Now we see how much the G.O.P. respects the Stevens family and his memory!
SHAME ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!
JUST WHEN WE MAY HAVE THOUGHT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS SCRAPING THE BOTTOM OF THE MARIANA TRENCH WITH THEIR BOTTOM-FEEDING, SCUM-SUCKING TACTICS TO WIN ANY ELECTION THEY CAN, HERE'S A NEW LOW...
<<Reporters asked Boehner three times Thursday about the appropriateness of a fundraising pitch that talks about the [BENGHAZI] investigation.
But each time, Boehner said the probe will focus on finding the truth about the attack for the U.S. and the families of the four Americans who died.>>
'BONER' ALWAYS DOES A SIDE-STEP WHEN QUESTIONED ABOUT ALMOST ANYTHING!
<<They have already devoted thirteen hearings, twenty-five thousand pages of documents, and fifty briefings to the topic, which have turned up nothing unexpected. Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Clinton, has already accepted responsibility for the tragedy, and the State Department has issued a critical independent report on diplomatic security, resulting in the dismissal of four employees. If the hearings accomplish nothing else, it seems that they promise to keep the subject on life support at least through the midterm congressional elections, and possibly on through any potential Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign. >>
<<Politico notes that Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin (R-Paulden), who is in a three-way primary for the chance to challenge Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) this fall, used the specter of Benghazi in a fundraising email yesterday.
Tobin's pitch comes against the advice of House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who says he has "never sought to raise a single penny on the backs of four murdered Americans.”
“There are still, even in a culture of hyper-partisanship, certain things that ought to be above politics,” he continued, “like the murder of our four fellow Americans and like whether or not you can trust what any administration — Republican or Democrat — tells you in the aftermath of a tragedy. That, to me, transcends politics.”
Andy Tobin, the speaker of the Arizona state House of Representatives who is challenging Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick for the congressional seat for the state’s first district, came under fire on Tuesday for a fundraising email he sent to supporters that invoked the Benghazi attacks.>>
Here's the text of the Tobin email:
Friend, Twenty months after the terrorist attacks on Benghazi, which left four Americans dead, the White House is still covering up vital information about what happened that night. If you remember, Barack Obama was in the midst of campaigning for reelection. Coincidence?NO, IT'S ALSO A PART AND PARCEL ON THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE'S WEB PAGE!
Americans were not fooled then and, despite the Obama Administration’s best efforts, we are still not fooled. Rep. Trey Gowdy being named to lead the House Select Committee on Benghazi is a very encouraging development.
Arizona’s 1st Congressional District needs a battle-tested representative in Congress who will faithfully represent your voice, who will fight for your conservative values and who will always seek to uncover the truth.
Please take a moment right now to donate what you can to my campaign!
THE NATIONAL GOP IS USING IT AND BONER'S HYPE ABOUT GETTING TO THE TRUTH ON BENGHAZI!
BONER WOULD DENY THE TRUTH IF IT BIT HIM ON THE BUTT AND LEFT A NOTE!
IT'S ALSO A MYSTERY HOW BENGHAZI IS BEING DEALT WITH SO MUCH DIFFERENTLY THAN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION'S OWN "BENGHAZI" WAS HANDLED!
May 6, 2014
Around dawn on October 23, 1983, I was in Beirut, Lebanon, when a suicide bomber drove a truck laden with the equivalent of twenty-one thousand pounds of TNT into the heart of a U.S. Marine compound, killing two hundred and forty-one servicemen. The U.S. military command, which regarded the Marines’ presence as a non-combative, “peace-keeping mission,” had left a vehicle gate wide open, and ordered the sentries to keep their weapons unloaded. The only real resistance the suicide bomber had encountered was a scrim of concertina wire. When I arrived on the scene a short while later to report on it for the Wall Street Journal, the Marine barracks were flattened. From beneath the dusty, smoking slabs of collapsed concrete, piteous American voices could be heard, begging for help. Thirteen more American servicemen later died from injuries, making it the single deadliest attack on American Marines since the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Six months earlier, militants had bombed the U.S. embassy in Beirut, too, killing sixty-three more people, including seventeen Americans. Among the dead were seven C.I.A. officers, including the agency’s top analyst in the Middle East, an immensely valuable intelligence asset, and the Beirut station chief.
There were more than enough opportunities to lay blame for the horrific losses at high U.S. officials’ feet. But unlike today’s Congress, congressmen did not talk of impeaching Ronald Reagan, who was then President, nor were any subpoenas sent to cabinet members.
