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Published: Monday, May 5 2014 5:55 p.m. MDT

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Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

In the effort to avoid "obfuscating" and as long as the subject is "dead Americans" , would I be out of place to ask, how is it you righties seem to have forgotten the 13 dead Americans killed in attacks on U.S. Embassies and Consulates between 2002 and 2008? Oh Sorry! Right church wrong pew, right?

Kudo's to "Stalwart Sentinel" and "not here"! I think you are definitely onto something. If Chaffetz actually did something useful and used his vast and superior knowledge to search for Flt.370 it would be a win win situation! He just might find it, and he would definitely garner huge amounts of Mic and Lens time!

Centerville, UT

Utah Chick,

Your comment leads me to believe you are critical of my statement, specifically regarding Obama's re-election and how Benghazi pertains.

You are aware that the events at Benghazi happened months before presidential voting in November 2012. If Obama and his administration tried to mislead America over those events because they feared it could affect his re-election efforts, and if they continue to do so because of Hillary's aspirations, then Americans should know. Watergate was also regarding campaigns and the re-election of Richard Nixon.

So yes, I'm serious.

South Jordan, UT

Here's what we know: four Americans were killed when State Department officials and White House members discounted pleas for military assistance before and after they were under attack by Middle East extremists. The current administration has been very deliberate in releasing information. In fact, it wouldn't have released any information beyond what was initially reported except for the dogged efforts by a number of watch dog groups.

Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with Chaffetz.
4 bipartisan investigations on this topic are not nearly enough, not by a sight!

I'm thinking more like 8-10 bipartisan investigations should do the trick, eh?
20 is too many, for sure, but 10 is a nice round figure.

And just wait. When we find out what those classified memos say? hoooo-eee! I wouldn't want to be in Obama's shoes then!

Centerville, UT

Obama and Clinton lied; people died!

Red Smith
American Fork, UT

A Select House Committee on the IRS would be more useful.

boneheaded, but not a smidgen

best rep UTAH has.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

This story was written in the Politics section of the DN...

How appropriate.

Koch and the Republican donor base gave the memo to Rupert...

Rupert gave the memo to his news outlets...

Rupert also gave the talking points memo to McConnell and Boehner...

They gave the talking points to their people.

As an outlet for Republican news...

The DN features who else but Chaffetz leading the parade to keep this going...


The economy?




All will have to wait...

While the Republicans try to derail Mrs. Clinton...

A political vendetta if there ever was one...

But if it fires up the voting base...

Why not?



3000 Americans were butchered 9/11.

The Republicans were in control of the entire government...White House, Senate and House.

When the Republicans go after Bush, Cheney, Condi et al for the murder of over 3000 Americans the way they have gone after President Obama and Rice, I will believe this whole exercise is more than disgusting political theater.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

And this "Represents" the will and wishes of the 3rd Congressional District of citizens of the State of Utah, HOW?

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Chaffetz is doing his job! He is working to free our federal government from corruption and some of you object to that?

The Old Buzzard
Ogden USA, UT

Utah Policy's headline reads, "Rep. Jason Chaffetz is on the warpath again about Benghazi, accusing the White House of hiding documents [Deseret News]." For some reason, I'm a bit put off by the rather petulant, sophomoric use of "warpath" as it relates to Rep. Chaffetz' quest to find the truth. Nixon and Watergate come to mind here. For those of us who lived through it and NEAR it, I believe that the Watergate scandal was by many measures the lessor of the two by comparison with Benghazi. Chaffetz' penchant for publicity, Lee's similar inclinations, partisan politics, religion, Utah quirks, etc. etc. ... all aside ... one must admit that the key indicators worthy of interest and pursuit are most glaringly obvious by the degree and extent of the redaction of the documents and the information being withheld from the Congress. My favorite quote from Shaw applies here, "Tis' vile to rob a henroost of a hen, but thieving (lying, denying, obfuscating) largely makes us gentlemen." "Go Chaffetz!!!!"
"Go anyone" who turns up the "heat in the kitchen" when what they have been cooking STINKS!!!!

