November 23, 2014

Who didn't see this coming? As we already discussed here, the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee finally released their report this Friday which debunked all of the running conspiracy theories on Benghazi that we've been hearing in a continuous loop over at Fox "news" and from our Republican members of Congress. So of course Sen. Lindsey Graham says he's not buying it.

Graham: House GOP Benghazi report 'full of crap':

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday blasted a House GOP-led investigation that recently debunked myths about the 2012 Benghazi attack.

“I think the report is full of crap,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The House Intelligence Committee released a report on Friday evening, which took two years to compile, that found there was no outright intelligence failure during the attack, there was no delay in the rescue of U.S. personnel and there was no political cover-up by Obama administration officials.
After Graham was asked whether the report exonerates the administration, he initially ignored the question, and then eventually said “no.”

The House Intelligence panel, Graham said, is “doing a lousy job policing their own.”

Graham didn’t clearly pinpoint why he dismissed the report’s findings, but suggested its information was provided by people in the intelligence community who had previously lied to Congress about the attack.

“I don’t believe the report is accurate given the role [former CIA deputy director] Mike Morell played in misleading the Congress on two occasions,” Graham said.

Here's more from Steve M. on the likelihood of this ever going away:

You'd think this would be the end of Benghazi, but don't count on it: [...]

You'd think this would be the end of Benghazi, but don't count on it: [...]

Admittedly, the rest of the right is barely acknowledging the existence of this report. As I type this, there are 66 linked items at the Drudge Report, but nothing on Benghazi. There's nothing about Benghazi on the front page of Fox Nation (Lois Lerner is front an center), and there's just a terse item acknowledging the facts of the report at National Review's Corner.

Well, of course. They won't talk about it for the same reason they won't talk about the fact that America is now Ebola-free -- because it would require them to admit error. It would require them to tell people they've worked up into a frenzy that the frenzy was uncalled for. That would make their audiences angry at them. The audiences know Democrats are engaged in every possible variety of unspeakable evil, and are all-powerful in their wickedness. They won't stand for being told otherwise.

But the silence doesn't mean that prominent right-wingers now realize Benghazi mania is pointless. It means they'll return to the subject when they think it suits them. Trey Gowdy's House Select Committee on Benghazi is still at work, after all.

I didn't think we'd ever get Lindsey Graham to remain silent on the subject. He can't resist staying away from the cameras for more than two minutes. Steve's correct about the right largely ignoring the topic and whether they'll come back to it later. If Hillary Clinton runs for president, you can count on it. They're not done flogging this dead horse by a long shot.


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