Krauthammer: Let’s face it — politically, the clock has run out on Benghazi

posted at 5:21 pm on April 10, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via RCP, lots of grumbling about this in the Headlines thread but also some disagreement as to who’s mainly at fault. Is it Kraut, for throwing in the towel on a fact-finding effort because it’s not politically expedient? Is it the media, for not treating this scandal as credulously as it would one under a Republican president? Or is it the House GOP, for focusing on the subject only haphazardly? (If the latter, what about the conventional wisdom that Republicans should be spending most of their time highlighting ObamaCare’s failures?)

It’s actually not true that the public is tired of this investigation — although, in fairness to CK, I’m not sure he’s claiming that it is:

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That poll was taken just two months ago. Benghazi’s also, understandably, a liability for the Democratic nominee-in-waiting:

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Worth pursuing, then, even on grounds of political expedience? Yep, unless it means ignoring other foreign-policy matters involving White House malfeasance or negligence. That’s Krauthammer’s point here, I think. Devoting more House resources to Benghazi necessarily means devoting fewer resources to exposing, e.g., the folly of Kerry’s Israeli/Palestinian peace talks, the White House’s embarrassing Syria deal — which Assad is now openly defying, by the way — etc, and that means sacrificing a chance to make a more comprehensive case against Democratic governance. How likely is it at this point that the GOP will uncover something so big on Benghazi that it’s worth making that sacrifice?


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Only because the IRS is on the front page at the moment. It’s coming back.

22044 on April 10, 2014 at 5:22 PM

If Killary runs, it will matter indeed at that point.

John the Libertarian on April 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Hillary and obama have lots of blood on their hands.

The lied on the corpses’ caskets, literally, both of them.

May they both get theirs.

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Dude’s right.

Should have taken them all of about 3 months to get the information they need or go to court to enforce subpoenas for it. Instead they “ask” people to appear, don’t swear them on Oath, give delay after delay. Have they even interviewed the actual survivors?

These people stink.

Lance Corvette on April 10, 2014 at 5:24 PM

At this point, what difference does it make? Seriously, thanks to Johnny boehner, the Republicans have assisted Obama in keeping the deaths of 6 Americans covered up.

Jaime Zapata. Brian Terry. Chris Stevens. Sean Smith. Glen Doherty. Tyrone Woods.

Boehner alone has the power to open a select committee on Fast & Furious and Benghazi. Yet he hasn’t. They all can go to hell.

Conservative4Ever on April 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I agree with Krauthammer.

The President is in his second term. Politically, there are no consequences for him.

Buncha’ criminals in DC

blatantblue on April 10, 2014 at 5:28 PM

There is no statute of limitations on murder, Charles.

VorDaj on April 10, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Not to me, they didn’t.

Alana on April 10, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Boehner alone has the power to open a select committee on Fast & Furious and Benghazi. Yet he hasn’t. They all can go to hell.

Conservative4Ever on April 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM

He is a willing co-conspirator in the cover-up as he knew ahead of time what was going on.

VorDaj on April 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

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canopfor on April 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

GOP hasn’t won any of the scandal battles that I know of. But I don’t think it’s entirely their fault. There just seems to be no accountability in this administration, not for lies, not for withholding information, not for incompetence, not for lawlessness…the list goes on.

scalleywag on April 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Boehner has been, and still is, participating in the Benghazi coverup as he knew ahead of time what was going on. His hands are not as bloody as those of Obama, Clinton and Petraeus, but they are bloody enough that he will do whatever he can to coverup as much of the truth as he can.

VorDaj on April 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Six years ago a CEO gave money to oppose gay marriage.

18 months ago, on 9/11, Hillay let a gay Ambassador burn to death.

We have different clocks, I guess.

faraway on April 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Doesn’t Krauthammer think that the committee can walk and chew gum at the same time?

When Christie’s bridge closing gets more print and air time than the Benghazi travesty, we might as well throw in the towel in re to accountability.

Pursuing Benghazi failures keeps Hillary Clinton’s malfeasance front and center in the voting public’s mind.

onlineanalyst on April 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Why all the major news networks that enable this be haven’t been razed to the ground amazes me.

