The GOP-led investigation by the House Intelligence Committee took two years to study the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi. It was not the first Congressional investigation to look into it (in fact, it was the seventh), but Republicans promised that it would be the authoritative one. Well, like all the investigations before it, this one found no wrongdoing and no cover-up. In other words, there is no there there.
But of course, that will not stop the investigations. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has already condemned the report from his own political party, calling it “full of crap“. Graham says there will be another investigation (this is the eighth one) and the new one will be carried out by a House Select Committee.
Graham promises that the new investigation will be “more successful”. Which I guess means that it will find someone, anyone, to blame. Graham says “I’m not going to stop until someone is held accountable for allowing it to be a death trap, somebody be fired for not coming to the aid of these people for nine-and-a-half-hours.”
After that, can we have an investigation into Graham for wasting our time and money?
“Which I guess means that it will find someone, anyone, to blame.” Why not simply blame the people who attacked the embassy and committed the murders? Really, is that so difficult for Graham to understand?
Graham’s sentiments echo a common ignorance that pervades society: Life is dangerous and absolute security is impossible. To understand security, you must understand that there is a maddening imbalance: Defenders must protect EVERY potential weak spot, while attackers only need one target. If we insist on going to whatever extremes are necessary to guarantee we cannot ever be attacked anywhere in the world, we will bankrupt ourselves financially, morally, and emotionally. It is both impossible and undesirable to secure all of our interests. Instead, we perform due diligence and do what we can.
Benghazi is a tragedy for one reason alone: Murderous thugs attacked us and killed people. Period. The same thing applies to 9/11, the U.S.S. Cole, Oklahoma City, etc., etc. It’s tasteless to suggest otherwise.
I’m trying to recall all the endless investigations and insinuations that occurred after the marine barracks bombing in Beruit back in ’83, which killed – what? – around 300. Oh, that’s right, I can’t recall because it didn’t happen. St. Ronnie appointed a presidential military panel to investigate, which admitted security lapses. We mourned the loss of so many brave and dedicated soldiers and soon withdrew the peace keepers from Lebanon. End of story.
But that’s was a different DC and political universe, apparently never to be seen again in our lifetime.
This reminds me of a US vs. Soviet Union basketball game.