October 12, 2015

THERE MUST BE A PONY IN THERE SOMEWHERE!

The tide turns against the Benghazi committee (Paul Waldman, October 12, 2015, Washington Post)

Maybe it was inevitable that this committee would become either a joke or a scandal in its own right, given the fact that it was established after seven separate investigations had already examined the events of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi and failed to find any administration wrongdoing or support for all the outlandish conspiracy theories conservatives had clung to. In the future, when asked about what the select committee accomplished, Republicans will probably say, "They discovered Clinton's emails!" And that's true. But what does that represent, substantively speaking?

Was there something in those emails that told America what really happened in Benghazi? No. Was there something in those emails that finally proved the scope of Hillary Clinton's villainy? No. I'm not trying to defend Clinton's use of a private email account, but about the most shocking thing we've learned from the actual emails is that Clinton, like every other person on the planet with an email address, got phishing spam, a revelation that when leaked to the press was passed along with lots of "Clinton Email Targeted By Russian Hackers!" headlines.

But what we haven't learned is anything new that the committee has discovered about -- now see if you can follow me here -- Benghazi. That was, you may recall, the whole point of this exercise. So what has Gowdy's committee found that all the previous investigations didn't? Anything at all? What do we now know about what happened on that night that we didn't know before?

Posted by at October 12, 2015 1:57 PM
  

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