Obama rep: All of these Republicans politicizing the Benghazi attack are just so outrageous

posted at 2:01 pm on October 10, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Prior to today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the security failures in Benghazi, Obama campaign traveling press secretary Jen Psaki appeared on CNN to offer a little pre-fallout spin. I suppose that she’s right, really — if Republicans doing their job and refusing to ease up on getting to the bottom of the many disparate elements involved in the deadly disaster in Libya, just because it’s an election year, is political — then yeah, I’d say they’re getting pretty political.

Well, look, I think that’s quite a heady accusation from Congressman Chaffetz and I know Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have been out there making outrageous political accusations as well. The fact is, to the President and to the administration, this is not a political issue. No one wants to get to the bottom of this more than the President. …The administration is providing information they had access to at the time. And the intelligence community has come out and said that this was an organized act of terrorism. But for us, it’s not political. For the President, it’s not political. And it’s unfortunate it’s being brought to that.

Please spare us all the sanctimoniousness about getting “political,” because whether or not the president of the United States and his administration are equipped with the capabilities to deal with serious threats to our national security sure seems like kind of a big deal that voters deserve to know about.

And let’s not pretend nobody in the Obama administration got political with this by trying to portray a dishonest narrative downplaying the true motives behind the attack. Blaming the entire thing on some stupid video was an embarrassing ploy designed to depict to voters that Barack Obama’s policies in the Middle East have been more successful mitigating terrorist influences than they actually have, and the administration’s inability to keep its story even remotely straight suggests that there was perhaps a little more on their minds than only U.S. security interests. Sure, everybody wants to get to the bottom of this — but the Obama administration also has a very vested interest in misdirecting voters’ attention away from their foreign-policy failures, more so now than ever.


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I predict O will throw Hillary under the bus this afternoon, after their meeting. Anyone agree?

carolt2 on October 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Never, she know’s where the bodies are buried. By tomorrow morning this whole tragedy will be blamed on the Republicans.

JPeterman on October 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

this is not a political issue

Guess that explains why Barry spent the next night campaigning partying in Vegas.

Terp Mole on October 10, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Obama’s ginger dingbat strikes again.

NealK on October 10, 2012 at 2:35 PM

JPeterman on October 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The legacy media thinks they can overcome these problems without anyone in particular taking the fall…

d1carter on October 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Too bad this isn’t an election year…

Seven Percent Solution on October 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

This administration was so sure that the attack was over the video that they made commercials to be shown on Pakistan TV…even though there were conflicting reports coming out of Libya?

d1carter on October 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

The administration was so sure that the attack was politically damaging they decided to make stuff up.

Happy Nomad on October 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

It’s Issa.
It’s purely political.
Maybe he can appoint Dan Burton to a special commission.
Yes, Erika – Republicans are doing their ‘job’ – as they see it.
Which doesn’t have much at all with truly finding out what went wrong in Libya.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I liked her more before the red hair. First “big bird” as an attempt to get attention, now red hair? What’s next? Joe Biden toe-ring?

brainwizard73 on October 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Nordstrom said there were up to 20,000 shoulder fired missiles “missing” in Libya…

d1carter on October 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I own a couple of their suits but was unaware they had branched out into shoulder-fired missiles?

One hopes they are available in a variety of styles and price points.

CorporatePiggy on October 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

It’s Issa.
It’s purely political.
Maybe he can appoint Dan Burton to a special commission.
Yes, Erika – Republicans are doing their ‘job’ – as they see it.
Which doesn’t have much at all with truly finding out what went wrong in Libya.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Obama lied, people died, you fruitloop.

JPeterman on October 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

The personal is the political. Hillary and Barack are personally scared they might lose their jobs. They should be scared, and they definitely should be fired, since neither has the decency or integrity to step down.

