Last Thursday marked the 700th day since the Select Committee on Benghazi was authorized. To put “700 days” into perspective, the 9/11 commission only took 604 days to investigate the worst terrorist attack in our country’s history, including writing a report that was endorsed by all members of the commission (of both parties). The Select Committee on Benghazi has been going on longer than the federal investigations into the assassination of JFK, Hurricane Katrina, Watergate, and the Iran-Contra scandal.
This investigation isn’t even the first investigation into what happened at Benghazi, it is the eighth Congressional investigation. And a lifelong conservative Republican and a major in the Air Force Reserve who worked as an investigator for the committee complained that the committee was primarily focused on attacking Hillary Clinton. And House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy even bragged about how the committee had succeeded in dragging down Clinton’s poll numbers.
It is a purely political operation, paid for with your taxes to the tune of almost $7 million.
Yet the committee lives on, with no end in sight. Even questioning Clinton for 11 hours last October wasn’t enough, even though virtually no new information emerged (how could it, after all those investigations?).
You know, the Republicans aren’t stupid. They keep doing this because they know it works. And not just to rile up their base against Clinton. It has also worked to convince liberals that Clinton is plagued by scandals.
I just wish the same amount of effort had been spent investigating the war in Iraq, or why Dubya failed more than once to keep us safe from terrorists.