Is the select committee on Benghazi political or a search for truth?

Is the select committee on Benghazi political or a search for truth?

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The men who died in the Benghazi attack

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 6, 2014 – Why is an investigation into the events of 9/11 Part Two considered by so many to be a waste of time and money, a mere political exercise? The only obvious answer is politics.

It is difficult to comprehend why the majority of national media is so disinterested in getting to the truth about Benghazi, unless again we invoke politics.

In general, journalists are lazy. If Rush Limbaugh wasn’t the first to point out how media gets in lockstep with White House talking points, he was certainly a pioneer, using audio montages to demonstrate how the press echoes the words or phrases of the day almost verbatim

A good sports writer can actually cover a major event from the press room without ever seeing a single play. He can reproduce an accurate commentary on any given game just from the wealth of data that is spoon-fed to him. With written play-by-play, stats, quotes and a comment or two from the locker room, the writer never has to break a sweat. The same is true with White House journalists who take the easy way out.

During the Nixon presidency, every budding reporter wanted to be Woodward or Bernstein. But Nixon was a Republican and it was cool to get dirt on “Tricky Dick.”

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With Benghazi there doesn’t have to be a cover-up to have a story. There are more than enough unsavory activities that should have every member of the press asking questions, and the story should capture every American’s interest if, for no other reason, than it directly leads to corruption in the White House.

Opponents of a special committee to delve into the Benghazi incident claim that there have already been several other inquiries. There have, but the opposition stonewalled them for the most part, making them only partial hearings. It was not that way in the days of Nixon and Watergate, when both parties sought the truth.

The Benghazi hearings were formatted in such a way that serious lines of questioning were cut off after five minutes, which allowed a good witness, a la Hillary Clinton and others, to blow smoke long enough to digress from the subject at hand. While there were hearings, they were hardly effective.

So why doesn’t anyone want to know where the president was that night of the Behghazi raid? The commander in chief was AWOL. Even if he was in the White House, it still defies credulity that he would not be in a location where he could monitor real time events with his staff. Not only do we not know, the president has no desire to tell us.

What about Hillary Clinton’s involvement? There has to be a reason why the YouTube video was used as the scapegoat. Obama was in the middle of his re-election campaign. Clinton was trying to preserve her image while winding down her duties as America’s uber-diplomat. Both were highly personal and selfish reasons for ignoring the slaughter of four Americans on foreign soil. Those two reasons alone should be enough to make the media curious and the American people furious.

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Susan Rice’s appearances on the five Sunday news shows were all about making her a scapegoat to provide cover for Obama and Clinton. The administration has shown clear disdain for the people they serve, and they’ve clearly demonstrated their personal arrogance and abuse of power.

Supporters of a party typically follow party leadership like lemmings over a cliff. That fact that Democrats are all over the networks decrying John Boehner’s decision to look further into Benghazi owes more to concern about the upcoming mid-term elections than to dismay over wasting congressional time and resources.

It is baffling why Americans who have been repeatedly lied to about Obamacare, al-Qaeda, the NSA, the IRS and other events, as well as Benghazi, would not want to have the truth and why the media would not seek answers.

Playing politics is the new national pastime. But doing so with American lives takes dirty politics to a different level. It is little wonder Democrats are scared to death about the prospects of new information about Benghazi being revealed before November.

Despite that, it is in the best interests of the United States and its people to get to the bottom of the muck and mire surrounding Benghazi just to put some element of trust back into our government. And for that, the select committee should be supported by both parties. Just as it was in the days of Watergate.


Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (

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