Christien on October 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I predict O will throw Hillary under the bus this afternoon, after their meeting. Anyone agree?

carolt2 on October 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I don’t see that happening. She may be incompetent and had her head up her a@@ for the last few years, but you can bet she’s been paying attention to every step her boss has made and I’ll bet the last thing the Oaf in chief wants to do is mess with Hillary and have her start talking like one of the U.S. security officers are talking today.

scalleywag on October 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

CorporatePiggy on October 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

LOL. Great ties as well…

d1carter on October 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

At least the Repubs know the ambassador’s name. Rep Cummings referred to him as Ambassador Smith..!

d1carter on October 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Yep, one of the two principal parties in America is in the hands of dopes like Cummings and 47% of the country will blindly support him. Woe is we.

slickwillie2001 on October 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Something about girls lying through their teeth turns me on.

nimrod on October 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

At least Congressman Chaffetz was honest enough to offer his typical partisan assumptions conclusions prior to to the hearings.
Issa is going to pretend his will follow.
Ha.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

No one wants to get to the bottom of this more than the President.

Right. That’s why he stopped answering questions until the FBI completed their “investigation”, and then they couldn’t even get to the site of the assassination for a week.

Their cover story was stupid on its face. Without any intel, even a civilian like myself could tell that this had nothing to do with the YouTube video. And when the Administration started their media blitz blaming a out-of-control protest I knew it was a lie. Our people in the State Dept. and CIA may be liberally biased but they didn’t get their jobs by being that stupid, this was a political CYA mis-information operation run from the White House on down.

Socratease on October 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

The moment the BO Admin was advised it was a terrorist act – within a few hours – and decided instead to continue to push the ‘video’ lie – *those* are the f@#$ers that politicized this, beeyotch. And your feeble attemps to spin out of it *continue* to politicize it.

Midas on October 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Never, she know’s where the bodies are buried. By tomorrow morning this whole tragedy will be blamed on the Republicans.

JPeterman on October 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

They may try that, but it will explode in their faces. They are trying desperately to ignore this issue. It will not go away. This spokesperson of Obama needs to have her citizenship REVOKED.

So should Obama and Hillary. They sent a US Ambassador to a warzone, removed his security and ignored pleas for help. When the Ambassador was being raped, tortured and killed, Obama chose to go to bed and subsequently attended a fund raiser.

If that wasn’t bad enough the jackass apologized for the youtube video?

If we hadn’t all witnessed the events they would be hard to believe. I’m astonished our media STILL REFUSES TO COVER THIS SCANDAL.

Yet we all know if a Republican acted this way, there would be no end to the SCREAMING.

dogsoldier on October 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

There are two questions here.

How is this reality any less than: the president lied to the American people to save his political backside, regardless of the danger to the nation?

Why should one solitary voter, cast a vote for such a man who would place them and their families in danger through his selfish deception?

Then ask the same questions of Sir Edmund Hillary’s kinfolk.

Don L on October 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

If this inquiry can be called ‘only political’, then we can say the same about Watergate. And this fiasco is worse. At least Nixon had the guts and a smidgeon of character to resign, while all the players under Obama still have their jobs.

Liam on October 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Obama lied…and he went to bed after being told that Ambassador Stevens was missing and the consulate was currently under attack.

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

This has to come up in the foreign policy debate, the VP debate tomorrow night and on the stump as often as humanly possible.

Right Mover on October 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

It’s Issa.
It’s purely political.
Maybe he can appoint Dan Burton to a special commission.
Yes, Erika – Republicans are doing their ‘job’ – as they see it.
Which doesn’t have much at all with truly finding out what went wrong in Libya.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

LOL! Tell that to John Kerry and the other Democrats that have demanded an explanation from the White House.

Face it, Obama and his minions LIED to you and the rest of the country. An American ambassador and 3 other Americans are dead. If you believe that they aren’t covering up something, you are delusional.

Why was Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi, a known hotbed of Islamic terrorism (the majority of foreign fighters in Iraq came from this area of Libya), on the anniversary of 9/11 in the first place?

Who supplied the weapons that killed him and the other 3 Americans?

