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

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Topeno, Finland

Just a quick comment...
What has happened to finnd and punish the quilty?
They politicize that, too

one old man
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?

And all this, too, after the House repeatedly voted down State Department requests for more funding for security at U.S. embassies. And this, too, after Jason Chafetz bragged about having been one of those who cast those votes that prevented payment for adequate security.

Well, Jason? Well, Rob Bishop? Well, Jim Matheson? Well, GOP?

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

I'm amazed at the shallowness of guys like Chavez,Chaffetz or whatever his name is, and republicans in general. A republican president started a war (Afghanistan) 13 years ago that is still raging on, invaded a country (Iraq) based upon not one lie, not two lies, but three lies. And Chavez, Chaffetz is worried about accountability for Benghazi? How about accountability for Afghanistan and Iraq?

Far East USA, SC

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

I will agree that there was certainly an "error in judgement". Horrendous? Perhaps.

It has been investigated and errors and poor judgement are clear.

I sincerely dont see a "scandal" to the extent that the right is talking about.
Plain and simple

No one thinks it should be ignored. But, it has been investigated. It has been reported. And it just doesn't rise to an impeachable issue.

Or even close.

Kaysville, UT

The problem with government and political parties is their lack of integrity at all levels. It is not confined to one party or another but to society as a whole. The Air Force has experienced that in the past couple of weeks and is even in the military at all levels, unfortunately.

Rationalization and validating on television and media programs in all forms is rampant in our society and most likely around the world.

Baby steps turn into jogging with the lack of integrity, honesty, character and other societal measurements.

People don't study issues or people they vote for and even the new surfacing elements in various parties have similar problems with their people and policies.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT


Thank you for taking the time to read my comment.

You overlooked the fact that I wrote... IF he had been a Republican congressman...

One of the most telling indictments of that time is that no Republican spent a moment...let alone daily... asking for truth and accountability from the Republican Administration 2001 to 2008.

To suggest that Republican orchestrated attacks on the POTUS and his party by Republican news organizations and media is anything other than political posturing is disingenuous.

Democrats do the same thing when they are not in the White House.

Americans have developed a pattern of demonizing whomever is in the White House...

Only to elect the latest...greatest and then repeat the same behavior.

Regarding the anti-war crowd...

I subscribe to the point of view of one who has been there done that...

In The Limits of Power, Andrew Bacevich predicted President Obama would follow the same path blazed by President Bush...

In Breach of Trust, Bacevich developed the premise that Americans failed their soldiers and their country...

Bacevich is a retired Colonel US Army.

His son...First Lieutenant US Army, made the ultimate sacrifice 13 May 2007 while serving in the Iraq War.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Mr. Chaffetz took the security money away and is now mad at others because there wasn't enough security. This is called "irony."

Riverton, UT

KJB1: The truth about the State Department budget:

Charlene Lamb, Deputy Asst. Secretary for Diplomatic Security, under oath:

"Asked if there was any budget consideration that led her not to increase the security force, she said: 'No.'

She added: "This was an unprecedented attack in size." Asked again about budget issues, Lamb said: "Sir, if it's a volatile situation, we will move assets to cover that."

The money was turned down because the State Department budget had expanded in recent years. Some of the expenses:

$16 million for Kindles ($6,600 each)
$7.9 billion for Obama's Global Health Initiative
$1 billion for global climate change
$2.2 billion to strengthen democratic institutions in Pakistan.
$4.5 million for art in embassies

We will never know how the election would have turned out if the lie about the video had been exposed and that Obama's claims of defeating Al Qaeda were false. We will never know if any of those 4 could have been saved if support had been sent in. It makes a difference whether the Commander in Chief goes to bed and attends his fundraiser the next day or convenes his cabinet to try and save Americans under fire.

Far East USA, SC


Absolutely there is unfathomable waste at all levels of government. And it happens under R and D leadership.

I contend that most of it can be tracked back to corporations and unions who pay off our politicians and then reap the rewards.

If we all view things consistently, we would all rail against both parties and kick them all out.

Many support the Dems no matter what they do. Many blast any and everything the dems do.
And both statements are true of the GOP.

Do you find fault with both parties or only the Dems?

Riverton, UT


I'm not sure why you are questioning me on this personally, because there is no comment I've made that would make it appear that I approve of government waste and abuses by either side. There are plenty of R's I'd like to see out of Washington as well. I try to stand by principles, not people, in politics.

However, the accusation at hand was that the funding for security had been cut, leading to insufficient security at Benghazi. This is a false statement, as there were reasons behind the cuts. The Deputy Asst. Secretary for Diplomatic Security said, ""Sir, if it's a volatile situation, we will move assets to cover that."

Untruthful excuses like funding cuts distract from the most basic questions. Since it was always a terror attack, why did they lie in the first place? Where was Obama and what was he doing during an attack on a U.S embassy (an act of war)?

So please, don't lecture me about partisanship when you give Obama (the Commander-in-Chief) a pass on sleeping through an act of war that was being committed against the United States.

Mcallen, TX

Forget Benghazi, weapons to Mexican cartels, or the IRS scandal.

How about the Cristy traffic jam?

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