Pelosi: My, these Republicans certainly are obsessed with Benghazi

posted at 5:31 pm on May 11, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

On MSNBC Saturday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that she, too, wants to find out what happened in Benghazi, but that Republicans are taking political advantage of the investigation to distract from other, more important issues.

“The obsession that some of my Republican colleagues have in the House doesn’t look like it’s on the path to really finding a solution, but just to keeping an issue alive,” she said. …

“We certainly have to give the full attention Benghazi deserves, but we cannot let it soak up all of the congressional attention,” Pelosi said. “What would be the purpose of that?” …

“We want to find out what did happen, but … then it becomes an issue that is subterfuge: ‘Let’s talk about Benghazi forever, so we don’t have to talk about what the American people want us to talk about,'” Pelosi said. “They want us to talk about jobs, they want us to talk about economic security, economic growth.” …

“Much of what is being said out there by some of my colleagues in Congress is simply not true … it simply isn’t true,” Pelosi said. “So we have to make sure the public record is clear.”

‘What would be the purpose of that?’ Oh, I don’t know — finding out the truth, maybe? And anyhow, there was plenty more going on on the Hill last week besides the Benghazi hearings, from immigration-reform to fracking rules, and as long as we’re at an economic-growth impasse, with Democrats demanding more stimulus measures and higher taxes and Republicans looking for regulatory rollback and tax reform, why don’t we devote some attention to figuring out exactly whose failures led to the deaths of four Americans and the subsequent pre-election lies about the nature of the attack to the American people? And hey, if some of the focus is political, that door easily swings both ways — the degree to which Republicans are ‘obsessively’ trying to push the story is only matched by the degree to which Democrats are ‘obsessively’ trying to minimize it.

And what is it Republicans are saying that “simply isn’t true”?  After this week’s hearings and ABC report on the changed talking points, even certain media outlets are cautiously admitting that, er, well yeah, actually, there are some substantive lingering questions here and the White House is starting to look kinda’ bad, even as they’re determinedly trying to steer the story to the State Department as some kind of completely separate entity and keep the focus off of their shoddy MidEast policies. Sorry, but the time for sweeping this under the rug is long past, and somebody is certainly trying to distract here — but it ain’t the Republicans.

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Either he’s a world class troll or just not right. I’m going with not all there and make it a point not to play with the mentally unwell.


kim roy on May 11, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Nonbrain is one of them there cryptomasochists.

viking01 on May 11, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Yikes. I didn’t expect to Bishop page two.

viking01 on May 11, 2013 at 7:45 PM

“… it simply isn’t true,” Pelosi said. “So we have to make sure the public record is clear.”

The San Francisco Superego has spoken. The public record is safely, clear, invisible, erased. The collective socialist conscience, such as it is, has been absolved, swept clean, and marches boldly forward, to the next news cycle.

Kenosha Kid on May 11, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Vain, stupid, and power-mad are no ways to go through life, Nancy.

onlineanalyst on May 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Well, Ms. pelosi sure can follow orders to try to distract the populace. Man….. She wants to be Speaker again, so much.Let’s hope not – then maybe she’ll retire?

MN J on May 11, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Words cannot express how much I despise that b!tch.

BallisticBob on May 11, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Well Nan, although there IS fire with this Benghazi smoke, maybe the general population wouldn’t be so invested in getting our reps to investigate it if we all had JOBS to occupy our time? Amirite?

waterytart on May 11, 2013 at 9:12 PM

She doesn’t have a leg to stand on and I’m shocked she left out blaming Bush since that seems to be the major talking point from all the lefty talking heads. Have any of these so called elites ever owned up for any action they’ve ever taken that turned out wrong? Bet not.

Kissmygrits on May 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM

the only thing I can think of when I see that woman is that someday her term will end we will never again have to hear her pious, sanctimonious, mean spirited, obnoxious and illogical drivel again. And that gives me comfort.

scalleywag on May 11, 2013 at 9:53 PM

the only thing I can think of when I see that woman is that someday her term will end we will never again have to hear her pious, sanctimonious, mean spirited, obnoxious and illogical drivel again. And that gives me comfort.

scalleywag on May 11, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Yeah, that’s a great thought until you realize that she is from San Fransicko and they will just replace her with another pious, sanctimonious, mean spirited, obnoxious and illogical communist with a (D) after their name. When CA goes bankrupt, they need to lose some of their representation if they get a bailout, say half of what the other states get until they get their fiscal house in order.

AZfederalist on May 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Because shaping a narrative to win an election isn’t political, right Nanzi?

hillsoftx on May 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Political Advantage? That’s mighty rich coming from the cryptkeeper considering she spent 2004 – 2006 along with Harry Reid (two cryptkeepers?), using the challenges in Iraq for Political Advantage.