This was true even though then, as now, the opposition party controlled the majority in the House. Tip O’Neill, the Democratic Speaker of the House, was no pushover. He, like today’s opposition leaders in the House, demanded an investigation—but a real one, and only one. Instead of playing it for political points, a House committee undertook a serious investigation into what went wrong at the barracks in Beirut.
Two months later, it issued a report finding “very serious errors in judgment” by officers on the ground, as well as responsibility up through the military chain of command, and called for better security measures against terrorism in U.S. government installations throughout the world.
In other words, Congress actually undertook a useful investigation and made helpful recommendations. The report’s findings, by the way, were bipartisan. (The Pentagon, too, launched an investigation, issuing a report that was widely accepted by both parties.)
In March of 1984, three months after Congress issued its report, militants struck American officials in Beirut again, this time kidnapping the C.I.A.’s station chief, Bill Buckley. Buckley was tortured and, eventually, murdered.
Reagan, who was tormented by a tape of Buckley being tortured, blamed himself.
Congress held no public hearings, and pointed fingers at the perpetrators, not at political rivals.
If you compare the costs of the Reagan Administration’s serial security lapses in Beirut to the costs of Benghazi, it’s clear what has really deteriorated in the intervening three decades.
It’s not the security of American government personnel working abroad.
It’s the behavior of American congressmen at home.
The story in Beirut wasn’t over.
In September of 1984, for the third time in eighteen months, jihadists bombed a U.S. government outpost in Beirut yet again. President Reagan acknowledged that the new security precautions that had been advocated by Congress hadn’t yet been implemented at the U.S. embassy annex that had been hit. The problem, the President admitted, was that the repairs hadn’t quite been completed on time. As he put it, “Anyone who’s ever had their kitchen done over knows that it never gets done as soon as you wish it would.”
Imagine how Congressman Issa and Fox News would react to a similar explanation from President Obama today.
A Media Matters review of fundraising emails and websites found that conservatives have routinely invoked Benghazi to ask followers for money. The fundraising solicitations accuse the Obama administration of "lies," "cover-ups," a "dereliction of duty," and crimes worse than Watergate.
The fundraising is only likely to intensify with the recent creation of a House select committee, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), to investigate the attacks. The Republican leadership convened the committee despite numerous previous inquiries into Benghazi. The Department of Defense wrote in March that it had already participated in "approximately 50 congressional hearings, briefings, and interviews" about the 2012 attacks.
1~ The Republican National Committee has a donation page asking Republicans to demand "the truth about Benghazi" by contributing money.
2~ The National Republican Senatorial Committee asks Republicans to "donate today" because of Benghazi.
3~ And the National Republican Congressional Committee has a fundraising page stating: "You're now a Benghazi Watchdog. Let's go after Obama & Hillary Clinton. Help us fight them now." The page features an image of President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with the text, "Benghazi Was A Coverup. Demand Answers."
4~Fox News Hosts are pumping Benghazi for all its worth to the GOP campaign coffers!
Mike Huckabee sent a May 6 email to his Fox News-promoted MikeHuckabee.com list titled, "Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi." Huckabee claimed that Clinton "has some explaining to do" and the Obama administration was responsible for "subsequent lies and cover-ups."
He later suggested that Benghazi is worse than Watergate, writing: "We once had real newspapers and broadcast news outlets that cared about a government lying to the people. Now, they dismiss Benghazi as 'no Watergate.' And they're right: in Watergate, the press didn't look the other way and neither did Congress. And in Watergate, no one died." At the conclusion of his email, Huckabee wrote: "Help support conservative candidates through Huck PAC. Chip in $5 or more to Huck PAC!"
The ACLJ, a conservative group headed by radio host and regular Fox News guest Jay Sekulow, asks for donations to "Demand Answers on Benghazi." The group states: "The Obama Administration has not given the American people the truth about Benghazi. Congress is forming a select committee to get to the bottom of this foreign policy disaster and get answers. We're working with Members of Congress to get the truth. Stand with us with your tax-deductible donation today."
Fox News Contributor Allen West sent a January 21 email for his Allen West Guardian Fund PAC claiming there "is an ongoing cover-up to hide the truth" about Benghazi. West offered a solution by writing "we need to clean up Washington." He explained readers could help do so by making "an immediate contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more right now to the Allen West Guardian Fund."
West sent a March 14 email claiming "Obama and his party are defeatists. When Obama retreated from his warnings to Syria regarding their chemical weapons program and told lies to avoid taking military action for the terrorist attack in Benghazi, he sent a clear message to the world: 'America is weak. We'll just talk tough and back down. Do as you wish.'" West then asked for donations to his political action committee.
