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  •  Are they just plain stupid? (9+ / 0-)
    Or are they so totally partisan--and unpatriotic--that they would deliberately sabotage at least two complex covert missions--risking US national security and covert operatives--just to try to score some political points?
    Par for the course!  From Dana Milbank:
    When House Republicans called a hearing in the middle of their long recess, you knew it would be something big, and indeed it was: They accidentally blew the CIA’s cover.

    The purpose of Wednesday’s hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee was to examine security lapses that led to the killing in Benghazi last month of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others. But in doing so, the lawmakers reminded us why “congressional intelligence” is an oxymoron.
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was the first to unmask the spooks. “Point of order! Point of order!” he called out as a State Department security official, seated in front of an aerial photo of the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, described the chaotic night of the attack. “We’re getting into classified issues that deal with sources and methods that would be totally inappropriate in an open forum such as this.”
    Now that Chaffetz had alerted potential bad guys that something valuable was in the photo, the chairman, Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), attempted to lock the barn door through which the horse had just bolted. “I would direct that that chart be taken down,” he said, although it already had been on C-SPAN.
    The Republican lawmakers, in their outbursts, alternated between scolding the State Department officials for hiding behind classified material and blaming them for disclosing information that should have been classified. But the lawmakers created the situation by ordering a public hearing on a matter that belonged behind closed doors.

    Republicans were aiming to embarrass the Obama administration over State Department security lapses. But they inadvertently caused a different picture to emerge than the one that has been publicly known: that the victims may have been let down not by the State Department but by the CIA. If the CIA was playing such a major role in these events, which was the unmistakable impression left by Wednesday’s hearing, having a televised probe of the matter was absurd.

    Republicans -  shooting themselves in the foot in an aim to embarrass Obama since 2008.

    "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato

    by Bcre8ve on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:23:41 PM PST

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    •  That's interesting. In contrast to Bush, who made (0+ / 0-)

      EVERYTHING classified.  Perhaps the problem here isn't that Obama, Clinton, and Rice are concealing too much. They're not concealing enough?

      "Jersey_Boy" was taken.

      by New Jersey Boy on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 08:04:49 PM PST

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    •  McCain, Graham, Ayotte - Partisanship First eom (0+ / 0-)
    •  yup... I saw this coming... I predicted by Tues. (0+ / 0-)

      of this coming week, the "who is responsible for outing this covert CIA operation" topic will be a wonderful display of Republican backpedaling and double downing AT THE SAME TIME! .... Makes no sense, and sounds completely irrational, but yea... I'm betting that's what the good news for John McCain and his trio of stooges will be doing.  Any takers?

      Goodbye American Dream....

      by Fireshadow on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 09:09:22 AM PST

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