After innumerable investigations and thousands of taxpayer money wasted on something that could’ve gone towards nobler things, such as repealing Obamacare for the gazillionth time, Republicans remain hopelessly committed to finding a smoking gun with regards to Benghazi. But even if they wish to pursue this fantasy (or full-blown wet dream) on the taxpayer dime, the Pentagon is downright sick of their crap.
Last week, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs Stephen Hedger charged Republican investigators with employing a variety of “unproductive” tactics.
I understand your stated intent is to conduct the most comprehensive review of the attack and response, Congress has as much an obligation as the Executive Branch to use federal resources and taxpayer dollars effectively and efficiently, Hedger wrote.
Indeed, you know things are bad when the freaking Pentagon is the voice of reason. Naturally, this criticism didn’t sit too well with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Getting his panties in a bunch, Gowdy essentially declared war on the Pentagon in a blistering letter.
This approach to independent congressional oversight and the inaccurate characterization of the committee’s work … are unbefitting of the Department of Defense, Gowdy told Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
I, too, would have liked this investigation completed months ago, he added. Yet, constant obstacles and barriers created by the executive branch — including the Department of Defense — have made that impossible.
Meow! Somebody clearly woke up on the wrong side of reason…again.
Gowdy’s snippy response is a sign that Benghazi just won’t go away, as well as a last-ditch effort to try to nail President Obama before he goes back to Kenya. Gowdy, for example, cited “potential partisan coordination” between the Defense Department and committee Democrats. Hedger previously worked for congressional Democrats before coming to the Pentagon.
Benghazi is a lot like Sarah Palin. There’s really nothing to it, yet it refuses to go away.
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