Who wants to bet that the answers to both have something to do with the Obama administration “liberation” of Libya?

Wasn’t Benghazi and its “poor rebels” the basis upon which the administration relied for using its R2P doctrine?

Didn’t we arm the “rebels” through some intermediaries?

You probably even believed them when they said that the Cairo protest was the due to the video and spontaneous, too, when I read about the plans for it the day BEFORE and it was about the Blind Sheikh.

Grow up already.

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Ambassador Kennedy is stonewalling on the conflicting reports that came out of Libya…Issa says the House committee will have to have a classified hearing with Kennedy.

d1carter on October 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

This is nothing but political on the part of the Administration.

The entire point of blaming the YouTube video is to tie it into the remarks made by Republican Mitt Romney in regard to the Cairo protests that the MSM jumped all over him.

It is now clear that neither of these protests were about the YouTube video (except perhaps at the suggestion of the Obama Administration).

Muhammed Al Zawahiri (brother of Ayman Al Zawahiri) called for protests to get the release of the Blind sheik on 9-11 (as shown in this video which show a CNN report that CNN hasn’t shown except to it’s affiliates).

J_Crater on October 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

It’s Issa.
It’s purely political.
Maybe he can appoint Dan Burton to a special commission.
Yes, Erika – Republicans are doing their ‘job’ – as they see it.
Which doesn’t have much at all with truly finding out what went wrong in Libya.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

So you prefer that possible crimes committed by our government go completely uninvestigated?

Or is that only when the Democraps are in charge?

UltimateBob on October 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

When the Ambassador was being raped, tortured and killed, Obama chose to go to bed and subsequently attended a fund raiser.

He will one day burn in the Hell he doesn’t believe exists for doing this.

Right Mover on October 10, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Right. That’s why he stopped answering questions until the FBI completed their “investigation”, and then they couldn’t even get to the site of the assassination for a week.

Socratease on October 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Well, the FBI couldn’t get there in time to find the weapons left amongst the remains and ruins, silly!

They are traceable…like fingerprints! We wouldn’t want anything to come out with “Liberation brought to you by Barack Obama!” on it! ½/

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Which doesn’t have much at all with truly finding out what went wrong in Libya.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

If you want to know what went wrong in Libya, listen to what Kucinich said today. Pretty much like Dems complaints post Iraq. He’s a Democrat, right.
Quite frankly, I do not really care too much about what happened post attack. That does get political.
I want to know what happened in the nine months prior to 9/11/12.
Something very wrong on how that was handled.

Jabberwock on October 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

“No one wants to get to the bottom of this more than the President”

Anyone else remember Pantload not attending his National Security breifings…

… and jetting off to Vegas for a fundraiser?

Seven Percent Solution on October 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

The GOP goal here should be to create civil war between Hillary and Bam-Bam.

Bill Clinton will not allow Hillary to get thrown under the bus and will retaliate against Obama, appearances notwithstanding.

The Administration lied, let the president take the fall. Not State Dept, CIA or anyone else.

matthew8787 on October 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

The State Department personnel will not use the term, “Terrorists”…they use “attackers” or “fighters”…?

d1carter on October 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

“Political” means Republicans saying things that Democrats don’t like.

ConservativeLA on October 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

It’s Issa.
It’s purely political.
Maybe he can appoint Dan Burton to a special commission.
Yes, Erika – Republicans are doing their ‘job’ – as they see it.
Which doesn’t have much at all with truly finding out what went wrong in Libya.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

So you prefer that possible crimes committed by our government go completely uninvestigated?

Or is that only when the Democraps are in charge?

UltimateBob on October 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

No.
I prefer that hysterical partisan fueled accusations take a back seat to genuine oversight with a view towards actual remedies.
But that’s just me.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Which doesn’t have much at all with truly finding out what went wrong in Libya.