On May 7, hours after Gowdy's request for Republicans to not fundraise off of Benghazi, West sent an email fundraising off of Benghazi. West wrote, "The fact that Obama and Hillary did nothing to save our people in Benghazi, and in-fact may have taken direct actions that caused it to happen, is just heartbreaking. It may even be criminal." The email asked for donations "of $25, $50, $100 or more right away" to help "prevent another disaster like Benghazi."
5~ A May 2 email from AIM chairman Don Irvine claimed, "After a year and a half of Benghazi damage control enforced by the administration and their lapdogs in the press, the genie is suddenly out of the bottle." It concluded: "To move ahead with this vital work to shine the light of truth on Benghazi, Accuracy in Media needs your support. We urge you to express your confidence in our efforts by sending a generous donation today."
AIM also convened a "Citizens' Commission on Benghazi" which included members such as Fox News contributors Allen West, and Thomas McInerney. A donation plea on the website states: "Accuracy in Media and the CCB are taking the lead in reporting the truth about Benghazi that even Republicans on the Hill won't touch. We are doing the real work of interviewing witnesses, collecting documents, and finding out the facts--why it happened, how it happened and why it was covered up. In order to proceed with our investigation, we must have your help. Please donate to Accuracy in Media today to shine the light of truth on this issue and end the Benghazi cover-up."
ALL THOSE EXAMPLES ARE JUST WRONG!
IT IS MORALLY WRONG TO USE SUCH A TRAGEDY TO MAKE MONEY FOR A POLITICAL PARTY!
I AM AGAINST ANY AND ALL "POLITICAL PARTIES".
I DON'T SEE THEM AS ANYTHING BUT A CONTINUATION OF AMERICA'S CIVIL WAR!
THEIR SOLE PURPOSE SEEMS TO BE DIVISION, DIVISION, DIVISION, PITTING THE HAVES AGAINST THE HAVE-NOTS, THE AVERAGE JOE AGAINST THE "ABOVE-AVERAGE", AND THEY HAVE TORN THIS NATION APART.
BUT, OF THE TWO PARTIES, THE GOP HAS USED THE MOST BRUTAL AND UNDER-HANDED PRACTICES I HAVE EVER SEEN USED TO KEEP "CERTAIN" PEOPLE FROM VOTING AND TO KEEP THEIR BIG CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS ABOVE THE LAW, SAFE FROM TAXATION, AND HAPPY TO VOTE FOR WALL STREET'S DARLINGS...WHO OWN MORE STOCK IN MORE COMPANIES THAN WE MAY EVER KNOW.
IF COMMUNISM AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WERE IN A FIGHT OVER WHICH HAD MOST DAMAGED AMERICA, I WOULD BET THE FARM ON THE GOP!
DEMOCRATS HAVE THEIR SOCIALIST AGENDA, BUT THE GOP JUST PURELY HATES THE AVERAGE AMERICAN CITIZEN, AND ALL NON-WHITE VOTERS, AND THE TROOPS ON THE GROUND IN HARM'S WAY!
BENGHAZI...THE LAST GREAT HOPE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TO SLAM THAT BLACK MAN'S HEAD AGAINST THE WALL ...TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT THIS BLACK PRESIDENT (FORGET HIS WHITE MOTHER!) WAS THE RUIN OF THE NATION.
BONER AND THE REST ARE STILL HOPING TO PROVE OBAMA IS A KENYAN!
THEY HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO AFTER 8 YEARS, BUT THE GOP MIND CANNOT BE BOTHERED BY FACTS NOR LACK OF EVIDENCE!
SEVERAL MILITARY FIGURES, THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, AND OTHERS, SEVERAL OF WHOM WERE THERE HAVE ALREADY TESTIFIED AND THE REPUBLICAN "GROUP OF 8" HAVE ALREADY PASSED JUDGEMENT ON THE BENGHAZI ATTACK!
BUT, JUST AS THEY DAILY TRY TO REPEAL "OBAMACARE", THOSE HALF-WITS ON THE RED SIDE OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE JUST CAN'T LET IT GO AND MOVE ON.
THEY JUST CANNOT WIN, EVEN WITH DIRTY TRICKS AND MEGA-BUCKS FROM THE VERY ONES WHO ARE GUILTY OF SELLING AMERICA OUT.
THE GOP WILL USE PENNIES OFF A DEAD MAN'S EYES TO FILL THOSE WAR CHESTS!
