I have to admit, a few months after those men were killed in Benghazi I began feeling fatigued with the story. I suppose all those “feisty” women (and men too but mostly the “fierce” American flag and Twibbon wearing women) began to annoy me. All they were doing was echoing the same things that other Twitter Stars were tweeting.
It started bothering me because it didn’t seem like any of the Benghazi Brigade authentically cared about the four men who died; they only cared about their own outrage. (And winning imaginary rhetorical brownie points from their followers.)
And outraged they were! Rightfully so, but misplaced energy is just misplaced energy. The whole issue became so ridiculous that I actually started mocking those who, like little twitter bots, kept the “#BENGHAZI #BENGHAZI #BENGHAZI!” hue and cry going.
The story is still simmering though. Does it still have legs? I think we need to have a little talk with “John from Iowa,” who is the witness that the Pentagon desperately didn’t want the Benghazi Committee to have a sit down with.
“This Pentagon political appointee claimed in an official letter to the committee the Department of Defense could not find a requested witness, despite expending ‘significant resources’ searching for him,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the committee chairman, said in a statement Friday. Gowdy was referring to Stephen Hedger, the assistant defense secretary for legislative affairs.
“This witness is still on active duty and confirmed Thursday the Air Force knew exactly who he was — a drone sensor operator who was operating over Benghazi on the night of the attacks,” Gowdy wrote.
Ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.) called the subpoena an “abuse of authority by House Republicans” and a “desperate distraction from a failed investigation.”
“There was absolutely no reason to unilaterally subpoena the legislative staff of the Pentagon… — except to… distract from the fact that the Republicans have come up empty in their three-year attack on Hillary Clinton,” Cummings said in a statement.
Gowdy’s spokesman disputed this characterization. “The operators were able to tell the committee what they were directed to look for, what information they were focused on gathering, what information was relayed up the chain of command and what capabilities the drones possessed,” Ware said in a statement. Read more…
I want to know what he said. Inquiring minds need to know. If we don’t everyone will keep the outrage going and the Twitterverse will totally lose its shit!