There’s nothing to find out. Americans were killed as a result of the Obama administration’s incompetence, negligence and dereliction of duty. And afterwards, the Obama administration lied about their incompetence, negligence and dereliction of duty.

Any questions?

rvastar on October 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Muhammed Al Zawahiri (brother of Ayman Al Zawahiri) called for the Cairo protests to get the release of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the Blind sheik, on 9-11 (as shown in this video which show a CNN report from 9/9 that CNN hasn’t shown except to it’s affiliates).

Why the American embassy decided to blame it on the YouTube video is anybody’s guess, but it was the embassy’s remarks in regard to the video that spurred Mitt Romney biting comments, which seem to have prompted the Administration to make the linkage to the video for both embassies.

J_Crater on October 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Seven days after the attack, administration officials were still describing this attack as a response to an offensive video tape…and the Repubs are politicizing this event..?

d1carter on October 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Hey lefty trolls, can any one of you step up now and honestly contend that your malicious, arrogant, soulless punk of a President wants what is best for the United States?

Right Mover on October 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Yes, why should gross incompetence be political? We should be civil and start chanting “Four More Years!!”

My goodness, what is the world coming to when the guy making the case that he’d do a better job has to resort to using concrete examples of how crappy a job the current occupant is doing!! That’s just so tawdry–and I think almost unprecedented!

Axeman on October 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

No.
I prefer that hysterical partisan fueled accusations take a back seat to genuine oversight with a view towards actual remedies.
But that’s just me.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

This administration needs babysitting. Not oversight.
No amount of oversight will protect America.

Jabberwock on October 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Charlene Lamb seems to be way over her head…I could be wrong.

d1carter on October 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM

yet another Female Azzwipe swallowing the Obama Goo.

ToddPA on October 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Never, she know’s where the bodies are buried. By tomorrow morning this whole tragedy will be blamed on the Republicans.

JPeterman on October 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

This is the one area where I’ll give Obama credit for being Chicago-smart. He made sure he hired the people who have dirt on him, and vice versa, so that no one can afford to rock the boat. Obama-Holder-Hillary are the three dirtiest people on the planet, and they all know each other’s secrets.

The Rogue Tomato on October 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

They didn’t learn a damn thing from Watergate.

It’s not the crime(or in this case, incompetitence, it’s the coverup.

WisRich on October 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

No.
I prefer that hysterical partisan fueled accusations take a back seat to genuine oversight with a view towards actual remedies.
But that’s just me.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

What leads you to believe that you yourself are an unbiased, qualified observer who is able to accurately judge which party is playing politics about this?

Anti-Control on October 10, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Another Obama idiot.

rplat on October 10, 2012 at 3:06 PM

The administration is providing information they had access to at the time.

Well that explains it.
When you don’t read the intel briefings for two weeks, your story doesn’t change.

Dexter_Alarius on October 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM

yet another Female Azzwipe swallowing the Obama Goo.

ToddPA on October 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

BWWWWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Yep, Jen Psaki is just another mindless Democrat shill, who, like Stephanie Cutter,

Can’t
Understand
Normal
Thinking.

UltimateBob on October 10, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Obama’s msm cover is gone, however, some of the left still think it’s there. On TV last week there was the scene of the trashed and burned out Embassy and on the floor a wrinkled but clean US Flag, I laughed remembering the stones Bill Clinton just happen to find on a deserted sand beach to leave a message. Sometimes their planting boarders on the ridiculous.

mixplix on October 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Psaki is the one who blamed “grassroots” for the Big Bird ad.
She is not real quick.

Jabberwock on October 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

What’s with the blue balls around her neck?

Nevermind. Forget I asked.

NoPain on October 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Oh, man, this is getting ugly.

kit9 on October 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Barack Obama: “I killed Usama”

Williard Romney: “..and Stephenson….”

Axeman on October 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Could Hillary throw Obama under the bus here? The more we learn, the more this becomes a national scandal that appears to go straight to the highest levels in the administration. The media is in the uncomfortable position of having to try and cover up after they were flat out lied to and they sense there is no way to spin this. They could ignore fast and furious and make it go away but this is blowing up and is about to be out of control for Obama. Good thing for the one we already had the foreign policy debate, er nevermind.

Ellis on October 10, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I’m now completely pissed off….
The aholes from the state department are saying that they didn’t have the money to implement the security necessary in Benghazi.
That POS Oblabla spent $90 Billion on Green Shit and our guys get killed by Koranimals because there was no money?
WTF…I’m not that stupid.

dirtengineer on October 10, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Axeman,
And 2 ex seals, a security officer, Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata, 300 Mexicans,and more to come

dirtengineer on October 10, 2012 at 3:22 PM

No.
I prefer that hysterical partisan fueled accusations take a back seat to genuine oversight with a view towards actual remedies.
But that’s just me.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Like blaming a guy on Youtube with 800 hits, right? And the remedy: maybe we can classify more speech like “Fire” in a crowded theater.

Constructive stuff like that.

Axeman on October 10, 2012 at 3:22 PM

yet another Female Azzwipe swallowing the Obama Goo.

ToddPA on October 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I thought that well ran dry after Tingles had him.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Meanwhile, Mr. Teflon, CIA Head David “Holy Qur’an” Petraeus skates as usual even though 3 days after the attack he was claiming, to the House Intelligence Committee no less, that the attack was because of that obscure internet video trailer.

Foxnews: “A congressional source told Fox News that CIA Director David Petraeus, during a briefing with members of the House Intelligence Committee three days after the attack, also espoused the view that Benghazi was an out-of-control demonstration prompted by the YouTube video. According to the source, this was “shocking” to some members who were present and saw the same intelligence pointing toward a terrorist attack.”

VorDaj on October 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Hey, people! This was a problem Obama inherited when Bush didn’t lay out the funds and the orders for 4 years into the future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Geez, can’t you wingnutz see that?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

>/liberal_apoplexy<

Axeman on October 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM

It’s Issa.
It’s purely political.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Who’s being “purely political”, again?

Cummings also charged Issa with violating a House rule by not providing Democrats with immediate access to witnesses and documents.

However, when asked about the claimed violation by Issa, Cummings was unable to identify the rule that the GOP members supposedly violated.

Sounds like Cummings doesn’t ever play politics or recklessly talk smack, and really knows his stuff, huh?

Anti-Control on October 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

And let’s not pretend nobody in the Obama administration got political with this by trying to portray a dishonest narrative downplaying the true motives behind the attack.

Except for David Petraeus. He apparently must remain above all criticism just like Mohammad. Never even mention his name or one of his rage boys might go into a rage.

VorDaj on October 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM

This from the side that politicized the Iraqi war in general and the Abu Garib prison photos in particular. The entire dem side did nothing but politicize those photos on a daily basis for four straight months.

tommyboy on October 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Carney and Rice being called out.

kit9 on October 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Cummings = Oblabla shoeshine boy.
A member in good standing of the Congressional Racist Caucus
AA it its finest

dirtengineer on October 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Cummings warns us all that calling Susan Rice a liar is a very serious matter. :)

a capella on October 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM

The moment the BO Admin was advised it was a terrorist act – within a few hours – and decided instead to continue to push the ‘video’ lie – *those* are the f@#$ers that politicized this, beeyotch. And your feeble attemps to spin out of it *continue* to politicize it.

Midas on October 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

The Obama administration response reminds me of an old movie. Can’t remember who was in it (Jack Lemmon?), but the husband is in bed with another woman, and his wife comes home unexpectedly and catches the two of them in bed, so he just pretends it didn’t happen. The wife is screaming at him, and the husband and the mistress just casually get out of bed, get dressed, and pretend nothing happened. Then the husband sits down in a chair and starts to read his paper, and when the wife demands an explanation, he says “for what?” and treats her like she’s some kind of a nut who imagined the whole scene.

