Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Benghazi Again

Republicans never run out of dead horses to whip.

Republican lawmakers, who have spent months seeking to tie President Obama to last year’s deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, are increasingly focusing their probe on a new target: former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The GOP-led investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, assaults that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others now centers heavily on the State Department and whether officials there deliberately misled the public about the nature of the assault.

Three State Department officials are scheduled to testify before a House committee on Wednesday about the Benghazi attack and its aftermath.

“I think the dam is about to break on Benghazi,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday . “. . . We’re going to find people asleep at the switch when it comes to the State Department, including Hillary Clinton.”

On Monday, a Fox News anchor asked Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) how damaging the issue is for Clinton. “I think it’s damaging because it happened under her watch,” replied Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding Wednesday’s hearing.

It’s pretty obvious that this is a preemptive attack on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and the Republicans are going all in on it; Mike Huckabee said this will be worse than Watergate.  (Note: Watergate is the Godwin’s Law of scandals: the longer the discussion goes on, the chances that someone will compare a scandal to Watergate increase to a factor of dead certainty.)

It was terrible that people were killed in the attack in Libya last September.  But it’s worse that the Republicans are exploiting it for no other reason than politics, and their crocodile tears over the death of Ambassador Stevens wouldn’t seem so craven if they had bothered to look into the lies and deceptions that killed and wounded several thousand American soldiers in Iraq.