Murphy9 on April 10, 2014 at 5:43 PM

CIA [Petraeus] was Involved in Benghazi Attack

If Boehner had classified information about weapons being shipped to Syria from Libya, via Turkey as far back as January of last year, how long before that did he know about it? Despite a majority of House Republicans (185 – 38) who are calling for a Select Committee to investigate what happened in Benghazi, Boehner continues to refuse to appoint one. It stands to reason that if Boehner knew what was going on in Benghazi prior to the attacks, he wouldn’t want the truth about Benghazi to come out now.

VorDaj on April 10, 2014 at 5:43 PM

The political consequences are for Hillary and her run…that’s why the State Run Media has ignored it. It is toxic for her.

d1carter on April 10, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I think he is basing this on the current political climate (media) the Dems have found out that they can fight the Republicans in the media and not before Congress. Maybe they will find the smoking gun? If that happens it changes things, also if Hillary runs for President it will come back in the debates and maybe in the primaries, it will be fun to watch if it turns into dim eat dim.

Sven on April 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Doesn’t Krauthammer think that the committee can walk and chew gum at the same time?
onlineanalyst on April 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Well, I frankly don’t think that’s a common skill anywhere in congress government these days….

dentarthurdent on April 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Are there that few resources available in the GOP run House or is someone holding it back..?

d1carter on April 10, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Six years ago a CEO gave money to oppose gay marriage.

18 months ago, on 9/11, Hillay let a gay Ambassador burn to death.

We have different clocks, I guess.

faraway on April 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

The gaystapo’s faux outrage has nothing to do with the social status of gays. It’s all nothing but a trojan horse for collectivism, a way to clear the field of anyone who believes in traditional values and market (not govt) solutions. This is why the lefties who supported traditional marriage (Obozo, Hillary, Bill, name any of them) all got a hall passes from the grievance industry. You said it yourself, Hill and Obozo let a gay ambassador be raped and murdered–then off to fundraisers!

As for Jimmy Carter supporter Charles Krauthammer, his credibility was shot in 2008 when he envisioned Odumbo a centrist, along with his baseball penpal George, unWilling to stand on principle. F them and their comfy perches in cocktail circuit DC. Seriously, none of the pen and ink cons have done a thing to move the ball on behalf of this Constitutional Republic. When push comes to shove on any big issue, they’re pushovers.

Western_Civ on April 10, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I totally agree that Boehner is stalling for some reason, maybe the fact that he knows as long as Obama is in office there will be pardons across the board no matter what evidence is uncovered.

fourdeucer on April 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Worth pursuing, then, even on grounds of political expedience? Yep, unless it means ignoring other foreign-policy matters involving White House malfeasance or negligence. That’s Krauthammer’s point here, I think. Devoting more House resources to Benghazi necessarily means devoting fewer resources to exposing, e.g., the folly of Kerry’s Israeli/Palestinian peace talks, the White House’s embarrassing Syria deal — which Assad is now openly defying, by the way — etc, and that means sacrificing a chance to make a more comprehensive case against Democratic governance.

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With all due respect, it is time for Krauthammer to be shown to the door.

Per his line of reasoning above, any OLD foreign policy FU’s should be abandoned post haste so there are resources to potentially apply to the LATEST foreign policy FU.

Where have I heard the argument, “This is not the right hill to fight over, we need to conserve our resources to fight another day!”

Oh, yeah … from EVERY GOPe and RINO in existence on every single issue!!!

PolAgnostic on April 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM

How long did Watergate drag on for? Over two years. Guess the difference now is that we don’t have any leaders who have the cojones to do what really needs to be done.

NavyMustang on April 10, 2014 at 6:01 PM

I don’t think he’s right.

I think that if Hillary wins the Dem nomination for 2016, then Benghazi will come back as an issue.

Steven Den Beste on April 10, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Oh, and I still think Boehner is a pipsqueak for a Speaker.

fourdeucer on April 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

How long did Watergate drag on for? Over two years. Guess the difference now is that we don’t have any leaders who have the cojones to do what really needs to be done.

NavyMustang on April 10, 2014 at 6:01 PM

This.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Most of our fellow citizens have found fighting for freedom too hard. For them they have become the main character in Harry Chapin’s song “Cat’s in the Cradle”. One day soon it will be too late. I keep beating the drum and telling folks to wake up, but I just don’t know….I just don’ know. While I seem to look a lot like Don Quixote to many who know me, I still try to point out the deception.