The Obama administration blatantly lied, over and over, to the American public about what happened in Benghazi and why it happened. We have undeniable proof that they knew within 24 hours that it was a pre-planned terror attack that had absolutely nothing to do with the stupid video. It’s painfully obvious that the reason they lied was to try and deflect the public’s attention from Obama’s stupid and irresponsible foreign policies, in order to protect his electoral prospects. But just like the cheating husband, they’re going to keep denying what we all saw and pretend that it never happened.

AZCoyote on October 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Carney and Rice being called out.

kit9 on October 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

But not David Petraeus who, like Mohammad, is sacrosanct even though he is the Director of the CIA and bald faced lied to the House Intelligence Committee. He apparently has been grated immunity by Allah himself.

VorDaj on October 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Rep. Gowdy wants to know why we were lied to…

d1carter on October 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

It’s purely political.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

It’s sad that you are so far removed from reality that you can’t even acknowledge when the administration made poor decisions and then lied to try and cover their ass. Once in awhile, step away from the partisanship and try to look at things objectively.

Monkeytoe on October 10, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Alinsky

dirtengineer on October 10, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Have we found out where the “youtube video” lie has come from? They are completely stone-walling on who came up with this lie.

ModerateMan on October 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Could Hillary throw Obama under the bus here? The more we learn, the more this becomes a national scandal that appears to go straight to the highest levels in the administration. Ellis on October 10, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Susan Rice reports directly to him. He gave her cabinet status. There is a direct conflict between State and the WH on this.

a capella on October 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

It’s Issa.
It’s purely political.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

And another for you: The Democrats’ claims of partisanship was backed by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who announced at the start of the hearing that GOP’s budget for 2013 “increase[s] the budget of the defense department [but] slashes the the budget that would have protected these diplomats.”

Issa responded by saying that more Democrats — including Cummings — voted for the budget than did Republicans.

Those respectful, politically clean, cautious Dems always make sure dot their “i”s and cross their “t”s before they speak, don’t they?

Anti-Control on October 10, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Have we found out where the “youtube video” lie has come from? They are completely stone-walling on who came up with this lie.

ModerateMan on October 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Here is a small hint. P E T R A E U S. See Foxnews 27 Sep 2012.

VorDaj on October 10, 2012 at 3:40 PM

State official Lamb just admitted that budget concerns(as charged by Dems)played no part in decision not to grant more security.

kit9 on October 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Hey, people! This was a problem Obama inherited when Bush didn’t lay out the funds and the orders for 4 years into the future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Geez, can’t you wingnutz see that?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

>/liberal_apoplexy<

Axeman on October 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Hey, you forgot to add the part about the double secret Bush memo ordering the military to “liberate” Libya that was sent over decoder rings and his use of MK-ULTRA to mind-trick our young, noble, first black President into using the triple-secret Bush Doctrine of R2P against his will!

If that dastardly bast@rd, Bush, hadn’t removed the Lypsynka of Libya and destablised the country, we wouldn’t have to worry about the Islamic terrorists because s/he kept ‘em under control! Doncha know?

Dude, take off your tinfoil hat and get serious already! I can’t be pitching clean up for and explaining this to you all of the time! /

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Here is a small hint. P E T R A E U S. See Foxnews 27 Sep 2012.

VorDaj on October 10, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Obama blamed the video on 12 September 2012 from the Rose Garden so it is likely more than just Petraeus. Besides, it fits in perfectly with Hillary’s “Istanbul Process” and Obama’s claim that AQ is nearly destroyed.

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 3:44 PM

The Obama administration blatantly lied, over and over, to the American public about what happened in Benghazi and why it happened.

And there’s strong evidence that Bush lied to the American people about what the government knew before 9-11. Not to mention the role of Iraq in those attacks as the invasion was justified to the nation.
Yet the outrage is over several killed in an Arab country in the aftermath of a revolution? Let’s not blame the terrorists, let’s pretend that every terrorist attack is preventable and turn it into a political witch hunt.

http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/terrorism/261255-witness-says-increased-security-wouldnt-have-prevented-libya-deaths

bayam on October 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

bayam on October 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Nice attempt to change the topic!

Can you “Whining loser!” with me?

Anti-Control on October 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I meant, “Can you say…”

Anti-Control on October 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

What a lovely green necklace. Serpentine?

sparkle motion on October 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

And there’s strong evidence that Bush lied to the American people about what the government knew before 9-11. Not to mention the role of Iraq in those attacks as the invasion was justified to the nation.

bayam on October 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

1. Name what Bush “lied about” please, and do so with credible, multi-sourced cites. And then tell us how he could have prevented the 9/11 attacks in a manner that you wouldn’t impeach him for.

2. The 2002 Iraq Resolution lists 12 reasons to go into Iraq. Not just one or two. You really should read that document in its entirety some time, you might actually learn something. While you’re at it, also read the complete document from 1998 where Clinton’s Justice Department specifically tied al Qaeda and Iraq together at the hip.

3. So far, in 3 separate legal rulings in US District Court Cases in the Southern District of NY (the same court that Holder wanted to try KSM in), Federal Judges have ruled in lawsuits by 9/11 family members that outside countries-including Iraq and Iran-played a role in the 9/11 attacks. All of those decisions were handed down by Federal Judges appointed by the guy who left Bush 9/11.

4. F-

Del Dolemonte on October 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

lets see .. maybe the GOP can take a page from the Iwon’s playbook ..
“never let a crisis go to waste”

conservative tarheel on October 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Hey, you forgot to add the part about the double secret Bush memo ordering the military to “liberate” Libya that was sent over decoder rings and his use of MK-ULTRA to mind-trick our young, noble, first black President into using the triple-secret Bush Doctrine of R2P against his will!

Dude, take off your tinfoil hat and get serious already! I can’t be pitching clean up for and explaining this to you all of the time! /

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

I’m sorry…I didn’t know all that. But, c’mon the hat protects me from the mind control lasers that Bush administration left hidden around the globe, controlled by robots, so that people would somehow…I don’t know how…get the idea that Obama was something less than a stellar president.

Axeman on October 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

“The Taliban is on the inside of the building”, Libyan Security Officer, State Dept, referring to the ‘people, programs and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me.’ but weren’t.

Holy crap.

kit9 on October 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I am sorry, but Obama cannot run from the fact that this is entirely his fault.

As soon as Susan Rice informed him that this was the result of that YouTube video, he should have hit the Internet kill-switch.

With great power comes great responsibility.

Droopy on October 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

bayam on October 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Hypocrisy Alert! Clinton, Kerry, Gore & Other Democrats Call for War Against Saddam’s Iraq

That Bush! He was so dumb that he was brilliant. He was able to get Democrats to call for military intervention in Iraq to strip Saddam of his WMDs while he was Governor of Texas as well as when he was President. It must be black magic!

Just one example…based on TEN YEARS of her work on the Intelligence (a word that should never be used in the same sentence with Maerose Prizzi) Committee…

“I come to this debate, Mr. Speaker, as one at the end of 10 years in office on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction was one of my top priorities. I applaud the President on focusing on this issue and on taking the lead to disarm Saddam Hussein. … Others have talked about this threat that is posed by Saddam Hussein. Yes, he has chemical weapons, he has biological weapons, he is trying to get nuclear weapons.”

- Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) Addressing the US House of Representatives, 10 October 2002 Congressional Record, p. H7777

By the way, the attack on an embassy or consulate is an attack on American soil and is considered an act of war under the law and by most people, generally.

As for the original 9/11, do you really want to examine all of the foul-ups going back to the Clinton administration? You’ll recall that the lead up to that 9/11 included a few attacks on American embassies, too.

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

No one wants to get to the bottom of this more than the President.

Which is why he flew directly to Las Vegas to search for the real killers.

