Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and John McCain of Arizona, are the Senate’s “Three Stooges” on the subject of the fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 of last year. They keep picking at a scab and pretending it’s an open wound, insisting that some very answered questions about that day remain unanswered. Their beef appears to be that U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice only revealed what information she was cleared to reveal on a Sunday talk show.
Much to the Senators’ consternation, Ambassador Rice did exactly what she was supposed to do, discussing the talking points that had been prepared for her by several intelligence agencies, minus any classified information, which at the time included all references to al-Qaeda.1 Of course, had the Ambassador revealed what she wasn’t allowed to reveal at that time, Senators Graham, Ayotte, and McCain would now be calling for her head for revealing classified information.
Still pretending to be the victim of a massive conspiracy, which apparently consists of everyone in the Obama Administration doing their job in the wake of that tragedy, Senator Graham is now threatening to hold up the nominations of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary and John Brennan as CIA director, until he gets the answers that he has already been given more times than anyone cares to count.2
I don’t know how many more times we need to explain these things to the good senator. Perhaps we should use smaller words?
- “Intel Official: Talking Points Were Not Edited To Minimize Role Of Extremists In Benghazi Attack,” ThinkProgress, Ben Armbruster, 11/21/2012 [↩]
- “Lindsey Graham threatens to hold up confirmations of John Brennan, Chuck Hagel,” The Fix, The Washington Post, Sean Sullivan, 2/10/2013 [↩]