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What Was The CIA Doing In Benghazi On The Night Of The Attack?

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Yesterday I interviewed Chairman Darrell Issa on this subject (transcript here), and I hope to add the perspectives of the Daily Beast’s Eli Lake and CNN’s Jake Tapper today.  It was CNN’s story that took the low-level speculation about the possible arms-to-Syrian rebels (and possibly al Qaeda affiliated ones) into the MSM, though the buzz about that angle has been around for months.  John Hinderaker is a skeptic, but as Chairman Issa says, that is the House Intelligence Committee’s jurisdiction.

Chairman Issa doesn’t want a select committee on Benghazi.  It seems like a majority of the House GOP does.  What I want is a detailed timeline that tells us who was where doing what from the beginning of that terrible chain of events through the withdrawal from Benghazi.  The president and the Secretaries of State and Defense vanish from the radar, and it is the House’s job to piece together the overall picture.  Chairman Issa assures us that the investigation is powering forward towards more hearings in September, but the sense of urgency is being lost because there is no sustained focus in an era that demands it.


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