Benghazi Hearings: For The Courage Impaired

Written by Audrey Russo on Thursday, 31 January 2013. Posted in Opinion, Audrey Russo

In questioning Hillary Clinton about Benghazi, only one Republican Senator had the backbone to confront the former Secretary of State directly. Cheers to Rand Paul, but what a shame that the rest of the GOP showed themselves to be administration lapdogs.

Benghazi Hearings: For The Courage Impaired

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." ~Abraham Lincoln

If you were waiting with baited breath for the Benghazi hearings on Capital Hill for truth to be revealed...you're about to pass out... 

The House and Senate Hearings were a grandiose display of the spinelessness of the former Grand Old Party.

The revolting display of fawning fools from the GOP was enough to be a mass emetic! With the exception of Sen. Rand Paul...and Senators Johnson and McCain (in a minor way), you would have thought it was the Hillary 2016 campaign committee. There were so many tongues licking her boots, her foot looked like a Medusa...

The interminable accolades emanating from the mouths of the GOP members looked more like a DNC convention than a fact-finding mission. 

Besides a few legit questions, which were sandwiched in-between kisses, the House Hearing was not worth the time. The few that showed some moxie were in the Senate. 

The first credit (and a minor one) goes to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who began to directly grill Sec. of State Hillary Clinton with this exchange:

Sen. Johnson: "We were misled that there were supposedly protests and then something sprang out of that, and assaults sprang out of that. And that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact. The American people could have known that within days, and they didn't know that."

Clinton: “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Sen. Johnson did not respond, tragically.

The second credit goes to Senator John McCain, who is good friends with Clinton...so you know it was a wee bit softball, but nonetheless he held her feet to the fire. He did ask one poignant question: "Were you aware of the classified cable from Chris Stevens that the US Consulate in Benghazi could not survive a sustained assault?" 

She wasn't...how convenient....

Undoubtedly, the only one who spoke truth to power was Sen. Rand Paul: "One of the things that disappointed me most about the original 9/11 is that no one was fired. We spent trillions of dollars, but there were a lot of human errors. These are judgment errors and the people who make judgment errors need to be replaced, fired, and no longer in the position of making these judgment calls. So, we have a review board -- review board finds 64 different things that we can change. A lot of them are common sense and should be done, but the question is it's a failure of leadership that they weren't done in advance. And four lives were cost because of this. I'm glad that you're accepting responsibility. I think that, ultimately, with your leaving, you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11. And I really mean that. Had I been president at the time, and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, you did not read the cables from Ambassador [Chris] Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post. I think it's inexcusable." 

"Not to know of the request for securities, really, I think, cost these people their lives," he added. "Their lives could have been saved had someone been more available. Had someone been aware of these things -- more on top of the job. 

One Senator unequivocally cared enough about these 4 lives, to tell the truth, demand real answers...and to hold Clinton accountable. One Senator. ONE! Is this what we all hauled our tired tukises over to the polls, to receive?

Mickey Mantle once said, "A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide."

Welcome to the NEW GOP: The 'gang' on the Hill!

About the Author

Audrey Russo

Audrey Russo

Audrey Russo is the Host of the weekly REELTalk Radio Show and the co-host of WOMANTalk Radio Show and handles Middle East Issues/National Security/Terrorism for their eZine. She has also been a frequent guest and guest co-host on Clash Radio with Doug Giles on the IRN Network. As well as a guest on several radio shows including The Rick Amato Show, The Simon Conway Show, The Pat Campbell Show and The Mike Wiley Show. Audrey is the Managing Editor for the online opinion journal Ediblog.com. Her articles can also be read at The Center for Changing Worldviews and the Gold Coast Chronicle as well as other online journals. She is also an active member of the NYC performing arts community as a singer and actor. She can be reached at her website or at this address.

Copyright © Audrey Russo. Used with Permission.

Comments (1)

  • Lynn Atherton Bloxham

    Lynn Atherton Bloxham

    01 February 2013 at 07:56 |
    Excellent analysis. No matter one's perspective on our involvement in the Middle East, the more than obvious callous disregard on display was disgusting. Not only did Clinton admit she had not read the cables, obviously no one among her chosen staff had or if they had possessed the common sense to alert her to the impending problems. Totally inexcusable. Other people should be grilled also...that will be the day!

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