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  •  I'm outraged that Graham & GOPers "Tipped Off... (22+ / 0-)

    The World to Covert CIA Role in Libya

    The politicization by the Republican Party of the tragic attack on the US consulate in Benghazi has been a security disaster for the United States. A document dump by Congressman Darrell Issa outed the identities of Libyans working with the US.

    Now, it has come out that the annex of the Benghazi consulate was a Central Intelligence Agency HQ.

    The fact the the Obama Administration didn't go on TV and announce the fact that Benghazi doesn't mean that they didn't know what was going on there--it just means that, unlike the Sabotaging GOP, the Obama Administration apparently understood that it was not in the best interests of the US to go on national TV and tell the world all about our covert missions in Libya...  

    It is now clear why the Obama administration has been hampered in replying to the charges of Republican gadflies. They risked outing the CIA operations there. Obama quite admirably decided not to release information on an ongoing covert operation, even though he might, by doing so, have gained some political advantage. Certainly Karl Rove and George W. Bush would not have hesitated to out their own covert operation for political gain.
    I'm outraged that Graham, McCain, et al "risked outing the CIA operations there", immediately following the incident on 9/11, and I'm outraged that they are still going in front of TV cameras--putting their political games before national security.  

     

    •  good points... (2+ / 0-)
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      and good blog link. I've got some reading ahead of me.

      Thanks!

    •  Why is there not action (3+ / 0-)

      against Issa for this?

      How impotent is this administration?  

      Bush/Cheney would have eaten for breakfast anyone who purposefully leaked security info.  Look what they did to Valerie Plame, for her husband's mere transgression to trying to tell the truth.

      "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

      by hopesprings on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:36:16 PM PST

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      •  Probably there's not (public) action because... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...public investigations would, as part of the process of the investigations, force the Admin. to bring up the details of:  

        Covert missions, the identities of covert operatives, and the locations of covert missions into the public arena.  

        Apparently the Administration understands that it's not in the best interests of the nation to:  1. Disclose secret information about their Intelligence Agency(ies) in front of the world media.  2. Make the focus of the Administration's efforts and time prosecuting members of Congress who should know better--instead of focusing on the numerous domestic and foreign issues that have to be addressed.  

        During the Clinton Admin. the Republicans in the House Ethics committee issued over 1,000 subpoenas to investigate alleged misconduct by the Clinton White House...

        ...and Democratic Party and received 2 million pages of documents.  In contrast, the Committee has issued only 11 subpoenas to investigate alleged misconduct by the Bush White House...

        If there's any doubt that the "Bengazhi, Bengazhi" Republican hysteria is fueled anything other than partisan politics, people only need to look back at their partisan investigation record in the Clinton vs that in the Bush Admin.  

        Republicans were willing during the Clinton Admin. to deflect the WH from pursuing matters of national security (like pursuing Osama bin Laden, etc) by issuing 1,000 subpoenas for investigating every move that Clinton made.  But, during the Bush Admin., they issued only 11 subpoenas--even though the Bush Admin. outed a CIA spy.  

        It's more than obvious that the GOP politicians are willing to sacrifice national security, and our covert operatives, to play partisan politics.  

        Apparently President Obama isn't willing to sell out covert operatives and expose CIA secrets to publicly give much deserved slaps upside the head to Issa & co.--BUT...

        That being said, if I were POTUS, I'd be very tempted to send Issa, Graham, McCain, etc on a long one-way visit to...oh....maybe Guantanamo...

        •  "But"...indeed (2+ / 0-)
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          Graham and McCain are dancing on the wire.  

          But Issa went ahead and compromised operations currently in play.  

          Perhaps the Obama Whitehouse is doing this to prevent more crucial info being released...but the 'optics' of the situation requires someone to put all this in perspective - the R's are compromising national security, under the cloak of screaming about how much they care about national security.

          That needs to be clearly called out to the public.

          "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

          by hopesprings on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 10:38:51 AM PST

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    •  This simple set of facts (2+ / 0-)
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      is the most conspicuously overlooked part of the whole "Benghazi-gate" drama.

      It's clear to me that the CIA had operations in Libya it didn't want discovered to be CIA operations. It's clear the Republicans have blown this up as thoroughly as they knew how. It's clear that men like McCain and Graham are either too stupid or too corrupt to admit this and shut up before they do more damage.

      Where's the fucking news media on this rather obvious angle?

      It's absurd.

      Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

      by trevzb on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 08:59:35 AM PST

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      •  Agree-where's the news media? The media... (2+ / 0-)
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        --unlike the Republican "leaders"--did put national security first, (at least briefly) when News Outlets Held Back Detail Of Benghazi Attack At CIA's Request

        But the CIA's request to keep details out of the news didn't stop the Republicans from going before worldwide TV cameras and demanding immediate and public details.  It didn't stop Fox republican propaganda network from tipping off the world (and endangering CIA operatives in Libya).  

        Meanwhile, the media isn't asking the GOPers the tough questions:  Why are you publicizing details of covert missions, covert operatives, and covert locations instead of in the interests of national security, keeping these questions where they belong--in closed security sessions?  

        •  I think I know (1+ / 0-)
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          And I think it involves the key GOP players, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, having their involvement in working with Qadhafi become public knowledge. I'd say this is especially sensitive for Graham, who will no doubt be facing a primary challenge here in South Carolina when he stands for reëlection.

          How did the Libyan revolution spoil these mens' plans, is probably what we ought to be asking.

          Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

          by trevzb on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:17:25 AM PST

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