It’s quite clear that Republicans in Congress have no purpose in life other than to try to embarrass Democrats, especially Mrs. Clinton, and make life as bad as possible for the rest of us, hoping that somehow the voting public will be motivated to vote for a change.
Juan Cole gives the real story on the “hearings.” For starters:
Republican senators keep saying that it should have been “easy” to find out what happened on September 11, 2012, by simply debriefing US personnel who had been there. John McCain, Ron Johnson and the others who make this charge are the most cynical and manipulative people in the world. The Benghazi US mission was very clearly an operation of the Central Intelligence Agency, and that is the reason that the Obama administration officials have never been able to speak frankly and publicly about it. McCain and the others know this very well, and they know that their public carping cannot be “simply” answered because the answers would endanger sources and methods.
and, nonetheless, the Republicans are compromising intel:
Republicans keep posturing that their questions about Benghazi are intended to bolster US security. In fact, they are harming it. Republican hearings in the House of Representative have disgracefully revealed the names of Libyans talking to the US consulate, thus endangering their lives and harming US efforts to understand the situation in the country, since who would risk talking to the embassy if they know about Darrell Issa’s big mouth?
Over the Line, Smokey! has seen a lot of disgusting politics through the years, but the present Republican Party is absolutely the worst.