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Published: Sunday, May 11 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

It is abundantly clear that the GOP is infinitely more concerned on what was said in the aftermath than about the "4 dead Americans"

The bottom line is that the hard right wants desperately to believe that Romney lost because Benghazi was not called a "terror attack" by Susan Rice.

The whole Benghazi issue has been blown way out of proportion. Even the GOP's worst case scenario on Benghazi is just not that big of a deal.

Sorry, but it just isn't.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

There is consequences.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

For the people pushing these 'hearings', the only way to do them right is going to be to throw as much of anything that they can at Hillary Clinton, and see if that has an effect.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

The right is rapidly losing all credibility on the issue of Benghazi. Krauthammer and his ilk are in a losing battle to outrage the American populous by parsing every word of Whitehouse press releases, and by creating intricate time lines that "prove" that Hillary and Obama are part of some grand conspiracy.

In addition they have lost all sense of proportionality, sitting on their collective hands after 9-11 while going ballistic after the unfortunate attack on our Benghazi embassy.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

"But the country deserves the truth. They'll get it if the GOP can keep the proceedings clean, factual and dispassionate. No speeches. No grandstanding. Gowdy has got to be a tough disciplinarian — especially toward his own side of the aisle."
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Amen!

The stonewalling from one party in the face of grandstanding by too many of the people from the other party is the kind of behavior that has kept me from joining any political party.

I want to know **the truth**!! Nothing more, nothing less.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

This story still needs to be addressed. There are so many unanswered questions. This is a corruption issue, not a campaign issue.

The same can be said for the terrorist kidnapping in Nigeria.

The campaign issues are:

17.6 Trillion in debt, and and still erupting like a volcano

Lack of jobs in the USA

People giving up on finding jobs and accepting socialism crumbs, instead of seeking vibrant life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The undermining effects of no job prospects on our young people, coupled with the disintegration of the families they come from, causing them to give up on school and life.

Massive political corruption in the IRS.

Offer ideas to solve these issues and you will have a campaign on your hands.

But that said, Benghazi matters because national integrity matters.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

It is abundantly clear that the democrats are infinitely more concerned what was said in the aftermath than about the "4 dead Americans".

That is why they lied.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

WASHINGTON — The Democrats are portraying the not-yet-even constituted House Select Committee on Benghazi as nothing but a partisan exercise.

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If it walks like a duck
Swims like a dick,
and QUACKS like a duck...

It's a duck!

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

How to do the hearings right?

By ruining Hillary's chances of becoming President.

We all know that is what the right wing wants out of these. I bet they couldn't even tell you any of the names of those who were killed!

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

If there is a real story to be found here, I think we should pursue it. But I think it is not unreasonable to also insist on the same requirements the Republicans demanded when the Democrats tried to pull this same theater less than 8 years ago with the Bush administration. I think the Republican committee should insist that everything said will be off the record, as they did 8 years ago. I think the republicans should insist that the White House has immunity, as they did 8 years ago. I think Republicans should consider somethings White House secrets, as did Dick Cheney when he was summoned to explain the discussions he had with oil executives just before the beginning of hostilities began in Iraq. The conservatives Republicans should grant to the Democrat administration everything they demanded as conditions to testify to the then Democrat run House Select Committee. Anything less would be hypocritical.

And at the same time, the Democrats need to be careful about what they demand before testifying, because when the shoe is on the other foot, and it will be someday, they will need to grant Republicans the same concessions they are asking for now.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

"It advises the U.N. ambassador to focus on an anti-Islam Internet video, thus contradicting the perennial White House claim that Rice's blame-the-video five-show fable came just from intelligence community talking points and not from a White House in full campaign mode."

By concentrating on the talking points offered by the administration after the attack tell me just one thing this does to make our current ambassadors and embassies safer?

If you can't say one concrete thing that would come from this approach to the attacks that makes ambassadors safer you are just as guilty of politicizing the deaths of 4 Americans as your accusations against the administration. So don't be climbing on any high ground with all this it's not a mound it's a political swamp.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

@The Real Maverick "I bet they couldn't even tell you any of the names of those who were killed!"

What you're doing here is called projection. I hope you will come to learn over the course of the investigation that the names and families of Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith are held in high regard by most Americans. Your expectation that their names would not be known is itself rather telling.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It WAS a "campaign issue" when it happened (because it happened during the Presidential campaign, and they knew ANY failure in foreign affairs would come up in the Presidential debates). But the election is over now. It's time to take a look at it without the campaign pressure now... before we are in the NEXT election.

IF we air it completely NOW... there's a chance it won't still be an issue when the next election comes around.

It's in everybody's best interest to get this all out in the open NOW... Not rehash it later when Clinton is trying to be President.

If we get EVERYTHING out in the open now... we can avoid a big ugly election surprise (which the media loves to spring).

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@Nate
"I hope you will come to learn over the course of the investigation that the names and families of Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith are held in high regard by most Americans."

Yes, so why do you keep using them to try and get political gain? Read the senate select committee report for crying out loud... some of the questions being asked in these comments were answered years ago.

UT Brit
London, England

@Nate

I actually knew Sean Smith, we spoke often on a forum we both belonged to. I am 100% sure the last thing he would want is for a republican committee to pointlessly drag these things up.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

@Schnee "...why do you keep using them to try and get political gain?"

I have nothing to gain from this, other than finding out the truth. Why are you defending lies and stonewalling?

"...some of the questions being asked in these comments were answered years ago."

Okay, answer me this: where was the President all evening, and what was he doing?

@UT Brit

I didn't know Sean Smith, but from what I know about him, he would want the truth to be known.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

Obama/Hillary blatantly lied to protect himself during a campaign and now his myopic minions accuse republicans of politicizing the issue?
Leftists destroy their own credibility.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

"Okay, answer me this: where was the President all evening, and what was he doing?"

Okay answer me this; why does it matter where the President was all evening and what he was doing, and better yet how does knowing this make any of our embassies safer today?

If knowing where the President was and what he was doing doesn't make embassies and ambassadors safer then this is all political nothing else. Which is exactly the accusation against the administration used to justify the hearing in the first place.

Back in the "good old days"(the Regan years) hearings to investigate embassy bombings were bi-partisan (democrats being the minority)and held to improve circumstances and processes.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

@Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT
@The Real Maverick "I bet they couldn't even tell you any of the names of those who were killed!"

What you're doing here is called projection. I hope you will come to learn over the course of the investigation that the names and families of Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith are held in high regard by most Americans. Your expectation that their names would not be known is itself rather telling.

2:37 p.m. May 11, 2014

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What you are doing is Google searching ---
at least shuffle the names so it at least LOOKS like you knew it without having to look them up.

BTW -- as a veteran myself, I would be ashamed that my life and good name would be used and exploited for political purposes like this.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah
"Okay, answer me this: where was the President all evening, and what was he doing?"

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Agreed.

Reagan SLEPT when 241 Marines were killed in a bombing,
and his staff didn't even bother to wake him up to tell him about it.

Where today's conservative think Pres. Obama is a little General,
with his finger on the button,
flying radio controled drones around all over the world,
attacking terrorists, or protecting embassies, troops, and 350 Million individual Americas worldwide,
autonomously and all by himself is simply ridiculous.

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