Hey, how the heck did I go from Harry Chapin to tilting at windmills? Chuckle!!!

How rude of me my friend…….good afternoon.

HonestLib on April 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

They focus on everything hazardously. I swear they don’t even care if we pay taxes anymore. They will just borrow whatever they “need”. Dr. Chuck is going to be shocked and amazed when Hillary is elected the next POTUS because it’s not politically expedient to worry about Benghazi anymore.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2014 at 6:16 PM

he assumes everyone was only pushing it for political reasons and not because its the right thing to do.
maybe he operates like that but I don’t.

dmacleo on April 10, 2014 at 6:16 PM

I’ve never understood the right obsession with Benghazi. The administration didn’t have the embassy well protected when they should of. Then the Obama administration made the classic mistake of trying to cover their butt instead of admitting their error. As the say goes its not the crime, it’s the cover up. The truth came out and Obama foreign credentials took a hit. That’s it. Unless it comes out that Obama personally know the attack was coming and decided to do nothing there’s no scandal anymore. President’s aren’t perfect, and unfortunately people die when they screw up. Honestly I’ll still take Obama accomplishments over Bush’s any day. Obama negligence let Benghazi happen, Bush’s negligence let 9-11 happen. What’s worse?

Ric on April 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM

I hope that Dr. K is mistaken but if not there is a lesson here. The next outrage must be dealt with immediately, vigorously, relentlessly, using all available means, with no respite and no holds barred. Tell opponents and the press-I know I repeat myself- to piss off. No quarter.

Mason on April 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Lies work. Evil wins. But I really don’t blame the Left (just being what they are, and what evil has been for time immemorial) as much as I blame us. I blame the GOP. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a period in human history in which evil met a stupider and more pathetic and unfit opponent than the modern Republican. It’s just a staggering asymmetry.

We fail to confront the left. We fail to confront the media. We cling with a deathgrip to delusions of comity and bipartisanship. We’re afraid and clueless and inept. And so evil wins. And even in the face of one humiliating defeat after another, we learn nothing.

rrpjr on April 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Hillary and obama have lots of blood on their hands.

The lied on the corpses’ caskets, literally, both of them.

May they both get theirs.

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Succinctly put. Well said. My response would probably have gotten deleted.

avagreen on April 10, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Honestly I’ll still take Obama accomplishments over Bush’s any day. Obama negligence let Benghazi happen, Bush’s negligence let 9-11 happen. What’s worse?

Ric on April 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Little Ricky, I had so much hope and promise for you, but alas, I see that honesty is not in your wheel house. Well, one less Christmas card to send out this year. Why, oh why, are my fellow Liberals so intellectually dishonest?

By the way your disrespect for 911 is noted. Shame on you.

HonestLib on April 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I’ve never understood the right obsession with Benghazi. The administration didn’t have the embassy well protected when they should of. Then the Obama administration made the classic mistake of trying to cover their butt instead of admitting their error. As the say goes its not the crime, it’s the cover up. The truth came out and Obama foreign credentials took a hit. That’s it. Unless it comes out that Obama personally know the attack was coming and decided to do nothing there’s no scandal anymore. President’s aren’t perfect, and unfortunately people die when they screw up. Honestly I’ll still take Obama accomplishments over Bush’s any day. Obama negligence let Benghazi happen, Bush’s negligence let 9-11 happen. What’s worse?

Ric on April 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM

No scandal, Hillary lying as she stood over the caskets that she failed to provide the added security? #1. Hillary is directly libel because of her postion overseeing the safety of her Ambassadors. #2. Obama is at fault because he failed to read the newspaper quick enough. Bush’s negligence on 9/11? If you can find Bush negligent without the luxury of a 9/11/01 event to prevent further attacks, then Obama must be extremely negligent.

Sven on April 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Sven on April 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Not to mention the months of lying by this administration (bald-faced lies) about how/why this attack happened.

(Fools making excuses for liars do not impress.)

avagreen on April 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

18 months ago, on 9/11, Hillay let a gay Ambassador burn to death.

We have different clocks, I guess.

faraway on April 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Stevens was gay?

And the sent him to an Arab country?

Who is John Galt on April 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

18 months ago, on 9/11, Hillay let a gay Ambassador burn to death.

We have different clocks, I guess.

faraway on April 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM
Stevens was gay?

