration's politically motivated purge of U.S. attorneys, Vice President Cheney insisted White House personnel should be neither seen nor heard.

Seattle, WA

#3 May 13, 2013
The IRS released the story, but your "Buddy Hackett news" is always amusing.

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#4 May 13, 2013
LIbEralS wrote:
Coincidence that Obama releases the story about the IRS while the Benghazi scandal is hot... I think NOT!
Someone once said, and I wish I had been the originator,“There are no such things as coincidences”

Seattle, WA

#5 May 13, 2013
The IRS released the story, but your "Buddy Hackett news" is always amusing.

Seattle, WA

#6 May 13, 2013
Niether of the Above wrote:
<quoted text>Someone once said, and I wish I had been the originator,“There are no such things as coincidences”
Same guy who told you misspelling is "intelligent" ??? Same guy who said 25% is better, than 140%???

"MaM", if you said water's wet, I'd check it 2x...
Neither of my Teeth

Seattle, WA

#8 May 13, 2013
Niether of the Above wrote:
<quoted text>Someone once said, and I wish I had been the originator,“There are no such things as coincidences”
"No such thing, as a coincidence"


Good to hear-

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Neither of my Teeth

Seattle, WA

#9 May 13, 2013
LIbEralS wrote:
<quoted text>
Lacking detectable cogency, the Slew invariably rotates the conversation away from the points, and towards the author, employing playground taunts...
The "author" gave an opinion, I was refuting that STOOPID opinion, by pointing out her track record....

I guess, your standard of proof is Buddy Hackett, huh ???

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