The seventh Benghazi investigation has ended. Lasting almost two years, this investigation by the House Intelligence Committee confirmed what six other investigations already revealed — no wrongdoing on the part of the Obama administration.
A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.
Basically, it was a tragedy that Republicans have wasted billions of dollars on. And they’re not quite done yet, either — the eighth investigation is still ongoing, by the Benghazi Select Committee.
Thousands of hours of investigation showed that it was faulty intelligence, not purposefully misleading talking points, that led to Susan Rice incorrectly identifying the motivator for the attack. That has been the stance of the White House since the beginning, and conservatives have never accepted it. That stance has now been repeatedly vindicated.
The AP goes on to report California Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat who serves on the intelligence and Benghazi committees, as saying
It’s my hope that this report will put to rest many of the questions that have been asked and answered yet again, and that the Benghazi Select Committee will accept these findings and instead focus its attention on the State Department’s progress in securing our facilities around the world and standing up our fast response capabilities.
He’s referencing the fact that security personnel knew they didn’t have the capability to stand up to an attack with heavy weapons, and requests to increase security funding were denied — by Republicans. In fact, it was Republicans that actually cut embassy funding. The reality is, financial considerations led to an unfortunate tragedy. The Republican reality places the fault on President Obama, thus absolving them of the guilt that can come with leadership decisions.
It’s doubtful Republicans will stop treating the Benghazi tragedy as a political scandal, no matter what the evidence shows. At this point, they’ve invested too much energy, and convinced too much of their base to back down now. As recently as two weeks ago, Fox News was still posting editorials demanding additional Benghazi investigations.
It’s time to focus on real issues impacting Americans every day. Republicans are more eager to attack President Obama than they are to help the American people, and with GOP control over both the House and Senate for the next two years, it’s difficult to see anything useful happening in the near future. Your tax dollars (and votes) at work, America.