Come to think of it, they used it from 2006 – 2008 as well!

can_con on May 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM

What’s the likelihood we can get Pelosi to go on a congressional trip to Syria for a “fact finding” mission?

TulsAmerican on May 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Pelosi: “They want us to talk about jobs, they want us to talk about economic security, economic growth.”

Hence, the president’s incessant, multimillion-dollar gun control propaganda tour.

Bruce MacMahon on May 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Words cannot express how much I despise that b!tch.

BallisticBob on May 11, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Oh, I think you can think of a few choice words, but then you’d probably be banned for life from HA. I know I would for the words I’m thinking of right now.

HiJack on May 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM

The belfry rang. One of its bats is missing…

Kraken on May 11, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Pelosi’s role in American politics is to go on TV and give bug-eyed speeches making liberal baby-talk at a 3rd or 4th grade language level to demonize and de-legitimate Republican ideas and initiatives in such a way as (she believes) to be understood by the lowest information voter out there.

When was the last time she said anything erudite or thoughtful? Never?

This is why she always characterizes anything she opposes as outside the fringes of decent society and gosh she just cant understand how these Republicans can be so so so unpatriotic and wrong, and its always a) simply untrue, b) so frighteningly unconscionable that she just has to shake her head.

As Tech Sgt Reese once said: Its what she does. Its all she does. She cant be stopped. She cant be reasoned with.

Sacramento on May 11, 2013 at 11:39 PM

My, these Republicans Democrats certainly are obsessed with Benghazi Watergate

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 11, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Hey Pelosi DIE!

neyney on May 12, 2013 at 12:11 AM

They want us to talk about jobs, they want us to talk about economic security, economic growth.

So lets quit focusing on the IRS and Benghazi and get back to gun control and immigration.

Wait… wouldn’t this argument only make sense if the Democrats had actually been trying to focus on jobs, economic security, and economic growth and not other issues entirely?

How is this argument supposed to work when the Democrats have spent months (years) ignoring jobs and the economy?

gekkobear on May 12, 2013 at 2:40 AM

Pelosi is concerned that the truth about Obama and Hillary and Benghazi will get out.

So distractions, disinformation, misdirections, and the usual lying, pious b.s issue from her botoxed piehole with the effluvient consistency of Linda Blair in the Exorcist.

profitsbeard on May 12, 2013 at 3:16 AM

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,/But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” —Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar” (Act I, Scene ii.)

The ambiguity of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy about the end of the Roman republic and the onset of dictatorship teaches us that no matter how much we yearn for clarity, there is always an element of uncertainty in the fate of nations.

Motive is subjective. Intention is debatable. Facts are elusive.

That is where we must begin our discussion of Benghazi, and it is why ultimately Congress must appoint a select committee in order to pin down motives, intentions and facts.

Just like a jury, the select committee must hear all the evidence and draw conclusions about why the full story about the terrorist attack in Benghazi has still not been told to the American people. Someone must be held responsible. It is not enough to just say mistakes were made.

It has been plain almost since the beginning that the United States government has been dissembling about what happened on Sept. 11, 2012, when the U.S. mission in Benghazi was attacked and four people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed.

It has also been plain that most of the mainstream media has intentionally chosen to ignore, to downplay or to actively distort the possibility that the White House lied about Benghazi.

But when you get right down to it, the fault for the nation’s general ignorance about the Benghazi coverup does not belong to the media; it belongs to ourselves.

If any American doesn’t know by now that UN ambassador Susan Rice misled the world when she went on five Sunday morning talk shows and claimed that the Benghazi mission was attacked as the result of anger about a YouTube video, then they simply haven’t been doing their job as citizens. This information has been readily available to anyone who wanted it, and it’s no one else’s responsibility to make sure you are well-informed. Blaming the big media outlets only goes so far. “The fault … is … in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

But now even the mainstream media are starting to wake up. Perhaps thanks to the congressional hearings this week that featured the riveting testimony of Gregory Hicks, the No. 2 man at the Embassy in Tripoli, the first cracks have appeared in the wall of indifference that has greeted this story for months. Hicks established once and for all that it was known from the beginning that Islamic terror group Ansar al-Sharia, an affiliate of al-Qaida, was responsible for the attack and that there was no “demonstration” outside the mission which “got out of hand.”

Following up on that hearing, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl revealed that the “talking points” used by Ambassador Rice had been methodically scrubbed of references to terrorism and Ansar al-Sharia and reduced to a saccharine, misleading and politically correct version of events that barely resembled what really happened. In the 12 e-mails Karl obtained, he saw that the State Department’s spokesperson Victoria Nuland intentionally re-shaped the talking points because she was concerned that the truth “could be abused by members [of Congress] to beat up the State Department.”

