Today -- very, very quietly -- buried on a Friday afternoon before a major holiday and delayed till after the mid-terms were over… the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee finally issued its report on the tragic deaths of four American diplomats at the hands of terrorists in Benghazi, Libya. The predictions about this report, touted for upwards of three years by Fox News and almost every Republican pundit and office-holder... (and many of you out there)… confidently forecast that the Obama Administration would be at-minimum revealed as incompetent and deceitful. More-likely criminally negligent cowards, engaged in a Nixon-level illegal coverup, leading to impeachment. With widely-bandied conspiracy-theories glommed-in.http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-panel-finds-no-intelligence-failure-in-benghazi-attacks/2014/11/21/0749a070-71dd-11e4-ad12-3734c461eab6_story.html
Those of you who made -- or religiously repeated -- this forecast, do have the honesty to raise your hands? So what did the committee — (chaired by my own vociferously fire-brand-republican representative Darrell Issa) — finally report?
Ah, let's see. "An investigation by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee has concluded that the CIA and U.S. military responded appropriately to the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, dismissing allegations that the Obama administration blocked rescue attempts during the assault or sought to mislead the public afterward."
Further: "After a two-year probe that involved the review of thousands of pages of classified documents, the panel determined that the attack could not be blamed on an intelligence failure, and that CIA security operatives “ably and bravely assisted” State Department officials who were overwhelmed at a nearby but separate diplomatic compound."
And: "The committee also found “no evidence that there was either a stand down order or a denial of available air support,” rejecting claims that have fed persistent conspiracy theories that the U.S. military was prevented from rescuing U.S. personnel from a night-time assault that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans."
Earlier this year, the United States captured one of the militants accused of orchestrating the attacks in a raid in Libya. Ahmed Abu Khatalla now faces trial in the United States.
So... how did you score? Note that this report was issued by the most partisan U.S. House in 50 years, under a republican leadership that routinely and regularly threatens the president with impeachment for everything under the sun. Indeed, this house -- the laziest in 200 years -- held almost half of its TOTAL number of hours of hearings on just this one "heinous" matter. (They never showed the slightest interest in investigating the eleven "benghazis" that occurred under George W Bush, see below.)
No, there is only one "conspiracy" here. Delaying this stupendously exonerating report till after the mid-term election, on a friday afternoon before a major holiday. Oh and Darrell Issa, chairman of the committee? After two years of grandstanding and tirades promising to "hold the criminals and traitors accountable?"
Mr. Issa's office ignored calls requesting a statement. He has been avoiding the press. It seems... for once... he has nothing to say.