The Benghazi Bullies Swing and Miss

It is only because I am trying to be dignified that I cannot write in print what I really, really, really, want to write in print about Rand Paul and Ron Johnson’s  condescending lecturing  questioning of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It is for that reason that I am supplying some of the more eloquent words of others to describe it.

All of you have no doubt heard or seen the clips of the “Benghazi hearing”, where Clinton withstood hours of questioning and yes, lecturing, browbeating, posturing, and speech-i-fying from the obstructionists from both the houses of Loopyville.

Secretary Clinton sat for roughly 6 hours answering questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later in the day, from the GOP-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee. This testimony came a month later than planned, because according to Fox News and various blow-hards and radio-talk show yammerers, Clinton had developed a case of the “Benghazi flu”  (yuck-yuck–we’re so damn clever, right?) and was brilliant enough to then fake a fainting spell, a concussion, and a blood clot in her brain. Damn. She’s good. The best job I did of feining illness was back in 6th grade when I put baby powder all over my face to make me seem “pale” so I could have a day off from school. I think mom knew I was not really sick, which is why moms are moms, but I’m pretty sure the dead giveaway was that I smelled like a nursery filled with newborn babes. I’m fairly certain there was white powder everywhere as well. I wasn’t as sharp as ole’ Hillary evidently. I went to school that day.

The two encounters between Secretary Clinton and the crazier-than-his-dad Rand Paul, and this Ron Johnson nimrod were the highlights of the dog and pony show that only Congresspeople who evidently have too much time on their hands can pull off.
Honestly, I have never heard of this Johnson guy. The last Ron Johnson I can recall played halfback for the Browns and the Giants in the 70’s, and the Browns and Giants of the 70’s sucked eggs. I suppose this Johnson is trying to keep up the grand tradition of all of those named Ron Johnson by playing for a joke of a team.

Any-who, this Ron Johnson person, only in the do-nothing Congress since 2010, has not been on my radar screen, and shame on me. How the heck have I missed this guy after all of the idiotic things he’s said over these last 2 years? Just check out this Maddow Blog run-down of Johnson’s greatest hits. It’s precious.

OMG. Did ya read that? He’s a doofus. Period. Paragraph.

This Tea Party darling, trying to act all “tough-guy” and “clever”, attempted to paint Clinton into a corner as to why the State Department did not question the diplomatic staff members immediately after the attack. Her reply was that she was not about to interfere with the FBI as they were in the process of doing just that.

His reply? “I realize that’s a good excuse.”

Yes R.J. from Wisconsin. In your world, the very first thing when embassies around the world are being threatened by angry people chanting, hurling projectiles, and protesting for days over a video, and then 4 Americans are killed in the midst of it, is to do nothing but worry about the press releases.

Forget about using every spare moment of your time to secure the staff in harms way around the world. Screw that! We have a President to blame for the attack right before an election! We need to make the President look “weak” and “ineffective.” We need to gin up fear with the American public that Al Qaeda is back and better than ever! We can’t have our people running around coordinating a response that logistically must have been all-consuming and harrowing in the hours and days afterwards.

Thankfully, Clinton methodically tore him a new one.

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” she said. “Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this. The fact is that people were trying, in real time, to get to the best information.”

Of course, the next day, John Kerry actually got the best body-blow in on the Congressman. You see, if the Congressman was really interested in getting to the bottom of things, and not just grandstanding for publicity while trying to make Clinton and Obama look bad, he could have gone to a classified briefing with the people who had the intelligence and tapes in real time a while back.

“Were you at the briefing at the tapes?” Johnson answered, “No.” Kerry continued, “Well, there was a briefing with tapes, which we all saw, those of us who went to it, which made it crystal clear. We sat for several hours with our intel folks, who described to us precisely what we were seeing. We saw the events unfold. We had a very complete and detailed description.”

Bam. Case closed. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin really is not all that interested in the facts. He’s got a scandal to perpetuate with the help of the Fox-ers.

Duh.

Now, for the optometrist-in-chief, Rand Paul. {Sigh}

By now, you either saw the tape or read the news accounts where Paul blustered at Clinton that, “Had I been president at the time and I had found that you had not read the cables from Benghazi, you had not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post. I think it’s inexcusable….”

So I needn’t go into detail, but let’s just put it this way. President Rand Paul will happen at precisely the same moment that hell freezes over…which now that I think about it, if the Republicans who dismiss science and anything remotely to do with addressing climate change have their way, could possibly happen.

Of course, politicos like Paul never let facts get in their way of really great sound-bites. The truth is that Clinton was never shown the cables from Ambassador Stevens asking for more security which Admiral Mike Mullen testified to weeks ago.

But let’s have some fun. Here are some snippets from around the inter-webs responding to Rand Paul’s delusions of grandeur.

Paul suggesting he would have fired Clinton is like the Little League coach suggesting he would have fired Babe Ruth.

Rand Paul certainly seemed to thoroughly relish this afternoon’s Benghazi hearing. “Had I been president at the time [of the attacks on the American embassy in Libya], I would have relieved you of your post,” the freshman senator from Kentucky said. If Rand Paul had been president at any time, a lot of people would have removed themselves from their posts.-Juli Weiner

And my personal favorite from the Twitterverse:

R.Sadler@Politics_ PR. Paul saying, “If I was President” is like me saying “When my unicorn craps a bar of gold.” #NotGonnaHappen

Let me conclude by saying that the Benghazi attack was a terrible tragedy, quite obviously. Anytime Americans are slaughtered, especially on foreign soil, we have a duty and responsibility to get to the bottom of it. There were things that could have, and should have, been done differently in the months leading up to it. Might there have been “security reasons” to withhold some information from the public? Possibly. Might there have been “political reasons” to withhold information from the public? Again, that is a possibility because I am not naïve. Did the intelligence we had at the time back up what was disseminated to the public? That is perfectly plausible as well. It was a chaotic time.

But if those Congressmen really were interested in gathering information about the attack in order to prevent something like it from happening in the future, then they had no further to look than a mirror. The fact is, a huge amount of blame can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the Republicans in Congress who denied funding for security when it was asked for in the months previously.

As a matter of public record, Secretary Clinton warned the Republicans that cutting funding would have serious consequences:

“For fiscal 2013, the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program — well below the $2.15 billion requested by the Obama administration. House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. (Negotiations with the Democrat-controlled Senate restored about $88 million of the administration’s request.) Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected.” -Dana Milbank, Washington Post

I am dumbfounded at the silence on this aspect of “Benghazi-gate.” Of course, the fact that you never hear this on Fox or out of the mouths of any of the radio hacks polluting the airwaves doesn’t surprise me, but you haven’t heard much made of it from the mainstream media either.

In fact, Rand Paul’s little libertarian friends in the House were one of the biggest reasons why we did not have proper security at our posts overseas. Why don’t I hear him decrying this? Shouldn’t he be beating his chest and firing people from his non-existent throne of power which exists in the dark recesses of his deluded mind?

I’d like to see a hearing on that little subject.

Maybe when President Hillary Clinton takes over in 2016, she can ask the optometrist why he and his buddies put our personnel at risk.

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