In Latest Report, GOP Fails Yet Again to Pin Blame for Benghazi on Obama Administration

darrell-issaSince the tragic attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Republicans have done just about everything they can to keep this story relevant.  While they claim it’s about “finding the truth,” anyone with a mind of their own can clearly see that their interest in Benghazi has nothing to do with “truth” (thousands of pages have already detailed exactly what happened and why) and everything to do with trying to pin the blame for the four American deaths on the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton.

Well, the findings from the House Intelligence Committee “investigating” what happened in Benghazi are apparently complete, and Republicans aren’t going to like what they have to say.

While the findings haven’t officially been released (they have to clear intelligence officials), Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) told the San Fransisco Chronicle that the report, “confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order (to U.S. forces) was given.”

In other words, just about every single conspiracy theory Republicans have tried to link to the Obama administration concerning Benghazi is based entirely on fiction rather than fact.

Though I wonder what the comeback to this report will be?  Conservatives can’t say that it was “liberally biased” considering this is a report from a House Intelligence Committee where Republicans outnumber Democrats 12 to 9.

The report also apparently addresses – and debunks – the talking points that several Republicans, such as Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), have desperately clung to in a last-ditch effort to connect anything to the Obama administration:

The administration’s process for developing “talking points” was “flawed, but the talking points reflected the conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the crisis.”

Essentially it’s what most people have been saying all along.  That while some of the talking points used were incorrect, using them wasn’t done so maliciously or with some ulterior motive.  Their inaccuracy was due in large part to conflicting reports following the attack.

This report, led by Republicans, basically shuts the door on everything to do with their attempts to link some kind of wrongdoing by the Obama administration to the attack.

But I’m going to go ahead and predict now that you’ll barely hear any mention of the findings of this report on Fox News and other right-wing media outlets.

Because that’s what the conservative media does.  They push preposterous conspiracy theories, then when they’re debunked, mostly ignore the reports debunking their lies.  That’s why many conservative voters are so incredibly misinformed.  They don’t trust any other media source but “right-wing approved” sources.  So when the conservative media refuses to report facts that debunk their previous lies, all conservatives are left with is believing those lies.

Which is what I’m sure will happen with the reporting of the findings by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee.  A report that failed to support any of the lies conservatives have tried to tag on the Obama administration, and Hillary Clinton, for nearly two years.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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