Nothing to See Here, Folks: GOP-Led Benghazi Investigation Destroys Conservative Conspiracy Theories
In the latest in a series of humiliating attempts to use the deaths of four men for political gain, the Republican-led investigation into the deaths of Chris Stephens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and Glen Doherty at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya has, ultimately, issued a “stand-down order” to conservatives’ half-witted conspiracy theories that spawned from their inexplicable need to find some way to blame it all on President Obama — or, barring that, Hillary Clinton.
While it is unlikely that these horrific liberal devices called “facts” will deter the rabid, right-wing segment of our population from formulating their own moronic theories, one must admit they came up with some doozies. For the past two years, it has seemed like one could not swing a cat without smacking into a ridiculous assertion that the Obama Administration orchestrated the attack.
Perhaps the most hilarious comes from a 2012 claim in Western Journalism regarding the “biggest story in 50 years.” An anonymous source, “someone high up in White House circles” who has never come forward, said that President Obama worked in collusion with the Muslim Brotherhood to…something, something dark side:
According to her, Barack Obama, wanting an “October Surprise,” had secretly arranged with the Muslim Brotherhood for a kidnapping of our ambassador. Then sometime in October before the election Obama was to orchestrate some great military action to rescue Ambassador Stevens, causing all of America to cheer Obama’s strong foreign policy and bravery and making him look like a hero. After all, his supposed killing of Osama Bin Laden bounce had long since faded. Thus, sweeping him to victory in November. Imagine the headlines and talking points. The election would be a lock. The Muslim Brotherhood has every reason to want Obama re-elected in November and have an American President sympathetic to their causes. Not to mention an administration filled with Muslim appeasers. Therefore, they agreed to aid in these theatrics. Unfortunately for Ambassador Stevens and three others, the Brotherhood could not control the hired thugs that were to perform the kidnapping and things escalated and four American lives were lost. Panic set in at the White House and with little time to place blame as far away from Obama as they could, they settled on a ridiculous fairy tale about an irrelevant video posted four months prior on YouTube and ran with it. Barack Obama even ran with it after evidence showed he knew better and ran with it all the way to his speech at the U.N.Senator Rand Paul speculated that Obama orchestrated the attack to cover up a CIA gun-running operation. “There has been a lot made of the political cover up of President Obama’s administration saying this (Benghazi attack) had something to do with a homemade film from some guy in Los Angeles. But in reality the question is, or the secondary quotation is, why would they do a cover up? What are they covering up?” Paul asked in March 2013.
So now, they are admitting it was a terrorist attack. They are admitting that the State Department had denied requests for more security from Washington, but nobody told them. Blame anyone but Barack Obama. I’m betting the White House is smirking and perfectly happy to be accused of having a breakdown in communication as opposed to the alternative. This scenario, if true, more than satisfies my common sense gland.
“And I have a feeling that it had something to do with the CIA annex. You know, a week before the ambassador was killed in Libya, a ship left Libya and docked in Turkey and it actually interviewed the captain of that ship who said there were arms on board and that he actually witnessed the rebels taking the arms and disputing over who got what. That there were grenade launchers; that there were significant arms being transferred,” he continued. “Now that doesn’t say the CIA was involved, but that begs the question (what) was the CIA annex there. The Libyan government is said not to have known that they were there. And is that the reason for the cover up? So there are a lot of unanswered questions.”Even Hillary Clinton could not escape the wrath of the GOP, whose media mouthpieces claimed she faked a concussion in December 2012, and that the woman who may be our next President later faked a blood clot to avoid wasting time in the GOP’s sham Benghazi hearings.
After wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on hearing and investigations, the GOP has little to show for it besides the ability to sell bottles of Darrell Issa’s tears. The report found that the facility was not well-protected, and it could not withstand a well-armed attack. However, it otherwise exterminates right-wing extremists’ insane ideas about the situation. The Huffington Post reports that:
Among its findings, the report says CIA personnel responded not just well, but heroically; that there was no “stand down” order, as some critics have claimed; there was no intimidation of witnesses by superiors; there was no intelligence failure prior to the attack; and that a “mixed group” of individuals, including some linked to al Qaeda, participated in the attack.“It’s my hope that this report will put to rest many of the questions that have been asked and answered yet again, and that the Benghazi Select Committee will accept these findings and instead focus its attention on the State Department’s progress in securing our facilities around the world and standing up our fast response capabilities,” said Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the Intelligence Committee and the Benghazi Select Committee.
But perhaps the most significant conclusion is its finding that Rice’s talking points — a key focus of the Benghazi Select Committee empaneled by House Speaker John Boehner — were not part of an attempt to conceal the severity of the incident.
According to the report, early intelligence that the attacks were sparked by an Internet video was “not accurate,” but not intentionally so. And the report holds that the process that produced Rice’s now-infamous talking points was flawed, resulting in errors rather than deliberate lies. Indeed, the report determined that the CIA had not sorted out the conflicting intelligence until two days after Rice appeared on television claiming the attacks stemmed from a protest.
R.I.P. Ben Ghazi