As mersault mentioned in another thread today, yet another investigation on BENGHAZI!!! has been concluded (This is the fourth completed investigation, BTW: State Accountability Review Board, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs). Shockingly (not), the House Intelligence Committee came to the same conclusions as the other three:
– Intelligence agencies were “warned about an increased threat environment, but did not have specific tactical warning of an attack before it happened.”
– “A mixed group of individuals, including those associated with al Qaeda, (Moammar) Khadafy loyalists and other Libyan militias, participated in the attack.”
– “There was no ‘stand-down order’ given to American personnel attempting to offer assistance that evening, no illegal activity or illegal arms transfers occurring by U.S. personnel in Benghazi, and no American was left behind.”
– The administration’s process for developing “talking points” was “flawed, but the talking points reflected the conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the crisis.”
The House Intelligence Committee is chaired by Rep. Mike Rogers, no friend to Obama or his administration. He has attacked Obama for trading five Guantanamo detainees for SGT Bergdal, says Obama has emboldened Putin, and claimed Obama is soft on terrorists and wouldn’t pursue the BENGHAZI!!! suspects. I think it’s safe to say the wingnuts will have a hard time painting Rogers as some lackey whitewashing BENGHAZI!!! away in order to protect Obama and Clinton.
This puts pressure on Rep. Gowdy’s show trial, but I’m sure he has plenty of forewarning on Roger’s Committee’s findings. Look for Gowdy to focus on Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State, with the intent being to pin the blame solely at her feet for not providing enough security. We’ve been through that before, but I’m sure he’ll still try. Otherwise he’ll end up looking like more of a fool than Darrel Issa, and that’s pretty hard to do.
UPDATE: This story has been out for a couple of days now and we can see what the right wing response is: Crickets. None of the conservative newspapers, Fox News, or blogs have said a single word about the report, hoping that if they ignore it long enough it will cease to exist. Good luck with that.