Hart: Benghazi investigation important, but too expensive
Republicans and Democrats deny accusations of partisanship in the Benghazi investigation, while both parties jockey to position themselves to advantage around Hillary’s pending testimony. If Hillary is pilloried, it’s because of evidence only.
This was initially supposed to be a closed-door hearing with Rep. Trey Gowdy and Hillary Clinton. It would have been an historically significant event, marking the first time Hillary had been behind a closed door with a man since she was in Arkansas. But the hearing will be open to the public. Unless Hillary hits her head on something again, it looks like we have a hearing on Thursday.
She is now trying to dismiss this damaging investigation, calling the panel “a partisan arm of the RNC.” The Clintons have a long history of accusing their accusers, dating back to Bill's dalliances with women in Arkansas. Hillary blames the women he slept with and then runs as a candidate in favor of empowering women. She also has been able to get away with charging colleges $250,000 per speech to talk about income inequality while she rails against the high cost of college. The hypocrisy of the Clintons is boundless.
Just because something is political, it doesn’t mean the claims are untrue. If not politically driven, Washington would do nothing. For example, Watergate was politically motivated.
The Benghazi committee's investigation is important because cables and emails prove that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was predicted and ignored – and four Americans died. Our defense forces were ordered to stand down. Afterward, in the heat of Obama’s reelection efforts, a lie fabricated by the administration and spread by Hillary Clinton blamed this attack on a YouTube video. The video producer was jailed.
In short, the White House admits mistakes were made but maintains that no one made them.
All the House Select Committee on Benghazi wants is to learn what happened so that it can be prevented from happening again. The investigation's disappointing cost of over $4 million is due to the obstinacy of Hillary’s State Department and the inefficiency of Washington.
Hillary erased email evidence in this investigation. If you or I had done that while under investigation, we'd be in the big house, not the White House. Hillary deleted 30,000 emails on the sneaky private server she should not have been using in the first place. When she did – slowly -- release emails, she gave up her spam, promotions, and junk folders. The obfuscating Clinton motto has always been, "If two wrongs don’t make a right, then try three wrongs."
Email security is important. When Obama would not give up his BlackBerry, the NSA worry that email leaks would cause our nation harm was so profound that it employed more than 20 techies to modify and encrypt the device. Our CIA Director’s AOL account just got hacked by a 17-year-old stoner.
Well into the investigation, Hillary lied by emphatically telling CNN that she was never subpoenaed to testify on Benghazi. Republicans then produce the subpoena. You might forget a parking ticket in 2006, or a Groupon email, but no one forgets getting a federal subpoena.
Democrats took a lot of hits during the Benghazi time, but Obama was actually helped. With the IRS targeting political opponents, covering up the Benghazi disaster by saying it was caused by a video caused folks to stop comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter and start comparing him to Richard Nixon. By then Obama's poll numbers were so far down that he contemplated killing Osama bin Laden again.
Obama, a.k.a. Sergeant Schultz, said he "knew nothing" about Benghazi. This is plausible, since he was busy not knowing anything about Lois Lerner’s IRS targeting scandal, the AP and Fox reporter federal spying scandal, ObamaCare's website debacle, Solyndra, and the NSA collecting data on Americans. There is no limit to what Obama does not know about his own administration’s failings.
Hillary’s defense to this investigation, where she has been caught red-handed in illegal activity (ask General Petraeus), is that the investigation came about when she was thinking about running for president. The only surprise would be if Hillary ever admitted to thinking about anything but running for president.
With the email/illegal server discovery, the probe is widening like Chris Christie even after lap band weight-reduction surgery. I said early on that this thing could be another Watergate and could reach as high in the Obama administration as Dennis Rodman.
Ron Hart is a libertarian op-ed humorist columnist, author, and TV and radio commentator. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or www.RonaldHart.com.