Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Pentagon is getting a little fed up with the never ending Benghazi witch hunt.

Courtesy of Politico:

Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen Hedger complained in a letter to the committee on Thursday about its continued demands for information, and implied that the panel is grasping to make assertions based on theory rather than facts. 

“[W]hile I understand your stated intent is to conduct the most comprehensive review of the attack and response, Congress has as much of an obligation as the executive branch to use federal resources and taxpayer dollars effectively and efficiently,” the letter reads. “The Department has spent millions of dollars on Benghazi-specific Congressional compliance, including reviews by four other committees, which have diligently reviewed the military’s response in particular.” 

Hedger also complained that Defense Department interviewees “have been asked repeatedly to speculate or engage in discussing on the record hypotheticals.” 

“This type of questioning poses the risk that your final report may be based on speculation rather than a fact-based analysis of what a military officer did do or could have done given his or her knowledge at the time of the attacks,” he wrote. 

"Yeah I realize you don't know anything factual, but what do you imagine Hillary Clinton MIGHT have been doing while those four brave Americans were being killed by obvious Islamic terrorists, instead of doing her job and protecting them?"

Always a good sign of a non-biased, fact based, totally non-political investigation.


  1. Anonymous4:17 AM

    Meh on Benghazi...
    Hillary has bigger problems coming down the pike:

    1. Oh, well, golly, if it's on reddit... (eyeroll)

    2. Anonymous6:51 AM

      Thanks, Meghan & Nefer! It gets so tiresome...

    3. Anonymous7:08 AM

      Top left hand of this blog has a statement:
      "This blog is dedicated to finding the truth, exposing the lies, and holding our politicians and leaders accountable when they fall far short of the promises that they have made to both my fellow Alaskans and the American people."
      Eyeroll and get tired all you want,but posters on reddit are pointing out some serious issues about Hillary and her server and the LYING/COVERUP and violation of the law.You don't have to like it,but it's there for the learning.
      And for the record,I've been around since mudflats first started,so the "troll" label is null and void.

    4. Anonymous7:51 AM

      7:08 - Hey, don't miss this story! Put it on Reddit for me, please!

    5. Anonymous7:53 AM

      Where were all these questioners when the Repubs were doing us citizens dirty? Rather got shut down and "sanitized" news for GW was the only thing that got published. Remember Cheney said Valerie Plame was expendable and that curtailed all our intelligence in the Iraq region and put our operatives there in jeopardy.

    6. Anonymous8:53 AM

      Wasn't aware that Cheney or Bush were running for office.

    7. Anonymous11:11 AM


      You're not a troll, you're just dumb. You think those folks on Reddit know the truth? How did they get the information, investgating for the FBI? ... unbelievable stupidity.

    8. Anonymous11:34 AM

      You can read,no?
      This be the law(s) on the books currently in the USA.
      Title 18 Section 1924
      Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of the United States, and, by virtue of his office, employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents or materials containing classified information of the United States, knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.
      Title 18 Section 793
      (f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer— Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both."
      If we look at Title 18 Section 793, It was Clinton's responsibility as Secretary of State to make a "prompt report" as this is a felony. Sidney Blumenthal was an Employee of the Clinton Foundation and did not have the clearance to handle any of this.
      (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer."
      Keep dancin' to the tune of denial and calling people names...

    9. Anonymous3:37 PM

      Again, you cannot prove deliberate intent on her part! We've been over this endlessly here. Read here again:

      11:34 - Quick question: who's the better lawyer, you or Hillary? I know the answer.

  2. Raz Lemons5:51 AM

    204 Gryph, W. Virginia next then Kentucky, I can see the headlines now " Not even the preordained Superdelegates could save her "

    1. Anonymous6:59 AM

      That's quite a fantasy you have rattling around in your head.

    2. Anonymous7:42 AM

      Hilarious. I thought for sure you'd be too embarrassed to return after you spewed so much bullshit ahead of the NY asskicking.

    3. Anonymous8:18 AM

      You should have paid for some secondary education. Hillary only needs 166 delegates and she will get those and more in California alone.

    4. Anonymous8:56 AM

      Hillary landslide, including new Trump data:

    5. Anonymous11:13 AM


      What a dope.

  3. Anonymous6:50 AM

    New CNN poll - Clinton - 54%, Trump - 41%

  4. Anonymous6:53 AM

    It's been criminal how much money they've wasted on this! Thanks, Stephen Hedger!

