The Benghazi report is out, and the “I told you so’s” are flying around Twitter.
A new bipartisan report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is a searing indictment of the State Department and its bureaucracy, and confirms that those who participated in the fatal assault are tied to Al Qaeda groups.
The narrative is based on significant interviews, and shows that Benghazi compound security was woefully unprepared for violence, despite multiple incidents earlier in the year and, says the report, that the attack could have been prevented.
The report opened the door for Obama critics to slam the administration online. The Republican National Committee led the pack.
But critiques weren’t just aimed at the administration. After a lengthy investigation, The New York Times recently concluded that the attackers were not connected to Al Qaeda. National Review’s Stephen Hayes twists the knife.
New Senate Intel Cmte report on #Benghazi - authored by Democrats -provides final dagger to NYT revisionist account.— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) January 15, 2014
As does Darrell Issa, the House chairman who has long disputed the administration’s initial reaction that an anti-Muslim YouTube video spurred the attacks.
Funnyman Dennis Miller wants to hear from the former secretary of State.
Trust me, before this is over Hillary will explain away the lack of reinforcements in Benghazi on traffic on the George Washington Bridge.— Dennis Miller Show (@DennisDMZ) January 15, 2014
Meanwhile, the liberal Media Matters predictably uses the report to attack Fox News’ coverage.
Amid all the gotchas, a tweeter saw fit to remember one of those who gave his life protecting others.
Happy Angel Birthday to Ty Woods who selflessly sacrificed his life in defence of our Benghazi Embassy. pic.twitter.com/ezLkPkyVIE— SEALofHonor (@SEALofHonor) January 15, 2014
The House easily passed an omnibus spending bill Wednesday, which moves to the Senate where it is expected to pass easily before heading to the president.
So, Congress did something today. It's respected now, right?
Congratulations on your budget, Congress. America still hates you. http://t.co/gfRfQM66Rl— The Fix (@TheFix) January 15, 2014
So, the lawmakers are only hated with the same intensity as last year. What do constituents know anyway?
We’re still spying. And it looks like, despite a public outcry, no change to NSA policies is in the offing.
Edward Snowden’s pal, journalist Glenn Greenwald, backhands the president’s decision to do little to rein in the government's surveillance.
Maybe Greenwald should listen for any clicks on his phone line?
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