Moreover, after one revision took out some of the CIA’s original talking points, Nuland said they didn’t go far enough, and damningly added: “These changes don’t resolve all of my issues or those of my buildings [sic] leadership.”

We don’t yet know who she meant by that, but ultimately the leader in the State Department is none other than the secretary of state. Do you think Hillary Clinton is still sticking with her, “What difference does it make?” response to questions being asked about what she knew and when she knew it?

The fact that the president and the secretary of state and the defense department and the CIA and the national security adviser and the ambassador to the UN have still not been held accountable for both what happened on Sept. 11, 2012, and for the lies that were told about it later, must give us concern that like Rome in the first century B.C., we are poised to lose our beloved republic.

The words of Thomas Jefferson stand as a warning to us all:

“…whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that, whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them right.”

The opposite goes without saying as well. When the people are not well-informed, they cannot be relied upon to notice when things go wrong, nor can they set them right, nor —ultimately — can they be trusted with their own government.

Let us hope we have not reached that point. Otherwise, like Rome and Julius Caesar, we may ultimately meet a tragic end….”

workingclass artist on May 12, 2013 at 6:08 AM

The whistleblower Hicks was a registered Democrat…

“A key Benghazi whistle-blower who has allegedly been punished for speaking out against the administration is a registered Democrat who voted for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama…

Hicks testified before the House Oversight Committee this week regarding the events that took place on Sept. 11, 2012 in Benghazi and recalled how the State Department told him not to cooperate with the congressional investigation into the events, which led to the deaths of four Americans.

Hicks further testified that he has been demoted since Benghazi…

The State Department has denied the demotion, saying that Hicks decided to end his assignment in Libya early.

According to Toensing (Hicks’ lawyer), however, the administration is simply lying.

“The State Department is lying — saying he was not demoted. It is almost impossible under law for them to take away anybody’s salary. But they demoted him to a job where he has no meaningful work,” she said. “He had a choice between no job whatsoever and a job that didn’t have any meaningful work. And I say this is like telling a starving man he can have no food or he can have the rotten beef. And if he chooses the rotten beef, is that a choice?”

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workingclass artist on May 12, 2013 at 6:21 AM

She reminds me of the story a friend told me about his grandfather.

He told me his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep, unlike the passengers in his car at the time…

ProfShadow on May 12, 2013 at 7:14 AM

The REAL subterfuge, you dense old bat, is that this administration was caught burying the the facts of a terrorist attack and telling the American people a completely fabricated version of what happened in order to spare themselves the shame and embarrassment of their lack of preparation, and failure to provide adequate security to Americans serving in an extremely volatile area on the anniversary of 9/11, lest it tarnish the president and his secretary of state’s image a few weeks before an election. She’s objecting to the Republican’s exposition of these lies and incompetence because if they hadn’t doggedly pursued the truth, it’s likely it would have stayed buried because NO ONE ELSE WOULD HAVE. And that’s the way she, and so many others, wanted it. They don’t care about the dead Americans, the don’t care about the truth, period.

scalleywag on May 12, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I can’t imagine how much tax money it takes to fund the 1300 federal agencies, or should I call them federal entitlement programs for federal workers that produce nothing.

mixplix on May 12, 2013 at 8:27 AM

The longer the White House and State Department obfuscate and lie, the longer the story stays alive.

You want the story to go away? Have Obama and his minions come forward, tell the truth, nothing but the truth, identify the problems, take appropriate action (even if that includes impeaching Obama) and move on.

talkingpoints on May 12, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Who let the crazy lady out of the attic again??
Good Lord Piglosi is an idiot.
And you libs say Sarah Palin is an idiot!!

mmcnamer1 on May 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Nancy! What is the most important part of the job for the President of the USA? Could it be that part about being the Commander-in-Chief of the military and his duty to protect the country? Well, it seems that the chickens are coming home to roost and the obfuscation and deflection by this Administration is starting to be acknowledged by BHO’s protectors in the MSM!

Holy cow! Now what?

tomshup on May 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Pelosi: My, these Republicans certainly are obsessed with Benghazithis Botox really affects my brain


Physics Geek on May 12, 2013 at 2:19 PM

filthy communists

long_cat on May 12, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Is checking to see if she still has feelings in her thumb and forefinger? Botox has a way of wandering in the body.

avagreen on May 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Pelosi, Obama, Hillary, Carney…they are all in cover-up mode and do not want the real truth to come out. The deaths of 4 Americans who were SACRIFICED, ABANDONED, & BETRAYED mean nothing to them compared to their own political lives & they would gladly sacrifice 4 more if they knew doing so would make all this goes away.

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 7:50 AM