THEY'D SELL THEIR OWN MOTHERS TO MAKE OBAMA LOOK BAD FOR ONE HOUR!
THEY'LL STROKE THEIR BANKER BUDDIES WITH BENGHAZI OR ANYTHING ELSE TO MILK A FEW MORE MILLION OUT OF THEM FOR THOSE "WAR CHESTS"!
NO, I AM NOT FOND OF OBAMA, CERTAINLY WAS NOT FOND OF ANY OF HIS PREDECESSORS ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE FIRST PRESIDENT.
ALL HAVE LIED, ALL HAVE LED AMERICA DOWN A PATH TO DECAY AND RUIN!
ALL SHOULD HAVE BEEN TRIED FOR FAILURE TO UPHOLD THEIR OATHS
BUT THE "HOLIER-THAN-THOU" ATTITUDE OF OLD BONER AND COMPANY IRKS ME TO THE BONE...
AFTER G.W. BUSH LIED US INTO IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN,AFTER WE ARE TRILLIONS UPON TRILLIONS IN DEBT FOR THAT, IT IS TRUE THAT OBAMA STILL HASN'T KEPT HIS PROMISE TO GET US OUT OF THE SANDLOT MIDDLE EAST, BUT TO TRY TO HANG THE BENGHAZI ATTACK ON HIM AFTER THE CIA HAD TO ADMIT THEY WERE USING THAT COMPLEX TO INTERROGATE "TERRORISTS"?
AFTER THE GENERALS AND OTHERS FELL LIKE DOMINOES WHEN THEIR SCHEME DIDN'T HATCH?
LET THEM REOPEN THAT CAN OF WORMS AND WE'LL SEE WHAT WIGGLES OUT!
BENGHAZI HELPED REVEAL THE MILITARY COUP IN PLACE TO OVERTHROW OBAMA, AND HIGH-RANKING HEADS ROLLED, BUT CAN'T THE REPUBLICANS LEAVE IT ALONE?
DO THEY REALLY WANT MORE OF THE GORY DETAILS REVEALED AS TO WHO ALLOWED THOSE MEN TO DIE AND WHY?
DO THEY REALLY WANT THEIR SACRED COWS IN THE PENTAGON TO COME UNDER SCRUTINY AGAIN, AND WILL THEY BE ABLE TO STAND THE FACTS REPEATED?
ONE READER OF THE LAST ARTICLE COMMENTED:
<<Seems to me we've already had this discussion at least three times in the last 18 months. Congressional Republicans, and those who aspire to be among that group, aren't happy with the answers they've received, even when it has been their own people giving those answers. Benghazi is the new Birther movement for the GOP in 2014 and probably 2016.>>
WELL, THAT'S WHAT THE REPUBLICANS DO...BEAT DEAD HORSES!
THEY DEFINE INSANITY BY DOING THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER HOPING FOR DIFFERENT RESULTS!
MAYBE THEY SHOULD BE PLANNING HOW THEY WILL DISENFRANCHISE EVEN MORE VOTERS THIS NEXT ELECTION?
MAYBE THEY CAN COME UP WITH A SCHEME TO STOP ANYONE "OF COLOR", ANYONE INCAPABLE OF CONTRIBUTING LESS THAN A THOUSAND BUCKS TO THEIR CAMPAIGNS, OR MAYBE ANYONE REGISTERED AS ANYTHING BUT A REPUBLICAN WHO CAN TAKE A BREATH FROM VOTING?
OR MAYBE THEY CAN FIND ANOTHER OF THEIR CRONIES WHO OWNS VOTING MACHINES THEY CAN TOY WITH?
MAYBE THEY CAN KEEP ALL DULY ELECTED CONVENTION REPS OUT OF THE GOP CONVENTION THIS YEAR, NOT JUST RON PAUL SUPPORTERS LIKE THEY DID IN FLORIDA?
I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED WHAT BONER WILL DO AFTER OBAMA IS OUT OF THE PICTURE.
WHAT WILL HE DO WITH ALL THAT HATE FOR THAT ONE MAN?
WILL HE TRANSFER IT TO ALL BLACK PEOPLE?
HASN'T HE ALREADY?
SALON.COM ASKED NOT LONG AGO IF BOEHNER WAS HITTING THE BOTTLE, BUT THEY AREN'T THE ONLY ONES.
BONER HAS BEEN THE BRUNT OF ALCOHOLIC JOKES ON BILL MAHER AND JAY LENO's SHOWS QUITE OFTEN.