  5. Anonymous7:16 AM

    History will (not surprisingly) show that the first Woman president had to wade through a ton of shit thrown at her on her way to the White House.

    Just like history will show that the first Minority president had to put up with all kinds of crap.

    The difference is that the first woman POTUS will have gotten it from people across the political spectrum.

    You can say it's because Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate. I say it's because, for the past 25 years, she's been denigrated and investigated at a level very few other public figures/politicians have had to endure.

    And the reason is because she's a woman who dared 25 years ago to bust out of the box she was expected to stay in. I remember the criticism from both conservative and (sadly) some liberals that she didn't fit the mold of a First Lady, that she was too forward and too involved, that she didn't look or act the part.

    It's not shocking that the first woman POTUS has to be head and shoulders above any other candidate in terms of her experience, qualifications, and knowledge. And people still say she doesn't have enough.

    It's another history lesson about how women have had to fight extra hard for every advancement we've earned.

    1. Anonymous7:56 AM

      Right on! And if you have "looks" must forever fight off the males. Made one of the worst offenders in our organization chairman of the sexual harassment committee when that role became appropriate in this country. LOL

    2. Anonymous10:22 AM

      I would say she's been investigated at the level she has because she's so deeply flawed despite her experience and knowledge. She can't keep her foot out of her mouth. Her latest about having experience with men who go off the reservation is just so dumb. Like Obama said about her email server, "Dumb, dumb, dumb."

    3. Anonymous10:38 AM

      I would say that you are very threatened by her, @10:22! Hahaha.

    4. Anonymous10:49 AM

      She's no worse than any other politician. I can think of a dozen right off the top of my head, and not just Republicans, who are much worse and yet don't get investigated. So why does she get targeted more? Thanks for proving my point.

    5. Anonymous11:47 AM

      What politician in 2016 is dumb enough to use the expression "off the reservation" in a network interview? Clinton is a tone deaf gaffe machine.

    6. Anonymous12:19 PM

      Well. I argued this back in 2009 on this very blog; others argued back that the genesis of reservation from "nature reserve." In fact, there are some here this week of native heritage who said they were not offended by her comment. She apologized; I write this as a HRC supporter, but I agree it was wrong.

    7. Anonymous3:12 PM

      Of course she shouldn't have said it. All politicians stick their foot in their mouth from time to time. Yes, even Obama and Sanders. They are all human. Some politicians say terrible things on a regular basis and yet they aren't under the kind of scrutiny Clinton has been under for 25 years.

      That's the point. Not that she said something she shouldn't have but that she is treated differently from everyone else.

  6. Anonymous8:29 AM

    OT? Bernie Sanders goes from a "kind of cool uncle type, let us all party together and make a revolution,
    starting with this statement>
    "The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails. Enough of the emails. Let's talk about the real issues facing America,"

    and now comes out as a ..?
    We will see..

    1. Anonymous10:27 AM

      Bernie won't go after her about the email server. If the outcome of the FBI investigation is at all unfavorable to Clinton, whether she's indicted or not, she's going to have to drop out. And if it really is a big nothing burger, then he'll look pretty, pretty, pretty good for not going there.

    2. Anonymous10:39 AM

      Yes, you might think he already knows it's a nothing burger or something - *wink* @10:27

    3. Anonymous11:44 AM

      The server admin has been given immunity. The hacker Guccifer who hacked Sidney Blumenthal's email - that hack was how the world learned about domain and ther server - was extradited to the US 2 weeks ago and is being interrogated by the FBI. It may not turn out to be an Clinton-indictment burger, but it doesn't appear turn out to be a nothing burger.

    4. Anonymous12:16 PM

      Keep dreaming, my friend.

    5. Anonymous1:56 PM

      Ain't no dream.
      The Clintons have always been cavalier about rules,laws and boundaries.
      Karma and the law of averages says they are due...

    6. Anonymous3:39 PM

      1:56 - - Objective analysis: Why Hillary Won't Be Indicted

  7. Anita Winecooler4:36 PM

    How many times can the same dead horse be beaten with sticks to find nothing of substance? If there's nothing there after all these hearings, what ground shattering information did they overlook and why? It's not the one getting investigated, it's Trey Dowdy and friends wasting our tax dollars for nothing, again.


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