Congress is not in session, but in order to make political hay while the sun shines, the GOP is holding hearings in Washington about the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans died during a terrorist attack. The GOP are trying to blame the Obama administration for the deaths, hoping to gain votes in the November election. Yesterday on CNN, Jason Chaffetz, a GOP House member from Utah and newly returned from Libya, admitted that the GOP had reduced the appropriation for State Department security by $100+ million in 2011 and $300+ million in 2012. Secretary of State Clinton had warned that the cuts endangered national security, but the GOP insisted on them. Now that Secretary Clinton’s warnings have come true, the GOP are trying to blame President Obama for not preventing the attack.
In an aside, Mitt Romney has been pretending to be saddened by the death of Glen Doherty, one of the former SEALs working to protect the US Ambassador, Chris Stevens. The mother of the slain former SEAL, Glen Doherty, has asked that Mitt stop talking about her slain son. A friend of Glen Doherty reported on MSNBC last night that Mitt really did not know Glen Doherty. The Romney campaign has shifted direction to try to make Mitt appear more human, reportedly at the direction of the Romney family.
- US officials: We didn’t link Libya attack to video (cnsnews.com)
- Utah commander wanted more security before Libya attacks (ksl.com)
- Chaffetz suspects Libya security decisions ‘coordinated’ between White House, State Dept. (thehill.com)
- Oversight GOPs: Benghazi Mission was Denied Increased Security (pjmedia.com)