How ironic. How embarrassing. And how wrong.
House Republicans have been screaming and flailing about regarding the Obama administration supposedly not protecting Americans in Benghazi. They’ve been trying their level best to embarrass Obama over security lapses. But oops! They themselves failed to protect Americans by revealing classified information. They let it slip that those who died in Benghazi may have been “let down not by the State Department but by the CIA.”
Yes, those dogged GOP whistleblowers put the CIA on CSPAN.
When House Republicans called a hearing in the middle of their long recess, you knew it would be something big, and indeed it was: They accidentally blew the CIA’s cover.
The purpose of Wednesday’s hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee was to examine security lapses that led to the killing in Benghazi last month of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others. But in doing so, the lawmakers reminded us why “congressional intelligence” is an oxymoron.
Through their outbursts, cryptic language and boneheaded questioning of State Department officials, the committee members left little doubt that one of the two compounds at which the Americans were killed, described by the administration as a “consulate” and a nearby “annex,” was a CIA base. They did this, helpfully, in a televised public hearing.
Way to keep a secret, GOP, or as Milbank put it, “withholding was on hold.”
The Republican lawmakers, in their outbursts, alternated between scolding the State Department officials for hiding behind classified material and blaming them for disclosing information that should have been classified. But the lawmakers created the situation by ordering a public hearing on a matter that belonged behind closed doors.
This is the party that swearstogod we can trust them to make the best laws, the best decisions, the best calls on behalf of Americans.
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