Fairview, UT

To all you Benghazi naysayers:
What's the big deal you say? Does it not occur to you this attack is paramount to a declaration of war because Americans were killed on American territory, which is what an embassy comprises. It's no different than the original attack on the World Trade Center, only with fewer casualties.
People, wake up and smell the coffee. We are at war. The enemy does not recognize national boundaries. They take the fight to us whenever and wherever they can. When we have leaders that are too delusional to recognize a threat as was posed by the Benghazi situation, refusing to prepare adequately and to prosecute a vigorous response afterward, how can we ever hope to be victorious in defending our way of life and liberty?

Salt Lake City, UT

What if they seat a panel and spend millions of dollars only to find out what all the other investigations have found out. That because Republicans tried to save money by cutting funding for security, no one was there to help the victims. I want this investigation to happen too. It will surely show what happened. Republicans will shut down the investigation as soon as they see that it was really their fault.

Far East USA, SC

"Does it not occur to you this attack is paramount to a declaration of war because Americans were killed on American territory, which is what an embassy comprises. It's no different than the original attack on the World Trade Center, only with fewer casualties."

So, based on that, are you suggesting that in response, possibly we should invade Panama?

Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT

Chaffetz is a joke. It's sad he can't find something better to do with 'our' time. He's on our dime. I believe he has a guilty heart because he voted to remove the very funding that would have allowed more protection for our embassy. I believe, he believes he will find some form of absolution if someone else is to 'blame'.

It was an attack beyond everyone's control. Why can't we ever accept that in this world... bad things happen. They even happen to the United States.

This is a sad event. It's a tragedy for the families of those involved. As I said.. bad things happen!

"Mr. Chaffetz, Please get to work making our Country and our State (Utah, in case you forgot) better. Thanks, A regular voter."

Something to think about
Ogden, UT

Chaffetz has no real ideas of his own. He's full of one line, right wing cliche's.

He was a kicker in college... to use a phrase he'd understand... "he's missing wide right on the whole Benghazi" and I do mean "right".

Bountiful, UT

Watergate was investigated by a Senate Select Committee. Most Republicans at that time pooh-pooed it as being politically motived. But yet in the end, sure enough, there was a cover-up for political reasons. But there were no dead Americans.

Benghazi is about to be investigated by a House Select Committee. Most Democrats are now also pooh-pooing it as being politically motivated. But yet in the end, will we discover there was a cover-up for political reasons? Either there was a cover-up or there was not, but we need to find out.

For the sake of four dead Americans and their families, let’s hope so.


@Ralph of West Jordan,

As for those thirteen dead Americans in the early 2000s, were there any indications that we did not know why they died? Were there any indications of a political cover-up involved in their deaths? If so, then they should also be investigated. To my knowledge, we knew those answers.

Again, this also has nothing to do with Benghazi.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Why did the government classify emails as top secret? What information did the government want to hide from the public? The government works for the public. The government is public. Mr. Obama told us that he would have a "transparent" administration. Hiding information from the citizens whom he works for is not "transparent". He's doing just exactly what Mr. Nixon did. He's covering up. He thinks that if he tells us that he didn't do something that we will automatically believe him. That might have worked at some point, but he's lost all credibility with the public. He promised us certain things about ObamaCare. All his promises were false. He told us that ObamaCare was not a tax. The Court told him that he was wrong.

Let the investigation begin. If Democrats are wise, they will seek the truth. Are they afraid of the truth? Why would they want to hide things from the people who hired them?

Joan Watson

Hillary Clinton was right when she in anger demanded "What difference does it make?" after all the murder of the ambassador, staff, those who went to help, and the burning of the embassy building was a done deal. Call the Benghazi terrorist attack and its aftermath what one will depending on ones political preferences and party affiliation, but above and beyond should be inquiring minds to seek the facts, then determine what it all means.

Salt Lake City, UT

Of one thing we can be certain, Jason Chaffetz and the GOP will continue in their quest to uncover proof of a Benghazi cover up for as long as they feel they can get political mileage out of that quest. It could be considered a laudable effort if it had anything at all to do with finding the reasons why 4 Americans were left woefully unprotected at an American embassy. Perhaps this select committee could come up with a way to better protect against a similar future attack. But the GOP already knows the answer to this question and doesn't want that answer openly discussed. Instead, this 18th iteration of a select investigative committee is merely for the purpose of extracting / extending political gain out a tragedy for which they share at least equal blame.

I don't believe Jason Chaffetz cares about truth. I do believe he cares about political gamesmanship. But I wish he cared more about protecting against potential future embassy attacks.

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