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Published: Friday, Jan. 17 2014 6:30 p.m. MST

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Christopher B
Ogden, UT

"They were asking routinely for fortification of the physical facility, and they wanted more personnel," he said. "The bottom line is … they didn't even get to keep (the personnel) they had"

And this, after having been warned multiple times about credible threats?

Well barack?

Well Hillary?

Bountiful, ut

Republican hindsight is SO easy. Can we maybe get our elected "leaders" to do some forward-looking work rather than backward-looking finger-pointing.

Jaar van kwaad
Salem, UT

This isn't about republican or democrat, and It's really troubling that people want to sweep the death of an ambassador and three of his staff under the rug. We should make every effort to get to the bottom of things. If not, these perpetrators and others like them, will become emboldened. I hope we will continue to seek the truth and not bury our heads in the sand to protect those individuals that hate our country.

Riverton, UT

Even the most basic question hasn't been answered-why did Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Susan Rice come out and blame a video? They were never told it was a video-it was always a terrorist attack. They lied because they didn't want the truth to come out-what is the truth?

grj-If you don't ever look back, how do you make an educated choice on who to vote for? You are hiring someone for the job of POTUS-is it really smart to not look that person's resume? Shouldn't that resume include the truth about what that person has done? They will continue to cover up and lie if someone else doesn't uncover it.

Kaysville, UT

So don't Representatives have access to any of the investigations and the published results??

Chaffetz continues to scream about dead issues to stir his base and they take the bait every time.

Why doesn't Chaffetz go after Swallow or Christie. He could find out how Senator Lee seems to be able to run the Senate but can't handle his own finances... That is sarcasm for you Tea Party folks....

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

I think Chaffetz is an American hero - a true patriot.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

This is a valid non-political request from a principled statesmen for truth and accountability.

If Chaffetz had been a Republican Congressmen from 2001 to 2008 he would have asked for the same thing... daily...regarding the death of over 3000 Americans on American soil...

Oh wait...he was a Republican during those years...


American Fork, UT

I'm not sure what's left to gain from this. I'm still not voting for romney.

across the sea
Topeno, Finland

"republicans" "tea party" "dead issue"

Shame on people who comment on these pages and are ignorant on issues. Or do not how to read/analyze facts. The question is about:
1. Murder of 4 Americans in the line of Duty, including a personal representative of the President - and was it prevntabe?
2. What has taken place to PUNISH the individuals?
None of these have been answered - and this makes the case very living!

In my 40 decades of analyzing US and global politics/situations I have come to a simple result, that it does not matter who is on power (GOPs or Demos) their actions are the same! The only thing that matters is the MANDATE. For the mandate it is O K to sacrifice (in this case an Ambassador ) just to win the elections. They all do anything to get elected.

Rice lied, and was rewarded an even higher position - that is a scandal in it self.

The bottom line is - Romney was right - and so was I the minute I heard the news! I knew what GAME they were playing. AND this is not party politics - this is history, plaid over and over again.

San Bernardino, CA

There have been 5 separate investigations into Benghazi, and they have all said there was no cover up, the most recent one by a bipartisan Senate committee. When will the republicans grow up and let it go? This is a non-story, and it would be to the Des News' credit to stop perpetuating false info and innuendo.

There were 52 attacks on US embassies during the Bush administration. Where were all you "patriots" then? Bush was clearly asleep at the wheel, yet he never had to bear such ridiculous, non-stop scrutiny.

I wish that conservatives could spend 1/2 as much energy on governing as they do on witch hunts and trying to demean Obama. Imagine how much better our country would be.


‘Chaffetz calls for truth about, accountability for Benghazi attacks’

should be:

"Chaffetz continues to beat a dead horse in hopes of some political gain without actually doing anything."

Mike in Texas
Cedar City, Utah

Chaffetz is once again beating a dead horse. He seems very good at doing that. A number of investigatory commissions have reviewed this tragedy and have concluded, that while mistakes were made my the CIA and the State Department, as well as by the ambassador himself, and that the White House and Hillary Clinton could not directly implicated. But make no mistake, Republicans will beat this dead horse until 2016 if not longer.

What Republicans did to Susan Rice, for partisan political reasons, was disgusting. I lost a lot of respect for Graham and McCain over their savaging of Ms. Rice.

Durham, NC

If Chaffetz has proof that the Senate report is lies and a coverup, let him produce his evidence. He claims the military could have responded faster.... show us how it is so. Without facts, without publishing findings that back his side up, this is just more typical Chaffetz theater. He has a profound way of finding talking venues to spout his beliefs. But at some point, he needs to back his rhetoric up with something, less it just stay rhetoric.

Or he could go into talk radio - where you never have to back up your statements with facts.

I admire Chaffetz call for honesty. But he needs to back his claims up with something. If he has information that puts doubt into the findings of the Senate report - he needs to produce them. It can't be simply "it doesn't feel right". Lots of things in life "don't feel right", but are.

Far East USA, SC

OK, Lets think the worst case scenario. Some is fact and some is conjecture.

1) The Ambassador knew the Embassy was not secure and repeatedly asked for more security.
These calls were ignored and ultimately could have prevented the deaths.
2) The attack was immediately known to be terrorist and the administration put forth a phoney "video" story because they were in the middle of a election and the truth would have been damaging
3) Once the attack started, troops could have been deployed and saved them.

What else of real relevance am I missing?

What I believe (worth very little. Just like what some others believe)

#1 above is true. It was mishandled and would have been handled differently in hindsight.
Clinton would take the primary blame here. This is the key element that needs to be understood and learned from for the future.
2) Probably lots of truth. However, there was probably, at least a little conflicting info and the admin put forth what they felt was the least politically damaging. And they were caught. But, I cannot see how it would have changed the election as many contend
3) Possible but improbable.

No one wanted anyone to die. I still see no scandal.

Mcallen, TX


This isn't about political points! You miss the point.

Let's try having an honest government for the people.

One where a president doesn't take hundreds of millions from us for vacations.

Ogden, UT

Hard to get the truth when the head of the government does not know the meaning of the wor!

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The left wants to ignore horrendous errors in judgment by top administration officials, simply to protect their heroes, or their feeders, in some cases.

They simply do not understand that we live in a dangerous world, and ignoring attacks on our embassies, ambassadors, and citizens encourages more of the same, and indeed, attacks within our own borders.

Worse, the deliberate invention of some incredible nonsense about "locals in Libya outraged by some obscure video" as a cover story should be a warning that on Benghazi, like nearly everything else, Obama and his cronies are simply not telling the truth.

Someone suggested Chaffetz should just read the investigation report- but the investigation is incomplete because Obama and Clinton refused to provide critical information.
Someone else said Chaffetz should investigate the New Jersey bridge deal- even though it is not a federal problem.

Chaffetz is one of the few truly courageous and bold congressmen, and we are lucky to have him!

Eugene, OR

Christopher B.

And Republicans in Congress were the ones who voted to cut security. Your point?

North Salt Lake, UT

There You Go Again

Chaffetz wasn't an elected Representative during those years, so he had very little influence over national policy during that time.

Incidentally, those wars didn't miraculously end when Barack Obama became president. More Americans have died in Afghanistan during Barack Obama's Administration than during Bush's. Funny how the anti-war crowd has been so silent about it now that a Democrat is in the White House.

And President Obama liked George Bush's policies in Iraq so much he kept Bush's defense secretary on to make sure they were properly implemented.

Salt Lake City, UT

Gee. Chaffetz , it was a YOUTUBE video just ask Hilary! The Taliban and Al quaeda outfit all of their soldiers with satellites and internet wireless computers just so they can watch Obama on msnbc, one of their own!

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