Graham: I’m “dead set” against promoting anyone involved in Benghazi debacle

posted at 2:06 pm on November 14, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Senators Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire), and John McCain (Arizona) are making the case for calling together a special joint select committee on the attack on Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, the better to get all the information in one place since several Congressional committees can claim jurisdiction over the matter.

“We believe that the complexity and gravity of this matter warrant the establishment of a temporary select committee that can conduct an integrated review of the many national security issues involved, which cut across multiple executive agencies and legislative committees,” he said.

Mr. Graham said it would be more efficient to have one committee hear from State Department, Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency witnesses, rather than having them appear before intelligence, foreign relations and armed services committees in a scatter-shot fashion.

Sen. Graham got out in front of the all-too-predictable “this certainly does seem extreme and partisan and accusatory, rabble rabble rabble” line of attack, simply pointing out: “Nobody died in Watergate.”

Seeing as how it’s now starting to look “likely” that President Obama will be putting U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s name up for a promotion to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, the senators made it clear that they aren’t exactly keen on the idea of promoting an official that either incompetently or deliberately peddled a false narrative crafted to help save the face of President Obama’s “I decimated al Qaeda” claim. If the Senate GOP wanted to mount a filibuster of her potential appointment, they could.

“I am dead set on making sure we don’t promote anybody who was a player in the Benghazi debacle,” Graham said in reference to Rice’s appearances on the five Sunday shows in which she blamed the Benghazi attack on a anti-Islamic video. …

“She is so disconnected from reality that I don’t trust her,” the South Carolina Republican told reporters.

John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, offered a straightforward case for why Ambassador Rice is “not qualified” to be Secretary of State during a solo appearance on CBS this morning, too. The anchors try to keep his feet to the fire, but McCain really knows his stuff, and the bottom line is this: “First of all, the casual observer knew that there was no demonstration. There was no demonstration, so, you could’ve known that to start with. Second of all, you should look into it and the additional information three days later. If you’re going to tell the American people something, you better make damn sure that it’s true.”


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