After this latest report, is Benghazi finally over? | The Tylt
After what the New York Times described as "one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history," the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final 800-page report today.
The committee found no new evidence of fault by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that resulted in the deaths of the four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, but strongly criticized agencies like the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of State for failing to recognize the dangers of the situation until it was too late.
Is the Benghazi scandal finally concluded?
After more than two years, nine separate investigations, and $7 million, many people think the scandal around Benghazi should be over. An attack on a US embassy that results in American deaths is of course a terrible tragedy that warrants a thorough investigation. But critics question why the Benghazi inquiry has gone on far longer than inquiries into JFK's assassination, Pearl Harbor, Hurricane Katrina, or the September 11 terrorist attacks. Additionally, last year, GOP Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-C.A.) framed the congressional inquiry as a politically motivated campaign to damage former Secretary of State's Hillary Clinton's presidential run.
On the other hand, some are saying that today's report should cast even more doubts on Clinton and the Obama Administration. Committee Chair Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) claims this latest report should "fundamentally change the way you view Benghazi." He accused both the State Department and the Obama Administration of stonewalling on providing documents.
Responses to the report broke down along partisan lines, with Democrats calling the entire investigation a witch hunt and Republicans claiming there is damning evidence revealed in the report. Many on the right would take issue with the very idea that the scandal should be left in the past, when, as Gowdy said, “You can read this report in less time than our fellow citizens were taking fire and fighting for their lives on the rooftops and in the streets of Benghazi.”
Will the Benghazi scandal be laid to rest?
After this latest report, is Benghazi finally over?