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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  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    Darell Issa should focus more on the California drought than the drought his inflicting in the taxpayers pockets with his witch-hunt.

  • Gary Menten

    Did Republicans show even half as much interest in investigating the Iraq WMD claims made my Shrub and used to manipulate the US into an unnecessary war?

  • Chris Isner

    The Republican-controlled House Armed Services Committee already came out with the same findings. Not a peep about it on Fox.

  • Fustercluck

    “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”

    Proving once again, that given a long enough timeline, everything said by the conservatives will be shown to be erroneous or an outright lie. This is only the most recent example of it but certainly not the last and what’s more – the fact that it’s a lie is irrelevant to them. They keep throwing so many of these lies against Obama and they end up succeeding in creating the illusion that his administration is ‘clouded in scandal’ anyway, even though they are the ones making those clouds.

    These are the same people who would make some claim to ‘moral authority’ as though they were somehow granted an exemption on the 9th Commandment in doing the Lord’s work.

  • Ram Garcia

    Once the official report comes out, the democrats need to take the gloves off and quit being the nice guy and pound this and other witch hunt issues into the ground instead of letting the report speak for its self…Quit trying to be the nice guy…Pound, pound, pound til they bleed….The people have already bled enough in having to pay the millions of dollars wasted or are going to be wasted on these issues.. Quit cowering and get out from behind your desks and meet it head on!! Either you are with or against the truth, democratic values and the President…I get sick and tired of watching the news and see the republicans calling daily news conferences to spew their lies and criticize the President on how he is doing things..Democrats should be having one right after they finish to call them out on whatever it might be..It’s time to get out off the bench and get into the game.. Push back!!….The needs of many out-weigh the needs of one.. Quit worrying about the mid-term election. If your values are not in line with Democratic values then you have no business being in office…
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    • Bea

      I agree the Democrates should back the President more vigorously — but I would also like the news media to do their job and call out all politicians when they say things the news people (anchors) know is not true. Stop letting the politicians (whether Dems or Reps) get away with lying or trying to point fingers at the other side for something they accually did themselves.

  • Eg Kbbs

    They’ve already had previous studies showing nothing. Their response was to launch a new and improved investigation. Unfortunately, as long as this plays to the base, nothing to stop them from wasting their time and the taxpayer’s money on another investigation.

  • William Fite

    Of course a Democrat is going to tell a liberal rag what they want to hear about a report that has not been released. Do you really think a democrat is going to say anything negative about Obama?

    • Ron Webb

      You have man goo dripping from your face whipe it off.

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      now that’s is classic sh*tbag William fite regressive SPINNING!!! here we have the REPUBLICAN crybabies KNOWING- through THEIR ( again) taxpayer funded debacle “investigation” that NOTHING wrong occurred yet sh*tbag billyboy fite ( Q.V.) is crying!!
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  • adcbeast

    The CONSULATE was attacked in Benghazi .. the EMBASSY was closed in Tripoli 600+ miles away

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    FOX “news” cannot comment on this as they are too busy inoculating against the ebola virus

  • Kawika Mac

    There were 60 people killed in 13 attacks on US Embassies and Consulates
    under the Cheney/Bush regime … where was the outrage then? Where were
    the multi-million dollar taxpayer-paid investigations then??

  • Darrel Issa us a crook..He bought a warehouse in San Diego County, purchased a million dolar insurance policy on the building and mysteriously its burnt to the ground a few months later, hmm…..very, very suspicious!…Yeah, he is a crony for sure!