Benghazi Hearing Reveals No 'Smoking Gun'

Benghazi was a tragedy. A tragedy that was further compounded by the erroneous information given to the public in the hours during and following the attacks. Yet, the most that the Congressional hearings on Benghazi have turned up so far is that the President and his administration are only human.

The administration has admitted to the errors and false information it passed along to the public during the chaotic few hours during and after the embassy in Libya was attacked, and even formed the Accountability Review Board in order to look through the details of the attack to find any gross negligence.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has yet to find any irrefutable proof of a government conspiracy or cover-up, despite the hours-long hearing Wednesday on that very subject.

"I don’t think there’s a smoking gun today. I don’t think there’s even a lukewarm slingshot,” Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) said during the hearing. 

Wednesday was the ninth hearing since the attacks, and though new information was presented by ‘whistleblowing’ State Department officials, the administration and other experts capably challenged and refuted all the allegations.

“There was tragic incompetence, plainly, in the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi attacks, and even some political calculation,” wrote Michael Hirsh of National Journal, but definitely “no cover-up,” and Issa’s arguments are “just not going to amount to much.”

Sources: Salon, National Journal


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