Yael T. Abouhalkah

Bring on the GOP’s bogus Benghazi hearings

Republicans are going to ride their self-made outrage over Benghazi all the way to the 2014 midterm elections and — they hope — to the 2016 presidential race, especially if it features former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

This is one of those highly politicized discussions that has almost no effect on the real lives of Americans.

But the GOP has to rally its base somehow, and it thinks the full-scale attention to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi is the ticket to doing that.

In the latest news,

House Speaker John Boehner has embraced the idea of appointing a select committee

to investigate Benhazi.

UPDATED 12:30 P.M.:

On Monday, Boehner

appointed South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy

to lead the select panel.

The flurry of action by Boehner and other Republicans is already raising predictable support from gung-ho colleagues who can’t get enough of Benghazi hearings.

You can be sure that Fox News will hyperventilate about every step of the process, which will include over-the-top, nonstop talking heads discussing Benghazi.

Meanwhile, Democrats are pushing back, as they should, calling the select committee a waste of time and money.

What’s that, you say? Republicans for many months have been supposedly investigating the attacks that left four Americans dead?

That’s right, and they’ve done so without finding the kind of evidence that would do anything except show that President Barack Obama, Clinton and others did make some mistakes during and after the hectic attack.

But did they do anything impeachable, as the most outrageous Republicans claim when it comes to Obama?


Still, the Republicans know that this kind of relentless drumbeat of vitriol against Democrats is exactly what angry GOP voters want, especially when it comes to painting Obama as being weak on terrorism.

It’s maddening that this conduct comes from the party of George Bush, who was determined to show he wasn’t weak in this area — then proceeded to get the United States involved in wars and other activities that led to the deaths of thousands of U.S. soldiers and hundreds of thousands of other people in the Middle East.

Where’s the Republican outrage over those Bush actions, which created far more damage to this country’s economy and its young people than anything that happened at Benghazi?