Lily on October 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Obama crew has an unlimited supply of liars who have no shame and will sacrifice every shred of integrity lying to the American people in service of his political agenda.

Frightening.

novaculus on October 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Axeman on October 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

OK, just don’t let it happen again or I’ll have to turn you over to Paulsamic Vinegar Mom!

Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I want to know what happened in the nine months prior to 9/11/12.

Jabberwock on October 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

O’Brien asked: “Is it true that you voted to cut the funding for embassy security?” Chaffetz responded: “Absolutely. Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country.”

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

It’s Issa.
It’s purely political.
Maybe he can appoint Dan Burton to a special commission.
Yes, Erika – Republicans are doing their ‘job’ – as they see it.
Which doesn’t have much at all with truly finding out what went wrong in Libya.

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Yup, nothing to see here – just like F&F….

Heh.

Diaper change?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on October 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

O’Brien asked: “Is it true that you voted to cut the funding for embassy security?” Chaffetz responded: “Absolutely. Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country.”

verbaluce on October 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

This is another liberal canard and straw man argument.

Yes, they cut funding. So, the (mis)Administration must make wise choices on where to spend the money they are given. Perhaps we don’t need to spend so much on security in Ottawa or Geneva.

This is just like when someone cuts city funding and the Dems scream, “Oh no! Now we have to fire teachers and firemen!”

If they cannot apply good decision-making toward better choices, they are not fit for the job.

Droopy on October 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Hypocrisy Alert! Clinton, Kerry, Gore & Other Democrats Call for War Against Saddam’s Iraq

This link leads to an empty page. A Google search turns up nothing. This never happened, or conservatives would be pulling those video clips out of their ass every time somebody criticized Bush’s war of choice.

“I come to this debate, Mr. Speaker, as one at the end of 10 years in office on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction was one of my top priorities. I applaud the President on focusing on this issue and on taking the lead to disarm Saddam Hussein. … Others have talked about this threat that is posed by Saddam Hussein. Yes, he has chemical weapons, he has biological weapons, he is trying to get nuclear weapons.”
– Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) Addressing the US House of Representatives, 10 October 2002 Congressional Record, p. H7777
Resist We Much on October 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

This is a common logic failure among conservatives, who often quote Democrats saying bad things about Saddam as an endorsement of the Iraq war. As if they were really saying “Hey Mr. President, ignore your intelligence professionals and generate reams of your own false intelligence to justify war in Iraq. Then abandon the search for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, and go ahead and run the Iraq war as incompetently as possible.”

FAIL

Constantine on October 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Yet the outrage is over several killed in an Arab country in the aftermath of a revolution?
bayam on October 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Nice. Our embassy (that’s sovereign United States territory, in case you weren’t aware, so in fact the attack in the “Arab country” was on American soil) was ransacked and among the several killed was the US ambassador who was raped and slain. It was the first murder of an American ambassador serving abroad in 30 years.

Let’s not blame the terrorists…

“We” didn’t. “We” blamed a filmmaker and a video. For weeks. Terrorism wasn’t even mentioned by leading American authorities until well after the fact and only in the face of incontrovertible evidence.

let’s pretend that every terrorist attack is preventable and turn it into a political witch hunt.

Yes, of course. Because you would never have done that under George Bush. You’re doing it RIGHT NOW, by attempting — STILL attempting — to pin 9/11 on George Bush.

But I love how you’re so eager to cede the benefit of the doubt to the President over this incredible clusterf*ck of incompetence and cover-up when we all know you’d do the same if it were George Bush. We know you’d be defending President George Bush or a President Mitt Romney under your liberal standards of forgiveness and exigent reasoning. Right?

The timeline and facts of this debacle are devastating to this administration. Every relevant authority figure in the US Government lied to the people for weeks over the cause of this attack and the sequence of events leading up to it. Deal with it.

rrpjr on October 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM

rrpjr on October 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Our consulate was ransacked, not our embassy.

Christien on October 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM

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