Congressional Hearings – Do They Really Accomplish Anything?
When Hillary Clinton finally came before Congress, following a series of illnesses and injuries, we were treated to what amounted to a dog and pony show.
The Republicans, predictably bashed her, and Democrats, predictably, kissed her ass:
Senator [Mark] Udall to Hillary Clinton…
“Thank you, thank you, thank you”
“I want to add to the list that some of the Senators have said about your accomplishments”
“I’ve talked to you about COOK STOVES, which I know has been one of your initiatives”
“If you put in a technology, like up to date COOK STOVES” (in third world countries).
“You can make a big difference in people’s health and you can make a big difference on the ENVIRONMENT”
“So I want to add that to the list of very thoughtful POLICY MAKING on your part”
You are there to ask questions, not make a laundry list of accomplishments, as if that somehow makes the fact that four Americans are dead okay.
On the other end, you had Senator Rand Paul:
“Had I been President at the time, and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, you did not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post. I think it is inexcusable.”
According to Paul, though, the State Department spent $80 million on a consulate in Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan that will never open, according to the Washington Post: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-05-05/world/35456979_1_mazar-e-sharif-consulate. (She later said it was Congress’ fault for cutting over $1 billion from the security budget)
Of course, Senator Paul may have been asking questions that she honestly was not aware of. He did harangue her about the alleged trafficking of weapons to Turkey via Libya, weapons intended to reach rebels in Syria. How is she supposed to know what is transpiring in a CIA annex?
There are other theories that Obama’s team was trying to stage an October surprise by setting up the kidnapping of the ambassador, then staging a dramatic rescue just before the election.
I am not saying whether or not I subscribe to any of these theories or not, but when there are voids that need filling, the human mind can become very creative.
One thing that did become very clear is that she was derelict in her duty. When cables come in from potentially dangerous areas of the world, you read them, especially when they are asking for more security and warning of an impending attack. This is not the time that you fall back on “they didn’t fill out the proper paperwork”. Paperwork can be filled out later.
The highlight of the day that had everyone talking was her exchange with Senator Ron Johnson (R – Wis.):
“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” Clinton responded, raising her voice at Johnson, who continued to interrupt her. “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.”
Yes, Madame Secretary, we have four dead Americans, and no answers. The difference that it makes is that this administration did nothing while it waited to collect the “right” information, but put out there that it was because of a stupid video. Why couldn’t the same “care” be shown to make sure the right information was disbursed.
The difference it makes is that four men were murdered, one of whom was dragged through the streets.
The difference it makes is that protesters generally don’g bring mortars, RPGs and machine guns to a protest.
The difference it makes is that we were lied to, again. This has become part and parcel of this administration’s handling of anything. We are lied to repeatedly, not just by the President, but by his minions as well.
However, do these Congressional hearings do anything of import? No, they don’t. Just like the President’s “actions” on gun control, they are designed to make people think they are doing something. They don’t really want answers.
When it’s all over, Secretary Clinton, like David Petraeus, will be allowed to ride off into the sunset, collecting full benefits along the way. Congress will do nothing, because that’s what they do best.