"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Why is a Republican Senator Defending Issa for Outing Libyans?

Why is Senator Graham making a fool of himself over Libya by defending Issa?  First of all there is later data out to confirm what Susan Rice said that confirms the video was part of this but why let facts stand in the way.
October 16: News reports begin to indicate that while the Benghazi attacks may not have grown out of a protest against an anti-Muslim film Rice said in her Sept. 16 remarks, the assault may have been both an act of terrorism and carried out in response to the video.
Anyone who has ever been around the Intelligence Community knows that initial reports may not be the whole story.  That is nothing new but to declare the video had nothing to do with the attack isn't facing reality as the demonstrations started in Egypt due to the video and were spreading so a logical conclusion is that some terrorists took the opportunity to go after the consulate.  Did they know the Ambassador was in residence that night or were they after another facility on the compound?

The very idea that any sitting Senator would approve of what Issa did by releasing these documents to the public that contained names of Libyans who have been helping us is outrageous.  It just proves that these Republicans in Congress will do anything they can to defeat Obama when it means going against their core values in order to support a dishonest and corrupt Mitt Romney.  Also proves that Fox News will do anything to support Republicans by changing subjects like Chris Wallace did.
Durbin: Issa endangered Libyans with document dump to get ‘toehold’ for Romney (via Raw Story )

By David Edwards 
Sunday, October 21, 2012 12:37 EDT 
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Sunday ripped House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa (R-IL) for exposing the identities of Libyans who were working with the U.S. government in an effort to politicize the recent deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and get a foreign policy “toehold" for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. 
During an interview on Fox News on Sunday, host Chris Wallace repeatedly ignored Durbin’s efforts to point out that Issa had dumped 166 pages of sensitive State Department documents without redacting the names of Libyan civilians.
“Let’s ask the honest questions, let’s gather the evidence, let’s make sure we understand actually what did occur,” the Democratic senator told Wallace. “But jumping to conclusions — I mean, Darrel Issa does a documentary dump on his website of sensitive information about those in Libya who are helping to keep America safe. It shows the lengths many will go to try to politicize this tragic situation.”
Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, however, praised Issa and Fox News for continuing to attack President Barack Obama for his handling of Libya before and after the attacks. 
“Thanks God for media that will ask questions, thank God for some Republican control of one branch of government,” Graham opined. “If you left it up to this administration to inform the American people, we would still be believing this was a spontaneous riot spurred by a video.” 
“I am totally convinced that this is going to go down in history as one of the most major breakdowns of national security in a very long time,” he insisted. “It’s exhibit A of a failed national security strategy.”
For his part, Durbin said that it was “always easier to say the day after how you could have won that football game.”
“This idea of Chairman Issa, saying that he’s going to dump the names in public of Libyans who are risking their lives to support America and keep us safe in an effort to get a political toehold in this election is unconscionable, it is unacceptable,” Durban observed. “I’m sure that Sen. Graham doesn’t support that.”
“Well, let’s move on to the shifting story after the attack,” Wallace replied, declining to press Graham on the question of Issa’s document dump.
Fox Tabloid News pundit Wallace refused to press Graham on his answer preferring to 'move on' so Graham didn't have to answer whether he supported outing the Libyans or not.  By his silence and support of Issa, he has answered that question that he agrees or he would have spoken out.  Shame on Senator Graham for putting Party over our Country and National Security.  He joins a long list of Republicans who have been obstructing and attacking the President for over 3 1/2 years but this is reprehensible out of someone with access to classified information and has been a member of the military.

What country would want to work with the CIA if we are going to out their people?  Or is that what Graham and others want -- do away with the CIA and bring intelligence under the military which is bad idea.  They don't have the resources and the DoD is headed by a political appointee that leaves his job when a new President takes over while the CIA Director is a 10-year appointment like the FBI Director.  The CIA operates independently from the military but so many times they have reached the same conclusions from different avenues which is necessary to have an intelligence community that works.  I have no faith left in today's Republicans in Congress or in the flawed candidate representing the Republican Party.

The obstruction and House Republicans cutting the budgets of security for the embassies should make everyone cringe at what they would do if Romney was President.  

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