Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Benghazi hearings must be hunt for facts only

As an outside observer here, it would seem to be in the best interest of democrats to participate in the House Select Committee on Benghazi.  First off, it's important to learn the truth as to what happened. Second off, if Hillary Clinton is called to testify, they would be able to make sure she receives a fair hearing.

It's beyond me why they wouldn't want to participate.  Four Americans are dead, and they are dead because someone screwed up.  Who? Why? What could have been done different? These are important questions that need to be answered for justice to be done for those who died, and to prevent similar circumstances from happening in the future.

Charles Krauthammer, in his May 8, 2014, column, "Benghazi: How to do the hearings right," says the hearings are necessary, and should focus on the following questions:
Before:
Where and to what extent was there dereliction of duty as memos, urgent pleas and mounting evidence of danger were ignored and the U.S. ambassador was allowed to enter a deathtrap?
During:
What happened during the eight hours of the Benghazi attack, at the end of which the last two Americans (of four) were killed by mortar fire? Where was the commander in chief and where was the responsible Cabinet secretary, Hillary Clinton? What did they do?
After:
We now know the White House was pushing the “video made them do it” coverup, lest the blame be placed on administration policy. Who was involved in that decision, obviously designed to protect a president campaigning that al-Qaeda was “on the run”?
Now, if these proceedings are meant to be a witch hunt, then I'm not for it.  If botched, Krauthammer said, it could backfire on republicans like the Clinton impeachment hearings.  So there is political risk involved.  But this shouldn't be about politics, it should be about learning facts.

If republicans go alone, they need to stick to the issues, and only ask questions aimed at getting at facts. Hopefully they don't have to do it alone, and they should still stick to only asking questions aimed at getting to the facts.