Bob Ney, Boehner’s one time Ohio GOP colleague who went to prison for his part in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, is one of the few Republicans willing to publicly discusses Boehner’s drinking.
Ney calls Boehner “a chain-smoking, relentless wine drinker more interested in the high-life — women, cigarettes, fun and alcohol.” The Speaker, Ney says, “golfed, drank constantly, and took the easy way legislatively.”
Ney’s criticism might be excused as the bitter ramblings of a politician caught in his own vices, but other Republicans also say publicly and privately that Boehner is a lightweight who drinks too much.
Former Florida GOP Congressman Joe Scarborough, now a talk show host, says “so many Republicans tell me this is a guy that is not the hardest worker in the world. After 5 o’clock, 6 o’cock at night, he is disengaged at best. You can see him around town…you can see him at bars.”
Boehner is a regular at The Capitol Hill Club, a GOP club where members of Congress often get drunk in the basement bar.
“Is John Boehner a drunk? Of course he is,” a House GOP aide says his boss grumbled to him recently. “He’s a boozer.”
A week after voting for a bill that brought even more criticism from the conservative wing of the GOP, Boehner spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby, walked up and jabbed a finger at the Democratic Leader, and said “go __ yourself!”
Republicans with Boehner said he reeked of alcohol at the time.
It’s one thing to be drunk with power. It’s even worse to be a drunk who abuses power.
THE GOP HAS USED OBAMA TO EXCUSE THEMSELVES FOR YEARS NOW!
THE REPUBLICANS DON'T LIKE NOR WANT MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS HERE, SO THEY BLAMED OBAMA FOR FAILURE TO ACT ON IMMIGRATION.
NO, IT WAS THEIR OWN RACISM THAT KEPT THEM FROM PASSING VIABLE LEGISLATION!
THEY THINK MEXICANS WILL VOTE DEMOCRATIC TICKETS!
THEY WANT TO PULL THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER ALL SOCIAL PROGRAMS THAT WILL HELP FEED AND CARE FOR THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED, THE POOR AMONG US, THE CHILDREN OF THE POOR, THE VETERANS RETURNING FROM THE "TWO-BUSHES" WARS.
THEY BLAMED THAT ON OBAMA.
WHEN IS ANYONE IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA GOING TO HAVE THE CAJONES TO CALL THE GOP WHAT IT IS....A BIGOTED, RACIST, RABIDLY HATE-FILLED PARTY OF "GOOD-OLD-BOYS" IN IT TO "TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN"?
AS ONE WEBSITE WROTE:
<<It's about raging, venomous, unprecedented partisan ego and out-of-control anger. The hope for logical, rational, country-first thinking has been decidedly killed off by a macro dose of hostility, resentment and fear; fear that Americans will ultimately grow to love Obamacare once they get a taste...and that there'll be no turning back.
What I suspect also drives some of these rabid repealers is an unhealthy measure of racial animus. There are many on the right who still cannot get over their visceral disgust that a black man and his family are occupying the White House (it's called White House for a reason)...but it's Obamacare which really gets them frothing at the mouth. To them Obamacare translates to a black man taking hard-working rich white-folk money to give free sh__ to poor, lazy blacks.
The ultimate failure is that President Barack "Grand Bargain" Obama's been too busy these past five years kissing Republicans' a__s, deluding himself into thinking he can achieve bi-partisan harmony in Washington while being embarrassingly oblivious to the realty that these same lawmakers hate his guts and everything he stands for. They have one unabated goal: to undermine him, his agenda and his legacy at every possible turn. And regarding his legacy, Obamacare will likely be what the president is remembered for most (aside from the historic significance that he's the first black president): that he had the vision for it, yet woefully lacked the skills and b__s to sell it. >>
AS FOR BENGHAZI, WE CAN NEVER BRING BACK THOSE WHO DIED THERE.
WE CAN DEMAND THAT NO POLITICAL PARTY MAKES ONE RED CENT OFF OF THEIR DEATHS!
AND WE CAN TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT THE "RED" PARTY'S TACTICS TO TRY TO WIN ELECTIONS AT ANY COST, FOR ANY PRICE!
WE DON'T NEED POLITICAL PARTIES, PERIOD!
THE "PARTY" WAS OVER WHEN OUR LIBERTIES AND OUR CONSTITUTION WERE TRASHED AND HISTORY WILL SHOW US HOW THAT HAPPENED AND WHO WAS BEHIND IT IF ONLY WE WILL GO BACK AND LOOK!