Don’t get John Boehner angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
At least not if you’re a Democrat.
If you’re a conservative of any type, on the other hand, you’re probably applauding the suddenly furious Boehner and wishing he had shown up a year and a half ago, when it first became obvious the Obama Administration was lying its weaselly guts out about what happened in Benghazi, Libya.
In case you missed it because you watch CBS or something, here’s a recap.
Early this week, the private conservative group Judicial Watch succeeded in its Freedom of Information Act request and received as part of the documents requested a memo from Ben Rhodes to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, cc’d to Jay Carney, basically telling her to lie about Benghazi by blaming the attack on a YouTube video rather than the Obama Administration’s policy failure, which it was.
The obvious reason for the cover-up is that the 2012 presidential election was coming up in a few weeks, and Obama was riding the campaign trail fueled by the claims that he had killed Osama bin Laden and that al-Qaida was crawling back under its rock.
Nothing could be further from the truth, because, as a report last month concluded, the Administration had essentially switched sides in the War on Terror and was knowingly arming al-Qaida-linked operatives in Libya and elsewhere.
Confusing signals from the Administration led Moammar Gadhafi to try to deal with the White House in good faith by pulling his troops out of Benghazi and elsewhere. That created the opening for al-Qaida that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in what was probably a planned kidnapping gone awry.
So the real story in a nutshell was about incompetency on a grand scale and probably treason for aiding an enemy in time of war. Not a winning combination for elections.
When the Rice memo was revealed, Carney and the White House first pretended that it really wasn’t about Benghazi, even though it clearly was, and then the Administration set Nancy Pelosi, Media Matters and its other attack dogs on the media to try to destroy and bury the story.
But then Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was able to get released a previously secret memo from Beth Jones, the assistant secretary of state under Hillary Clinton at the time of Benghazi. The memo documents a conversation between Jones and the Libyan ambassador the day after the attack.
In it, Jones reports, “When [the Libyan Ambassador] said his government suspected that former Qaddafi regime elements carried out the attacks, I told him the group that conducted the attacks—Ansar Al Sharia—is affiliated with Islamic extremists.”
The day after the attack.
Flashback to the presidential debates when Mitt Romney made the point that Obama himself was running around blaming the video for weeks (which he was) after the incident. Recall Obama denying it and pretending that in a speech several days after Benghazi he had said it was terrorists. (He didn’t — he was referring in that speech to 9-11 and terrorism in general.) Also spare a moment to recollect the way moderator Candy Crowley toadied for him and backed up his lie on national television, making Romney look to the uninformed like an idiot when what the country had actually just witnessed was the way the media whitewash history for a pat on the head from Obama.
This past week’s revelations were “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” one GOP staffer said.
As a result, Boehner announced that the House will be forming a special investigative committee. Pitbull Trey Gowdy is rumored to be the choice to lead it.
Lest skeptics think this is just another false start from the till-recently slothful Republicans, most of the leadership weighed in with their own statements about how ticked off they are.
RNC Chairman Reince Preibus blasted the White House in a statement: “When confronted with this evidence, they continue to offer denials, non-answers, and lies. At this point, they’re lying about their lies. Clearly, Democrats will go to any length to cover up what really happened.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said, “Unfortunately, the Obama Administration’s continued obstruction has made clear that it is time for a House Select Committee to force the Administration to end its stonewalling and come clean to congressional investigators, an inquiring media, and the American public. In the days after four Americans were killed by terrorists, President Obama’s advisers orchestrated a campaign to deceive their fellow Americans as to what occurred, and we deserve to know why.”
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has already issued a subpoena calling Secretary of State John Kerry on the carpet to explain why his department did not comply with earlier subpoenas and produce the Rice memo and other evidence.
For Democrats who sympathize with Hillary Clinton’s question, what does it matter? the speaker of the House had an answer:
“The administration’s withholding of documents – emails showing greater White House involvement in misleading the American people – is a flagrant violation of trust and undermines the basic principles of oversight upon which our system of government is built. And it forces us to ask the question, what else about Benghazi is the Obama administration still hiding from the American people? … Four Americans died at the hands of terrorists nearly 20 months ago, and we are still missing answers, accountability, and justice. It’s time that change.”