National Security Brief: No New Information Emerges From GOP’s Benghazi Hearing

“I think the dam is about to break on Benghazi,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday, one day before the House Republicans’ hearing on what they — and Fox News — billed as an exposé of a nefarious Obama administration cover-up of its inadequate response to the terror attacks there last year.

Yet — while we heard gut wrenching testimony of how the attacks unfolded from former deputy chief of mission in Libya Greg Hicks — as predicted, no new information came out of the hearing, either about the attacks themselves, any kind of administration cover-up, or any wrongdoing from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — the GOP’s apparent new target in its ongoing Benghazi witch-hunt (a targeting that some media outlets are happy to play along with). Ironically, the GOP’s witnesses ended up debunking many of the right-wing conspiracy theories on Benghazi.

Moreover, their testimony “did not fundamentally challenge the facts and timeline of the Benghazi attack and the administration’s response to it,” the New York Times observed. And as the Wall Street Journal noted, “the hearing didn’t shed new light” on whether the military was in a position to mount a rescue the night of the attacks (the military and the State Department’s Accountability Review Board on Benghazi says it was not).

“[T]his investigation is perhaps the most organized, concerted effort that House Republicans have made on anything in Congress since they took control of the House,” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said on Wednesday, adding: ““If you say Benghazi enough, if you teach enough people who only type with the Caps Lock key on Twitter to spell Benghazi… then eventually President Obama will be impeached. Or resign.”

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart has more on the GOP-led absurdity, noting that “the denizens of Bullshit Mountain” — a.k.a. Fox News — “have cried wolf before.”

In other news:

  • Reuters reports: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry plans to announce on Thursday that the United States will give an additional $100 million in humanitarian aid for those affected by the Syrian civil war.
  • Foreign Policy reports: Fifty million dollars in stolen U.S. funds that investigators had located in an Afghan bank account last year have suddenly gone missing while under the Afghan government’s watch, according to a top federal watchdog.
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