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Vice Presidential Debate: chutzpah (October 11, 2012)
Presidential Debate: Benghazi, Libya was an act of terror (October 16, 2012)
The House republicans continue to trip over themselves when it comes to Libya. Last week:
Rep. Issa Defends Potentially Endangering Libyan Lives
By Hayes Brown on Oct 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm
The Republican politicization of the Benghazi attack may have endangered the lives of several Libyan nationals. Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, released 166 pages of documents [PDF] on Friday as part of his investigation into the Obama administration’s response to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack.
That evening, Foreign Policy reported that the documents contained unredacted names of several Libyans working closely with the United States government….
….Rep. Gerry Connoly (D-VA), who also sits on the Oversight Committee, likewise issued a statement saying, “The irony is that while Chairman Issa purports to be sincere in his desire to investigate the recent attack so that we can learn how best to protect our diplomats in the future, his own actions have now compromised the safety of U.S. personnel and Libyans working together to forge a better Libya.”
This is not the first time that the Oversight Committee’s Republican majority has possibly exposed sensitive information in the course of their investigation into Benghazi. During the Oct. 10 hearing, Issa and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) may have revealed the classified location of a CIA safehouse while viewing an unclassified map….
….Unclassified documents also can receive labels that advise their level of ability for distribution. For example, the documents released by the Government and Oversight Committee were labeled “unclassified, but sensitive,” meaning that while their contents would not harm the United States directly, they are not intended for wide release.
Rep. Issa has been quoted, according a partial transcript released by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), as referring these unclassified designations as “crap.” Those whose names were published would likely argue otherwise.
Representative Vicky Hartzler (r), dim bulb that she is, is no exception. Via Representative Hartzler’s most recent constituent e-mail, dated yesterday, in reference to Libya:
….It is astonishing that with this new information, the Administration’s first response was to blame a video clip for inciting the attack rather than acknowledging the role of radical terrorists intent on killing our people….
….Strikingly, most of the information the public is learning is through media reports….
….The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee convened earlier this month to investigate why the State Department had failed to increase security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi prior to the terrorist attack. Additionally, Chairman Darrell Issa and Congressman Jason Chaffetz sent a letter and 166 pages of supporting documents to President Obama on October 19th demanding answers about the Administration’s course in Libya prior to the attacks. So far, they have received no answers from the White House. This is unacceptable….
….Sensitive and classified information has been stolen by looters sifting through the rubble of the unsecured Benghazi Consulate….
“….Strikingly, most of the information the public is learning is through media reports….”
And some of that sensitive material Representative Hartzler (r) is so concerned about was released to the public via the media by the republican controlled Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearings held earlier this month.
“….It is astonishing that with this new information, the Administration’s first response was to blame a video clip for inciting the attack rather than acknowledging the role of radical terrorists intent on killing our people….”
The next morning after the attack, September 12, 2012, at the White House Rose Garden, President Obama:
….No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done….
Vicky Hartzler (r) is an idiot.