The State Department's chief witness was Charlene Lamb and she said, "Sir, we had the correct number of assets in Benghazi" for what was needed leading Committee Chair Darrell Issa to note how ridiculous that statement was in light of the deaths of four Americans.
And that, sadly, captured the hearing. The administration and their allies (on the Committee) repeatedly tried to play down the deaths and the violence and the refusal to staff the security needed. They tried to whine -- especially Rep. Eli Cummings -- that others were playing politics. But over and over, it was the administration and its Democratic allies on the Committee that tried to play politics.
It was disturbing to watch.
I'm used to seeing this crap from Republicans. I've sat through a ton of hearings where they would whore whatever might be left of their image to protect Bush. But this is the first time I've seen this sort of nonsense -- on a serious topic -- to protect Barack.
That crazy idiot who needs to get a wig that fits (and to wash it) always plays the idiot. You know the member of Congress I'm talking about. She's from my home state (Florida). But she does that for everything. Minor, mini-major and major.
Today the hearing was about how four Americans died and, time and again, Cummings and the other Democrats on the Committee were repeatedly stalling, subverting and interfering with the process in order to protect Barack Obama.
I would have thought the four dead Americans would have been their focus.
I never would have guessed that my own political party could be that craven and that disrespectful.
But that was today's hearing.
I also found it interesting that Representative Jason Chavetz was in Libya immediately after the attack and the White House could send someone to trail/follow him but couldn't send anyone to investigate.
Good for Chavetz for going there at a time when the White House wasn't even trying to secure the site or question any witnesses. Bad for the White House that they were more interested in spying on the member of Congress than in finding witnesses and evidence on the attack.
Time and again, the hearing revealed just how desperate the White House was to cover up their Jimmy Carter moment.
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