And the sent him to an Arab country?

Who is John Galt on April 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

They like white meat.

Sven on April 10, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Who is John Galt on April 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

That’s the rumor. In fairness, he was suppose to be both knowledgable and dedicated to the region. It makes it that much more sad.

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Romney should have wrapped Benghazi around Zero’s neck at the debate, and yanked on it for all he was worth.

Who is John Galt on April 10, 2014 at 6:52 PM

The Democrats still refuse to bring the Bengahzi terrorists to justice. At one point they were saying we shouldn’t bring the terrorists to justice because of some insult someone made on youtube or something. You’ll be able to destroy any Democrat by asking them one exactly worded question that I think I’ll save for later.

Buddahpundit on April 10, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Little Ricky, I had so much hope and promise for you, but alas, I see that honesty is not in your wheel house. Well, one less Christmas card to send out this year. Why, oh why, are my fellow Liberals so intellectually dishonest?

By the way your disrespect for 911 is noted. Shame on you.

HonestLib on April 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

From Wikipedia

Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US was the President’s Daily Brief prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency and given to U.S. President George W. Bush on Monday, August 6, 2001. The brief warned of terrorism threats from Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda 36 days before the September 11, 2001 attacks.[1]

I think your being intellectually dishonest if you can’t see the similarity between what happened with 9/11 and Benghazi. It’s also not disrespectful to the fallen to point out that the US could of done a better job of preventing the attack. As for Benghazi Clinton screwed up no doubt, but Republicans need to let it go. Voters have absorbed the information and moved on.

Ric on April 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Obama negligence let Benghazi happen, Bush’s negligence let 9-11 happen. What’s worse?

Ric

Since you felt the need to lie about 9/11 in order to deflect from Benghazi, it’s pretty obvious which one you feel is worse, lol.

I think that if Hillary wins the Dem nomination for 2016, then Benghazi will come back as an issue.

Steven Den Beste

If Hillary gets the nomination, our candidate’s wise political consultants will have him avoid calling her out on anything for fear of being labeled a woman hater. She’ll walk into the White House pretty much unopposed.

xblade on April 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

I think your being intellectually dishonest if you can’t see the similarity between what happened with 9/11 and Benghazi. It’s also not disrespectful to the fallen to point out that the US could of done a better job of preventing the attack. As for Benghazi Clinton screwed up no doubt, but Republicans need to let it go. Voters have absorbed the information and moved on.

Ric on April 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Let go, 4 Americans were killed because of their negligence and we should just move on.

Sven on April 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Time heals all the goofs of the politicians, Eisenhower caused the death of hundreds of thousands of German soldiers after the war was won. FDR knew the Japanese would attack, The Kennedy’s ran the WH like a brothel, President Johnson held meetings in the bathroom, Obama’s graduating class was interviewed and 400 classmates don’t remember every seeing him in any of their classes. Amazing how the media is believed.

mixplix on April 10, 2014 at 7:32 PM

“the clock has run out on Benghazi”

THE CLOCK HAS RUN OUT ON:

Benghazi
Syria
Egypt
Crimea
Fast & Furious
Debt Crisis
Obamacare
Alternative energy failures and scandals
Detroit
GMC Rescue failure
California Central Valley Dustbowl
NSA Scandal
AD INFINITUM

BALONEY! Krauthammer is wrong. The clock only runs out if you give up. Otherwise the administration can NEVER lose because all it has to do–with the SCOTUS, Senate, White House, The low numbered (and low IQ) networks, the DOJ, State Dept. and all 3 digit enforcement agencies covering up and covering your back, is stall and a quick victory is IMPOSSIBLE. Thanks to the networks alone, half the nation is unaware of ANY scandal because it’s never reported.

Benghazi will never see the light of day until AFTER Obama steps down but then, it is still too big to totally bury and nobody will be protecting a now powerless leader any more. Let’s hope Benghazi buries Hillary as well a permanently destroying Obama’s legacy.

MaiDee on April 10, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Ric on April 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM

So W should have equated Bin Laden’s desire to hit the U.S. with flying commercial jets into the World Trade Center but Hillary gets a pass on sending an ambassador into an unsecured location slam in the middle of the Mid East on the anniversary of said attack? Yeah, that works

Cindy Munford on April 10, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Ck is wrong. An overwhelming % of Americans want to know what happened. What was Obama doing that night? What do the survivors say happened?

kpguru on April 10, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Stevens was gay?

