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

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Durham, NC

"if the president was lying, he should be impeached and sent packing. Lying is a no no!"

Really.... or only if they are Democrats? Did you call for Bush to leave office over the WMD "misinformation".... Did you ask for Reagan to step down over Iran-Contra?

I love the conditional morality here. I think you can safely say there is not a single person holding office that has not either misrepresented something or used selective truth to make their point.

On the other hand, if Chaffetz is really that worried about embassy security, why is the fact that the House reduced funding for embassy security for two years consecutively in advance of this event isn't under scrutiny as well?

On Wednesday morning (10/10/12), CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked the Chaffetz if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security."

"Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country....When you're in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things."

Conditional ethics and politics - a lovely mix.... Lets demand the truth on the whole picture - not just what is politically expedient.

Durham, NC

"If those two Navy Seals who fought bravely ALL NIGHT LONG were your sons would it still be a "strange issue" that most Americans don't care about??"

Case and point.... let's lie (oh wait, exaggerate) about a story in an effort to condemn lying. Contractors are not equal Navy Seals. Not in Libya... not in America.... not anywhere.

We care about the issue... just not for the same reasons. Peal back the partisan rhetoric so we can look at why we didn't have capability in theater... and we have a discussion. If you want to make this about "talking points" made in the hours after the event.... and any misinformation (lies) told during those hours that were eventually corrected.... you don't have my attention. The "lies" didn't cost anyone their lives. Poor planning and execution in the pentagon did.

But that isn't nearly as politically exciting... is it.

If you want to talk about lies that did cost thousands of lies...... we can surely go there... but then again, that's ancient history, isn't it. We're not going there.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

This is not some overblown right wing conspiracy! This is crucial to the american people! the families of those that were killed in this attack deserve justice. I am so mad that the Obama administration denied this attack! I am so thankful for a honest politician to finally demand justice for the innocent. He is our greatest politician since honest Abraham Lincoln.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The greatest politician since honest Abraham Lincoln has a great family member to post undeserved accolades.

Saint George, UT

Utahbluedevil: I was against going to war when Bush was president! no double standard here! I have the same antipathy toward Republicans as I do for Democrats! Obama just happens to be the latest President manipulating, lying, and abusing his office and position! Anyone that thinks either party is doing what is best for America is delusional! I would like to hear anyone from either party explain how they are a friend to liberty and justice! The rich get richer, whether Under Republican or Democrats, and the poor get poorer, and will go to my grave listening to leaders from both parties claiming they are out to help Americans, particularly the poor and middle class. Then, to add another layer of irony, watch the unbelievable number of tireless supporters with jaw dropping audacity claim year after year how much their party is going to change things! Talk about knee slapping humor!

Riverside, CA

How could Benghazi stink any more than it does? Maybe if a smoking gun email surfaced showing a cover up. Oh wait . . .

So many questions that have never been answered. What were doing in Benghazi at all -- when the British, the Red Cross and everyone else had left? Why were PLEAS for additional security days and weeks before the attack ignored? Why were no assets deployed after the attack began? Where was Obama during the attack?? Why has no one been brought to justice? Why hasn't there been access to witnesses? Why all the lies about some spontaneous demonstration?

And all we get is spin from the left that only fringe wackos want answers. It's clear what was political. Obama was concerned about the election and has been hiding the truth from the American people.

Durham, NC

SoCalChris - lets address your comments one at a time.

Spontaneous demonstrations - fact is in over a dozen cities in the region, there were demonstrations against the stupid little film. It is not like this event happened in isolation while nothing else was going on.

Why has no one been brought to justice - why no witnesses? Same reason there were none for years with 9/11. Libya is a sovereign country, and we can not safely go around interrogating people in that country. It is the reason it took years to get other terrorist. This is not an episode of 24, its real life.

Where was Obama - we know where he was. That has never been in question. He was trusting the military to do their job.

Why no assets.... great question, and one that deserves more investigation. I agree with you.

Why were the pleas ignored? Actually the report shows that there were offers of additional resources that the ambassador turned down. That one we may never no the answer to.

What was he doing there, in Benhazi, under those conditions. Let me add what was the CIA doing there? Again, we may only know when the docs get declassified.

the truth
Holladay, UT

What is the cover up?

Why the cover up ?

Why all the lies?

You need to ask the right questions.

The real scandal that is being covered up is the gun running by this administration to radical groups.

The obama administration was running guns to radical groups in the middle east.
The ambassador was in Benghazi to help broker a deal.

Four Americans were left to die so obama could hide this scandal. That also makes this administration complicit in their murder.

You just need ask and understand WHY the ambassador was in Benghazi at all that day.

It would be nice if our media would do their jobs rather than help bury the truth.

Fair Oaks, CA

This was a horrible event, BUT ...

During Bush, we had 13 similar events and over 60 brave US citizens died - where was the right-wing outrage then?

Seems they were cheering on an invasion of Iraq based on phony "intelligence" regarding Weapons of mass destruction?

Deep Space 9, Ut

To "MoNoMo" really? The US was received warnings 13 times before embassies were attacked, then lied to the families of the dead soldiers and the public by blaming an obscure YouTube video that nobody watched. Can you tell us when we had that scenario under Bush. I am aware that embassies were attacked, but how many received warnings, were ignored, then had coverups?

Centerville, UT

Reagan and Iran-Contra, fourteen administration officials were indited, including then - secretary of defense Caspar Weinberger. Eleven convictions resulted.

On March 4, 1987, Reagan taking full responsibility for any actions that he was unaware of, and admitting that "what began as a strategic opening to Iran deteriorated, in its implementation, into trading arms for hostages"

Now how many members of Obama's administration should be indited and when will he admit.

Censors, How is this to much capitalization, shouting or other problems. In response to previous statement of not seeking prosecution of Reagan.

Salt Lake City, Utah

In Iran Contra laws were broken. What laws were broken in Benghazi? Initial information about who was responsible was wrong wow that has never happened in the history of America. What laws were broken? This is ridiculous, doesn't Mr. Chaffetz think there are more pressing issues in America. We will spend millions of dollars on another investigation to prove what we already know. The initial information was inaccurate.

Springville, UT

This is from a piece in the May 6, 2014 New Yorker, entitled "Ronald Reagan’s Benghazi". It is worth noting, especially for Mr. Chaffetz and his fellow conspirators:

"Congress held no public hearings, and pointed fingers at the perpetrators, not at political rivals. If you compare the costs of the Reagan Administration’s serial security lapses in Beirut to the costs of Benghazi, it’s clear what has really deteriorated in the intervening three decades. It’s not the security of American government personnel working abroad. It’s the behavior of American congressmen at home."

Provo, UT

Yeah, Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi!!! This is THE most critical issue our country has EVER faced. 4 people were killed and for a couple of days the administration said it was the result of a spontaneous demonstration. Until the facts were clear, and then they corrected themselves. Oh no!! This is right up there with Watergate and Pearl Harbor and 9/11, all rolled into one!!!! Maybe twice as bad!!!!! I get it, I get it. You hate Obama. Frankly, the only story here is why were these people working in a hotbed location with insufficient security. That's it. That should be (and has been) investigated. The rest of it is just silly partisan baloney. But it is nice, juicy red meat for the far right, and that's what they love the most.

Salt Lake City, UT

I'm starting to think that the GOP is doing this just so that Fox News has substance upon which to "report" and earn more millions, as quid pro quo for Fox News supporting the GOP so staunchly.

Provo, UT

If you want your embassy you can keep your embassy!

Shelley, ID

Benghazi needs to addressed because during the investigations the question of "why was the order given to STAND DOWN when support was requested, PLEAD FOR, knowing FULL WELl that the attack would mean bad things for the Benghazi people? And you think Chaffetz and others are wasting their time? I don't think so. It is because of this and other "incidents" NOT BEING ADDRESS that continue to be a benchmark of this administration that other world leaders look at and are emboldened by our leaders lack of response. IT IS TELLING that there are some who think that Benghazi was a long time ago. No it wasn't - what a way to try to sweep a huge injustice to four families away, to divert attention from those people's plight when they pleaded for help, and to try to blind others as well with "why are we always talking about this? (Pelosi) If it was YOUR loved one who died, wouldn't you want answers, too.?

Bob K
portland, OR

Effort by the republicans toward helping ordinary Americans

Rather than more and more and more picking at President Obama

Would be greatly appreciated, even though it is their duty and what they are paid for

Warrior Parent
Belle Glade, FL

The virulent attacks against Chaffetz show that Democrats fear their lies are being uncovered. 2014 and then 2016 will remove many more lying liberals from power

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Each year right here in Utah --

400+ people die from polluted air,
500+ die from medication overdoses,
400+ die from gun shots --

And Jason Chaffetz remains obsessed with starting yet another investigation into Benghazi!

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