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Published: Friday, May 9 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

During the administration of George Bush Jr. there were 12 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities resulting in 81 deaths. No Republican demanded and investigation. Fox News never called them a scandal, neither did any other right leaning news source. Double standard?

Eureka, CA

I agree.

For too many years, those guilty of improper or criminal activity have been allowed to avoid justice with meaningless quips like "It's time to put that behind us now".

I disagree.

People who are guilty and allowed to go unpunished are just going to commit worsening offenses but will learn to cover their tracks better.

Groton, CT

Our government reps just can not get past things in a timely manner.You can also bet they have only themselves in mind when they vote on any bills,or issues that come up.Even though you all make a large amount of money compared to the average person in this country.You get paid a great deal of money when your retirement and health benefits are taken into account.But you can't give to the needy and deserving.You all are more likely to vote yes if you get something out of the vote(for a yes vote)You all should be ashamed of yourself for not doing the right thing.Instead you vote by party lines and stick it to the people that put you in office.Shame,on you,shame.

Corpus Christi, TX

So you think we need to spend even more time, more money, and worthless testimony to find out no more then what is known now? Might as well do the same thing with 9/11, Oklahoma City, Pearl Harbor, and on and on. Sometimes things happen beyond anyone's control, wrong place at the wrong time, not enough communication between agencies, bureaucracy, and on and on, the best thing that can be done is try to prevent it from happening again, and that amount of information on Benghazi is known.

Draper, UT

I don't understand. So the big deal is that people want to know if a conversation like the following took place? :

Security Advisor: "There's been an attack at the Benghazi embassy. We don't know what happened, yet."

Clinton: "Okay, let's just say it was part of the outrage about the Islamic video for now because it might make our administration look weak on security and hurt our re-election chances, but let's get an investigation going so we can improve our security and protect our diplomats."

Security Advisor: "Okay."

Is this the big "Gotchya!" that Chaffetz and others are going for? HELLO! THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES TO FOCUS ON! I'm so sick of hearing about this.

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

Remember how Bush and Cheney handled their 13 Benghazi's.
1. Accuse the Opposition of Slandering the President.
2. Oppose the Investigation.
3. Agree to Testify, But Not Under Oath.
4. Ignore Congressional Subpoenas.
5. Claim Executive Privilege.
6. Threaten to Fire the Wrongdoers—and Then Don’t.
7. Accuse the Opposition of "Criminalizing Politics."
8. Attack the Victim...
9. ...And Attack the Victims' Families.
10. Use a Popular Military Hero as a Human Shield.
11. Say the Administration Lost the Emails Due to Buggy Software.
12. Delay the Findings for Years.
13. Give Better Sound Bites.
14. Declare That "Nobody Could Have Predicted" the Disaster.
15. Make Fun of Your Mistakes

The GOP has a very polished history of covering up the facts. It is documented and proven that the US diplomats are under greater risk of attack during GOP terms in office.
Keep in mind that G. W. Bush had 13 Benghazi attacks with 64 related deaths and the GOP made little or no effort to investigate.

Far East USA, SC

Ok, great. ANOTHER Benghazi investigation. Maybe this one will lay all the blame on Obama and Clinton. Which seems to be the only goal. If it doesn't, rest assured, a call for another investigation will be forthcoming.

With all the clamoring about "4 dead Americans" the focus has been on placing blame rather than fixing the problem. What has been done to address the problem that allowed the deaths? How many investigations has Chaffetz called for on that?

Pure partisanship.

Did the white house want to stress riot as opposed to terrorist attack for political purposes? Probably so. Is that such a big deal? Certainly there was some evidence at the time to support it.

How different is this than Bush pressuring Tom Ridge to raise the terror alert leading into the 2004 election. (“I wondered, ‘Is this about security or politics?’- Tom Ridge)

Most politicians do some questionable things to get elected. I am not excusing anything. But, this is not unusual in politics.

So, please, it is very easy to see straight through the faux outrage as just partisan politics.

Durham, NC

"Indeed, Pelosi’s question ignores the extraordinarily great lengths to which the Obama administration has gone to keep Benghazi from being a topic of conversation. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah"

This could have easily been written about the extraordinary lengths Chaffetz is doing to try to keep the story alive, despite the fat that we have had hearings on this subject for the last two years, and we had an independent report on the incident. Perhaps it is just Chaffetz trying to sooth his feelings of regret about voting twice to cut funding for embassy security.

If there is something there... I hope the truth does come out. But it needs to be done through independent means, not some partisan theatre timed with elections. This motivate the base stunt is getting old. If you really want the truth, bring forward and independent council to investigate - turn off the TV cameras, back away from the podium, so it can be taken seriously.

But right now, it just feels like a way for Chaffetz to get air time. If he wants serious answer, lets do it is a serious manner without the grand standing.

Burke, VA

In the time frame from 2000 to 2008, 47 Americans died in attacks on diplomatic outposts throughout the world. It is not difficult to understand why the Republican Congress or the Deseret News does not find those deaths as troubling as the ones in Benghazi. It is quite troubling to the rest of us, however. Are those deaths less important than those in Benghazi? Where was and is the outrage over the lack of security to protect those public servants? If the Republicans truly do want to find the truth in this investigation, instead of just making a political smokescreen covering their lack of action on anything else, or assisting in their fundraising for the coming elections, then why have these deaths been left off their investigation? I think we all know the answer.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

In our opinion: A House select committee to investigate Benghazi is necessary to get answers to neglected questions


Fine --
Right AFTER we find out about imaginary Weapons of Mass Destruction that cost us 4,000 dead and $3 Trillion.

Otherwise - The Deseret News is playing political Witch Hunt fueled by a re-election cycle.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Thank you Deseret News for clearly showing why a House Select Committee is needed. If the Watergate "cover-up" deserved to be investigated, surely the Benghazi "cover-up" deserves investigation. American lives were lost. Those grieving families deserve an answer to their questions.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Can you imagine what the GOP would be doing if 9-11 had happened under Obama insead of Bush?

Saint George, UT

It's like all the pointless votes to repeal Obamacare. It will end like the last hearing on the ACA when Republicans grilled health insurance executives and couldn't get them to say what they wanted.

salt lake city, utah

" surely the Benghazi "cover-up" deserves investigation. American lives were lost. "

So that's what Stephen Covey means by starting with the end in mind.

There was a cover up...so now let's have an investigation/again to find it.

clearfield, UT

Hey all, I know you don't like Bush ect. But the here and now is this. Where was Obama that day and night? Where was Clinton that day and night? Why was there NO attempt to send help when this thing raged on for 14 hours. Did anyone ask for help to be sent and was overridden by Clinton/Obama? No one could have known how long or how extensive the 911 anniversary Al Queda planned attack was going to go on. No help sent. Why when asked did Clinton deny further protection of that embassy? Why when knowing that it was a terrorist planned attack only hours after it happened did the administration want to continue to lie to the American people that the reason it happened was a spontaneous combustion caused by some obscure internet film, and not a planned terrorist attack from a terrorist organized group that "coincidently" happened on 911. Why did Hillary say to the parents of one of the killed that they would throw the film maker in jail? Why did Obama go on the View and lie that it was caused by an internet video? So many questions that need answers.

Salt Lake City, UT

The headline "committee to investigate Benghazi" is incorrect.
It should read "committee to investigate White House response".

Republicans won't investigate how to prevent future Benghazis, but rest assured they will find out how a talking point is created.

Burke, VA

SCfan - A bipartisan Senate report that was issued on January 14 of this year answers the questions you have asked. The report is critical of the White House, the State Department and the Intelligence Community and gives advice on how best or better to answer issues in the future, including how to provide the public with as much declassified information as possible while still maintaining security of information where that is necessary. The report was put together in a bi-partisan spirit, not in a political witch hunt that is obviously timed to impact mid-term elections. So please ask yourself - "Why this new investigation is necessary?" And be honest with yourself.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

"With all due respect, the fact is, we had four dead Americans! Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again." – Clinton shouting over Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson......

She said it's over.... and whether it was a spontaneous protest, or a planned 9/11 related thing... at this point doesn't matter... so DROP IT!

"Nobody wants to sit where I am and think now about what 'coulda, shoulda, woulda' happened in order to avoid this." – Clinton during some of her initial remarks.

"I would say that I personally was not focused on talking points, I was focused on keeping our people safe," Clinton to Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate panel.


But just keep blaming Bush and Cheney (never Obama and Biden)... THAT will solve everything.... Usual Democrat smoke screen...

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

Witch Hunt + another Bengazi probe + Camera and Mic time = Chaffetz

Hayden, ID

Obama promised," The most open and transparent administration in history"! What we got is, How dare anyone ask me for accountability or transparency. Unless of course its someone else's scandal (Watergate), then by darn, we got to get to the bottom of this! Hypocrisy, thy name is Democrat!

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