And they sent him to an Arab country?

Who is John Galt on April 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

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Smart, eh? Sending women to be in power over men (Hillary) is not much better. Don’t they have people who can advise on culture?

francesca on April 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

They won on November 6, 2012. That was what the lies and the coverup were all about.

With the MSM firmly and actively on the admin’s side it was inevitable this tragedy, the lies, the conspiracy, and the coverup would be whitewashed. Only Foxnews pursued it.

The same scenario with an incumbent GOP President and his admin would have played out much differently.

We are now living in a neo socialist banana republic run by people weened in the belly of the Chicago Machine. Laws mean nothing. They ignored or selectively enforced for political reasons with the MSM a willing participant in the corruption. This is one of the hallmarks of a banana republic.

farsighted on April 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

I think your being intellectually dishonest if you can’t see the similarity between what happened with 9/11 and Benghazi.

Ric on April 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM

How can one be “intellectually dishonest” about something one cannot see?

Setting this aside…

The former was an Islamist terrorist attack in the largest city in the US that murdered 3000 people in an attempt to murder about 30,000. Nothing like this had ever occurred before.

The latter was an Islamist terrorist attack on a US consulate in a city in Muslim country that murdered four including a US ambassador, on the anniversary of the other former attackc — 11 years later.

You are a moron if you think there is any substantively significant similarity.

farsighted on April 10, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Honestly I’ll still take Obama accomplishments over Bush’s any day. Obama negligence let Benghazi happen, Bush’s negligence let 9-11 happen. What’s worse?

Ric on April 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM

What a dishonest tool…if anyone is guilty of negligence re: 9/11 that’s clinton, he let Bin Laden get away when they had him in crossfire in Afghanistan. He messed up big time when he refused to give the order to kill him, then 9/11 happened. That’s negligence in my book.

jimver on April 10, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Unanswered Benghazi questions:

When the message came that the consulate was under attack, why were all immediate resources not allocated?

Where was President Obama the evening of the attack? We were treated to all the White House situation room pictures of the raid on Osama bin Laden — but where are the photos from that night?

According to the president, he ordered Secretary of Defense Panetta and CJCS General Dempsey to get the Americans in Benghazi the support they needed. If true, then who disobeyed the president’s order, and why did Obama never follow up with Panetta and Dempsey?

Who came up with the video scapegoat excuse, and why was the U.N. ambassador called out for the Sunday shows and not the person responsible, the secretary of state?

Ambassador Stevens had met with a Turkish representative in Benghazi, but why were his requests for additional security denied, and by whom?

nazo311 on April 11, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Are there that few resources available in the GOP run House or is someone holding it back..?
d1carter on April 10, 2014 at 5:46 PM

If congress can form 4 seperate committees to address one issue, they can stop the charade and replace those 4 committees with one select committee headed by one person with interrogation skills. Ie Trey Gowdy

Brock Robamney on April 11, 2014 at 5:50 AM

As for Benghazi Clinton screwed up no doubt, but Republicans need to let it go. Voters have absorbed the information and moved on.

Ric
on April 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Do you have delusions along with your hallucinations? Does it seem from this thread that “voters” have moved on?

Wishful thinking on your part does not truth make.

avagreen on April 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Although I disagree with ‘The Hammer’ that Benghazi is a lost cause (all causes are lost vs. Obama,a but it can still bite Hillary) but he did have a great ediitorial todsy: “THE LEFT CALLS THE THOUGHT POLICE” “Disagree, and you’re a denier, a bigot, a homophobe, a sexist, and an enem6y of the people.”\

With Obama’s multi-layers of protection, especially from a protective press, he will survive all criticism until he leaves office. But Hillary is very vulnerable and she “owns” Benghazi,the Egyptian chaos, and a good chunk of Syria and Crimea. Obamacare will also accrue to her.

MaiDee on April 11, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Talk about intellectual dishonesty – the statement about bin-Laden’s desire to launch attacks had been in the briefing reports for years. Every single one of them had that statement as boiler-plate.

As for CK’s sentiment, if the deaths of Americans has a political shelf-life of any kind, this nation is already lost.

TheBad on April 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM