May 10, 2013 |
Republicans could make an easy hit on the Obama administration by highlighting the State Department's apparent bureaucratic blundering during and after the deadly terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last fall, but they refuse to settle for such a small political prize. Instead, they have got themselves all steamed up and snarling about heinous, impeachable offenses that are figments of their imaginations. The latest round of House hearings about the Benghazi incident provides a perfect example of how American politics has been warped and gummed up by bombastic, partisan extremism.
May 14, 2013 |
How you feel about Benghazi very likely has everything to do with your political leanings. If you think the Obama administration is covering up a scandal bigger than Watergate, you are almost certainly a Republican. If you think Republicans in Congress are simply trying to gain political advantage by exploiting the terrorist attack against the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11, you are very likely a Democrat. A Pew Research Center poll found that 70% of Republicans believe the administration has been “dishonest” about what happened at Benghazi.
May 24, 2013 |
Maybe because President Obama said so many other things in his speech Thursday -- about drones, Guantanamo and a “new phase” in the war against terrorism -- a reference to Benghazi didn't attract much attention. But, at the risk of over-interpretation, it struck me as another attempt by the president to counter the Republican claim that he refused to recognize Benghazi as a terrorist attack. Here's what Obama said: “Now, make no mistake, our nation is still threatened by terrorists.
January 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, facing tough questions from Senate Republicans on the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, insisted Wednesday that she has moved aggressively to address security weaknesses laid bare by the assault. In long-awaited testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton acknowledged her personal responsibility as head of the State Department, and stressed that she has begun implementing all 29 corrective steps recommended by an in-house investigative board.
January 24, 2013 |
British, Dutch and German officials urged their citizens to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, warning of an impending but undescribed threat. “We are now aware of a specific and imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi, and urge any British nationals who remain there against our advice to leave immediately,” the British Foreign Office said in a statement Thursday. Britain had already warned its citizens against traveling to much of Libya since September, the same month the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were slain in Benghazi.
January 23, 2013 |
I don't know if it was rehearsed, but Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the political play of the day Wednesday during the Senate Foreign Relation Committee's hearings on the Benghazi attack. It came after Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin asserted that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice purposefully misled the nation about whether the attack erupted spontaneously during a protest against an anti-Muslim film. "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans," Clinton said.